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  • Integration to drive down costs and complexity In a blade environment, ultra-slim blades fit in a single chassis like books in a bookshelf. Each is an independent server, with its own processors, memory, storage, network controllers, operating system and applications. The blade server simply slides into a bay in the chassis and plugs in to a high-availability passive midplane, sharing power, fans, DVD drives, switches and powerful systems management. IBM BladeCenter systems integrate servers, storage and networking to help clients reduce complexity and costs, simplify IT management and protect their investments. While competing vendors focus on selling servers, IBM has focused on delivering infrastructure building blocks. We've created an integrated solution that's setting the industry agenda, facilitating a new IT computing paradigm and delivering excellent value. Integration is the cornerstone of the value a BladeCenter solution can provide, because the more clients integrate, the more they can potentially save.
  • We will begin with the IBM BladeCenter E. This chassis is a highly modular chassis designed to accommodate a range of diverse business requirements. Within 7U of rack space, the BladeCenter E chassis can support up to 14 blade servers or seven double slot blade servers. You can mix different blade server models to meet any business requirement, subject to power and cooling thresholds. It also contains four switch modules, four power supplies, and media tray that includes light path diagnostics, one USB port, one diskette drive and one CD-ROM drive. In addition to the blade servers, BladeCenter E supports a wide range of networking modules, including Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and InfiniBand for high speed connectivity to the client’s existing network environment. The BladeCenter E also supports a redundant pair of Management Modules for comprehensive systems management.
  • This slide identifies the key features located in the front of the BladeCenter E. In the front there are 14 hot-swap blade server bays, and a media tray. The Media Tray houses the Customer Interface Card on which is mounted the Front Panel LEDs and a 4 port USB controller hub. A USB Floppy drive and IDE CD-ROM drive are mounted in the Media Tray.
  • Located in the rear of the BladeCenter E chassis are the hot swappable modular components. The rear of the chassis contains up to 4 power modules, 2 blowers, 2 management modules, and 4 switch (I/O) modules. These components connect to the blades in the front of the chassis through the midplane, where all major components are plugged into
  • IBM BladeCenter T is designed specifically for telecommunications network infrastructures and other rugged environments. This 8U high chassis with DC or AC power supplies provides a cost-effective, high-performance, high-availability solution. It is positioned for expansion, capacity, redundancy, and carrier-grade NEBS level/ETSI compliance in DC models. The BladeCenter T chassis supports up to either eight single-slot blade servers or four double-slot blade servers that can be mixed with different blade server models in one chassis to meet any business requirement.
  • This slide identifies the key features located in the front of the BladeCenter T. The BladeCenter T chassis has eight blade bays, four power module bays, and two management module bays. The BladeCenter T unit also comes with a bezel assembly containing a removable and replaceable air filter.
  • This slide identifies the key features located in the rear of the BladeCenter T chassis. There are four blower module bays, four switch (I/O) module bays, two AC-power connectors or DC-power connectors (model dependent) connections, as well as LAN and KVM connections. The LAN module in the rear of the chassis has two 10/100 Mb Ethernet remote management connections to the management modules in the front of the chassis and one DSUB 15P alarm connector. The KVM module has a video port (analog), PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports, and a system status panel.
  • IBM BladeCenter H delivers high performance, extreme reliability, and ultimate flexibility to even the most demanding IT environments. In 9 U of rack space, the BladeCenter H chassis can contain up to 14 blade servers, 10 switch modules, and four power supplies to provide the necessary I/O network switching, power, cooling, and control panel information to support the individual servers. The chassis supports up to four traditional fabrics using networking switches, storage switches, or pass through devices. The chassis also supports up to four high-speed fabrics for support of protocols like 4X InfiniBand or 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The built-in media tray includes light path diagnostics, two front USB inputs, and a DVD drive.
  • This slide identifies the key features located in the front of the BladeCenter H. The BladeCenter H chassis supports up to 14 blade servers (same as the BladeCenter E), a hot swappable Media Tray, and four front load 2900W Power Supplies. Each power supply includes a replaceable fan pack with 3 fans.
  • Above is the BladeCenter H rear view. In the back of the BladeCenter H chassis, there is support for the following: Two management module slots supporting the Advanced Management Module Up to four high speed enabled switches Two dedicated bridge modules Two shared modules – either bridge or legacy switch Up to four legacy switch modules Redundant, hot swap blowers Two consolidated power inputs Aggregated serial connector MM slots supporting the Advanced MM
  • IBM BladeCenter HT is a 12U high chassis with DC or AC power supplies and provides a cost-effective, high-performance, high-availability solution for telecommunication network and other rugged non-telco environments. IBM BladeCenter HT chassis is positioned for expansion, capacity, redundancy, and carrier-grade NEBS level/ETSI compliance in the DC models. The BladeCenter HT brings significant new capabilities to the broad IBM ecosystem of hundreds of NGN applications already being deployed on BladeCenter. A key example is the introduction of the Nortel 10 Gb Ethernet Switch Module for BladeCenter, which delivers 10 Gb to each blade server deployed in the BladeCenter HT chassis, and six 10 Gb Ethernet uplinks. This capability helps to greatly reduce the cost of implementing IPTV and other high bandwidth NGN applications.
  • This slide identifies the key features located in the front of the BladeCenter HT. The BladeCenter HT chassis has 12 blade bays. The chassis also comes with one media tray, which has 2 external USB connections (no DVD/CD media). There is the option for a redundant media tray, as well as the option for 1GB or 4GB compact flash. The Advanced Management Module offers systems management of the chassis, and an optional Advanced Module can be added for redundancy. The chassis supports up to four traditional, up to four high-speed and up to two bridge module bays shared with two traditional bays. The chassis also supports up to 4 hot-swap and redundant DC or AC power supply modules with load-balancing and failover capabilities.
