Lenovo PM963 NVMe Enterprise Value PCIe SSDsProduct Guide

Abstract

The Lenovo PM963 NVMe Enterprise Value PCIe solid-state drives (SSDs) in capacities of 1.92 TB and 3.84 TB are general-purpose yet high-performance NVMe PCIe SSDs. They are engineered for greater performance and endurance in a cost-effective design, and to support a broader set of workloads.

This product guide provides essential presales information to understand the NVMe Enterprise Value PCIe SSD offerings and their key features, specifications, and compatibility. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about the SSDs and consider their use in IT solutions.

Change History

Changes in the July 11 update:

Introduction

The Lenovo PM963 NVMe Enterprise Value PCIe solid-state drives (SSDs) in capacities of 1.92 TB and 3.84 TB are general-purpose yet high-performance SSDs for System x and ThinkServer systems. They are engineered for greater performance and endurance in a cost-effective design, and to support a broader set of workloads.

Figure 1. Lenovo PM963 NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Value PCIe SSD

Did you know?

NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) is a technology that overcomes SAS/SATA SSD performance limitations by optimizing hardware and software to take full advantage of flash technology. The use of NVMe drives means data is transferred more efficiently from the processor to the drives compared to the legacy Advance Host Controller Interface (AHCI) stack, thereby reducing latency and overhead. These SSDs connect directly to the processor via the PCIe bus, further reducing latency and TCO.

Lenovo Enterprise Value SSDs are suitable for read-intensive and general-purpose data center workloads, however their NVMe PCIe interface means the drives also offer high performance. Overall, these SSDs provide outstanding IOPS/watt and cost/IOPS for enterprise solutions.

Part number information

The following table lists the part numbers and feature codes for ThinkSystem servers.

Table 1. Part numbers and feature codes for ThinkSystem
Part number Feature code Description
2.5-inch drives
7N47A00984 AUV0 ThinkSystem U.2 PM963 1.92TB Entry 2.5" NVMe PCIe 3.0 Hot Swap SSD
7N47A00985 AUUU ThinkSystem U.2 PM963 3.84TB Entry 2.5" NVMe PCIe 3.0 Hot Swap SSD
3.5-inch drives
7N47A00987 AUUX ThinkSystem 3.5" PM963 1.92TB Entry NVMe PCIe 3.0 Hot Swap SSD
7N47A00988 AUVZ ThinkSystem 3.5" PM963 3.84TB Entry NVMe PCIe 3.0 Hot Swap SSD

The following table lists the part numbers and feature codes for System x servers.

Table 2. Part numbers and feature codes for System x
Part number Feature code Description
2.5-inch drives
01GR660 AVPN PM963 1.92TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Value PCIe SSD
01GT715 AVPP PM963 3.84TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Value PCIe SSD

The following table lists the part numbers for ThinkServer systems.  

Table 3. Part numbers for ThinkServer
Part number Description
2.5-inch drives
4XB0K12390 ThinkServer PM963 3.84TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Entry Easy Swap SSD
4XB0K12389 ThinkServer PM963 1.92TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Entry Easy Swap SSD

The part numbers include the following items:

  • One 2.5-inch solid-state drive
  • Support Flyer for SSDs
  • Warranty Flyer
  • Important Notices Flyer

Features

Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is new PCIe 3.0 high performance SSD technology that provides high I/O throughput and low latency. NVMe interfaces remove SAS/SATA bottlenecks and unleash all of the capabilities of contemporary NAND flash memory. Each NVMe PCI SSD has direct PCIe 3.0 x4 connection, which provides at least 2x more bandwidth and 2x less latency than SATA/SAS-based SSD solutions. NVMe drives are also optimized for heavy multi-threaded workloads by using internal parallelism and many other improvements, such as enlarged I/O queues.

The PM963 NVMe Enterprise Value PCIe SSD have the following features:

  • Available in 2.5-inch (U.2) and 3.5-inch form factors
  • Low cost, read-intensive SSD from Samsung
  • Direct PCIe 3.0 x4 connection for each NVMe drive, resulting in up to 4 GBps overall throughput.
  • Advanced ECC Engine and End-to-End Data Protection
  • Samsung 32 layer V-NAND stacks the vertical NAND layers in three dimensions, solving the cell-to-cell interference that causes data corruption in planar NAND.
  • Protect data integrity from unexpected power loss with Samsung's advanced power-loss protection architecture
  • Supports Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T).

Enterprise Value SSDs and Enterprise Performance SSDs have similar read IOPS performance, but the key difference between them is their endurance -- how long they can reliably perform write operations. Enterprise Entry SSDs have a better cost/IOPS ratio but lower endurance compared to Enterprise Performance SSDs. SSD write endurance is typically measured by the number of program/erase (P/E) write cycles that the drive incurs over its lifetime, listed as the total bytes of written data (TBW) in the device specification.

