IBM United States
Hardware Announcement 103-039
February 18, 2003

IBM eServer xSeries 235 Servers Feature Fast Intel Xeon Processors for High Performance and Reliability

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At a Glance

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With hot-swap power, redundant cooling fans, and greater systems management control, the xSeries 235 features:

  • 2.67 GHz and 2.8 GHz1 Intel Xeon processors
  • 512 MB of 133/266 MHz DDR with ECC system memory, 12 GB maximum
  • Dual-channel Ultra320 controller
  • One or two 560-watt power supply; model dependant, hot-swap option
  • Integrated systems management processor
  • Six full-length PCI slots: Two 64-bit/133 MHz PCI-X, hot-plug, three 64-bit/100 MHz PCI-X, and one 32-bit/33 MHz
  • Ten drive bays: Standard diskette drive and 48x-20x2 CD-ROM, six hot-swap HDD bays, and two 5.25-/3.5-inch half-high bays
  • Up to 1.3 TB3 hot-swap disk storage with optional 3-Pack Ultra320 Hot-Swap Expansion Kit
  • Integrated Gigabit Ethernet controller; SVGA video with 8 MB memory
  • 5 U tower industry-standard models, rack mount optional
  • Three USB, two integrated system management, two serial, one parallel, mouse, and keyboard ports

Overview

The IBM eServer xSeries™ 235 2-way server uses Intel®'s Xeon processors providing power and performance at an affordable price.

Offering a pathway for future growth, the x235 provides expandability with two processors, up to 12 GB, using 2 GB DIMMs, of DDR (Double Data Rate PC2100)4 memory, internal storage capacity up to 1.3 TB, and six available PCI slots.

Integrated Gigabit Ethernet gives you extensive networking bandwidth keeping all slots free for other adapters. For flexibility to meet your custom space needs, the x235 comes in 5 U tower models and offers a tower to rack conversion kit. X-Architecture™ features like Chipkill™ memory5, Active PCI-X technology, and hot-swap cooling and power keep your server available when you need it.

The x235 is the first xSeries server to deliver integrated RAID-1 functionality, which gives you the ability to mirror HDDS for data protection. The new Dual Ultra320 SCSI channel that provides this capability is built into the motherboard, so you get the benefits of disk mirroring without using up a PCI slot. You get reliability and expandability so you can implement higher levels of RAID protection, when you purchase the new, low cost, optional ServeRAID™ 5i Controller. A plethora of systems management features are included.

Reliability and availability features include:

  • Hot-swap power supplies (model dependant) support for 533 MHz FSB
  • Front and rear dual hot-swap fans
  • Two hot-plug PCI-X 64 bit/133 MHz card slots
  • Three 64 bit/100 MHz PCI-X card slots
  • One 32 bit/33 MHz PCI card slot
  • Integrated Gigabit Ethernet
  • Integrated RAID-1 support
  • Systems management subsystem or Integrated Systems Management processor provides:
    • Fan, power supply, temperature, voltage, cable subassembly, CPU, and PCI Bus monitoring and alerting. Predictive Failure Analysis® (PFA) and alerting for CPUs and memory, power supplies, and VRMs.
    • Full interconnect via the RS-485 ISMP ports.
    • Error logging (viewable by diagnostics and a remotely attached Remote Supervisor Adapter).
    • Light Path Diagnostics.
    • Automatic server restart (ASR) on OS hang condition.

Powered and Scaled for e-business Growth

  • Powerful 2.67 GHz and 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon processors with 512 KB advanced transfer L2 cache
  • 533 MHz Front side Bus (FSB) yielding 133 MHz functional speed processor operations to memory and PCI bus
  • 512 MB of high-speed, two-way interleaved, 133/266 MHz ECC memory synchronized to the 133/533 MHz processor bus
  • High-speed, wide-bandwidth, full-length PCI-X bus slots at 133 MHz
  • Broadcom 5703 Gigabit Ethernet and dual-channel UltraSCSI (320 MB/s)
  • Six hot-swap drive bays; nine hot-swap drive bays with 3-pack option

Key Prerequisites

  • Monitor
  • Keyboard/mouse

Planned Availability Date

March 7, 2003

Description

High Availability for Around-the-Clock e-business

  • Integrated systems management processor:
    • Monitors and controls operating status and key server components automatically sends alerts via ASF (Alert Standard Format)
    • Supports Light Path Diagnostics for faster and easier servicing
    • Supports optional Remote Supervisor Adapter; full out-of-band systems management
  • Hot-swap power supplies (model dependant) support 533 MHz FSB
  • Wake on LAN®
  • ECC memory to detect and correct double-bit memory errors

Service and Support Perfected for e-business

  • ServerGuide™ and IBM Director
  • IBM Server support and Web support6
  • Three-year, on-site7, limited warranty8

Related Options

The 2.67 and 2.8 GHz processors:

  • Supports SMP applications when it is installed in the second processor slot of all xSeries 235 models with similar processors
  • New DDR Memory Option: IBM 2 GB PC2100 CL2.5 ECC DDR SDRAM DIMM (33L5040)

The increased processor performance coupled with DDR memory enables you to retrieve and process information faster and more efficiently. DDR memory executes twice the number of operations per cycle than traditional SDRAM memory, effectively doubling the data exchange rate between memory and processors.

IBM xSeries 560 Watt Redundant Power Supply: The new 560-watt redundant power supply is designed to support the 533 MHz front side bus (FSB). The power supply is a auto sensing between high- and low-power voltage range. This new 560-watt supply is not backward compatible with the 400 MHz supply.