  • The rear components of the BladeCenter HT chassis are: Power Input Boxes (2) AC or DC per Machine Type Not a conversion option Fan Shuttle (1) Connects fan modules to midplane Housing for all other modules Chassis Fan Modules (4) Four installed, each is two fans in series Dampers close on removal only Multiplexer expansion modules (2) One per AMM Alarm Panel Module (1) Telco alarm connector Blade serial connector Network Clock Modules (2) Clock distribution to blades bays
  • IBM BladeCenter S is the newest chassis added to the BladeCenter Family. With its unique design, this 7U chassis is the first to offer integrated Disk Storage Modules (DSM) that support up to 12, 3.5” hot-swap hard disk drives (6 per shuttle) allowing our smallest clients to achieve SAN like functionality. BladeCenter S is also the first chassis to use standard office power plugs, 110 or 220 volts, providing enough power and cooling at a lower enough decibel range to support the SMB clients. It comes standard with hot-swap, auto-sensing, and redundant 950W or 1450-watt power supplies with load-balancing and failover capabilities. It also comes standard with four hot-swap, redundant fan packs located in the center of the chassis rear. BladeCenter S supports 6 blade servers instead of 14, and comes standard with one non-redundant Advanced Management Module. BladeCenter S supports up to three switch fabrics including: SAS, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel; however it does not support high-speed switches. It contains a hot swappable media tray that includes a light path diagnostics panel, CD-Read Write/DVD-ROM comb, two battery fillers for optional battery module, and two USB ports.
  • This slide identifies the components that are located in the front of the BladeCenter S chassis. BladeCenter S offers a unique packaging with some similarities to the current BladeCenter models. What makes this chassis so unique is the integration of the two optional internal Disk Storage Modules that support up to 12 hot-swap 3.5” SAS or SATA drives (six per shuttle) providing an idea solution for tiered workloads. Another unique feature is the SAS and SATA disks can be intermixed in any combination. BladeCenter S supports up to six hot-swappable blade servers that are ideal for business-in-a-box configurations and supports most legacy and future blade servers. It also includes a hot-swappable media tray that provides easy access to shared USB ports and an UltraBay (CD-RW/DVD ROM) drive as well as two optional battery backup units for use with IBM BladeCenter SAS Connectivity Module.
  • This slide shows an image of a BladeCenter S Express Model and lists the components that are located in the rear of the chassis including the Blade Chassis Rear Bay IDs identifying the designated I/O module bays. BladeCenter S contains the following standard features: Four hot-swap, redundant fan pack assemblies located in the center, mounted one on top of the other Two standard 950-watt for 100/110 volt or 1450-watt for 220/240 volt Auto-sensing power supply modules and module bays for two optional power supply modules on each side of the fan pack assemblies (BladeCenter S Express Model comes standard with four power modules). One non-redundant Advanced Management Module for KVM management Support for one optional Serial module Support for up to three optional I/O modules
  • Regardless of the size of your business, IBM offers a variety of chassis that will help customers build an open and flexible IT environment. This diagram provides an overall comparison of each chassis. In addition to the components listed, IBM BladeCenter share a few common features: External ports KVM, Ethernet, USB, Serial Systems management software IBM Director with systems management and trail deployment tools, Advanced Management Module, Management Module (BC-T only), Storage Configuration Manager (BC-S only) IBM Predictive Failure Analysis Hard disk drives, processor, blowers, memory Light path diagnostics Blade server, processor, memory, power supplies, blowers, switch module, management module, hard disk drives, and expansion card Limited warranty 3-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty External Storage Support for IBM System Storage™ solutions
  • The main physical difference between the MM and AMM is that the AMM has; Serial Port – RJ-45 USB port for Keyboard and Mouse instead of PS/2 connectors Serial port for debug The pin-hole reset button works different compared to the MM. There is only one way to reset the advanced Management Module, and that is to factory default. The AMM reset network parameters are not required since local serial port exists. This means that user ids, IP configuration, etc. will be lost. To do this, press the reset button in the pin-hole using a paper clip for more than 5 seconds, this will force a reset to factory default and the AMM will reboot. Serial port added to the MM to provide access even if IP address is lost, or network is down.
  • Note: To establish a connection the connecting management station must have an IP address in the 192.168.70.0/24 default subnet or have an address in the same subnet at the address configured on the Management Module, with a supported browser and Java 1.4 (minimum) installed.
  • The Web interface and command-line interface (CLI) can communicate and manage using the configuration program is part of the firmware that comes with the Advanced Management Module. Also the Advanced Management Module Web interface and Advanced Management Module command-line interface can view some of the blade server configuration settings. The initial user name and password for the management module are: User Name: USERID (all capital letters) Password: PASSW0RD (all capital letters and note the zero, not O, in PASSW0RD)
  • Here we see the menu that appears in the left-hand frame of your browser. The menu is divided into four main sections for easy navigation. These sections are: Monitors, Blade Tasks, I/O Module Tasks, MM Control and Service Tools.. In the following section, we will look at the navigation menu in greater detail and provide a description of each function.
