Lenovo PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream 12Gb SAS SSDsProduct Guide

Abstract

The Lenovo PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream 12Gb SAS solid-state drives (SSDs) in capacities of 400 GB, 800 GB and 1.6 TB capacity are next-generation high-performance SSDs suitable for a wide range of applications running on both System x and ThinkServer platforms. 

This product guide provides essential presales information to understand the PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream 12Gb SAS 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 September 12 update:

Introduction

The Lenovo PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream 12Gb SAS solid-state drives (SSDs) in capacities of 400 GB, 800 GB and 1.6 TB capacity are next-generation high-performance SSDs suitable for a wide range of applications of running on both System x and ThinkServer platforms.

Samsung solid-state drive
Figure 1. Lenovo PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream 12Gb SAS SSD

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Unlike SATA drives, the 12 Gb/s SAS interface on these drives supports full duplex data transfer for higher performance, as well as dual port connectivity and enterprise-level error recovery for better availability. By combining the enhanced reliability of Samsung NAND flash memory silicon with NAND Flash management technologies, PM1635a SSDs deliver the extended endurance of up to 3 drive writes per day (DWPD) for 5 years, which is suitable for many enterprise applications.

Part number information

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

Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes - ThinkSystem
Part number Feature code Description
2.5-inch hot-swap drives
7N47A00117 AUMC ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1635a 400GB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD
7N47A00118 AUMD ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1635a 800GB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD
7N47A00119 AVRG ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1635a 1.6TB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD

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

Table 2. Ordering part numbers and feature codes - System x
Part number Feature code Description
2.5-inch hot-swap drives with G3HS tray
01GV761 AWEY PM1635a 400GB Enterprise Mainstream 12Gb SAS G3HS 2.5" SSD
01GV766 AWEZ PM1635a 800GB Enterprise Mainstream 12Gb SAS G3HS 2.5" SSD
01GV771 AWF0 PM1635a 1.6TB Enterprise Mainstream 12Gb SAS G3HS 2.5" SSD

 The following table lists the part numbers for ThinkServer systems.

Table 3. Ordering part numbers - ThinkServer
Part number Description
2.5-inch hot-swap drives
4XB0K12403 Lenovo ThinkServer 2.5" 400GB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD
4XB0K12404 Lenovo ThinkServer 2.5" 800GB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD
4XB0K12405 Lenovo ThinkServer 2.5" 1.6TB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD
3.5-inch hot-swap drives
4XB0K12406 Lenovo ThinkServer 3.5" 400GB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD
4XB0K12407 Lenovo ThinkServer 3.5" 800GB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD
4XB0K12408 Lenovo ThinkServer 3.5" 1.6TB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD

The part numbers include the following items:

  • One solid-state drive in a hot-swap tray
  • Support Flyer for SSDs
  • Warranty Flyer
  • Important Notices Flyer

Features

The PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SSDs have the following features:

  • Mainstream server SSD suitable for mixed read-write-intensive workloads
  • Endurance of 3 drive-writes per day (DWPD)
  • 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch industry standard form factor with hot-swap tray
  • SAS 12 Gbps interface
  • Active-active dual port host interface
  • 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)
  • End-to-end data protection
  • Support 16 Initiator with Tag Command Queuing (TCQ) Command Set with a queue-depth of up to 128 commands
  • Compliant with SCSI Specification (SAS-3 / SPL-3 / SBC-4 / SPC-4 / SAM-5)
  • RoHS Compliant

Enterprise Entry SSDs and Enterprise Mainstream SSDs have similar read and write IOPS performance, but the key difference between them is their endurance (or lifetime) (that is, how long they can perform write operations because SSDs have a finite number of program/erase (P/E) cycles). Enterprise Mainstream SSDs have better endurance but lower cost/IOPS ratio compared to Enterprise Entry SSDs. SSD write endurance is typically measured by the number of program/erase (P/E) 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 does not fail upon reaching the specified TBW, but at some point after surpassing the TBW value (and based on manufacturing variance margins), the drive reaches the end-of-life point, at which time the drive goes into read-only mode. Because of such behavior, careful planning must be done to use SSDs in the application environments to ensure that the TBW of the drive is not exceeded before the required life expectancy.

For example, the PM1635a 1600 GB drive has an endurance of 8760 TB of total bytes written (TBW). This means that for full operation over five years, write workload must be limited to no more than 4800 GB of writes per day, which is equivalent to 3.0 full drive writes per day (DWPD). For the device to last three years, the drive write workload must be limited to no more than 8000 GB of writes per day, which is equivalent to 5.0 full drive writes per day.