High-Performance Server Subsystems

xSeries 235 servers are high-throughput, two-way, SMP-capable network servers with excellent performance scalability when you add memory and a second processor. They incorporate powerful Intel Xeon processors with 512 KB L2 cache. These flip-chip, pin grid array 2 (FC-PGA2) processors feature advanced transfer L2 caches that are integrated onto the processor core and run at the same clock speed as the processor core. The advanced transfer caches are a result of a "backside bus" that is 256 bits wide. They feature a quad-wide cache line that can transfer four 64-bit cache line segments at one time to deliver full-speed capability. Both caches feature eight-way set associative cache.

Two processor connectors are standard on the system board to support installation of a second processor. High-speed, 133/266 MHz (bus speed runs at 133 MHz but data is clocked on two edges yielding a transfer rate of 266 MHz) SDRAM is optimized for 133 MHz processor-to-memory subsystem performance. The xSeries 235 server uses the ServerWorks CMIC-LE chipset to maximize throughput from processor to memory, and to 64-bit and 32-bit PCI buses.

Standard xSeries 235 Configurations

Model     Processor Cache   Memory  SCSI Interface Mechanical
 
8671-61X  2.67 GHz  512 KB  512 MB  Dual Ultra320  Tower
8671-6AX  2.67 GHz  512 KB  512 MB  Dual Ultra320  Tower
8671-71X  2.8 GHz   512 KB  512 MB  Dual Ultra320  Tower
8671-7AX  2.8 GHz   512 KB  512 MB  Dual Ultra320  Tower

Additional Features:

  • Upgrade to two-way SMP processing by adding a second processor of the same speed and processor type.
  • System board contains six DIMM connectors supporting 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, and 2 GB DDR PC2100 ECC RDIMMs:
    • Two-way interleaved memory for improved performance (memory must be installed in matched pairs)
    • Up to 12 GB of system memory (with 2 GB memory DIMMs installed)
  • High-speed, wide-bandwidth, full-length PCI bus slots:
    • Two 64-bit; 133 MHz, hot-plug
    • Three 64-bit; 100 MHz
    • One 32-bit; 33 MHz
  • Dual-channel, 64-bit Ultra320 (LVD) SCSI PCI controller supports high-speed (320 MB/s) internal storage solutions.
  • Full-duplex, Gigabit Ethernet PCI controller speeds network communications to LAN clients.

The xSeries 235 subsystems are tuned to provide solid system throughput from processor, to memory, to bus, to disk-intensive I/O. These features, combined with SMP capability, make the xSeries 235 server an excellent choice for stand-alone or clustered general-business application, file, and print server.

High-Availability and Serviceability Features

  • Redundant cooling includes:
    • Dual hot-swap blowers
    • Four hot-swap fans (single replaceable unit)
    • Passive processor heatsinks
    • Processor cooling air duct
  • One 560-watt power supply, or two hot-swap redundant power supplies, depending on model, to support robust high-availability applications (new 533 MHz power supply is not backwards compatible to 400 MHz supply)
  • Hot-swap HDD bays with SCA-2 connectors to support SAF-TE functions
  • LSI 1020/1030 dual-channel, Ultra320 SCSI controller to support internal Ultra320 through SCSI-2 devices
  • ECC DIMMs, combined with an integrated ECC memory controller, to correct soft and hard double-bit memory errors, while minimizing disruption of service to LAN clients
  • Memory hardware scrubbing to correct soft memory errors automatically without software intervention
  • Chipkill CMIC-LE controller enabling systems to work normally with one bad DDR ECC memory device.
  • ECC L2 cache processors to improve data integrity and help reduce down time
  • PFA on processors and memory to alert the system administrator of an imminent component failure
  • Support for optional Remote Supervisor Adapter for remote systems management through a Web-based browser
  • Two hot-swap redundant system cooling blowers to cool system and enable replacement without powering down the server
  • Integrated systems management processor supports:
    • Automatic server restart (ASR)
    • Fan monitoring and control
    • Power supply monitoring
    • Temperature monitoring
    • Voltage monitoring
    • Power on/off, reset sequencing
    • LED controls (Light Path Diagnostics support)
    • Alerts generated via ASF (Alert Standard Format) when environmental or component thresholds are exceeded (Director/Director Agent required to catch alerts)
    • Full interconnect and alerting via the integrated systems management RS-485 ports (up to 24 ISMP Servers)
    • Remote firmware update
    • Numeric error logging
  • Information LED panel to give visual indications of system health
  • Light Path Diagnostics and on-board diagnostics for an LED map to a failing component, to help reduce down time and service costs
  • Easy access to system board, adapter cards, processor, and memory
  • CPU failure recovery in SMP configurations:
    • Forces failed processor offline
    • Automatically reboots server
    • Generates alerts
    • Continues operations with the working processor

Expandability and Growth

The xSeries 235 server is a 5 U tower configuration that has been engineered to meet the compactness of a 5 U rack drawer. SVGA video, dual-channel Ultra320 SCSI, and full-duplex Gigabit Ethernet are integrated on the system board. Features include:

  • System memory expansion to 12 GB (with 2 GB memory DIMMs installed)
  • Six full-length adapter card slots — three 64-bit/100 MHz PCI-X, two 64-bit/133 MHz PCI-X hot-plug, and one 32-bit/33 MHz non hot-plug
  • Ten drive bays:
    • Six 3.5-inch, slim-high HDDs, hot-swap drive bays; three 5.25-inch, half-high device bays; and one 3.5-inch, slim-high drive bay
    • Internal support for high-performance (up to 15,000 rpm) for Ultra160 and Ultra320 SCSI HDDs and a high-capacity tape backup device
    • Up to 1.3 TB of internal data storage, using nine 146.4 GB Ultra320 SCSI Hot-Swap SL HDDs and optional 3-Pack Ultra320 Hot-Swap Expansion Kit

These servers have the flexibility to handle applications for today and expansion capacity for future growth.