  • Selecting the Network Interfaces option allows the configuration of the two management Module Ethernet interfaces: external (remote management console), and internal (communication with the I/O modules). Click TCP log to view entries that are currently stored in the Management Module TCP log. Click View Configuration Summary to display the configuration settings for all BladeCenter users and components. In order for I/O-module communication with a remote management station, through the MM external Ethernet port, the I/O module internal network interface and the Management Module internal and external interfaces must be on the same subnet. For the redundant Management Module to use the same external IP address as the primary MM, disable DHCP, configure and use a static IP address. The IP configuration information will be transferred to the redundant Management Module automatically when needed. The Network Protocols option provides a view or ability to change the settings for the SNMP, DNS, SMTP, and LDAP protocols.
  • The Advanced Management Module Configuration Wizard steps you through the task of configuring the AMM for a BladeCenter, as well as enabling communication within the BladeCenter chassis and your I/O Modules.
  • Not all I/O Module options are switches. The Pass-thru Modules provide networking access from the blade servers to an external network. The Copper Pass-thru Module is for Ethernet connectivity while the Optical Pass-thru Module can be used for either fiber Ethernet or fibre channel networks. The Pass-thru Modules provide an unconfigured network connection that enables the blade servers in the BladeCenter unit to connect to an existing network infrastructure. No configuration of the Pass-thru Modules is required.
  • Not all I/O Module options are switches. The Pass-thru Modules provide networking access from the blade servers to an external network. The Copper Pass-thru Module is for Ethernet connectivity while the Optical Pass-thru Module can be used for either fiber Ethernet or fibre channel networks. The Pass-thru Modules provide an unconfigured network connection that enables the blade servers in the BladeCenter unit to connect to an existing network infrastructure. No configuration of the Pass-thru Modules is required.
  • HP Failover is Limited to Single Chassis

Blade Center Overview Blade Center Overview Presentation Transcript

  • IBM BladeCenter® Overview 08/19/08
  • Five chassis, the perfect fit for each environment IBM System x and BladeCenter
    • Design solutions to meet the varied needs of our diverse clients
      • Cost points
      • Performance needs
      • Any size
      • Placement flexibility
      • Precision optimized offerings where they make sense – virtualization leadership
      • Industry leading performance/watt
    • Active support and new products through 2012
    IBM BladeCenter S: Distributed, small office, easy to configure IBM BladeCenter HT: Ruggedized, high performance IBM BladeCenter E: Best energy efficiency, best density IBM BladeCenter H: High performance IBM BladeCenter T: Ruggedized, NEBs-compliant
  • IBM BladeCenter E - Overview
    • 7U rack based mechanical
    • One midplane card
      • Interface for major system components
      • Divided into top and bottom halves
      • Each half of the midplane is redundant to the other half
    • Front of chassis
      • 14 hot-swap blade server bays
      • One Front Control Panel/Media Tray
        • LED panel
        • Media tray
          • 1 Diskette drive
          • 1 CD-ROM
    • Rear of chassis
      • 4 Switch Module bays
      • 2 Management Module bays
      • 4 hot-swap power supply module bays
      • 2 hot swap blowers
  • IBM BladeCenter E - Front View CD-ROM drive Diskette drive Blade Server Location Over-Temp Information System Error USB port Power Blade Server Filler Recess for chassis service label Front Panel LEDs 7U
  • IBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling Hot-Swap Redundant Blowers with PFA Hot-Swap Management Module (Optional) Hot-Swap Redundant Management Module Power Module Bay 2 with PFA Power Module Bay 4 with PFA Switch Module Bay 3 Switch Module Bay 4 Switch Module Bay 2 LED Panel Power Module Bay 1 with PFA Power Module Bay 3 with PFA Switch Module Bay 1 IBM BladeCenter E - Rear View
  • IBM BladeCenter T - Overview
    • 8U and 28 inches deep
    • Supports up to (8) blade servers
      • Up to four double slot blade servers
    • Hot swappable Media Tray
      • 24X DVD/CD drive
      • Telco alarm panel
      • 2 USB front inputs
    • Supports up to (2) Management Module
    • (4) front load balancing and failover 1300W AC or DC Power Supplies
      • Each power supply contains 2 fans and a LED panel
    • (4) rear I/O modules
    • (4) rear blower modules
    • KVM module
    • LAN module
  • IBM BladeCenter T - Front View Power Module 2 Power Module 4 Power Module 3 Power Module 1 Management Module 1 Management Module bay 2 Front panel Media tray ESD connector From top to bottom Blade servers 1-8
  • IBM BladeCenter T - Rear View Blower Module 2 Blower Module 4 Blower Module 1 Blower Module 3 I/O Module 2 I/O Module 1 I/O Module 4 I/O Module 3 AC-power connectors (8730) or DC-power connectors (8720) ESD connector KVM Module LAN Module
  • IBM BladeCenter H - Overview
    • 9U and 28 inches deep
    • Supports up to (14) 30mm Blades
    • Customer serviceable, hot swappable Media Tray
    • 9.5mm combo drive (CD/DVD)
      • 2 USB front inputs
      • Full Light Path Diagnostics panel
