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IBMSystem x3690 X5
Architecture Overview 1
Key Highlights 2
Key Features 3
Key Options 13
x3690 X5 Images 14
x3690 X5 Specs 16
The Bottom Line 19
Server Comparison 21
For More Information 22
Legal Information 22
Outstanding performance, superior mainframe-like reliability, and
fault-tolerant memory characteristics
has been designing and implementing servers under the X-Architecture
2001. eX5 technology represents the fifth generation of enterprise servers based on the same
design principle IBM began with in 1997: to offer systems that are expandable, offer “big iron”
reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features, with extremely competitive
price/performance on an Intel
The eX5 technology is primarily designed around three major workloads: database servers,
server consolidation using virtualization services, and Enterprise Resource Planning
(application and database) servers.
If you’re using industry-standard Xeon processor-based servers for running business critical
applications, the systems that run these applications need the type of technology designed into
IBM’s eX5 technology systems. eX5 technology represents a $100M+ investment in designing
a flagship offering that can harness the power of the latest 64-bit x86 (x64) Xeon processors.
The eX5 family includes a 2U2-socket rack-optimized chassis (x3690 X5). In addition, for
those workloads that require the maximum available memory, the x3690 X5 support a 1U
MAX5 memory expansion unit, which adds an additional 32 DIMM slots (up to 64 DIMMs / 2TB
total). You can save money on software licensing by using the memory capacity to virtualize the
server into many VMs, rather than using multiple servers. Huge amounts of memory also
enable larger VMs and larger databases.
The x3690 X5 offers database optimized models with eXFlash solid-state drive technology,
pretested and ready to deploy for database workloads.
The x3690 X5 Workload Optimized Solution for SAP In-Memory Appliance, SAP HANA
models offer a preloaded and optimized appliance based on the two-socket x3690 X5 server
platform. These models include two processors, 256GB of memory and choice of all eXFlash
SSs or a combination of solid-state and hard disk drives. They are designed for use in small-to-
midsized SAP HANA configurations. These models also include the following software: Novell
SLES for SAP Applications operating system with three-year priority support and the IBM
General Parallel File System (GPFS) with 3 year support. Note: SAP HANA software is
included, but sold separately by SAP.
The x3690 X5 offers models integrated witha hypervisor preloaded on a USB 2.0 flash key.
It operates in a diskless configuration, offers a smaller memory footprint, extremely high
performance, and stronger security, making getting a system up and running in a virtualized
environment faster and easier than ever before.
IBM X-Architecture pioneered XpandOnDemand
(“pay as you grow”) scalability, which allows
chassis to be simply cabled together to form larger scale-up systems. This capability allows IBM
to sell a large SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) system at entry price points. With
XpandOnDemand, you can start small and later expand as your needs change, without
requiring you to buy more than you need up-front or throw away parts later as you expand.
IBM’s eX5 technology-based systems are the ideal solution for scale-up database-serving
applications on Microsoft
with Microsoft SQL Server
or IBM DB2
, as well as
with Oracle or DB2. Database hosting demands ultimate server reliability features, and
once installed, they tend to grow and grow, requiring ever greater levels of availability. eX5
servers provide exactly that degree to availability.
Another strong application area for the eX5-based systems is enterprise server consolidation
activities workloads, including SAP and Oracle. eX5 systems can offer considerable savings
deployments, using our certified solution stacks on either Windows or Linux.. Larger
servers need more processor, memory and I/O resources, which make maximum use of any
applicable virtual machine software licensing fees and deliver superior system utilization levels.
The name of the game in consolidation activities is to deploy the fewest new servers possible
and help IT staff manage more images with the same or fewer overall people.
The eX5 servers are designed to protect your data with high performance, high reliability, and
high availability. They support the latest ten-, eight-, six-, and four-core Intel
processor E7 family and 7500/6500 series processors, up to 1066MHz memory access, and up
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