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IBM x3550


$4,000.00 Released February, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Flexible setup and optional components. Works with both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch SAS drives for raw storage. Good support for virtualisation, comes with feature-rich management tools.

The Cons:Ethernet cable retention widget is unusual, takes some getting used to. Power button is recessed and tiny, need a reference diagram to even find it.

The IBM x3550 is an Intel Xeon-based double-socket commercial application server designed for the high-speed performance and application density required for power-managed data centers. It supports two Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processors X5270 up to 3.5GHz or two Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors X5470 up to 3.33GHz, a maximum of 32GB of high-performance memory, and internal storage up to 600GB SAS, 2.0TB simple-swap SATA, or 293.6GB hot-swap SAS.

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In addition, the IBM x3550 offers notable features such as optimized power management with integrated tools such as IBM Systems Direct Active Energy Manager, calibrated vectored cooling for keeping system components well-cooled, and a TCP-IP Offload Engine that improves system performance by offloading protocol processing from the CPU to a separate engine or code. The IBM x3550 retails from anywhere between $1000 to $4000 depending on the specifics (e.g. RAM, Drives, etc) chosen, and comes with a 1-3 year limited warranty.

Features

  • Form factor/height: Rack/1U   
  • Processor: Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® X5270 up to 3.5 GHz and up to 1333 MHz front-side bus or Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® X5470 up to 3.33 GHz and up to 1333 MHz front-side bus
  • Number of processors (std/max): 1/2   
  • Memory:  1 GB or 32 GB Fully Buffered DIMM 667 MHz
  • Expansion slots: 2 PCI-Express (x8) half-length, full-height or optional riser card for 1 PCI-X (64-bit 133 MHz)
  • Disk bays (total/hot-swap): 2/2 (3.5” form factor) or 4/4 (2.5” form factor)
  • Maximum internal storage:  600 GB 3.5" hot-swap SAS or up to 2.0 TB simple-swap SATA or 293.6 GB 2.5" hot-swap SAS
  • Network interface: Integrated dual Gigabit Ethernet
  • Power supply (std/max): 670W capacity    
  • Raid Support: Integrated RAID-0, -1, -10, optional RAID-5, -6
  • Systems Management: IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, Integrated Service Processor, Diagnostic LEDs, drop-down light path diagnostics panel, Automatic Server Restart, optional Remote Supervisor Adapter II SlimLine, IBM Systems Director, IBM ServerGuide™ and optional Remote Deployment Manager
  • Operating systems supported: Microsoft® Windows Server® 2003, Red Hat Enterprise Linux®, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, TurboLinux Enterprise Server, Novell NetWare and VMware ESX Server
  • Limited warranty: 3-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty

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    flexible setup and optional components

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    works with both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch SAS drives for raw storage

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    good support for virtualisation, comes with feature-rich management tools

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    Director software gives sorted, well-organized views of components on the network

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    good access times to hosted files, can handle higher demand times gracefully

Cons
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    Ethernet cable retention widget is unusual, takes some getting used to

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    power button is recessed and tiny, need a reference diagram to even find it

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