    • Rack mounted on rails
    • (4) front load 2900W Power Supplies
      • Each power supply includes a replaceable fan pack with 3 fans
  • Hot-Swap Media Tray with DVD, 2 USB, and LightPath Diagnostics Panel Two bays for optional Hot-Swap Redundant 2900 Watt Power Supplies with PFA and three replaceable fans each Two bays for Hot-Swap Redundant 2900 Watt Power Supply with PFA and three replaceable fans each Support for up to 14 Blades 9U IBM BladeCenter H - Front View
  • Redundant Power Input Redundant Power Input High Speed Switch Module Bays Switch Module Bay 1 (dedicated ethernet) High Speed Switch Module Bays Dedicated Bridge Module Slot IBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling Hot-Swap Redundant Blowers with PFA Hot-Swap Advanced Management Module (AMM) Switch Module Bay 4 (or Bridge Slot) Switch Module Bay 3 (or Bridge Slot) (Optional) Hot-Swap Redundant Advanced Management Module (AMM) Switch Module Bay 2 (dedicated ethernet) Dedicated Bridge Module Slot LightPath Diagnostics Panel Aggregated Serial Connector IBM BladeCenter H - Rear View
  • IBM BladeCenter HT - Overview
    • 12U and 27.8 inches deep
    • Supports up to (12) blade servers
      • Up to six double slot blade servers
    • Support up to (2) Media Tray
      • Full Light Path Diagnostic panel
      • 2 USB front inputs
    • Support up to (4) front 3160W AC or DC Power Supplies with load balancing and failover
      • Each power supply contains a replaceable fan pack with 3 fans
    • (4) I/O module bays
    • (4) High-speed I/O module bays
    • (4) rear blower modules
    • Supports up to (2) Multiplexer expansion module
  • IBM BladeCenter HT - Front View Power Module 2 Power Module bay 4 Power Module bay 3 Power Module 1 Management Module 1 Management Module 2 Media tray bay 1 Media tray bay 2 ESD connector I/O Module bay 2 I/O Module bay 1 I/O Module bay 4 I/O Module bay 3 High-speed I/O Module bay 7 High-speed I/O Module bay 8 High-speed I/O Module bay 9 High-speed I/O Module bay 10
  • IBM BladeCenter HT- Rear View Power connector 3 Fan Module 3 Power connector 2 Power connector 4 Power connector 1 Fan Module 4 Fan Module 1 Fan Module 2 Multiplexer expansion module 2 Multiplexer expansion module 1 Network-clock bay 1 Serial connector Alarm panel module Alarm panel interface connector Network-clock bay 2
    • Supports up to six 30mm Blades
    • Hot swappable Media Tray
      • Light Path Diagnostics panel
      • Combo drive (CD/DVD)
      • Two optional battery backup units
      • Two USB 2.0 ports
    • Two 950-watt/1450 auto-sensing power supplies
      • Express model comes with four 950-watt/1450 power supplies
    • Four hot-swap fan packs
    • Two optional integrated Disk Storage Modules (DSM)
      • Up to twelve 3.5-inch HS HDDs per shuttle
    • One Advance Management Module
    IBM BladeCenter S - Chassis Overview
  • Ideal for business-in-a-box configurations, legacy & future servers supported Ideal for tiered workloads; SAS and SATA disks can be mixed in BladeCenter S using RAID 0, 1, and 10 Easy access to shared USB ports and UltraBay Battery Backup Units for use with IBM BladeCenter SAS Connectivity Module 7U IBM BladeCenter S - Front View
  • IBM BladeCenter S - Rear View Power Supplies 3 & 4 are optional, Auto-sensing b/w 950W 100/110V or 1450W 220/240v Four hot-swap fan pack standard AMM standard Serial module option Power Supplies 3 & 4 are optional, Auto-sensing b/w 950W 100/110V or 1450W 220/240v Top & Bottom right: I/O modules Bottom left: For future use BladeCenter S Express Model
    • Ideal way to deploy BladeCenter S into office environments
    • Includes Acoustical Module built into the back
    • Optional Air Filter on the front
    • Locking door for security
    • Mobile with rollers
    • 33% (4U) extra room to grow
    IBM BladeCenter S – Office Enablement Kit
  • IBM BladeCenter Chassis Comparison BladeCenter (M/T 8678) BladeCenter T (M/T 8720 -DC) (M/T 8730 -AC) BladeCenter H (M/T 8852) BladeCenter HT (M/T 8740 -DC) (M/T 8750 -AC) BladeCenter S (M/T 8886) Chassis height 7U / 12.0” (305mm) 8U / 13.75” (349mm) 9U / 15.75” (400mm) 12U / 21.0” (/528mm) 7U / 12.0” (306.3mm) Chassis depth 28 “ (711mm) 20.0” (508mm) 28.0” (711mm) 27.8” (706.0 mm) 28.9” (733.4mm) Max number of blade servers 14 8 14 12 6 Max number of I/O Modules (Switch, and bridge) 4 4 10 (4 x high speed, 4 x standard, 2 x bridge) 8 (4 x high speed, 4 x standard or 2 x bridge) 3 Power supply size (standard) 2000 Watts AC 1300W DC, -38V to -75V (-48V nominal); 1300W AC 2900 Watts AC 2535W DC (60A) 3160 DC (75A) 2800 Watts AC 950W/1450W AC auto-sensing Number of Power Supplies (standard/ maximum) 2/ 4 2/ 4 2/ 4 2/ 4 2/ 4 Number of Blowers (standard/ maximum) 2/ 2 4/ 4 2/ 2 4/ 4 4/ 4 Diskette Drives (standard) 1x 1.44 MB diskette drive (in Media Tray) None None None None DVD/CD drives standard 1x DVD-ROM (in Media Tray) 1x DVD-ROM (in Media Tray) 1x DVD-ROM (in Media Tray) None 1x DVD-ROM (in Media Tray)
  • Advanced Management Module (AMM) - Overview Status LEDs 10/100 Ethernet RJ45 Video DB-15 USB Dual Stack Serial Port – RJ45 Pin-Hole Reset Debug Serial Port (cover plate) Enterprise/entry and high speed chassis advanced management module
  • Establishing a Physical Connection
    • To establish the physical connection to the management module use one of the following methods:
    • Use a Category 5 UTP straight through cable to connect the Ethernet port on the management module to a switch in a network that has an networked management station (PC or notebook).
