The IBM System x3100 M5 single-socket tower server is designed for small to midsize businesses, distributed environments, and first-time server buyers seeking a solution to improve business efficiency. It offers innovative, business-class features at a competitive price, and you can get it either as a compact mini-tower server, or the larger standard tower form factor with hot-swap power supplies and hot-swap disk drives.
The front view of the x3100 M5 – a choice between the
compact mini-tower form factor with fixed power supply and simple-swap HDDs,
or the standard tower form factor with hot-swap power supplies and hot-swap drive bays
Hot-swap power supplies and hot-swap drive bays are a great addition to an entry-level or remote office server, since those components are the ones with moving parts and are often the first ones to fail. You even get RAID support standard. Even for a smaller business, having redundancy in these areas means less time and effort spent fixing server problems and more time running your business.
Both chassis form factors offer an optical drive (DVD or multi-burner, depending on the model) and a spare bay for a tape drive. Having these drives means an all-in-one server for installation, operation, and backup – all essential activities for running applications and managing data on your system.
The x3100 M5 offers 4 PCIe slots for upgrades; and 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports, one you can share
with the Integrated Management Module for superior systems management capabilities.
The x3100 M5 also offers optional remote management with the Integrated Management Module II Advanced Upgrade. With this simple license upgrade (no extra hardware needed), you can connect to the server remotely and perform maintenance on it, even with the operating system not operational. You have full keyboard, video & mouse control just as if you were physically next to the server in your office - a savings to your IT management budget. All you need is network connectivity to the server, and away you go.
And of course the x3100 M5 has the latest Intel processors, such as the quad-core Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 processor, or a choice of the latest Pentium, Celeron, or Core-i3 processor, plus performance features such as memory capacity up to 32 GB, memory speeds up to 1600 MHz, and USB 3.0 for up to ten times faster data transfer than USB 2.0.
There are also savings to be made using the x3100 M5. With features such as energy-efficient 80 PLUS Silver-certified power supplies and 1.35 volt memory DIMM options, you’ll save server operating expenses. With an optional Operating Temperature Enhancement Kit, the server can operate in warm environments as high as 40°C (104°F) which translates to savings in air conditioning costs for your computer room and improvements to your bottom line.
All in all, this entry server is a great performer with business class reliability. With all these features, the only thing “entry” about it is the price!
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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.