IBM N2115 and N2125 8-port SAS/SATA host bus adapters for System x integrate latest enhancements in PCI Express and SAS technology to provide high-performance internal and external storage connectivity for servers

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 113-052
April 9, 2013

ENUS113-052.PDF ENUS113-052.PDF

Table of contents
Overview Overview Product number Product number
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Publications Publications
Planned availability date Planned availability date Technical information Technical information
Description Description Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
Product positioning Product positioning Prices Prices


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The N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM® System x® (46C8988) and the N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x (46C9010) provide ideal solutions for all servers requiring high-speed data transfer in storage connectivity for data backup and mission critical applications. These HBAs provide support for SAS and SATA HDDs and SSDs.

Features of the N2115 and N2125 HBAs:



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Overview
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The N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x is an ideal solution for System x servers requiring high-speed internal storage connectivity. This 8-port host bus adapter supports direct attach to SAS and SATA internal hard disk drives and solid-state drives (SSDs).

The N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x is a low-cost, high-performance 8-port host bus adapter perfect for high-performance connectivity between System x servers and external storage JBOD, Tape, and RAIDed units.

With low-profile form factor designs, the N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x and the N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x offer two (x4) internal mini-SAS connectors and two (x4) external mini-SAS connectors, respectively. They are based on LSI 2308 6 Gbps SAS IO controller; both provide eight lanes of 6 Gbps SAS and eight lanes of PCIe 3.0 to eliminate data bottlenecks and provide high data transfer rates for medium-to-large capacity server storage applications.

Features and functions

N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x (46C8988)

N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x (46C9010)

Warranty: The adapters come with a one year, customer replaceable unit (CRU), limited warranty1 .

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

None



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Key prerequisites
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The N2115 and N2125 SAS/SATA HBA adapters can be used on supported System x servers with an available PCI Express expansion slot.



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Description
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The N2115 and N2125 SAS/SATA HBAs for IBM System x offer an affordable and reliable SAN to small and medium businesses. The adapters are designed to be easy to use, with proven quality, and demonstrated robustness (highest mean-time between failures). These adapters are based on a design that requires minimum user effort while delivering maximum user satisfaction. Emphasis on ease of use at every step helps to provide a successful, enhanced experience.

You can easily monitor and perform any necessary maintenance, including updating firmware.

The N2115 and N2125 SAS/SATA HBAs are the latest PCIe adapter card options for System x servers.

Each server can be installed with one or more adapter cards to enable redundant connections within System x servers.



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Product positioning
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Option Offerings (SEOs)

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

  
                                                                Part
Description                        Type  Model Feature   SEO    Number
 
N2115 SAS/SATA HBA
for IBM System x                   3331  HC1    A3MW   46C8988 46C8988
N2125 SAS/SATA HBA
for IBM System x                   3331  HC1    A3MV   46C9010 46C9010
 

The following are features already announced for the 3331, 7143, 7158, 7914, 7915, 8722 machine type:

Description                                         MT  Model  Feature 

2U bracket for low profile-internal-storage
adapters                                           8722  AC1     A1XM
                                                         MC1
N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x                3331  HC1     A3MV
N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x                7143  AC1
                                                         MC1
N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x                7158  AC1
                                                         MC1
N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x                7914  AC1
                                                         MC1
N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x                7915  AC1
                                                         MC1
N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x                8722  AC1
                                                         MC1
N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x                3331  HC1     A3MW
N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x                7143  AC1
                                                         MC1
N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x                7158  AC1
                                                         MC1
N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x                7914  AC1
                                                         MC1
N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x                7915  AC1
                                                         MC1
N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x                8722  AC1
                                                         MC1

Model conversions

None

Feature conversions

None

Business Partner information

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

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=113-052


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Publications
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Publications are shipped with the announced product.

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

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

IBM Publications Center Portal

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

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

Displayable softcopy publications: None

Source file publications: None



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Global Technology Services

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

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

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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

N2115 SAS/SATA HBA

N2125 SAS/SATA HBA

N2115 and N2125 SAS/SATA HBAs

Shipping dimensions

Agency approvals

N2115 and N2125 SAS/SATA HBAs

Standards

None

Operating environment

N2115 and N2125 SAS/SATA HBAs

Homologation

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

Hardware requirements

These HBA adapters must be installed in a selected System x server.

Software requirements

The N2115 and N2125 SAS/SATA HBAs support the following major 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

None

User group requirements

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

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

The N2115 and N2125 SAS/SATA 8-port HBA products are designated as customer setup. Customer installation instructions are shipped with each option part.

Cable orders

None

Installability

The N2115 and N2125 SAS/SATA eight-port HBAs require about 20 minutes for installation.

Installation includes unpacking, setting up, and powering on.

Packaging

N2115 and N2125 SAS/SATA HBAs

Product                   Package description               Boxes
 
N2115 and N2125             Option Unit Box                   1
SAS/SATA Eight-port HBAs
for IBM System x
  
                      Contents:
                   
                      HBA eight-port adapter
                      2U bracket kit
                      3U bracket kit (installed)
                      CD with pubs
                      Important Notices Flyer
                      Warranty Important Notice
 

The N2115 and N2125 SAS/SATA adapters are shipped as a single package. Other items are in zipped bags.

Retail only

Packaging dimensions/weight

Note: All measurements are approximate.

Supplies

For end users: N2115 and N2125 SAS/SATA eight-port HBA 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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IBM Electronic Services
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Electronic Service Agent™ and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to IBM Systems customers. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support all at no additional cost to you.

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

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

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

Benefits

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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

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Terms and conditions
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MES discount applicable

No

Field installable feature

Yes

Warranty period

One year.

N2115 and N2125 SAS/SATA HBA Adapters

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.

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

Yes

Machine code

No license terms apply.



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

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

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

 
                                                 Part      
Description                                      number   
 
N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x              46C8988 
 
N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x              46C9010    
 
 
 
Field    Plant              
install  install  MES             Cables
only     only     removal         required
 
 N        N         N                N
  

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

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

N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
                              HC1      A3MV          MES
N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
                              HC1      A3MW          MES

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

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

N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
                              AC1      A3MV          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
                              AC1      A3MW          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following are features already announced for the 7158 machine type:

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

N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
                              AC1      A3MV          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
                              AC1      A3MW          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following are features already announced for the 7914 machine type:

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

N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
                              AC1      A3MV          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
                              AC1      A3MW          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

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

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

N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
                              AC1      A3MV          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
                              AC1      A3MW          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

The following are features already announced for the 8722 machine type:

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

2U bracket for low profile-internal-storage
adapters
                              AC1      A1XM          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
N2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
                              AC1      A3MV          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial
N2115 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x
                              AC1      A3MW          Initial
                              MC1                    Initial

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