    • Use a Category 5 cross-over Ethernet cable to connect the management module to a standalone management station (PC or notebook).
    • The network management station, through this port, can access control functions running in the service processor on each blade server or within other components installed in the BladeCenter H Chassis.
  • Advanced Management Module Login
    • The initial user name and password for the management module are:
    • User Name: USERID (all capital letters)
    • Password: PASSW0RD (all capital letters and note the zero, not O, in PASSW0RD)
  • Advanced Management Module Menu
    • The menu appears in the left-hand frame of your browser. The menu is divided into five main sections for easy navigation; these sections are:
    • Monitors
    • Blade Tasks
    • I/O Module Tasks
    • MM Control
    • Service Tools
  • AMM Firmware – Functional vs Maintenace
    • This Functional Release of the management module firmware provides the very latest management module features and functions . This release contains a static level of function which normally gets updated with fixes for discovered defects and new hardware support, when applicable. If you need a specific fix for an issue you have and do not see it in the change history of this Functional Release, please contact IBM. IBM recommends that you do not downgrade from a Functional Release to a Maintenance Release.
    • This Functional Release will be replaced by a new Functional Release when IBM updates the management module firmware with new features and functions. At that time, this release of the management module firmware will become a Maintenance Release.
    • This Maintenance Release of the management module firmware contains a static level of function which normally gets updated with fixes for discovered defects and new hardware support , when applicable. If you are already using AMM X.XXx firmware and you need a specific fix for an issue you have, you can install this Maintenance Release and avoid additional validation testing for new AMM features, functions and hardware. If you need a specific fix for an issue you have and do not see it in the change history of this Maintenance Release, please contact IBM. If you require new AMM features or functions, you should install the Functional Release.
  • MM Control: Network Interfaces
  • MM Control: Configuration Wizard
  • Protected Mode
    • Protected mode (PM) is a feature of the IBM® BladeCenter® Advanced Management Module (AMM) to isolate management of the Switch Module from the AMM in the IBM BladeCenter.
    • This feature is targeted at environments that have distinctly separate management teams for servers and networking, or where it is not desirable to permit the AMM to set or otherwise control certain attributes of the IGESM.
      • NOTE: If you do not have a specific requirement for management separation between the AMM and the Switch Module, it is not necessary to implement this feature.
    • Protected Mode White paper
    • http://www-03.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/032f6e163324983085256b79007f5aec/db02fbcbb3887234862572f600519e7d?OpenDocument
    Dec 9, 2009
  • Protected Mode Features Dec 9, 2009 Feature Standard Mode Protected Mode AMM controls the IP address and mask for the primary management virtual local area network (VLAN) interface on the switch module Yes No Reset the switch module back to factory default from the AMM Yes No Enable/disable the external ports from the AMM Yes No AMM controls the ability for the switch module to respond to ARP requests for its own IP address over its own uplink ports Yes No Use the AMM to reload the switch and also turn it off and on Yes Yes Use the AMM to set the switch to run advanced diagnostics during a reload Yes Yes Shut down or reload the switch module in the event of critical environment issues such as over temp or over current Yes Yes Serial over LAN (SoL) Yes Yes
  • Chassis Internal Network (CIN)
    • The CIN feature creates an internal communication path between the blade devices and the AMM. When CIN is enabled and configured properly, the AMM can fully utilize all the resources such as LDAP, SMTP, Director, SNMP, DNS, or NTP services installed on the blade devices. Conversely, the blade devices can directly connect to the AMM via the CIN path.
    • As the name implies, the communication path is internal to the BladeCenter unit and is on a private user-defined VLAN. This means that the communication path cannot be hacked or “snooped” and is therefore is very secure.
    Dec 9, 2009 http://www-304.ibm.com/systems/support/supportsite.wss/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5074328&brandind=5000020
  • IBM Confidential | DO NOT DISTRIBUTE IBM BladeCenter Enterprise Blade Servers HS12 HS12 HS21 XM LS22 LS42 JS12 JS22 HS12 HS21 HS21 XM LS22 LS42 JS12 Express JS22 Express Most affordable and green blade for single-threaded apps General-purpose enterprise blade Extended memory blade server for extra performance High performance computing blade Innovative ,click-n-scale enterprise application blade server Exceptional value AIX, Linux or IBN i blade built on POWER6 Commercial AIX and Linux application server built on POWER6 1 Socket 2 Socket 2 Socket 2 Socket 2 - 4 Socket 1 Socket 2 Socket Proc: Xeon QC Mem: 6 DIMM / 24GB HDD: 2 HS Proc: Xeon QC Mem: 4 DIMM / 16GB HDD: 2 Proc: Xeon QC Mem: 8 DIMM / 32GB HDD: 1 Proc: Opteron QC Mem: 8 DIMM / 32GB HDD: 2 Proc: Opteron QC Mem: 16 DIMM / 64GB HDD: 2 Proc: IBM POWER6 Mem: 8 DIMM / 32GB HDD: 2 Proc: IBM POWER6 Mem: 4 DIMM / 32GB HDD: 1 Key Features Key Features Key Features Key Features Key Features Key Features Key Features