Technical specifications

The following tables present technical specifications for the PM1635 Enterprise Mainstream SSDs.

Table 4. Technical specifications
Feature 400 GB drive 800 GB drive 1.6 TB drive
Interface 12 Gbps SAS 12 Gbps SAS 12 Gbps SAS
Capacity 400 GB 800 GB 1.6 TB
Endurance
(drive writes per day for 5 years)
3 DWPD 3 DWPD 3 DWPD
Endurance
(total bytes written)
2,190 TB 4,380 TB 8,760 TB
Data reliability
(UBER)
< 1 in 1017 bits read < 1 in 1017 bits read < 1 in 1017 bits read
MTBF 2,000,000 hours 2,000,000 hours 2,000,000 hours
IOPS reads (4 KB blocks) 197,000 197,000 197,000
IOPS writes (4 KB blocks) 50,000 60,000 60,000
Sequential read rate
(128 KB blocks)
940 MBps 940 MBps 940 MBps
Sequential write rate
(128 KB blocks)
620 MBps 800 MBps 830 MBps
Shock, non-operating 1,500 G (Max) at 0.5 ms 1,500 G (Max) at 0.5 ms 1,500 G (Max) at 0.5 ms
Vibration, non-operating 20 GRMS (10-2000 Hz) 20 GRMS (10-2000 Hz) 20 GRMS (10-2000 Hz)
Typical power (R / W) 9 W / 9 W 9 W / 9 W 9 W / 9 W

Server support - ThinkSystem

The following table lists the ThinkSystem servers that are compatible.

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)
7N47A00117 ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1635a 400GB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD Y Y Y Y* Y* Y Y Y Y* Y Y Y Y
7N47A00118 ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1635a 800GB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD Y Y Y Y* Y* Y Y Y Y* Y Y Y N
7N47A00119 ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1635a 1.6TB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y

* Support is planned for 4Q/2017

Server support - System x

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

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)
01GV761 PM1635a 400GB Enterprise Mainstream 12Gb SAS G3HS 2.5" SSD N N Y Y Y Y N
01GV766 PM1635a 800GB Enterprise Mainstream 12Gb SAS G3HS 2.5" SSD N N Y Y Y Y N
01GV771 PM1635a 1.6TB Enterprise Mainstream 12Gb SAS G3HS 2.5" SSD N N Y Y Y Y N

Support for System x and dense servers with Intel E5 v3 and E3 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)
01GV761 PM1635a 400GB Enterprise Mainstream 12Gb SAS G3HS 2.5" SSD N N N N N N N
01GV766 PM1635a 800GB Enterprise Mainstream 12Gb SAS G3HS 2.5" SSD N N N N N N N
01GV771 PM1635a 1.6TB Enterprise Mainstream 12Gb SAS G3HS 2.5" SSD N N N N N N N

Server support - ThinkServer

The following tables list the ThinkServer systems that are compatible with the PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SSDs.

Support for ThinkServer Generation 5 servers with E5 v4 and E3 v5 processors

Table 8. Support for ThinkServer Generation 5 servers with E5 v4 and E3 v5 processors
Part number Description
TS150
TS450
TS460
RS160
TD350
RD350 (70Qx)
RD450 (70Qx)
RD550 (70Rx/70Sx)
RD650 (70Rx)
4XB0K12403 Lenovo ThinkServer 2.5" 400GB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD N N N N Y Y Y Y Y
4XB0K12404 Lenovo ThinkServer 2.5" 800GB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD N N N N Y Y Y Y Y
4XB0K12405 Lenovo ThinkServer 2.5" 1.6TB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD N N N N Y Y Y Y Y
4XB0K12406 Lenovo ThinkServer 3.5" 400GB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD N N N N Y Y Y Y Y
4XB0K12407 Lenovo ThinkServer 3.5" 800GB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD N N N N Y Y Y Y Y
4XB0K12408 Lenovo ThinkServer 3.5" 1.6TB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD N N N N Y Y Y Y Y

