The IBM System x3750 M4 server optimizes the value of the Intel Xeon E5-4600 processor family by providing substantial processing power in a dense 2U design. The x3750 M4 is an ideal mid-range server consolidation vehicle, enabling you to maximize return on investment while minimizing costs.
Through the use of virtualization, you can place many smaller workloads on the server, allowing you to maximize the use of available processor, memory and I/O capacity. Capacity allocation can also be adjusted dynamically to meet the needs of the business.
The key to the x3750 M4 being a great virtualization server is flexibility. The x3750 M4 has enough CPU, memory, network, and storage capacity to allow you to host a larger number of virtual machines and allocate enough resources to each of them to ensure top performance. Let’s look at each of these briefly:
CPU: With support for up to four of the latest Intel Xeon E5-4600 processors, you have the capacity to allocate the necessary vCPU resources to your virtual machines.
Memory: To match its processing power, the x3750 M4 also has outstanding memory performance, achieved with three-RDIMM-per-channel configurations at speeds up to 25% faster than the standard Intel specification, while still maintaining world-class IBM reliability. Read more about the x3750 M4 memory design in another blog posting of mine. Memory capacity isn’t a problem – with 48 DIMM sockets, the server can have up to 1.5 TB of RAM if needed.
Network: To get the quantity of high-speed network connections you need for a virtualization engine of this capacity, the x3750 M4 offers an onboard 10GbE controller plus eight PCIe 3.0 slots. This combination allows you to have up to eighteen 10 GbE ports. With the use of Emulex 10GbE adapters, each 10GbE port can be divided into four vNICs. This means a massive 72 Ethernet connections are possible.
Storage: The x3750 M4 has physical space internally for either 16 HDDs or 32 IBM eXFlash SSDs or a combination of the two. Using a combination means you have the flexibility to allocate the storage type you need for your virtualized applications. Read more about how the x3750 M4 can be expanded.
So you can see that the x3750 M4 has the “chops” to be a great consolidation engine. We mention the capacity and flexibility here. The server also has great reliability and availability features too and you can read about those in the IBM Redbooks Product Guide.
David Watts is an IBM Redbooks Project Leader. He writes books and papers on many areas related to IBM Flex System, IBM BladeCenter and IBM System x. Follow David on Twitter at @DavidAtRedbooks