Systems Management

xSeries 235 servers feature IBM Director, a powerful, highly integrated systems management software solution built on industry standards and designed for ease of use. Now you can exploit your existing enterprise or workgroup management environments and use the Internet to securely access and manage physically dispersed IT assets more efficiently. Reduce costs through:

  • Reduced down time
  • Increased productivity of IT personnel and end users
  • Reduced service and support costs

IBM Director provides integration into leading workgroup and enterprise systems management environments, via upward integration modules. The advanced management capabilities built into xSeries servers can be accessed from:

  • Tivoli® Enterprise and Tivoli NetView®
  • Computer Associates CA Unicenter TNG Framework
  • NetIQ-BMC Patrol
  • Microsoft™ SMS
  • Intel LANDesk™ Management Suite
  • HP OpenView Network Node Manager

IT administrators can view the hardware configuration of remote systems in detail and monitor the usage and performance of critical components such as processors, HDDs, and memory.

IBM Director includes IBM Director Extensions, a portfolio of server tools that integrates into the Director framework and works with the integrated systems management processor to access environmental system information.

The processor supervises the operating system status and the following system components and alerts the IT administrator when there are critical errors:

  • Automatic Server Restart (ASR) monitors the operating system status and automatically restarts the server if the operating system9 stops working. An alert is generated if the system has been restarted via ASR.
  • Fan monitoring and control; fan status and fan presence is monitored. Fan speed is controlled and is automatically increased to maintain system cooling if temperature thresholds are exceeded. An alert is generated if a fan:
    • Fails or failure is predicted.
    • Is installed or removed.
  • Power supply monitoring monitors the condition of the power supply.
  • Temperature monitoring: CPU and HDD backplane temperatures are monitored. An alert is generated if (preset) temperature warning thresholds are exceeded or restored and if critical temperature thresholds are exceeded. Soft and hard system shutdowns are automatically initiated if critical temperature thresholds are exceeded.
  • Voltage monitoring: CPU and power subsystem voltage thresholds are monitored. An alert is generated if over or under voltages occur.
  • Power on/off and reset sequencing; power on/off and power reset are supported through the Alert Standard Format (ASF) interface.
  • LED controls (Light Path support): Light Path Diagnostics LEDs are illuminated in case of key component errors or failures to enable quick local diagnostics and servicing.
  • Flash update enables updates to the integrated systems management processor firmware.

The integrated systems management processor supports upgrading to the optionally available Remote Supervisor Adapter for full out-of-band remote management capabilities.

Installation of an optional Remote Supervisor Adapter provides the following systems management capabilities:

  • PFA-enabled critical hardware components
  • Temperature
  • Voltage
  • Fan speed
  • Light Path Diagnostics
  • Power supply

The IT administrator has comprehensive, virtual on-site control of xSeries servers through the ability to remotely:

  • Access the server regardless of the status
  • Inventory and display detailed system and component information
  • View server bootup during POST
  • Browse and delete logs of events and errors
  • Reset or power cycle the server
  • Run diagnostics, SCSI, and RAID setup during POST
  • Monitor thresholds on server health including:
    • Operating system load
    • POST time-out
    • Voltage
    • Temperature
  • Proactive alerts for critical server events including PFA on:
    • Processors
    • Memory
  • Define automated actions such as:
    • Sending e-mail or a page to an administrator
    • Executing a command or program
    • Popping up an error message to the Director console
  • Flash BIOS
  • Monitor and graph the utilization of server resources such as:
    • Memory
    • Processor
    • HDDs
    • Identifying potential performance bottlenecks and react to prevent down time
    • Monitoring, managing, and configuring RAID subsystems without taking them offline

World-Class Support Tools and Programs

The xSeries 235 server includes tools and programs designed to make ownership a positive experience. From the start, IBM programs help you purchase servers, get them running, and keep them running over the long haul. IBM can help your company maintain ownership of technology leadership network servers.

  • IBM Server support is available by calling 800-IBM-SERV (426-7378) in the U.S. and Canada for problem determination or placement of service calls for warranty.
  • IBM on-site, three-year limited warranty with next-business-day service (same-business-day service optionally available) protects your investment if a problem occurs. This service also includes replacement of parts identified through PFA.
  • The ServerProven®,10 program lets you confidently configure your server with various devices and operating systems. This Web-based program provides compatibility information from actual testing of the xSeries 235 server with various adapters and devices.
  • The ServerGuide CD includes utilities and drivers for assisted installation of popular network operating systems. Also included is a Broadcom Ethernet CD.
  • Electronic support on the Web provides additional support in an easy-to-use format.

Product Positioning

These new xSeries 235 servers contain additional fault tolerance through hot-swap redundant cooling, redundant power, and hot-plug PCI-X. They also feature enhanced system management control. As xSeries universal servers, they are offered in flexible tower models and can be rack mounted using a tower-to-rack conversion kit.

With the x235, two segments will be combined into one departmental and mission-critical space. The x235 is a compact 5 U, two way, SMP-capable Xeon processor-based platform designed with moderate high-availability features for mainstream network server applications.

For customers who require an additional measure of high availability, the xSeries 240 server features Active PCI slots (hot-add/hot-install). For those with applications that do not need the bandwidth of 133 MHz, 64-bit PCI bus, or the storage and memory expandability of a xSeries 235 server, the xSeries 220 server is an affordable alternative.

The xSeries 235 server is ideal for customers who require up to two-way 2.67 GHz or 2.8 GHz processing power, significant memory, high availability, and large data storage scalability. Its high-speed memory, 64-bit and 32-bit PCI buses, six Ultra320, hot-swap drive bays, and device bay for high-capacity tape drives make this server ideal for mainstream network computing.