The TBW value assigned to a solid-state device is the total bytes of written data (based on the number of P/E cycles) that a drive can be guaranteed to complete (% of remaining P/E cycles = % of remaining TBW). Reaching this limit does not cause the drive to immediately fail. It simply denotes the maximum number of writes that can be guaranteed. A solid-state device will not fail upon reaching the specified TBW. At some point based on manufacturing variance margin, after surpassing the TBW value, the drive will reach the end-of-life point, at which the drive will go into a read-only mode.

Because of such behavior by Enterprise Entry solid-state drives, careful planning must be done to use them only in read-intensive or mixed up to 70% read/30% write environments to ensure that the TBW of the drive will not be exceeded before the required life expectancy.

For example, the PM963 3.84 TB drive has an endurance of 5466 TB of total bytes written (TBW). This means that for full operation over five years, write workload must be limited to no more than 2995 GB of writes per day, which is equivalent to 0.8 full drive writes per day (DWPD). For the device to last three years, the drive write workload must be limited to no more than 4992 GB of writes per day, which is equivalent to 1.3 full drive writes per day.

Technical specifications

The following tables present technical specifications for the PM963 NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Value PCIe SSD.

Table 4. Technical specifications
Feature 1.92 TB drive 3.84 TB drive
Interface PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4
Capacity 1.92 TB 3.84 TB
Endurance
(total bytes written)
2733 TB 5466 TB
Endurance (drive
writes per day for 5 years)
0.8 DWPD 0.8 DWPD
Data reliability
(UBER)
< 1 in 1017 bits read < 1 in 1017 bits read
MTBF 2,000,000 hours 2,000,000 hours
IOPS reads (4 KB blocks) 430,000 430,000
IOPS writes (4 KB blocks) 40,000 40,000
Sequential read rate
(128 KB blocks)
2000 MBps 2000 MBps
Sequential write rate
(128 KB blocks)
1200 MBps 1200 MBps
Latency (random R/W) 85 µs / 50 µs 85 µs / 50 µs
Latency (sequential R/W) 15 µs / 35 µs 15 µs / 35 µs
Typical power (R/W) 7.2 W / 6.4 W 7.6 W / 7.0 W

Server support - ThinkSystem

The following tables list the ThinkSystem servers that are compatible with the PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SSDs.

Table 5. ThinkSystem server support
Part
number
Description 2S Rack & Tower  4S Rack Dense/
Blade
ST550 (7X09/7X10)
SR530 (7X07/7X08)
SR550 (7X03/7X04)
SR570 (7Y03/7Y04)
SR590 (7X98/7X99)
SR630 (7X01/7X02)
SR650 (7X05/7X06)
SR850 (7X18/7X19)
SR860 (7X69/7X70)
SR950 (7X11/12/13)
SD530 (7X21)
SN550 (7X16)
SN850 (7X15)
7N47A00984 ThinkSystem U.2 PM963 1.92TB Entry 2.5" NVMe PCIe 3.0 Hot Swap SSD Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
7N47A00985 ThinkSystem U.2 PM963 3.84TB Entry 2.5" NVMe PCIe 3.0 Hot Swap SSD Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
7N47A00987 ThinkSystem 3.5" PM963 1.92TB Entry NVMe PCIe 3.0 Hot Swap SSD N N N N Y N Y N N N N N N
7N47A00988 ThinkSystem 3.5" PM963 3.84TB Entry NVMe PCIe 3.0 Hot Swap SSD N N N N Y N Y N N N N N N

Server support - System x

The following tables list the System x servers that are compatible.

Support for System x and dense servers with Xeon E5/E7 v4 and E3 v5 processors

Table 6. Support for System x and dense servers with Xeon E5/E7 v4 and E3 v5 processors
Part
number
Description
x3250 M6 (3943)
x3250 M6 (3633)
x3550 M5 (8869)
x3650 M5 (8871)
x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (6241, E7 v4)
nx360 M5 (5465, E5-2600 v4)
sd350 (5493)
01GR660 PM963 1.92TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Value PCIe SSD N N Y Y Y N N
01GT715 PM963 3.84TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Value PCIe SSD N N Y Y Y N N

Support for System x and dense servers with Intel Xeon v3 processors

Table 7. Support for servers with Intel Xeon v3 processors
Part
number
Description
x3100 M5 (5457)
x3250 M5 (5458)
x3500 M5 (5464)
x3550 M5 (5463)
x3650 M5 (5462)
x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (6241, E7 v3)
nx360 M5 (5465)
01GR660 PM963 1.92TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Value PCIe SSD N N N N N N N
01GT715 PM963 3.84TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Value PCIe SSD N N N N N N N

Server support - ThinkServer

The following tables list the ThinkServer systems that are compatible.

