New High IOPS Modular Adapters for IBM System x offer ultra-high-performance storage with robust management, low latency, and minimal CPU burden

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 112-213
November 27, 2012


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Overview Overview Publications Publications
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Technical information Technical information
Planned availability date Planned availability date Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
Description Description Pricing Pricing
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These solid-state drive (SSD)-based, high-performance, server-class storage adapters can provide the performance required for extensive computations while utilizing a reduced storage footprint.

Features:



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The new family of IBM High IOPS Modular Adapters are the ultimate performance solution for embedded direct-attached storage (DAS). The offerings will include 300 GB, 600 GB, and 800 GB Multi Level Cell (MLC) adapters and a 300 GB Single Level Cell (SLC) adapter. Designed to offer high performance with low latency and a low CPU burden, they accelerate applications such as web serving, data warehousing, data mining, online transaction processing, and high-performance computing. Their PCIe host interface, industry-standard drivers, and small form factor make them more flexible and easier to integrate into today's low-profile, high-performance system chassis. These adapters are designed to improve the performance of applications regardless of the mix of reads and writes.

The IBM High IOPS Modular Adapters are built on the latest enterprise-level solid-state technologies and include sophisticated advanced features to help deliver consistently high levels of performance, endurance, and reliability under some of the most demanding conditions. In addition, they are built to provide modular serviceability, reducing maintenance and replacement costs. The robust technology in these adapters helps optimize the number of program cycles to the flash storage, efficiently extending the rated endurance of flash storage by 20x more when compared to standard controllers.

These adapters use NAND flash memory as the basic building block of solid-state storage and contain no moving parts, thus are less sensitive to issues associated with vibration, noise, and mechanical failure. These adapters are built as block devices on a PCIe bus with advanced wear-leveling, ECC, and N+1 chip-level redundancy providing unparalleled reliability and efficiency.

Whether enabling high-performance computing or reducing the storage footprint, IBM offers High IOPS Modular Adapters to meet your computational requirements. These adapters are compatible with a wide variety of System x® servers.

Providing that additional peace of mind, your High IOPS Modular Adapter purchase is covered under IBM warranty.

Features and functions:

IBM 300 GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter (90Y4361)
IBM 600 GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter (90Y4365)
IBM 800 GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter (90Y4369)
IBM 300 GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapter (90Y4373)

Warranty: One-year limited warranty1 or system.

Note: Solid-state memory cells have an intrinsic, finite number of program/erase cycles that each cell can incur. As a result, solid-state storage has a maximum amount of program/erase cycles to which it can be subjected. IBM's warranty for the solid-state storage is limited to devices that have not reached the maximum guaranteed number of program/erase cycles, as documented in the Official Published Specifications for the product. Solid-state storage that reaches this limit may fail to operate according to its specifications.

Note:

1 petabyte = 1024 terabytes of writes. Writes are tracked and reported by the adapter's management utility and may be affected by application writes, data patterns, and maintenance designed to maximize data integrity.

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These SSD PCIe Adapters can be used on supported System x and BladeCenter® servers.

Note: In order to be used with BladeCenter servers, the IBM BladeCenter PCI Express® Gen 2 Expansion Blade II is required.



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December 14, 2012:

Note: These modular products will not support Systems x3850 X5/x3950 X5 (7145) and x3850 X5/x3950 X5-Ref. (7143) until January 8, 2013.

December 11, 2012:



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Ideal for businesses requiring high-performance storage without sacrificing capacity, these adapters provide an opportunity to lower power and cooling costs while simplifying management overhead and reducing the overall storage footprint. They offer:

Compatibility



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Option Offerings (SEOs)

 
                                                         Option
Description                                              number
 
IBM 300 GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter                 90Y4361
IBM 600 GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter                 90Y4365
IBM 800 GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter                 90Y4369
IBM 300 GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapter                 90Y4373

The following are features already announced for the 3331, 7143, 7875, and 7915 machine types:

Description                                        MT    Model   Feature

IBM 300GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter            3331  HC1     A3MZ
IBM 300GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter            7143  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 300GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter            7875  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 300GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter            7915  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 600GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter            3331  HC1     A3N0
IBM 600GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter            7143  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 600GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter            7875  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 600GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter            7915  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 800GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter            3331  HC1     A3N1
IBM 800GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter            7143  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 800GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter            7875  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 800GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter            7915  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 300GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapter            3331  HC1     A3N2
IBM 300GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapter            7143  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 300GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapter            7875  AC1
                                                         MC1
IBM 300GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapter            7915  AC1
                                                         MC1

Note: The following does not apply to other products in this announcement. This announcement is being used to get the feature numbers announced.

The following are newly announced features on the IBM machine type 3331 model HC1.

Description                                         MT   Model Feature

.5m IBM Passive DAC SFP+ Cable                      3331 HC1   A3RG
 
 7m IBM Passive DAC SFP+ Cable                      3331 HC1   A3RH


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Publications are shipped with the announced product.

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None

Source file publications

None

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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications
300 GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter for IBM System x
600 GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter for IBM System x
800 GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter for IBM System x
300 GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapter for IBM System x

All adapters have same dimensions.