Reference Information

1
GHz and MHz denote the internal and/or external clock speed of the microprocessor only, not application performance. Many factors affect application performance.
2
Actual playback speed will vary and is often less than maximum.
3
When referring to HDD or tape backup capacity, TB stands for 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Total user capacity may vary depending on operating environments.
4
PC2100 DDR SDRAM is an extension of the PC133 and PC100 memory. PC2100 DDR memory stands for Double Data Rate and effectively means you get 2X data in the same clock cycle. Data transfer is at 200 MHz.
5
Chipkill is the ability to keep the system running when there is one bad memory device. This function will not work with 128 MB DIMMs. The Chipkill function is active with 256 MB, or higher, DIMMs. Adding 128 MB DIMMs to system at any time will stop the Chipkill memory function.
6
Some programs may not be available in all countries.
7
With respect to on-site service, the customer may be asked certain diagnostic questions before a technician is sent.
8
For information on the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, visit:
http://www.ibm.com/servers/support/machine_warranties/

This information is also available by calling 800-772-2227 or contacting your IBM representative or reseller. Copies are available upon request.

9
The ASR function is currently supported on Microsoft Windows NT® 4.0 and Windows® 2000.
10
IBM makes no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding non-IBM products and services that are ServerProven, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. These products are offered and warranted solely by third parties.

Trademarks

 
The e-business logo, xSeries, X-Architecture, Chipkill, ServeRAID, and ServerGuide are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Predictive Failure Analysis, Wake on LAN, NetView, and ServerProven are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
LANDesk is a trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
Microsoft is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Windows and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Tivoli is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation or Tivoli Systems Inc. in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Publications

The following publications and CD-ROMs are shipped with the xSeries™ 235 server:

  • The xSeries 235 Installation Guide contains an introduction to the computer, installation and setup, installing options, reference information, and problem determination. The installation guide has easy-to-use text and pictorials to enable you to quickly set up the xSeries 235.
  • ServerGuide™ CD contains drivers to support the xSeries 235 server. In addition, it includes a set of easy-to-use utilities for assisted installation via CD of several popular network operating systems.
  • Publications CD and a new Broadcom Ethernet Driver CD.
  • ServeRAID™ 5i CD.
  • IBM Director systems management software is included.

Note: Software versions, features, and functions shipped with these systems may change as new releases become available or may be discontinued at any time.

The xSeries 235 Installation Guide and Hardware Maintenance Manual, in U.S. English versions, are available from:

Technical Information

Physical Specifications: The xSeries 235:

                              8671-61X            8671-6AX
 
Processor                     Xeon                Xeon
 Internal speed               2.67 GHz            2.67 GHz
 External speed               533 MHz             533 MHz
 Number standard              1                   1
 Maximum                      2                   2
L2 cache (full-speed)         512 KB              512 KB
Memory (133 MHz               512 MB ECC          512 MB ECC
 SDRAM)                                            (133/266 MHz)
  RDIMMs                      2 x 256 MB          2 x 256 MB
  DIMM sockets                6                   6
  Capacity                    12 GB(11)           12 GB(11)
Video                         SVGA                SVGA
 Memory                       8 MB                8 MB
SCSI controller               Ultra320            Ultra320
 Channels                     2                   2
 Connector internal           2                   2
 Connector external           0                   0
 
                              8671-61X            8671-6AX
 
RAID controller               1                   1
 Channels                     1                   1
 Connector internal           1                   1
 Connector external           0                   0
HDD                           Open bay            Open bay
Total bays                    10                  10
 5.25-/3.5-in HH              3                   3
 3.5-in slim                  1                   1
 Hot-swap                     6                   6
 Internal capacity            1.3 TB(12)          1.3 TB(12)
Bays available                8                   8
 5.25-/3.5-in HH              2                   2
 3.5-in slim                  0                   0
 
 Hot-swap                     6                   6
Total PCI slots               6                   6
 64-bit/133 MHz               2                   2
 64-bit/100 MHz               3                   3
 32-bit/33 MHz                1                   1
Slots available               6                   6
System management             Standard(13)        Standard
Ethernet controller           10/100/1000 Mb      10/100/1000 Mb
CD-ROM (IDE)                  48x-20x             48x-20x
Diskette drive                1.44 MB             1.44 MB
Power supply                  560 W(14)           560 W(14)
 Number standard              1                   2
 Hot-swap                     No                  Yes
 Redundant power              No                  Yes(15)
 Auto restart                 Yes                 Yes
 
                              8671-71X            8671-7AX
 
Processor                     Xeon                Xeon
 Internal speed               2.8 GHz             2.8 GHz
 External speed               533 MHz             533 MHz
 Number standard              1                   1
 Maximum                      2                   2
L2 cache (full-speed)         512 KB              512 KB
Memory (133 MHz               512 MB ECC          512 MB ECC
 SDRAM)                                            (133/266 MHz)
  RDIMMs                      2 x 256 MB          2 x 256 MB
  DIMM sockets                6                   6
  Capacity                    12 GB(11)           12 GB(11)
Video                         SVGA                SVGA
 Memory                       8 MB                8 MB
SCSI controller               Ultra320            Ultra320
 Channels                     2                   2
 Connector internal           2                   2
 Connector external           0                   0
RAID controller               1                   1
 Channels                     1                   1
 Connector internal           1                   1
 Connector external           0                   0
HDD                           Open Bay            Open bay
Total bays                    10                  10
 5.25-/3.5-in HH              3                   3
 3.5-in slim                  1                   1
 