Support for sd350: The drives supported with the sd350 are listed in Table 4.

The following tables list the ThinkServer systems that are compatible.

Support for ThinkServer Gen 5 servers with E5 v4 or E3 v5 processors

Table 8. Support for ThinkServer Generation 5 servers with E5 v4 or E3 v5 processors
Part number Description
TS150 (E3 v5)
TS450 (E3 v5)
RS160 (E3 v5)
TD350 (E5 v4)
RD350 (E5 v4)
RD450 (E5 v4)
RD550 (E5 v4)
RD650 (E5 v4)
4XB0K12389 ThinkServer PM963 1.92TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Entry Easy Swap SSD N N N N N N Y Y
4XB0K12390 ThinkServer PM963 3.84TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Entry Easy Swap SSD N N N N N N Y Y

Support for ThinkServer Gen 5 servers with E5 v3 processors

Table 9. Support for ThinkServer Generation 5 servers with E5 v3 processors
Part number Description
TS140
TS440
RS140
TD350 (E5 v3)
RD350 (E5 v3)
RD450 (E5 v3)
RD550 (E5 v3)
RD650 (E5 v3)
RQ750 (E5 v3)
4XB0K12389 ThinkServer PM963 1.92TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Entry Easy Swap SSD N N N N N N N N N
4XB0K12390 ThinkServer PM963 3.84TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Entry Easy Swap SSD N N N N N N N N N

Server support - Flex System

The following table lists the compatibility information for Flex System servers.

Table 10. Support for Flex System servers
Part number Description
x240 (8737, E5-2600 v2)
x240 (7162)
x240 M5 (9532, E5 v3)
x240 M5 (9532, E5 v4)
x440 (7167)
x880/x480/x280 X6 (7903)
x280/x480/x880 X6 (7196)
Storage Expansion Node
01GR660 PM963 1.92TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Value PCIe SSD N N N N N N N N
01GT715 PM963 3.84TB NVMe 2.5" Enterprise Value PCIe SSD N N N N N N N N

Storage controller support

NVMe PCIe SSDs require a NVMe drive backplane and some form of PCIe connection to processors. PCIe connections can take the form of either an adapter (PCIe Interposer or PCIe extender) or simply a cable that connects to an onboard NVMe connector.

Consult the relevant server product guide for details about required components for NVMe drive support.

Operating system support

The PM963 NVMe Enterprise Value PCIe SSDs support the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 x64
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 x64
  • VMware ESXi 6.0
  • VMware ESXi 6.5

For more information about the specific supported versions and service packs, see ServerProven:
http://www.lenovo.com/us/en/serverproven/xseries/storage/hssdmatrix.shtml

Select the check mark box that is associated with the drive and server combination in question to see the details about operating system support.

Warranty

The PM963 NVMe Enterprise Value PCIe SSDs carry a one-year, customer-replaceable unit (CRU) limited warranty. When the SSDs are installed in a supported server, these drives assume the system’s base warranty and any warranty upgrades.

Solid State Memory cells have an intrinsic, finite number of program/erase cycles that each cell can incur. As a result, each solid state device has a maximum amount of program/erase cycles to which it can be subjected. The warranty for Lenovo solid state drives (SSDs) is limited to drives that have not reached the maximum guaranteed number of program/erase cycles, as documented in the Official Published Specifications for the SSD product. A drive that reaches this limit may fail to operate according to its Specifications.

Physical specifications

The PM963 NVMe Enterprise Value PCIe SSDs have the following physical specifications:

Dimensions and weight (approximate, without the drive tray):

  • Height: 7 mm (0.3 in.)
  • Width: 70 mm (2.8 in.)
  • Depth: 100 mm (4.0 in.)
  • Weight: 70 g (2.5 oz)

Shipping dimensions and weight for the 2.5-inch drives (approximate):

  • Height: 63 mm (2.5 in.)
  • Width: 133 mm (5.2 in.)
  • Depth: 174 mm (6.9 in.)
  • Weight (with drive tray): 433 g (1.0 lb)

Operating environment

The PM963 NVMe Enterprise Value PCIe SSDs are supported in the following environment:

  • Temperature: 0 to 70 °C (32 to 158 °F)
  • Relative humidity: 5 to 95% (noncondensing)
  • Maximum altitude: 3,050 m (10,000 ft)
  • Shock, operating: 1,500 G (Max) at 0.5 ms
  • Vibration: 2.17 GRMS (7-800 Hz)

Agency approvals

The PM963 NVMe Enterprise Value PCIe SSDs conform to the following regulations:

  • UL
  • TUV
  • FCC
  • CE Mark
  • C-Tick Mark
  • BSMI (Taiwan)
  • KCC (Korea EMI)

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