    • 2 hot-swap HDDs
    • SAS/SATA/SSD
    • Optional battery backed cache
    • Max mem per socket
    • 2 HDDs
    • SAS or SSD
    • Optional memory expansion blade
    • Max internal memory
    • SAS or dual-layer SSD
    • Embedded hypervisor for instand virtualization
    • 2P, 8 DIMMs, & 2HDDs in 30mm
    • Memory booster for lower latency
    • Fast 800MHz memory
    • Only blade that can scale from 2P, 30mm to 4P, 60mm
    • Pay-as-you-grow
    • Internal USB port (hypervisor-ready)
    • AIX, i5/OS, Linux
    • PowerVM virtualization
    • EnergyScale
    • DDR2 memory
    • AIX, SLES or Red Hat Linux
    • Advanced POWER Virtualization
    • Integrated Virtual Ethernet
    Sample Applications Sample Applications Sample Applications Sample Applications Sample Applications Sample Applications Sample Applications
    • E-mail / Collaboration
    • Hosted Client
    • Web Serving
    • E-mail/Collaboration
    • Hosted Client
    • Web Serving
    • Virtualization
    • Memory-intensive applications
    • E-mail/Collaboration
    • Web Serving
    • HPC
    • Research
    • Modeling
    • Virtualization
    • Server consolidation
    • Database
    • Business Intelligence
    • Small database
    • Application serving
    • Perfect for SMB with the BladeCenter S
    • Supported in all chassis
    • Virtualization
    • JAVA and web serving
    • HPC
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  • Open Fabric Ethernet portfolio choices Cisco Catalyst Switch Module 3012 for IBM BladeCenter Cisco Catalyst Switch Module 3110g for IBM BladeCenter Cisco Catalyst Switch Module 3110x for IBM BladeCenter Cisco Systems Intelligent Gigabit Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter Cisco Systems Fiber Intelligent Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter Nortel L2/3 Copper Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter Nortel L2/3 Fibre Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter Nortel L2/7 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter Nortel 10Gb Uplink Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter Nortel 10Gb Ethernet High-Speed Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter IBM SCM IBM Intelligent Copper Pass Thru Module Nortel 1/10Gb Uplink Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
  • Open Fabric portfolio Fiber Channel choices Cisco Systems 20-port 4Gb Fibre Channel Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter Cisco Systems 10-port 4Gb Fibre Channel Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter QLogic 4Gb Intelligent Pass-thru Module for IBM BladeCenter Brocade 20-port 4Gb SAN Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter Brocade 10-port 4Gb SAN Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter McData 20-port 4Gb Fibre Channel Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter QLogic 20-port 4Gb Fibre Channel Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter QLogic 10-port 4Gb Fibre Channel Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter McData 10-port 4Gb Fibre Channel Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
  • Open Fabric portfolio SAS & InfiniBand choices Cisco Systems InfiniBand Switch Module Cisco Systems 4X InfiniBand Switch Module QLogic InfiniBand Ethernet Bridge Module QLogic InfiniBand Fibre Bridge Module IBM BladeCenter SAS Connectivity Module
  • IBM Pass-thru Modules Optical Pass-thru Module Copper Pass-thru Module
    • Supplier: IBM
    • Direct Server connectivity
    • Octopus cables
    • 1000 Mbps only
    • No Serial Over-LAN (SOL)
    • Physical NIC security required
    • Supplier: IBM
    • Direct Server connectivity
    • Octopus cables
    • 2 Gbps only
    • No Serial Over-LAN (SOL)
    • Physical NIC security required
  • New IBM Pass-thru Modules IBM Intelligent Copper Pass Thru Module QLogic 4Gb Intelligent Pass-thru Module for IBM BladeCenter
    • Supplier: Qlogic
    • Port Aggregator
    • Standard SFP
    • 1,2 & 4Gb
    • Fibre Channel Only
    • No Domain ID
    • NPIV
    • Supplier: IBM
    • Direct Server connectivity
    • Standard RJ45 Connectors
    • 1G and 100 Mbps
    • Supports Serial Over-LAN (SOL)
    • Supports cKVM
  • BladeCenter Open Fabric Ethernet portfolio Positioning Copper Pass-thru module Intelligent Copper Pass-thru module IBM Server Connectivity module Cisco Catalyst Switch module 3012 Nortel Networks L2/3 Copper Gigabit ESM Cisco Catalyst Switch module 3110G Cisco Catalyst Switch module 3110X Nortel Networks L2/3 10 Gb Uplink ESM Nortel Networks L2/3 1/10Gb Uplink ESM Nortel Networks L2/3 10 Gb ESM Nortel Networks L2/7 Gigabit ESM Part # 39Y9320 44W4483 39Y9324 43W4395 32R1860 41Y8523 41Y8522 32R1783 44W4404 39Y9267 32R1859 10Gb Ext. port - - - - - - 1 3 3 6 - 1Gb Ext. port 14 14 6 4 6 4 - - 6 - 4 Layer 4 through 7 10Gb to Blade 10Gb Uplinks Stacking Layer 3: Routing Via license Via license Managed Switch Layer 2: Switching Non-blocking architecture cKVM / SoL Open Fabric Manager
  • The most versatile form-factor: CFF 39Y9310: Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFv) 41Y8527: QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) 43W6859: Emulex 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) 39Y9190: IBM SAS Expansion Card (CFFv) 39Y9271: NetXen 10Gb Ethernet Card (CFFh) 39Y9306: QLogic Ethernet and 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFh) InfiniBand DDR Host Channel Adapter (CFFh) See next slide for PN guidance
  • CFF-h CFF-v CFF-h/CFF-v Pictures CFF-h
