Today, we announced a set of new products and options for the IBM Flex System ecosystem. We also snuck in some new options in the BladeCenter and System x spaces too. Let me tell you about a few of them.
IBM Flex System Fabric CN4093 10Gb Converged Scalable Switch
The CN4093 10Gb Converged Scalable Switch is a new Ethernet switch for the Flex System portfolio. The switch offers full Layer 2/3 switching as well as FCoE Full Fabric and Fibre Channel NPV Gateway operations to deliver a fully converged and integrated solution. The switch is installed in the bays internal to the Flex System Enterprise Chassis.
Externally, it has 12 Omni Ports, which can be either 8 Gb FC or 10 GbE, two additional 10 GbE ports, and two 40 GbE uplink ports. Internally, it has up to 42 internal ports, enough for 6 ports to each I/O adapter in the compute nodes. Some ports are enabled as standard, whereas some ports are enabled with Features on Demand license upgrades.
To learn more, see the IBM Redbooks Product Guide on the CN4093.
IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
The IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node is designed to be installed internally into the Flex System Enterprise Chassis. Placing it there enables very integrated management with management tools such as IBM Flex System Manager. The V7000 Storage Node is optimized for FCoE although it also works with FC and iSCSI solutions. The V7000 Storage Node has space for 24 hot-swap 2.5-inch disks and two controller modules each with battery backup. Also available are V7000 Expansion Enclosure which connect to the Storage Node via SAS cables.
IBM Flex System FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switches
Even though this switch isn’t new (we announced it in April), what’s now available are Features on Demand upgrades on ports and features. Upgrade 1 enables 12 additional ports and Upgrade 2 enables 24 additional ports. With these upgrades, you can now enable and use all 20 external ports on the switch as well as 14 of the internal ports on the switch.
We also announced Fabric Watch and ISL/Trunking licenses for the non-ESB models of the FC5022 switch.
Read more in the IBM Redbooks Product Guide on the FC5022.
IBM Flex System Storage Expansion Node
The new Storage Expansion Node (SEN) is a locally attached storage node that is dedicated and directly attached to either an x220 compute node or an x240 compute node. You can see it here attached to the x240. The SEN adds 12 hot-swap 2.5-inch drive bays and an LSI RAID controller and connects to the compute node via its PCIe expansion connector (sometimes called the ETE connector). As a result, it looks to the system as just another PCI SAS controller with attached drives.
Read more about it in the IBM Redbooks Product Guide for the SEN.
More from Flex System?
We also announced these other products and options:
System x and BladeCenter weren’t shut out of the announcement game today with these updates:
- IBM System x3530 M4 – new memory options, 2.5” Simple Swap options, power supplies, and mor
- IBM System x3630 M4 – new DIMMs, solid-state drive options, power supplies, GPUs and more
- IBM BladeCenter HX5 – supports 32 GB LRDIMMs. With an attached MAX5, you can now get 1.25 TB of RAM on a single blade server (woah!)
- Intel X520 10 GbE Embedded Adapter – for servers such as the x3550 M4, x3650 M4 and dx360 M4, this adapter (shown here) fits on a dedicated mezzanine slot that doesn’t consume one of the regular PCIe slots.
We also updated two of our reference guides:
That's my 3 minute summary -- did it take you that long? And if all of that doesn’t keep you busy, then I’m not sure what will!
I’m exhausted! :-)