                              8671-71X            8671-7AX
 
 Hot-swap                     6                   6
 Internal capacity            1.3 TB(12)          1.3 TB(12)
Bays available                8                   8
 5.25-/3.5-in HH              2                   2
 3.5-in slim                  0                   0
 Hot-swap                     6                   6
Total PCI slots               6                   6
 64-bit/133 MHz               2                   2
 64-bit/100 MHz               3                   3
 32-bit/33 MHz                1                   1
Slots available               6                   6
System management             Standard(13)        Standard
Ethernet controller           10/100/1000 Mb      10/100/1000 Mb
CD-ROM (IDE)                  48x-20x             48x-20x
Diskette drive                1.44 MB             1.44 MB
Power supply                  560 W(14)           560 W(14)
 Number standard              1                   2
 Hot-swap                     No                  Yes
 Redundant power              No                  Yes(15)
 Auto restart                 Yes                 Yes
11
System will support 12 GB of memory when the 2 GB memory DIMMs are installed.
12
Capacities are based on installation of six 146.4 GB Ultra320 SCSI Hot-Swap SL HDDs and an optional 3-Pack Ultra320 Hot-Swap Expansion Kit with 146.4 GB HDDs. For the latest information on supported HDD options, visit:
http://www.ibm.com/pc/us/compat
13
These systems contain an integrated system management processor that provides a set of monitoring and alert features. Refer to the Description section for details. For higher levels of system management support, the Remote Supervisor Adapter is optionally available.
14
The new 560-watt redundant power supply is designed to support the 533 MHz system front side bus (FSB) and is not backwards compatible with the 560-watt power supply for 400 MHz systems.
15
Basic configurations that do not exceed a 560-watt requirement can be supported by the standard power supplies and maintain power supply redundancy.

48x-20x CD-ROM Drive Characteristics

  • Formatted capacity: 650 MB
  • Average access time including latency: Less than 85 ms
  • Sustained data transfer rate: 3000 to 7200 KB/s
  • Burst data transfer rate:
    • ATA PIO mode 4: 16.6 MB/sec
    • ATA Multi-word DMA Mode 2: 16.6 MB/sec
  • Technology: Full constant angular velocity (CAV)

Video Subsystem

  • ATI Rage XL Graphics Accelerator
  • Integrated on planar and connected to the PCI bus
  • 8 MB SDRAM standard/maximum video memory
  • 128-bit graphics engine with 8, 16, and 32 bpp mode acceleration
  • 32 bpp (4G colors/True Color) support
  • Integrated 300 MHz RAMDAC
  • DDC2B monitor communications support

Supported video mode capabilities for the SVGA PCI controller:

                                        Refresh
Resolution                Colors        Rate (Hz)
 
Windows NT(R) V4.0 and Windows(R) 2000
 
 640 x  480 x  8          256           60, 72, 75, 85
 640 x  480 x 16          64K           60, 72, 75, 85
 640 x  480 x 32          4G            60, 72, 75, 85
 800 x  600 x  8          256           56, 60, 72, 75, 85
 800 x  600 x 16          64K           56, 60, 72, 75, 85
 800 x  600 x 32          16G           56, 60, 72, 75, 85
1024 x  768 x  8          256           60, 70, 75, 85
1024 x  768 x 16          64K           60, 70, 75, 85
1024 x  768 x 32          4G            60, 70, 75, 85
1152 x  864 x  8          256           60, 70, 75
1152 x  864 x 16          64K           60, 70, 75
1152 x  864 x 32          4G            60
1280 x 1024 x  8          256           60, 75, 85
1280 x 1024 x 16          64K           60, 75, 85
1600 x 1200 x  8          256           60
1600 x 1200 x 16          64K           60

Note: NetWare and SCO drivers are contained in the respective operating system packages or bulletin boards.

Dimensions

  • Tower:
    • Width: 216.0 mm (8.5 in)
    • Depth: 700.0 mm (27.6 in)
    • Height: 440.0 mm (17.31 in)
  • Tower weight:
    • Minimum configuration: 33.63 kg (74 lb)
    • Maximum configuration: 45.90 kg (101 lb)

Electrical

  • 100 to 240 V ac; 50 Hz to 60 Hz; 8 to 4 A
  • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
    • Minimum configuration: 0.121 kVA
    • Maximum configuration: 0.610 kVA
  • Btu output:
    • Ship configuration: 412 Btu/hr (121 watts)
    • Full configuration: 2,081 Btu/hr (610 watts)
  • Acoustical noise emission levels: 6.5 bels (idling and operating)

Note: The noise emission level stated is the declared (upper limit) sound power level, in bels, for a random sample of machines. All measurements made in accordance with ISO 7779 and reported in conformance with ISO 9296.

xSeries 235 servers are intended for use as floor-standing servers and are tested and designed to operate in a horizontal position. The xSeries 235 can also be used as a rack model with the optional rack install kit.

Standards: These systems support or comply with the following standards:

  • Multi Processor Specification (MPS) 1.4
  • Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Specification 2.2
  • Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI-X) Specification V1.0
  • SCSI-Ultra 160 and SCSI-Ultra320
  • Hardware-enabled to meet the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9241, Part 3

Equipment Approvals and Safety

  • FCC — Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class A
  • Canada ICES-003, issue 3, Class A
  • UL-1950
  • CSA C22.2 No. 950
  • NOM-01816
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This server model is certified by the respective UL and NOM agencies.

Operating Environment

  • Temperature:
    • 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft)
    • 10° to 32°C (50° to 90°F) at 914 to 2,133 m (3,000 to 7,000 ft)
  • Relative humidity: 8% to 80%
  • Maximum altitude: 2,134 m (7,000 ft)

Hardware Requirements

For attended installation of an operating system, this server requires a compatible:

  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • HDD
  • Display (E51, E54, P74, G78, LCD, or equivalent)

Unattended or remote installation may be performed without requiring some or all of these components. Review your unattended software installation program information for specific hardware configuration requirements.

For service, the server requires a compatible:

  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • HDD
  • Display (E51, E54, E74, G78, LCD, or equivalent)

When having the unit serviced, plan to have these components attached to your server either directly or indirectly via a console switch.

Software Requirements

The following network operating systems are supported in the xSeries 235 server:

  • Microsoft™:
    • Windows NT 4.0 Server
    • Windows 2000 Advanced Server
    • Windows 2000 Server
  • Novell:
    • NetWare 6.0
    • NetWare 5.1 (GA+60)
  • Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.:
    • UnixWare 8.0.0 (GA+60)
    • Open Server 5.0.6a (GA+60)
  • Linux:
    • Red Hat 7.3
    • SuSE 8.0
  • OS/2®: Warp Server for e-business 5.0 (GA+60)

Note: Certification is planned for these operating systems.