  • BladeCenter E IO bays and routes to server adapters To on-board NIC 1 on blade To on-board NIC 2 on blade To CFFv, SFF, StFF on blade Redundant Management Modules
  • BladeCenter H IO bays and routes to server adapters To on-board NIC 1 on blade To on-board NIC 2 on blade To CFFv, SFF, StFF on blade To CFFh, HCA on blade To CFFh, HCA on blade
  • BladeCenter E and H Ethernet Port Assignments
  • Combinations of IO modules in BladeCenter E
  • Combinations of IO modules in BladeCenter H
  • Combinations of IO modules in BladeCenter H
  • BladeCenter HT Ethernet Port Assignments 3. I/O Module Interposer Tray (Bays 2-4)
  • BladeCenter S Physical Ethernet Paths Dec 9, 2009
  • BladeCenter S Logical Ethernet port assignments Dec 9, 2009
  • BladeCenter S Ethernet Port names
    • Cisco 3012
    • Nortel L2/3
    Dec 9, 2009
  • ICPM in BladeCenter S port mapping Dec 9, 2009 Blade 1 Blade 2 Blade 3 Blade 4 Blade 5 Blade 6 RSSM
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  • 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) Update Dec 9, 2009
    • Enables 2 nd Ethernet switch in BladeCenter S for:
    • Switch Module level failure tolerance and redundancy
    • Increased Ethernet bandwidth for Virtualization workloads
    • Overview:
    • 2/4 port 1 Gb Ethernet with PCI-e interface
    • CFFh form factor
    • Compatible with all Blades that support CFFh
    • Design based on 5709s Broadcom ASIC
    • BCH & BCHT chassis’ supported (requires MSIM or MSIM-HT)
    • Annc 8/12/08, GA 8/29/08, P/N 44W4479
    • $629 USD List price
    Onboard NICs to 1 st Ethernet Switch CFFh card to 2 nd Ethernet Switch
  • BladeCenter S Bays 3 and 4 connectivity Dec 9, 2009
  • Get max. ports out of blades using CFF CFFv CFFh Total Ethernet Total iSCSI Total Fibre Total SAS Total InfiniBand 39Y9310 - 4 in bay 1 thru 4 - - - - 39Y9310 39Y9306 6 in bay 1 thru 4 - 2* MSIM req, with 1 ESM & FSM each - - 39Y9310 43W4423 4 in bay 1 thru 4 - - - 2 in bay 7&8 & 9&10 DH or 7&9 SH (8&10 blank) 41Y8527 or 43W6859 39Y9271 2 1Gb in bay 1&2 and 2 10Gb in bay 7&8 - 2 MSIM req with 1ESM & FSM each - - 41Y8527 39Y9306 4 in bay 1 thru 2 - 4 MSIM req with 1ESM & FSM each, & FSMs in bay 3 & 4 - - - 39Y9306 4 in bay 1 thru 2 - 2 MSIM req with 1ESM & FSM each - - 39Y9190 39Y9306 4 in bay 1 thru 2 - 2 MSIM req with 1ESM & FSM each 2 in bay 3 thru 4 -
  • Open Fabric Manager Power Systems Business Partner Training
  • IBM BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager Dramatically Simplify All I/O Connections Any Switch Cisco, BNT, SCM, Pass-Thrus VLAN A VLAN B VLAN C VLAN D Advanced Management Module MAC 1 WWN 1 MAC 2 WWN 2 MAC 3 WWN 3 Blade 2 Blade 1 Blade 14 MAC 2 WWN 2 Blade 2 Blade 2
  • Manage failover across your data center 1) Blade X fails in chassis SIX 3) Blade Y in chassis FORTY receives blade X I/O parameters 2) Failover pool event action plan executes
  • Questions? Power Systems Business Partner Training
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  • Notes on benchmarks and values Power Systems Business Partner Training The IBM benchmarks results shown herein were derived using particular, well configured, development-level and generally-available computer systems. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems they are considering buying and should consider conducting application oriented testing. For additional information about the benchmarks, values and systems tested, contact your local IBM office or IBM authorized reseller or access the Web site of the benchmark consortium or benchmark vendor. IBM benchmark results can be found in the IBM Power Systems Performance Report at http://www.ibm.com/systems/p/hardware/system_perf.html . All performance measurements were made with AIX or AIX 5L operating systems unless otherwise indicated to have used Linux. For new and upgraded systems, AIX Version 4.3, AIX 5L or AIX 6 were used. All other systems used previous versions of AIX. The SPEC CPU2006, SPEC2000, LINPACK, and Technical Computing benchmarks were compiled using IBM's high performance C, C++, and FORTRAN compilers for AIX 5L and Linux. For new and upgraded systems, the latest versions of these compilers were used: XL C Enterprise Edition V7.0 for AIX, XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition V7.0 for AIX, XL FORTRAN Enterprise Edition V9.1 for AIX, XL C/C++ Advanced Edition V7.0 for Linux, and XL FORTRAN Advanced Edition V9.1 for Linux. The SPEC CPU95 (retired in 2000) tests used preprocessors, KAP 3.2 for FORTRAN and KAP/C 1.4.2 from Kuck & Associates and VAST-2 v4.01X8 from Pacific-Sierra Research. The preprocessors were purchased separately from these vendors. Other software packages like IBM ESSL for AIX, MASS for AIX and Kazushige Goto’s BLAS Library for Linux were also used in some benchmarks. For a definition/explanation of each benchmark and the full list of detailed results, visit the Web site of the benchmark consortium or benchmark vendor. TPC http://www.tpc.org SPEC http://www.spec.org LINPACK http://www.netlib.org/benchmark/performance.pdf Pro/E http://www.proe.com GPC http://www.spec.org/gpc NotesBench http://www.notesbench.org VolanoMark http://www.volano.com STREAM http://www.cs.virginia.edu/stream/ SAP http://www.sap.com/benchmark/ Oracle Applications http://www.oracle.com/apps_benchmark/ PeopleSoft - To get information on PeopleSoft benchmarks, contact PeopleSoft directly Siebel http://www.siebel.com/crm/performance_benchmark/index.shtm Baan http://www.ssaglobal.com Microsoft Exchange http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/evaluation/performance/default.asp Veritest http://www.veritest.com/clients/reports Fluent http://www.fluent.com/software/fluent/index.htm TOP500 Supercomputers http://www.top500.org/ Ideas International http://www.ideasinternational.com/benchmark/bench.html Storage Performance Council http://www.storageperformance.org/results Revised January 15, 2008
