IBM 600 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gbps SAS 2.5-inch hot-swap and simple-swap hybrid HDDs offer higher memory capacity and accelerated performance for selected IBM System x servers

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 113-102
June 4, 2013


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Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Publications Publications
Planned availability date Planned availability date Technical information Technical information
Description Description Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
Product positioning Product positioning Prices Prices


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Data storage capacity and performance requirements are increasing for businesses of all sizes. While conventional hard disk drives can meet capacity requirements, HDD performance enhancements have remained relatively flat and confined to the rotational speed of the media. Hybrid HDDs offer accelerated performance by utilizing integrated NAND flash to cache data. The result is significantly improved performance over today's conventional HDDs.



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Overview
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New flash hybrid HDD drives add high-capacity offerings to the System x® and BladeCenter® family:

Note: New hybrid drives are hard disk drives that incorporate and leverage NAND flash to accelerate performance.

The amount of information that is gathered and stored by businesses continues to grow exponentially. In addition to the demand for increased storage, there are increasing requirements to quickly and effectively store and access data. Today, conventional hard disk drives and solid-state storage technology are utilized to achieve specific objectives within the data center. Conventional hard disk drives continue to be the most common storage media offering high density and basic performance in a cost-effective solution. Solid-state storage solutions enable businesses to achieve optimal input/output (IO) through variable read/write capabilities for performance intensive applications and workloads.

IBM is now offering a new technology: hybrid drives. These drives combine a cache of NAND flash and conventional media to accelerate hard disk drive performance - enabling higher IO performance while leveraging the capacity and cost of spinning media for primary storage. IBM is introducing 6 Gbps SAS 2.5-inch G2HS and G2SS hybrid drives - the first generation of hybrid drives from IBM .

Ideal for small and medium businesses or the distributed large enterprise, IBM 600 GB 10K 6 Gbps SAS 2.5-inch G2HS Hybrid (00AD102) and IBM 600 GB 10K 6 Gbps SAS 2.5-inch G2SS Hybrid (00AD107) provide cost-effective performance and density in a small form factor hard disk drive. In addition to the solid-state-based cache, these new drive offerings provide optimal 6 Gbps hot-swap SAS capability for your high-performance and high-availability System x environment. Hard drive functionality and 6 Gbps SAS performance of these new drives are enabled when used with IBM 6 Gbps System x servers and internal ServeRAID controllers.

When a ServeRAID controller, including M5014 (46M0916), M5015 (46M0829), M5016 (90Y4304), M1115 (81Y4448), M5110 (81Y4481), or M5120 (81Y4478), is installed, it offers internal RAID-0, RAID-1, RAID-5, RAID-10, and RAID-50 and can also offer additional RAID-6 and RAID-60 functionality. ServeRAID M1015 (46M0831) provides internal RAID-0, RAID-1, and RAID-10. Intuitive Management is provided through the MegaRAID Management Suite (MSM), which offers a suite of applications and tools that includes a full spectrum of online RAID management and preboot setup utilities.

Performance

600 GB performance characteristics include:

Reliability

Warranty: One-year, customer replaceable unit (CRU), limited warranty1

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For information on the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, visit
http://www.ibm.com/servers/support/machine_warranties/
Alternatively, this information is available through your IBM representative or reseller. Copies are available upon request. With respect to on-site service, IBM sends a technician after attempting to diagnose and resolve the problem remotely.
Feature exchange

None



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Key prerequisites
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IBM System x system with SAS capability.



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Planned availability date
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June 19, 2013:



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Description
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IBM 600 GB 10,000 rpm G2HS 6 Gbps and 600 GB 10,000 rpm G2SS 6 Gbps SAS 2.5-inch flash HDDs

IBM is now offering a new technology: hybrid drives. These drives combine a cache of NAND flash and conventional media to accelerate hard disk drive performance - enabling higher IO performance while leveraging the capacity and cost of spinning media for primary storage. IBM is introducing 6 Gbps SAS 2.5-inch G2HS and G2SS hybrid drives - the first generation of hybrid drives from IBM .

SAS hard drives are supported with major operating systems, including Microsoft™ Windows™ and Linux™ .

Investment protection and ease of use

The 600 GB hybrid HDDs are supported for internal HDD attachment in hot-swap and simple-swap SAS models of selected IBM System x and BladeCenter systems.

Key features and benefits include:

With rigorous testing by IBM through the ServerProven program, you can maintain a high degree of confidence that your IBM storage subsystem is compatible and will function reliably.

Compatibility



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Product positioning
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These new flash high-performance 600 GB 10,000 6 Gbps G2HS and G2SS SAS 2.5-inch HDD options are positioned at the top of IBM SAS HDD line based on the SAS/SATA technology.

These HDDs support entry-level server and workstation applications, such as:



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The following are features already announced for the 3331 machine type:

 
                                                                Part
Description                        Type  Model Feature   SEO    Number
 
IBM 600 GB 10K 6 Gbps SAS          3331   HC1   A4G7   00AD102 00AD102
2.5-inch G2HS Hybrid
IBM 600 GB 10K 6 Gbps SAS          3331   HC1   A4G8   00AD107 00AD107
2.5-inch G2SS Hybrid
 

The following are features already announced for the 3331 machine type:

Description                                         MT  Model Feature

IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS Hybrid          3331  HC1   A4G7
IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2SS Hybrid          3331  HC1   A4G8

Model conversions

None

Feature conversions

None

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM , you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=113-102


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Publications
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Publications are shipped with the announced product.

The IBM Systems Information Center provides you with a single information center where you can access product documentation for IBM systems hardware, operating systems, and server software. Through a consistent framework, you can efficiently find information and personalize your access. The IBM Systems Information Center is at

http://publib14.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/systems

IBM Publications Center Portal

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided, as well as payment options via credit card. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded free of charge.

