BM System x iDataPlex dx360 M4 server offers maximum performance with the new Intel Xeon Phi co-processor and the latest NVIDIA GPUs

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 112-225
November 13, 2012

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Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Publications Publications
Planned availability date Planned availability date Technical information Technical information
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The IBM® System x® iDataPlex® dx360 M4 is a half-depth, dual-socket server designed for data centers that require high performance, yet are constrained on floor space, power, and cooling infrastructure. The dx360 M4 is equipped with the latest Intel Xeon™ E5-2600 Series processors and is ideal for clients that need a dense, flexible solution with low total cost of ownership.

New features of the iDataPlex dx360 M4 server

Support for up to two of the new Intel Xeon Phi co-processors or NVIDIA GPUs per 2U chassis

Easy-to-order dual compute dx360 M4 standard models and CTO (build your own) models are now available in Standalone Solutions Configurator Tool (SSCT), IBM Hardware Configurator (Blue Horizons), and IBM System x and Cluster Solutions configurator (x-config).

IBM service options: Three-year customer replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site1 limited warranty2 .

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IBM System x iDataPlex is an innovative data center solution for users of High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters, grid deployment, and large-scale cloud and virtualization infrastructures who want to reduce power, cooling, or physical space. It represents a new approach for maximum usable density in the data center through innovation at the server level, at the rack level, and at the data center level.

An iDataPlex solution is built with industry-standard components to create flexible configurations of servers, chassis, and networking switches that integrate easily. Customized solutions for your applications can be configured to meet your specific business needs for maximum compute power, GPU acceleration, and the right I/O and networking.

In addition to flexibility at the server level, iDataPlex offers flexibility at the rack level. The iDataPlex can be cabled either through the bottom (if it is set on a raised floor) or from the ceiling. Front-access cabling and Direct Dock Power enable you to quickly and easily make changes in networking, power connections, and storage. The rack also supports multiple networking topologies including Ethernet, InfiniBand, and Fibre Channel.

For iDataPlex Integrated Solutions, IBM manufacturing sites fully integrate the components on site and test them as a complete solution before shipping the rack to your location. When you receive the rack, it is removed from the packaging, placed in its proper location, powered up, and connected to the network in minimal time. IBM personnel confirm that the servers and network are functioning properly before acceptance.

With the optional IBM Rear Door Heat eXchanger as part of an iDataPlex solution, you can have a high-density data center environment that can alleviate the cooling challenges. With further adjustments, the Rear Door Heat eXchanger can help cool the room -- helping to reduce the need for air conditioning in the data center.

1 You may be asked certain diagnostic questions before a technician is sent.
2 For information on IBM's Statement of Limited Warranty, contact your IBM representative. Copies are available upon request.

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Planned availability date
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February 18, 2013

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The iDataPlex dx360 M4 system-board tray uses the following features and technologies:

IBM System x iDataPlex Rack (7825)

This specially designed rack is used in iDataPlex configurations.

The iDataPlex Rack is designated as IBM-installed for easy on-site installation. This designation, coupled with the factory integration services and optional on-site installation and verification of software, results in a ready-to-run cluster system.

The iDataPlex solution offers increased density in a holistic rack design for up to 100U: 84U of compute and 16U for network and PDU infrastructure. The mechanical design is optimized for cooling efficiency with half the airflow distance to reduce the amount of heat produced and cooling required.

For ease of serviceability, all hard drive, planar, and I/O access is from the front of the rack.

IBM System x iDataPlex 2U chassis (7913)

Power and cooling advantages

iDataPlex servers help pack more processors into the same power and cooling envelope, better utilizing floor space, and "right size" data center design. With the iDataPlex solution, less power per processor means more processing capacity per kilowatt. The iDataPlex can run cooler to deliver greater reliability.

IBM System x iDataPlex Rear Door Heat eXchanger (43V6048)

For dense data center environments, IBM offers smart rack-level heat management solutions such as the super-efficient IBM Rear Door Heat eXchanger. The water-cooled door is designed to dissipate heat generated from the back of the rack to reduce the overall room temperature. With this combination of benefits at the server and data center level, IBM systems deliver strong power and cooling benefits to iDataPlex clients.

The iDataPlex Rear Door Heat eXchanger for iDataPlex racks helps reduce the air temperature in your growing data center to approximately the same air temperature as that entering the rack, alleviating the need to add air conditioning units. This unobtrusive solution brings more cooling capacity to areas where the heat is greatest, around racks of servers with multiple, more powerful processors.

This cooling efficiency can help alleviate or even eliminate the need for additional air conditioning power and the associated construction cost.

Lab services

iDataPlex installation planning


Typical benefits:

iDataPlex Systems Management

The System x iDataPlex product family offers systems management support through standards-based, scriptable interfaces. This support starts with the embedded Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) baseboard management controller (BMC).

For rapid diagnosis of problems, iDataPlex supports IBM Dynamic System Analysis (DSA) preboot diagnostics and online data collection for problem determination in supported Microsoft™ Windows™ and Linux™ environments. Refer to the Dynamic System Analysis product documentation for additional detail on DSA features.

iDataPlex compute nodes support IBM Systems Director with limited function. Refer to IBM Systems Director product documentation for specific details on supported functions on iDataPlex hardware.

