IBM Flash Adapters Enterprise Value for System xProduct Guide (withdrawn product)

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Abstract

The IBM® Flash Adapters F825, F1650, and F3200 Enterprise Value for System x® are designed for the application of solid-state storage to webscale and cloud data centers. Delivering high speed, low latency, and high efficiency, this new line of flash adapters brings scalable and optimized performance to distributed scale-out architectures at low cost. These adapters are designed primarily for cost-efficient high volume servers and computing appliances to maximize compute efficiency while providing the added benefits of lower power and cooling costs, low management impact, and smaller storage footprints.

Introduction

The IBM® Flash Adapters F825, F1650, and F3200 Enterprise Value for System x® are designed for the application of solid-state storage to webscale and cloud data centers. Delivering high speed, low latency, and high efficiency, this new line of flash adapters brings scalable and optimized performance to distributed scale-out architectures at low cost. These adapters are designed primarily for cost-efficient high volume servers and computing appliances to maximize compute efficiency while providing the added benefits of lower power and cooling costs, low management impact, and smaller storage footprints.

IBM Flash Adapters Enterprise Value for System x
Figure 1. IBM Flash Adapters Enterprise Value for System x

Did you know?

The IBM Flash Adapters Enterprise Value use flash memory as their storage medium, contain no moving parts, and do not have the issues associated with vibration, noise, and mechanical failure. The adapters are built as block devices on a PCIe bus with advanced wear-leveling, advanced ECC, and chip-level redundancy, providing exceptional reliability and efficiency.

These adapters can provide lower operational expenditure (OPEX) and capital expenditure (CAPEX) in applications that require high storage I/O performance compared to solutions that use a larger number of hard disk drives and solid-state drives to achieve equivalent performance.

Rigorous testing of the IBM Flash Adapters Enterprise Value by IBM through the IBM ServerProven® program ensures a high degree of confidence in storage subsystem compatibility and reliability. Providing an additional peace of mind, the adapters are covered under IBM warranty.

Part number information

Table 1 lists the information for ordering part numbers and feature codes.

Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes
Description Part number Feature code
IBM Flash Adapter F825 Enterprise Value for System x 00AE861 A4WT
IBM Flash Adapter F1650 Enterprise Value for System x 00AE864 A4WS
IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise Value for System x 00AE867 A4WR

The part numbers for the adapters include the following items:
  • IBM Flash Adapter Enterprise Value with 3U bracket attached
  • 2U bracket (F825 and F1650 adapter only)
  • USB Key with documentation
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Important Notices document
  • Warranty Flyer

Features

Based on the standard PCIe architecture coupled with silicon-based NAND clustering storage technology, the Flash Adapters Enterprise Value are optimized for System x rack servers. These scalable designs include cost-effective Multi-Level Cell (MLC) technology in standard PCIe form factors.

These adapters use NAND flash memory as the basic building block of solid-state storage and contain no moving parts, so they are less sensitive to issues associated with vibration, noise, and mechanical failure. These adapters are built as block devices on a PCIe bus with advanced wear-leveling, ECC, and chip-level redundancy providing unparalleled reliability and efficiency.

The IBM Flash Adapters Enterprise Value for System x can deliver fast and scalable performance at low latency required for webscale and cloud environments. The following typical applications require ultra-high I/O performance:
  • Large scale transaction processing
  • Cloud computing
  • Content distribution
  • On-demand streaming
  • Data warehousing
  • Business intelligence and analytics
  • Decision support

The IBM Flash Adapters Enterprise Value have many features.

Technology features
  • Up to 3.2 TB of solid-state storage in an industry-standard PCIe form factor.
  • High-density design with cost-effective MLC NAND technology reduces storage footprint.
  • Functions as a PCIe storage and controller device. The operating system sees a block device.

Performance features
  • High-speed, low latency, consistent, and scalable I/O performance
  • Access latency can be as low as 19 ?s
  • Up to 1.5 GBps of sustained sequential throughput
  • Up to 144,000 random read IOPS and up to 535,000 random write IOPS using 512 bytes data blocks
  • Integrates with host processor as a memory tier for direct parallel access to flash

Reliability features
  • Advanced wear leveling
  • ECC protection
  • Adaptive Flashback redundancy for RAID-like chip protection with self-healing capabilities

Monitoring and management features
  • Power consumption
  • Thermal information
  • Flash wear-out

Note: These adapters cannot be used as bootable devices.

Technical specifications

Table 2 presents the technical specifications for the IBM Flash Adapters Enterprise Value.