Support for ThinkServer Generation 5 servers with E5 v3 and E3 v3 processors

 
Table 9. Support for ThinkServer Generation 5 servers with E5 v3  and E3 v3 processors
Part number Description
TS140
TS440
RS140
TD350
RD350 (70Dx)
RD450 (70Dx)
RD550 (70Cx)
RD650 (70Dx)
4XB0K12403 Lenovo ThinkServer 2.5" 400GB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD N N N N N N N N
4XB0K12404 Lenovo ThinkServer 2.5" 800GB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD N N N N N N N N
4XB0K12405 Lenovo ThinkServer 2.5" 1.6TB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD N N N N N N N N
4XB0K12406 Lenovo ThinkServer 3.5" 400GB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD N N N N N N N N
4XB0K12407 Lenovo ThinkServer 3.5" 800GB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD N N N N N N N N
4XB0K12408 Lenovo ThinkServer 3.5" 1.6TB PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SAS 12Gb HS SSD N N N N N N N N

Server support - Flex System

The PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SSDs are currently not supported by any Flex System compute nodes.

Storage controller support

The PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SSDs require a supported SAS disk controller.

ThinkSystem controllers and servers are listed in the following table.

Table 10. ThinkSystem server support
Part
number
Description
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)
7Y37A01088 430-8i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N
7Y37A01089 430-16i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N
7Y37A01082 RAID 530-8i PCIe 12Gb Adapter Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N
7Y37A01083 RAID 730-8i 1GB Cache PCIe 12Gb Adapter Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N
7Y37A01084 RAID 930-8i 2GB Flash PCIe 12Gb Adapter Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N
7Y37A01085 RAID 930-16i 4GB Flash PCIe 12Gb Adapter Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N
Feature AUYK SD530 HW RAID Kit N N N N N N N N N N Y N N
7M27A03918 RAID 530-4i 2 Drive Adapter Kit for SN550 N N N N N N N N N N N Y N
7M17A03932 RAID 530-4i 4 Drive Adapter Kit for SN850 N N N N N N N N N N N N Y

The following table list the System x controllers that support these solid-state drives installed in a supported server.

Table 11. Supported controllers - System x
    v2 Xeon v3 Xeon v4
Part number Description
x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (6241, E7 v2)
x3500 M5 (5464)
x3550 M5 (5463)
x3650 M5 (5462)
x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (6241, E7 v3)
nx360 M5 (5465, E5-2600 v3)
x3550 M5 (8869)
x3650 M5 (8871)
x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (6241, E7 v4)
nx360 M5 (5465, E5-2600 v4)
47C8675 N2215 HBA Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
46C9114 ServeRAID M1215 N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
46C9110 ServeRAID M5210 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

The following table list the ThinkServer controllers that support these solid-state drives installed in a supported server.

Table 12. Supported controllers - ThinkServer
    TD350 RD350 RD450 RD550 RD650
4XB0F28691 AnyRAID 510i Y N Y Y Y
4XB0F28693 AnyRAID 720i Y N Y Y Y
4XB0F28694 AnyRAID 720ix Y N Y Y Y
4XC0G88834 RAID 500 N Y Y N N
4XC0G88850 RAID 520i Y Y Y Y Y
4XC0G88836 RAID 710 N Y Y N N
4XC0G88849 RAID 720i Y Y Y Y Y

Operating system support

SSDs operate transparently to users, storage systems, applications, databases, and operating systems. The controllers that support SSDs are supported by the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 12
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 6.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 6.5 (ESXi)

Note: The controllers that support the SSDs do not necessarily support all the operating systems listed. Check ServerProven for the latest operating system compatibility for these controllers.
http://www.lenovo.com/us/en/serverproven/

Warranty

The PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream 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 PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SSDs have the following physical specifications:

Dimensions and weight (approximate, without the hot-swap tray, if applicable):

  • Height: 15 mm (0.6 in.)
  • Width: 70 mm (2.8 in.)
  • Depth: 100 mm (4.0 in.)
  • Weight: 140 g (4.9 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.)

Shipping dimensions and weight for the 3.5-inch drives (approximate):

  • Height: 95 mm (3.7 in.)
  • Width: 194 mm (7.6 in.)
  • Depth: 257 mm (10.0 in.)

Operating environment

The PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SSDs are supported in the following environment:

  • Temperature, operating: 0 - 70 °C (32 - 158 °F)
  • Temperature, non-operating: -40 to 85 °C (-40 - 185 °F)
  • Relative humidity: 5 - 95% (noncondensing)
  • Maximum altitude: -300 - 4,572 m (-1,000 to 15,000 feet)

Agency approvals

The PM1635a Enterprise Mainstream SSDs conform to the following regulations:

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

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