Displayable softcopy publications: None

Source file publications: None



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Services
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Global Technology Services

IBM services include business consulting, outsourcing, hosting services, applications, and other technology management.

These services help you learn about, plan, install, manage, or optimize your IT infrastructure to be an on-demand business. They can help you integrate your high-speed networks, storage systems, application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or visit

http://www.ibm.com/services/

For details on available IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services, contact your IBM representative or visit

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For details on education offerings related to specific products, visit

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Select your country, and then select the product as the category.

System x and BladeCenter support services

Recommended core technical support

When you buy IBM System x technology, include the support services you need -- to help keep both your hardware and software working for you, day after day, at peak performance. It is your first step toward helping to protect your investment and sustain high levels of system availability. We offer service-level and response-time options to fit your business needs. And we will help you get started with a core support package that includes:

For more information, visit

http://www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/xseries/services.html


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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

IBM 600 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gbps SAS 2.5-inch G2HS Hybrid HDD

Shipping dimensions

IBM 600 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gbps SAS 2.5-inch G2SS Hybrid HDD

Shipping dimensions

Agency approvals

Standards

None

Operating environment
Homologation

This product is not certified for direct connection by any means whatsoever to interfaces of public telecommunications networks. Certification may be required by law prior to making any such connection. Contact an IBM representative or reseller for any questions.

Hardware requirements

The HDDs must be installed in selected System x servers.

Software requirements

The new IBM 600 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gbps G2HS and G2SS Hybrid HDDs work with most system operating systems.

For further information, contact your IBM representative.

Compatibility

For latest compatibility information, visit

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/

Note: Some configurations may not be compatible.

Limitations

None

User group requirements

This announcement satisfies or partially satisfies the requirements from one or more of the worldwide user group communities. Groups include COMMON, COMMON Europe, Guide Share Europe (GSE), InterAction (Australia/New Zealand), Japan Guide Share (JGS), and SHARE Inc.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

The high-performance 600 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gbps G2HS and G2SS SAS 2.5-inch HDD options products are designated as customer setup.

Customer installation instructions are shipped with each option part.

Cable orders

None

Installability

The IBM 600 GB SAS Hybrid HDDs require about 20 minutes for installation.

Installation includes unpacking, attaching a customer-provided line cord, setting up, and powering on.

Packaging

IBM 600GB 10K 6 Gbps SAS 2.5-inch G2HS and G2 SS Hybrid HDDs

Product                   Package description               Boxes
 
IBM 600 GB 10K            Option Unit Box                   1
6 Gbps SAS 2.5-inch
G2HS and G2SS Hybrid HDDs
 
 
                         Contents:
                   
                         Hard drive
                         Installation pub and warranty
                         Safety flyer
  

The 600 GB 10K SAS Hybrid HDDs are shipped as a single package. Other items are in zipped bags.

Retail only

Packaging dimensions/weight

Note: All measurements are approximate.

Supplies

For end users: IBM 600 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gbps G2HS and G2SS SAS 2.5-inch Hybrid HDDs can be purchased through dealers.

Security, auditability, and control

It is a customer's responsibility to ensure that the server is secure to prevent sensitive data from being removed.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.



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IBM Electronic Services
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Electronic Service Agent™ and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to IBM Systems customers. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support all at no additional cost to you.

Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX® 5.3, AIX 6.1, and AIX 7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM , which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type "smitty esa_main", and select "Configure Electronic Service Agent ." In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent , refer to

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic

The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled customers to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.

Benefits

Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the "symptoms," diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24 x 7 monitoring and reporting mean no more dependence on human intervention or off-hours customer personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.

Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM . The Electronic Service Agent tool securely transmits either via the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem, and can be configured to communicate securely through gateways to provide customers a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into a customer's system. System inventory information is stored in a secure database, which is protected behind IBM firewalls. It is viewable only by the customer and IBM . The customer's business applications or business data is never transmitted to IBM .

More accurate reporting: Since system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support center in conjunction with the service request, customers are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM , problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, customers can view system and support information in the "My Systems" and "Premium Search" sections of the Electronic Support website at

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic

My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent . Reports are available for any system associated with the customer's IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, customers are able to see search results that apply specifically to their systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or visit

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic


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Field installable feature

Yes

Warranty period

Optional features: One year

An IBM part or feature installed during the initial installation of an IBM machine is subject to a full warranty effective on the date of installation of the machine. An IBM part or feature that replaces a previously installed part or feature assumes the remainder of the warranty period for the replaced part or feature. An IBM part or feature added to a machine without replacing a previously installed part or feature is subject to a full warranty effective on its date of installation. Unless specified otherwise, the warranty period, type of warranty service, and service level of a part or feature are the same as those for the machine in which it is installed.

Customer setup

Yes

Machine code

No license terms apply



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Prices
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For current prices, contact IBM at 888-Shop-IBM (746-7426) or visit

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/

To locate the web price, search on the feature number in the Search field.

 
                                               Part      
 Description                                   number     
 
 IBM 600 GB 10K 6 Gbps SAS 2.5" G2HS Hybrid    00AD102    
 IBM 600 GB 10K 6 Gbps SAS 2.5" G2SS Hybrid    00AD107    
 
 
 
Field    Plant              
install  install  MES       Cables
only     only     removal   required
 
 N        N         N          N
 

The following are features already announced for the 3331 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description                  Model    Feature        Both/        
                             Number   Number         Support 

IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS Hybrid
                              HC1      A4G7          MES
IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2SS Hybrid
                              HC1      A4G8          MES

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