Table 2. IBM High IOPS MLC Adapter technical specifications
Specification 825 GB 1650 GB 3200 GB
Part number 00AE861 00AE864 00AE867
Interface PCIe 2.0 x4 PCIe 2.0 x4 PCIe 2.0 x8 (x4-wired)
Form factor Half height, half length Half height, half length Full height, half length
Capacity 825 GB 1650 GB 3200 GB
Endurance 4 PB TBW 8 PB TBW 20 PB TBW
Random read IOPS (512 bytes blocks) 135,000 144,000 115,000
Random write IOPS (512 bytes blocks) 535,000 535,000 535,000
Random read IOPS (4 KB blocks) 130,000 130,000 115,000
Random write IOPS (4 KB blocks) 235,000 235,000 243,000
Sequential read rate (1 MB blocks) 1.4 GBps 1.4 GBps 1.5 GBps
Sequential write rate (1 MB blocks) 1.1 GBps 1.1 GBps 1.3 GBps
Read access latency 77 ?s 77 ?s 92 ?s
Write access latency 19 ?s 19 ?s 19 ?s
Power requirements 25 W max 25 W max 25 W max

The TBW (total bytes written) value assigned to a solid-state device is the total bytes of written data (based on the number of P/E cycles) that a device can be guaranteed to complete (the percentage of remaining P/E cycles is equal to the percentage of remaining TBW). The IBM warranty for the solid-state storage is limited to devices that have not reached the maximum guaranteed number of program/erase cycles. Solid-state storage that reaches this limit might fail to operate according to its specifications. Because of such behavior by solid-state devices, careful planning must be done to use solid-state storage in the application environments to ensure that the TBW of the device is not exceeded before the end of the required life expectancy.

Writes are tracked and reported by the adapter's management utility and might be affected by application writes, data patterns, and maintenance designed to maximize data integrity.

Supported servers

Table 3 lists the compatibility information for the IBM Flash Adapters Enterprise Value and System x and IBM iDataPlex® servers.

Table 3. System x, iDataPlex, and NeXtScale compatibility (Part 1)
Part number Description x3250 M5 (5458) x3500 M4 (7383, E5-2600 v2) x3530 M4 (7160, E5-2400 v2) x3550 M4 (7914, E5-2600 v2) x3630 M4 (7158, E5-2400 v2) x3650 M4 (7915, E5-2600 v2) 1.3FFE.jpg x3650 M4 HD (5460) x3750 M4 (8752) x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (3837) dx360 M4 (7912, E5-2600 v2) nx360 M4 (5455)
00AE861 IBM Flash Adapter F825 Enterprise Value N N N Y Y Y N N N N N N
00AE864 IBM Flash Adapter F1650 Enterprise Value N N N Y Y Y N N N N N N
00AE867 IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise Value N N N Y Y Y N N N N N N

Table 3. System x, iDataPlex, and NeXtScale compatibility (Part 2)
Part
number
Description x3100 M4 (2582) x3250 M4 (2583) x3300 M4 (7382) x3500 M4 (7383, E5-2600) x3530 M4 (7160) x3550 M4 (7914, E5-2600) x3630 M4 (7158) x3650 M4 (7915, E5-2600) x3690 X5 (7147) x3750 M4 (8722) x3850 X5/x3950 X5 (7143) dx360 M4 (7912, E5-2600)
00AE861 IBM Flash Adapter F825 Enterprise Value N N N N N Y Y Y N N N N
00AE864 IBM Flash Adapter F1650 Enterprise Value N N N N N Y Y Y N N N N
00AE867 IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise Value N N N N N Y Y Y N N N N

See the IBM ServerProven website for the latest compatibility information for System x servers at http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.

Supported operating systems

The IBM Flash Adapters Enterprise Value support the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)

See the IBM ServerProven website for the latest information about the specific versions and service packs supported at http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/. Click System x servers, then Storage Controllers and SSD adapters to see the support matrix. Click the check mark that is associated with the System x server in question to see the details of the operating system support.

Warranty

The IBM Flash Adapters Enterprise Value carry a 1-year, customer-replaceable unit (CRU) limited warranty. When installed in a supported IBM server, these adapters assume your system’s base warranty and any IBM ServicePac® upgrade.

Physical specifications

The IBM Flash Adapters F825 and F1650 Enterprise Value have the following physical specifications:

Dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 16 mm (0.6 in.)
  • Width: 68 mm (2.7 in.)
  • Depth: 167 mm (6.6 in.)
  • Weight: 180 g (0.4 lb)

Shipping dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 65 mm (2.6 in.)
  • Width: 225 mm (8.9 in.)
  • Depth: 245 mm (9.6 in.)
  • Weight: 413 g (0.9 lb)

The IBM Flash Adapter F3200 Enterprise Value has the following physical specifications:

Dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 16 mm (0.6 in.)
  • Width: 110 mm (4.3 in.)
  • Depth: 167 mm (6.6 in.)
  • Weight: 310 g (0.7 lb)

Shipping dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 65 mm (2.6 in.)
  • Width: 225 mm (8.9 in.)
  • Depth: 245 mm (9.6 in.)
  • Weight: 540 g (1.3 lb)

Operating environment

The IBM Flash Adapters Enterprise Value are supported in the following environment:
  • Temperature (operational): 0 - 55 °C (32 - 131 °F) at 0 - 3,048 m (0 - 10,000 ft)
  • Relative humidity: 5 - 95% (non-condensing)
  • Maximum altitude (operational): 3,048 m (10,000 ft)

Agency approvals

The IBM Flash Adapters Enterprise Value conform to the following regulations:
  • EN55022
  • EN55024
  • EN60950 / CE
  • EN 61000-3-2
  • EN 61000-3-3
  • IEC 950 CB Scheme
  • FCC Part 15 Class A, and Class B
  • UL 1950
  • CSA C22.2 950-95
  • VCCI
  • NZ AS3548 / C-tick
  • RRL for MIC (KCC)
  • BSMI
  • UL 94-/V

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