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

The following network operating systems are supported as preloads in the xSeries 235:

  • Microsoft
    • Windows 2000 Server
    • Windows 2000 Advanced Server
    • Windows Small Business Server 2000

Compatibility: The xSeries 235 systems contain licensed system programs that include set configuration, set features, and test programs. System BIOS is loaded from a "flash" EEPROM into system memory. This BIOS provides instructions and interfaces designed to support the standard features of the xSeries 235 server and to maintain compatibility with many current software programs.

To view detailed information on the Internet about IBM and non-IBM devices, adapters, software, and network operating systems supported with xSeries servers, visit:

Contact your IBM representative, IBM Business Partner, or refer to the IBM Sales Manual for information on the compatibility of hardware and software for xSeries servers. The Sales Manual is updated periodically as new features and options are announced that support these servers.

Limitations

  • The xSeries 235 servers support a maximum of 12 GB of system memory when you add a IBM 2 GB PC2100 CL2.5 ECC DDR SDRAM DIMM in each of the six DIMM slots. All supported system memory is addressable through direct memory access (DMA). The xSeries 235 server supports 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, and 2 GB, 133/266 MHz (bus speed runs at 133 MHz but data is clocked on two edges yielding a transfer rate of 266 MHz) PC2100 ECC DDR SDRAM DIMMs. DIMMs must be installed in matched pairs. Refer to the Planning Information section for supported memory options.
  • Mixing microprocessors of different speeds or cache size is not supported.
  • Use the version of ServerGuide that is shipped with the system, or a later version, to load software and drivers. Earlier versions of ServerGuide may not be compatible with the server.

Refer to the Software Requirements section for operating system limitations.

Planning Information

Customer Responsibilities

Customer Setup: The xSeries 235 servers are designated as customer setup. Customer setup instructions are shipped with systems and options.

Configuration Information

Integrated RAID One Configuration: There are two manufacturing instructions (MI) available to allow the customer to setup a RAID one configuration. These instructions enable configuration via Odyssey (IBM.com).

Bay Configuration: The xSeries 235 server contains 10 drive bays. The six 3.5-inch hot-swap bays are located on the lower half of xSeries 235 tower models. These bays are ready for various supported hot-swap drive option installation. The four bays on the top portion of tower models are designed primarily for removable media devices. One bay contains the standard 3.5-inch, slim-high diskette drive, another bay contains the standard CD-ROM drive, while the remaining two 5.25-inch half-high bays can support tape backup or other devices. These two drive bays can support three 3.5-inch slim-high, hot-swap HDDs through installation of an optional 3-Pack Ultra320 Hot-Swap Expansion Kit.

SCSI Cabling Considerations: The xSeries 235 server contains a backplane that supports six hot-swap drive bays. The backplane is connected to the integrated dual-channel, Ultra320 SCSI controller connector through a one-drop 16-bit LVD SCSI cable. If internal RAID support is required, other than the RAID 5i option, this cable cannot be used. You must purchase the SCSI Option One Drop Cable (33P3168).

A two-drop, 16-bit SCSI cable with integrated terminator is included with the Media Bay Tray and LVD Cable Kit (10K2340). The two-drop cable supports up to two internal devices in the open 5.25-/3.5-inch device bays. This cable can be attached to the integrated Ultra320 SCSI controller connector if a RAID adapter is used to support the internal hot-swap drive bays. It can also be used to attach to a supported SCSI adapter if the integrated Ultra320 SCSI controller is used for the hot-swap bays.

The 48x-20x IDE CD-ROM is cabled directly to the IDE port.

External SCSI Attachment: To attach external SCSI devices, a supported SCSI adapter is required or use of the external option cable (24P7973).

In the configurations where an external SCSI device attachment is required, an external SCSI connector knockout is available at rear of system for mounting the option cable.

External Serial Attachment: To attach an external serial cable RS-232 you will use the knockout at the rear of the system to mount the cable connector. The required serial cable is located inside the chassis in a package that is taped to the side of the chassis.

Processor Upgrades: The following processor upgrades are supported:

  • xSeries 2.67 GHz/533 MHz, 512 KB L2 Cache Xeon Processor (71P8966)
  • xSeries 2.8 GHz/533 MHz, 512 KB L2 Cache Xeon Processor (71P8967)

Supported Memory Options: The following memory options are supported:

  • IBM 128 MB PC2100 CL2.5 ECC DDR SDRAM DIMM (33L5036)
  • IBM 256 MB PC2100 CL2.5 ECC DDR SDRAM DIMM (33L5037)
  • IBM 512 MB PC2100 CL2.5 ECC DDR SDRAM DIMM (33L5038)
  • IBM 1 GB PC2100 CL2.5 ECC DDR SDRAM DIMM (33L5039)
  • IBM 2 GB PC2100 CL2.5 ECC DDR SDRAM DIMM (33L5040)

Power Supply Requirements: These models contain either one or two 560-watt power supplies, which become hot-swap power supplies. One hot-swap supply has enough power to supply a fully loaded box. If redundancy is required, the user should install an xSeries 560 W Hot-Swap Redundant Power Supply for 533 MHz FSB option to insure sufficient power will be available. A fault light illuminates when a power supplies fails.

Optional Rack Installations Feature: The xSeries 235 models are optionally installable as rack units and are designed so they can be installed in an industry-standard 19-inch rack cabinet such as the NetBAY42 or NetBAY25. The xSeries 235 system requires a rack mount kit for rack installation. In addition, it can also be installed in the deeper NetBAY42 ER.