Shipping dimensions

Agency approvals

Standards

None

Operating environment

Temperature:

Relative humidity: 8% to 85% (noncondensing)

Maximum altitude: 10,700 m (35,105 ft)

Hardware requirements

The controller must be installed in a selected System x server system.

Software requirements

The 300 GB, 600 GB, 800 GB High IOPS MLC adapters and 300 GB High IOPS SLC adapter support the following major 64-bit operating systems:

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

300 GB, 600 GB, 800 GB High IOPS MLC Modular and 300 GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapters

Solid-state memory cells have an intrinsic, finite number of write cycles that each cell can incur.

As a result, solid-state storage has a maximum amount of write cycles to which it can be subjected, documented as Total Bytes Written (TBW).

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

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/options/storage/solidstate/adapters.html
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

SSD PCIe High IOPS Adapter products are designated as a customer replacement setup. Customer installation instructions are shipped with the option part.

Cable orders

No.

Note: If purchasing a 7915 and four or more 2.4 TB adapters (90Y4397), cable part number 46C9060 must be ordered.

Installability

The High IOPS MLC and SLC Adapters require about 20 minutes for installation.

Installation includes unpacking, setting up, and powering on.

Packaging

300 GB, 600 and 800 GB High IOPS MLC and 300 GB SLC Adapters

Product                     Package description           Boxes
 
300 GB, 600 GB,             Option Unit Box               1
800 GB MLC and 300 GB
SLC High IOPS Adapters
for IBM System x
 
                         Contents:
                      
            IBM 300 GB, 600 GB, 800 GB High IOPS MLC Modular or
            300 GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapter with full
            height bracket attached
            Half height bracket loose
            USB Key with documentation
            Quick Install Guide
            Importances Notice Doc (IBM doc)
            Warranty doc (IBM doc)
            Technical Flyer

The 300 GB, 600 GB, 800 GB MLC and 300 GB SLC High IOPS Adapters are shipped as a single package. Other items are in zipped bags.

Retail only

Packaging dimensions and weight

All High IOPS MLC Modular Adapters and SLC Modular Adapter

Note: All measurements are approximate.

Supplies

For end users: The 300 GB, 600 GB, 800 GB MLC and the 300 GB SLC High IOPS Modular Adapters can be purchased through dealers around the world.

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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Field installable features

Yes

Warranty period

One year.

300 GB, 600 GB, 800 GB MLC and 300 GB SLC High IOPS Modular Adapters offer a one-year limited warranty1 or system.

Note: Solid-state memory cells have an intrinsic, finite number of program/erase cycles that each cell can incur. As a result, solid-state storage has a maximum amount of program/erase cycles to which it can be subjected. IBM's warranty for the solid-state storage is limited to devices that have not reached the maximum guaranteed number of program/erase cycles, as documented in the Official Published Specifications for the product. Solid-state storage that reaches this limit may fail to operate according to its specifications.

Note:

1 petabyte = 1024 terabytes of writes. Writes are tracked and reported by the adapter's management utility and may be affected by application writes, data patterns, and maintenance designed to maximize data integrity.

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.

FRU replacement

Customer setup

Yes, as a replacement FRU only

Machine code

No license terms apply.

Note: Machine type 7143

Warranty period

Three years

ANNOUNCEMENT COUNTRIES

The following countries only:



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                                                Part      
Description                                     number    

IBM 300 GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter        90Y4361   
IBM 600 GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter        90Y4365  
IBM 800 GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter        90Y4369   
IBM 300 GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapter        90Y4373  
 

Field    Plant              
install  install  MES       Cables
only     only     removal   required
 
 N        N        N        Yes - conditional

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

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/ 
                              Model    Feature       Both         RP
Description                   number   number        support  CSU MES

IBM 300GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter
                              HC1      A3MZ          MES
IBM 600GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter
                              HC1      A3N0          MES
IBM 800GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter
                              HC1      A3N1          MES
IBM 300GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapter
                              HC1      A3N2          MES
.5m IBM Passive DAC SFP+ Cable
                              HC1      A3RG          MES
7m IBM Passive DAC SFP+ Cable
                              HC1      A3RH          MES
 

The following are features already announced for the 7143 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/ 
                              Model    Feature       Both         RP
Description                   number   number        support  CSU MES

IBM 300GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter
                              AC1      A3MZ          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 600GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter
                              AC1      A3N0          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 800GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter
                              AC1      A3N1          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 300GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapter
                              AC1      A3N2          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following are features already announced for the 7875 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/ 
                              Model    Feature       Both         RP
Description                   number   number        support  CSU MES

IBM 300GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter
                              AC1      A3MZ          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 600GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter
                              AC1      A3N0          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 800GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter
                              AC1      A3N1          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 300GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapter
                              AC1      A3N2          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following are features already announced for the 7915 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/ 
                              Model    Feature       Both         RP
Description                   number   number        support  CSU MES

IBM 300GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter
                              AC1      A3MZ          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 600GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter
                              AC1      A3N0          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 800GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter
                              AC1      A3N1          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
IBM 300GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapter
                              AC1      A3N2          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
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