The compute nodes have been tested with the Extreme Cluster Administration Toolkit (xCAT), an open source community-based cluster administration tool set tailored to scale-out compute environments. You can download xCAT from SourceForge at

For additional information on xCAT, contact your IBM Sales and Support Team, or visit

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

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IBM delivers innovations that meet your specific needs. The right choice depends on your business requirements, target applications, and operating environment. iDataPlex focuses on:

The iDataPlex hardware platform is positioned for large-scale enterprise deployments that rely on recovery-oriented architecture that primarily enables redundancy through the software layer instead of redundant hardware.

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

Description                                         MT  Model Feature

NVIDIA Tesla K20                                   3331 HC1   A3J7
NVIDIA Tesla K20X                                  3331 HC1   A3J8
NVIDIA VGX K1                                      3331 HC1   A3GM
NVIDIA VGX K2                                      3331 HC1   A3GN
Intel Xeon Phi 5110P                               3331 HC1   A3GQ

Option SEOs
The following are new unique option part numbers for
iDataPlex dx360 M4.
number  Description
00J6164 NVIDIA Tesla K20
00J6165 NVIDIA Tesla K20X
00J6163 Intel Xeon Phi 5110P

Product customization services

The following product customization services are included with iDataPlex .

For information, refer to the following and contact your IBM representative.

 Description                                                Feature
 iDataPlex Rack Assembly (100U)                             2312
 Rack Installation of 1U Component in iDataPlex             2313
 Rack Installation of >1U Component in iDataPlex            2314
 iDataPlex Hardware / Configuration Verification            2315

Applicable quantities are configuration-dependent and will be determined in the configuration process.

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).

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The User's Guide , Maintenance Guide , and Problem Determination and Service Guide , for iDataPlex solutions, in US English versions, are available from

Under Product Support, select System x , and under Popular links, select Publications lookup. Select the Product family and click on continue.

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

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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

Supported Xeon processors

Note: Processors greater than 95W are supported only in special bid configurations generated in the x-config configurator due to limitations in tracking chassis power requirements.

iDataPlex dx360 M4 server specifications


Power requirements (per rack) max configuration

900-watt PSU electrical power specifications
750-watt PSU electrical power specifications
550-watt PSU electrical power specifications

Equipment approvals and safety

Operating environment

The iDataPlex dx360 M4 products are designed to operate in a general business environment, such as a Class A or A1, temperature and humidity-controlled room.

Air temperature:


Hardware requirements

For service, the iDataPlex requires a compatible:

Note: Rack must have 784.86 mm (30.9 in) minimum clearance on the front and back sides of the rack to allow service.

Software requirements

The following network operating systems are supported in the iDataPlex :

Note: For additional support, certification, and version information on network operating systems, visit


All components of the System x iDataPlex are compatible when purchased as a supported iDataPlex solution.


System x iDataPlex options are supported only when ordered and deployed in a iDataPlex solution. They will not be supported when ordered without a corresponding order for an iDataPlex configuration.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Installation of hardware components is provided by IBM on the iDataPlex .

Clients are responsible for preparing their site for installation.

You are expected to review the Installation Planning Guide before the delivery of your iDataPlex . Clients' responsibilities must be verified as complete before scheduling an IBM installer to come on site. Visit

To service your iDataPlex or obtain IBM service, the iDataPlex requires a compatible:

Note: Rack must have 784.86 mm (30.9 in) minimum clearance on the front and back sides of the rack to allow service.

Cable orders

All cables are supplied with the iDataPlex . Depending on the applications, the cables may be fully installed, partially installed (plugged at one end and packaged for shipping), or included as part of a shipment group.


Installation of hardware components is provided by IBM with the exception of plumbing connections to the optional Rear Door Heat eXchanger. (Refer to the Limitations section for additional information.)


System x iDataPlex shipping contents

iDataPlex CD, which contains the following documentation in portable document format (PDF):

Important Notices multilingual document that contains all of the legal, safety, emissions, and environmental statements in printed format.



Security, auditability, and control

This offering uses the security and auditability features from standard IBM offerings and supported Linux distributions.

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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MES discount applicable


Field installable feature


Warranty period

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


Machine code

Same license terms and conditions as base machine.

Optional features warranty period

Optional features - One year.

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

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

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

Description                  Model  Feature          Both/        
                             Number Number           Support   

NVIDIA Tesla K20              HC1    A3J7            MES
NVIDIA Tesla K20X             HC1    A3J8            MES
NVIDIA VGX K1                 HC1    A3GM            MES
NVIDIA VGX K2                 HC1    A3GN            MES
Intel Xeon Phi 5110P          HC1    A3GQ            MES

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Description                           SEO               Both/         
                                      Number            Support CSU  
 NVIDIA Tesla K20                     00J6164           Both    Yes
 NVIDIA Tesla K20X                    00J6165           Both    Yes
 NVIDIA VGX K1                        00J6160           Both    Yes
 NVIDIA VGX K2                        00J6161           Both    Yes
 Intel Xeon Phi 5110P                 00J6163           Both    Yes
 Quebec Label Kit                     00W2471           Both    Yes

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