If you choose not to use an IBM rack, the cabinet must meet EIA-310-D standards for mounting flanges and hole clearances with front-to-rear mounting of 27.5 to 28.5 inches. The rack must provide sufficient room in front of the forward EIA flange to allow for bezel attachment — the standard for 310-D suggests 49-mm clearance. It must also provide adequate room at the rear of the rack, behind the rear flange for cable management; the x235 requires approximately 6.5 inches in this space. Rack should include perforated front and rear doors and must not prevent the flow of cool air into or out of the rack. The weight handling capacity of the rack varies by server. Finally, the rack must provide proper stabilization so that the rack does not become unstable when servers are pulled out of service.

Cable Orders: A Broadcom 5703 10/100/1000 Mbps, full-duplex Ethernet PCI controller, standard with the xSeries 235 server, is connected directly to an independent RJ-45 connector. The RJ-45 connector provides a 10BaseT, 100Base-TX, or 1000Base-TX interface for connecting twisted-pair cable to the Ethernet network. Cabling is not included with the server. To connect the Ethernet controller to a repeater or switch, use an unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable with RJ-45 connectors at both ends. For 100/1000 Mbps operation, Category 5 cabling must be used. For 10 Mbps operation, Category 3, or better, cabling must be used.

There are no additional cabling requirements, other than for system power, keyboard, mouse, and monitor connections.

Installability: The xSeries 235 server requires about 20 minutes for installation. Installation includes unpacking, setting up, and powering on the system. Additional time is required to install an operating system, additional adapters, or features.

Packaging: One box

  • System Unit
  • Country Kit Carton
    • Keyboard with attached cable
    • Mouse with attached cable
    • System unit power cords (one or two, model dependant)
    • xSeries 235 Installation Guide
    • ServerGuide and IBM Director
    • CD-ROM Packages
    • Publications CD
    • New Broadcom Ethernet Driver CD
    • ServeRAID 5i CD

The xSeries 235 system is shipped as a single package. The country kit carton is contained inside the top portion of the system unit carton.

Security, Auditability, and Control

Security and auditability features include:

  • Power-on and remote-control password functions provide controls of who has access to the data and server setup program on the server.
  • Set unattended boot mode allows the system keyboard to be locked to all entries except the password and at the same time allows other computers on the network to access the system disk drive.
  • Mechanical lock allows the user to lock the system cover to prevent unauthorized personnel access to diskette drives or removable media (tower models only, security of rack drawer models is provided by the rack enclosure).
  • Selectable boot sequence prevents unauthorized installation of software or removal of data from the diskette drive.

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.

Terms and Conditions

This product is available for purchase under the terms of the IBM Customer Agreement (ICA).

IBM hardware products are manufactured from new parts, or new and used parts. In some cases, the hardware product may have been previously installed.

Regardless, IBM warranty terms apply.

IBM Credit Corporation Financing: Yes

To obtain copies of the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, contact your reseller or call IBM. In the United States, call IBM at 800-426-7378. In Canada, call IBM at 800-565-3344.

Warranty Period

  • System hardware — Three years on parts and labor
  • Optional features — Three years on parts and labor

Warranty Service

Systems

  • For three years: IBM On-Site Repair (IOR), 9 hours a day, Monday through Friday excluding holidays, next-business-day response. Service must be performed by IBM or an IBM reseller authorized to perform warranty service. Contact IBM at 800-IBM-SERV (426-7378) in U.S. and Canada or your local reseller.

Optional IBM features initially installed with this server carry the same warranty as the system. If installed after the initial system installation, they carry the balance of the system warranty or the optional feature warranty, whichever is greater.

Call IBM at 800-426-7378 in the U.S. and Canada for help with problem isolation for hardware to determine if warranty service or parts exchange is required. Some parts of the system, such as the keyboard, mouse, and memory, are considered customer replaceable units (CRUs).

International Warranty Service (IWS): IWS is available during the warranty period to customers who travel or relocate to countries where their computer is sold and serviced by IBM or IBM resellers authorized to perform warranty service. Eligible IBM computers are identified by their four-digit machine type.

You can obtain IWS through method of service, such as depot, carry-in, or on-site, provided in the servicing country. Service methods and procedures vary by country, and some service or parts may not be available in all countries. Service centers in certain countries may not be able to service all models of a particular machine type. In addition, some countries may have fees and restrictions that apply at the time of service.

To determine the eligibility of your computer and to view a list of countries where service is available, visit:

Click on the Warranty Lookup tab.

For more information on IWS, refer to Services Announcement 601-034 , dated September 25, 2001.

Licensing: Programs included with this product are licensed under the terms and conditions of the IBM License Agreements that ship with the system.

Maintenance Services — ServiceElect and ServiceSuite™

ServiceElect and ServiceSuite provide hardware warranty service upgrades, maintenance, and selected annuity support services in one agreement.

Warranty Service Upgrade: During the warranty period, warranty service upgrade provides an enhanced level of service for an additional charge. Depending on the upgrade selected, a higher level of on-site service labor in year one, and on-site labor during the second and third years is provided. Parts are covered for three years by the original warranty.

The following warranty service upgrade options are available.

  • IOR, 9 hours a day, Monday through Friday excluding holidays, 4-hour average response
  • IOR, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 4-hour average response
  • IOR, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 2-hour average response

Maintenance Service

  • IOR, 9 hours a day, Monday through Friday excluding holidays, next-business-day response
  • IOR, 9 hours a day, Monday through Friday excluding holidays, 4-hour average response
  • IOR, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 4-hour average response
  • IOR, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 2-hour average response

ServicePac® for Warranty and Maintenance Options: The announced products may be eligible for ServicePac for Warranty and Maintenance Options. ServicePac for warranty and maintenance options provide convenient prepackaged offerings for warranty service upgrades and maintenance services.

Refer to the Prices section for information on the availability of ServicePac offerings.