  • Notes on HPC benchmarks and values Power Systems Business Partner Training Revised January 15, 2008 The IBM benchmarks results shown herein were derived using particular, well configured, development-level and generally-available computer systems. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems they are considering buying and should consider conducting application oriented testing. For additional information about the benchmarks, values and systems tested, contact your local IBM office or IBM authorized reseller or access the Web site of the benchmark consortium or benchmark vendor. IBM benchmark results can be found in the IBM Power Systems Performance Report at http://www.ibm.com/systems/p/hardware/system_perf.html . All performance measurements were made with AIX or AIX 5L operating systems unless otherwise indicated to have used Linux. For new and upgraded systems, AIX Version 4.3 or AIX 5L were used. All other systems used previous versions of AIX. The SPEC CPU2000, LINPACK, and Technical Computing benchmarks were compiled using IBM's high performance C, C++, and FORTRAN compilers for AIX 5L and Linux. For new and upgraded systems, the latest versions of these compilers were used: XL C Enterprise Edition V7.0 for AIX, XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition V7.0 for AIX, XL FORTRAN Enterprise Edition V9.1 for AIX, XL C/C++ Advanced Edition V7.0 for Linux, and XL FORTRAN Advanced Edition V9.1 for Linux. The SPEC CPU95 (retired in 2000) tests used preprocessors, KAP 3.2 for FORTRAN and KAP/C 1.4.2 from Kuck & Associates and VAST-2 v4.01X8 from Pacific-Sierra Research. The preprocessors were purchased separately from these vendors. Other software packages like IBM ESSL for AIX, MASS for AIX and Kazushige Goto’s BLAS Library for Linux were also used in some benchmarks. For a definition/explanation of each benchmark and the full list of detailed results, visit the Web site of the benchmark consortium or benchmark vendor. SPEC http://www.spec.org LINPACK http://www.netlib.org/benchmark/performance.pdf Pro/E http://www.proe.com GPC http://www.spec.org/gpc STREAM http://www.cs.virginia.edu/stream/ Veritest http://www.veritest.com/clients/reports Fluent http://www.fluent.com/software/fluent/index.htm TOP500 Supercomputers http://www.top500.org/ AMBER http://amber.scripps.edu/ FLUENT http://www.fluent.com/software/fluent/fl5bench/index.htm GAMESS http://www.msg.chem.iastate.edu/gamess GAUSSIAN http://www.gaussian.com ABAQUS http://www.abaqus.com/support/sup_tech_notes64.html select Abaqus v6.4 Performance Data ANSYS http://www.ansys.com/services/hardware_support/index.htm select “Hardware Support Database”, then benchmarks. ECLIPSE http://www.sis.slb.com/content/software/simulation/index.asp?seg=geoquest& MM5 http://www.mmm.ucar.edu/mm5/ MSC.NASTRAN http://www.mscsoftware.com/support/prod%5Fsupport/nastran/performance/v04_sngl.cfm STAR-CD www.cd-adapco.com/products/STAR-CD/performance/320/index/html NAMD http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Research/namd HMMER http://hmmer.janelia.org/ http://powerdev.osuosl.org/project/hmmerAltivecGen2mod
  • Notes on performance estimates
    • rPerf for AIX
    • rPerf (Relative Performance) is an estimate of commercial processing performance relative to other IBM UNIX systems. It is derived from an IBM analytical model which uses characteristics from IBM internal workloads, TPC and SPEC benchmarks. The rPerf model is not intended to represent any specific public benchmark results and should not be reasonably used in that way. The model simulates some of the system operations such as CPU, cache and memory. However, the model does not simulate disk or network I/O operations.
    • rPerf estimates are calculated based on systems with the latest levels of AIX and other pertinent software at the time of system announcement. Actual performance will vary based on application and configuration specifics. The IBM eServer pSeries 640 is the baseline reference system and has a value of 1.0. Although rPerf may be used to approximate relative IBM UNIX commercial processing performance, actual system performance may vary and is dependent upon many factors including system hardware configuration and software design and configuration. Note that the rPerf methodology used for the POWER6 systems is identical to that used for the POWER5 systems. Variations in incremental system performance may be observed in commercial workloads due to changes in the underlying system architecture.
    • All performance estimates are provided "AS IS" and no warranties or guarantees are expressed or implied by IBM. Buyers should consult other sources of information, including system benchmarks, and application sizing guides to evaluate the performance of a system they are considering buying. For additional information about rPerf, contact your local IBM office or IBM authorized reseller.
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    • CPW for IBM i
    • Commercial Processing Workload (CPW) is a relative measure of performance of processors running the IBM i operating system. Performance in customer environments may vary. The value is based on maximum configurations. More performance information is available in the Performance Capabilities Reference at: www.ibm.com/systems/i/solutions/perfmgmt/resource.html
    Power Systems Business Partner Training Revised April 2, 2007