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(Corrected on April 12, 2013)Revisions to At a glance section.
|At a glance|
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 include:
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 .
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 reduce the need for air conditioning in the data center.
|Planned availability date|
January 15, 2013
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)
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 possibly eliminate the need for additional air conditioning power and the associated construction cost.
iDataPlex installation planning
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
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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.
The following are newly announced features on the specified models of the IBM xSeries® 7160, 7912 machine type:
Description MT Model Feature IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.0 Update1 7912 AC1 A383 MC1 Intel Xeon Processor E5-2690 8C 2.9GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 135W 7912 AC1 A3MY MC1 IBM System x iDataPlex dx360 M4 server (Base 2) 7912 AC1 A3NX MC1 Intel Xeon Processor E5-2418L 4C 2.0GHz 10Mb Cache 1333MHz 50W 7160 AC1 A3P4 MC1 Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-2418L 4C 2.0GHz 10Mb Cache 1333MHz 50W 7160 AC1 A3P6 MC1
The following are features already announced for the 7912 machine type:
Description MT Model Feature Emulex 4Gb FC Single-Port PCI-E HBA for IBM System x 7912 AC1 1698 MC1 Emulex 4Gb FC Dual-Port PCI-E HBA for IBM System x 7912 AC1 1699 MC1 QLogic 4Gb FC Single-Port PCIe HBA for IBM System x 7912 AC1 3567 MC1 QLogic 4Gb FC Dual-Port PCIe HBA for IBM System x 7912 AC1 3568 MC1 VMWare Specify 7912 AC1 9207 MC1 Preload by Hardware Feature Specify 7912 AC1 9220 MC1 IBM Blank USB Memory Key for VMWare ESXi Downloads 7912 AC1 A2G0 MC1 Qlogic Embedded VFA FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x (FoD) 7912 AC1 A2TF MC1 IBM USB Memory Key for VMWare ESXi 5.0 7912 AC1 A2VC MC1 Power Cable, High Power Graphics, 8P-8P+6P 7912 AC1 A3GL MC1 NVIDIA VGX K1 7912 AC1 A3GM MC1 NVIDIA VGX K2 7912 AC1 A3GN MC1 Intel Xeon Phi 5110P 7912 AC1 A3GQ MC1 NVIDIA Tesla K20 7912 AC1 A3J7 MC1 NVIDIA Tesla K20X 7912 AC1 A3J8 MC1
The following are newly announced features on the specified models of the IBM xSeries 3331 machine type:
Description MT Model Feature Intel Xeon Processor E5-2418L 4C 2.0GHz 10MB 3331 HC1 A3P6 Cache 1333MHz 50W
SEO number Description 46W9170 Intel Xeon Processor E5-2418L 4C 2.0GHz 10MB Cache 1333MHz 50W
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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.
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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.
Power requirements (per rack) max configuration
Equipment approvals and safety
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.
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.
The following network operating systems are supported in the iDataPlex :
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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.
Regarding the use of solid-state disk drives, solid-state memory cells have an intrinsic, finite number of write cycles that each cell can incur. As a result, each solid-state device has a maximum amount of write cycles to which it can be subjected, documented as TBW (Total Bytes Written). IBM is not responsible for replacement of hardware that has reached the maximum guaranteed number of write cycles. This limit may be revealed as the device failing to respond to system-generated commands or becoming incapable of being written to. Additional information is available at
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.
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.)
iDataPlex CD, which contains the following documentation as portable document format (PDF) files:
Important Notices multilingual document that contains all of the legal, safety, emissions, and environmental statements in printed format.
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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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
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.
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
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.
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The following are newly announced features on the specified models of the IBM xSeries 7160 machine type:
Initial/ MES/ Description Model Feature Both/ Number Number Support Intel Xeon Processor E5-2418L 4C 2.0GHz 10Mb Cache 1333MHz 50W AC1 A3P4 Initial MC1 Initial Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-2418L 4C 2.0GHz 10Mb Cache 1333MHz 50W AC1 A3P6 Initial MC1 Initial
The following are newly announced features on the specified models of the IBM xSeries 7912 machine type:
Initial/ MES/ Description Model Feature Both/ Number Number Support IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.0 Update1 AC1 A383 Initial MC1 Initial Intel Xeon Processor E5-2690 8C 2.9GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 135W AC1 A3MY Initial MC1 Initial IBM System x iDataPlex dx360 M4 server (Base 2) AC1 A3NX Initial MC1 Initial
The following are features already announced for the 7912 machine type:
Initial/ MES/ Description Model Feature Both/ Number Number Support CSU Emulex 4Gb FC Single-Port PCI-E HBA for IBM System x AC1 1698 Initial MC1 Initial Emulex 4Gb FC Dual-Port PCI-E HBA for IBM System x AC1 1699 Initial MC1 Initial QLogic 4Gb FC Single-Port PCIe HBA for IBM System x AC1 3567 Initial MC1 Initial QLogic 4Gb FC Dual-Port PCIe HBA for IBM System x AC1 3568 Initial MC1 Initial VMWare Specify AC1 9207 Initial MC1 Initial Preload by Hardware Feature Specify AC1 9220 Initial MC1 Initial IBM Blank USB Memory Key for VMWare ESXi Downloads AC1 A2G0 Initial MC1 Initial Qlogic Embedded VFA FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x (FoD) AC1 A2TF Initial Yes MC1 Initial IBM USB Memory Key for VMWare ESXi 5.0 AC1 A2VC Initial MC1 Initial Power Cable, High Power Graphics, 8P-8P+6P AC1 A3GL Initial MC1 Initial NVIDIA VGX K1 AC1 A3GM Initial MC1 Initial NVIDIA VGX K2 AC1 A3GN Initial MC1 Initial Intel Xeon Phi 5110P AC1 A3GQ Initial MC1 Initial NVIDIA Tesla K20 AC1 A3J7 Initial MC1 Initial NVIDIA Tesla K20X AC1 A3J8 Initial MC1 Initial
The following are features already announced for the 3331 machine type:
Initial/ MES/ Description Model Feature Both/ Number Number Support Intel Xeon Processor E5-2418L 4C 2.0GHz 10MB Cache 1333MHz 50W HC1 A3P6 MES Option SEOs Initial/ MES/ Description SEO Both/ Number Support CSU Intel Xeon Processor E5-2418L 4C 46W9170 Both Yes 2.0GHz 10MB Cache 1333MHz 50W
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