For additional information, visit our Web site:

Maintenance Services (ICA)

Currently available maintenance services for ICA legacy contracts. The preferred go-to-market offerings are ServiceElect. However, ICA legacy contracts will still be available for current customers until they are withdrawn.

Alternative Service (Warranty Service Upgrades): During the warranty period, warranty service upgrade provides an enhanced level of service for an additional charge. This enhanced level of service provides a higher level of on-site service labor in year one, and provides on-site labor during the second and third years. Parts are covered for three years by the original warranty.

The following warranty service upgrade options are available.

  • IOR, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 4-hour average response
  • IOR, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 2-hour average response

Maintenance Service

  • IOR, 9 hours a day, Monday through Friday excluding holidays, next-business-day response
  • IOR, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 4-hour average response

Mid-Range System Option: This server is an eligible machine for the Mid-Range System Option of the ICA.

Eligible                     Discount
Type                Three-Year      Five-Year
 
8671                   17%             22%

Corporate Service Option: This server is an eligible machine for the Corporate Service Option of the ICA.

                             Discount
Option              Three-Year      Five-Year
 
Network                25%             30%
System                 17%             22%

Extended Maintenance Option: No

Central Facility Maintenance Service (CFMS) Option: No

Non-IBM Parts Support

Warranty Service: IBM is now shipping IBM machines with selected non-IBM parts that contain an IBM field replaceable unit (FRU) part number label. These parts, parts with an IBM FRU label, are to be serviced during the IBM machine warranty period. IBM is covering the service on these selected non-IBM parts as an accommodation to their customers, and normal warranty service procedures for the IBM machine apply.

Warranty Service Upgrades and Maintenance Services: Under certain conditions, IBM Integrated Technology Services repairs selected non-IBM parts at no additional charge for machines that are covered under a warranty service upgrade or maintenance services.

IBM Service provides hardware problem determination on non-IBM parts (adapter cards, PCMCIA cards, disk drives, memory, and so forth) installed within IBM systems covered under warranty service upgrade or maintenance services and provide the labor to replace the failing parts at no additional charge. If IBM has Technical Service Agreements with the manufacturers of the failing part, or if the failing part is an accommodations part (a part with an IBM FRU label), IBM may also source and replace the failing parts at no additional charge. For all other non-IBM parts, the customers are responsible for sourcing the parts. Installation labor is provided at no additional charge, if the machine is covered under a warranty service upgrade or maintenance services.

IBM Hourly Service Rate Classification: One

ServicePac Services Information

ServicePac for Warranty and Maintenance Options: The announced products may be eligible for ServicePacs for Warranty and Maintenance on Options, which provide convenient prepackaged offerings for warranty service upgrades and maintenance services. Refer to the Prices section for information on the availability of ServicePac offerings.

ServicePac Installation Services: The announced products may be eligible for ServicePacs for Installation Services, which provide convenient prepackaged offerings for installation services. Refer to the Prices section for information on the availability of ServicePac offerings.

For additional ServicePac information, visit:

Rental Offering: No

Field-Installable Features: Yes

Model Conversions: No

Machine Installation: Customer setup. Customers are responsible for installation according to the instructions IBM provides with the machine.

Graduated Charges: No

Prices

The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

                             Machine                    IBM
                             Type/        Part          List
Description                  Model        Number        Price(17)
 
xSeries 235 -- Tower         8671-61X     867161X       $2,339
 2.67 GHz/512 KB,
 256 MB
xSeries 235 -- Tower         8671-6AX     86716AX        2,659
 2.67 GHz/512 KB,
 512 MB
xSeries 235 -- Tower         8671-71X     867171X        2,659
 2.8 GHz/512 KB,
 256 MB
xSeries 235 -- Tower         8671-7AX     86717AX        2,979
 2.8 GHz/512 KB,
 512 MB
xSeries 560 Watt
 Redundant Power
 Supply for
 533 MHz FSB
  with U.S. line cord                     02R1874          399
17
IBM list price does not include tax or shipping and is subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary.

To order direct, call IBM at 877-999-7115 and select option 4.

For of the name of the nearest IBM representative or Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

ServicePac for Warranty and Maintenance

                                                  Part
Description                                       Number
 
1-year IOR 9 x 5,                                 69P9406
 next-business-day response
1-year IOR 9 x 5,                                 69P9407
 4-hour average response
1-year IOR 7 x 24,                                69P9408
 4-hour average response
1-year IOR 7 x 24,                                69P9409
 2-hour average response
3-year IOR 9 x 5,                                 21P2083
 4-hour average response
3-year IOR 7 x 24,                                21P2084
 4-hour average response
3-year IOR 7 x 24,                                21P2085
 2-hour average response
4-year IOR 9 x 5,                                 69P9266
 next-business-day response
4-year IOR 9 x 5,                                 69P9267
 4-hour average response
 
                                                  Part
Description                                       Number
 
4-year IOR 7 x 24,                                69P9268
 4-hour average response
4-year IOR 7 x 24,                                69P9269
 2-hour average response
5-year IOR 9 x 5,                                 69P9270
 next-business-day response
5-year IOR 9 x 5,                                 69P9271
 4-hour average response
5-year IOR 7 x 24,                                69P9272
 4-hour average response
5-year IOR 7 x 24,                                69P9273
 2-hour average response

These ServicePac offerings are valid for models announced in the United States.

For ServicePac prices, visit:

Maintenance Service Charges (ICA)

Alternative Service (Warranty Service Upgrades)

 
                  Machine        IOR
Description       Type          24 x 7
 
xSeries 235       8671          $689

Annual Maintenance Service

                  Machine        IOR       IOR
Description       Type          9 x 5     24 x 7
 
xSeries 235       8671          $1,300    $1,950

For ServiceElect (ESA) Maintenance Service Charges, contact IBM Global Services at 888-IBM-4343 (426-4343).

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