The IBM® System x3550 M3 builds on the latest Intel Xeon processor technology with extreme processing power and superior energy-management and cooling features. With twice the performance of previous generations and a flexible, energy-smart design that integrates low-wattage components, the x3550 M3 can help you meet demanding workloads at a lower cost per watt.
Suggested uses: customers requiring a highly available, energy-efficient, rack-optimized solution for physical and virtual intensive commercial environments like eBusiness/eCommerce, collaboration, virtualization, database, and enterprise resource planning applications.
The x3550 M3 offers a flexible, scalable design and simple upgrade path to eight HDDs or SSDs, and 288 GB of memory. In addition, a built-in altimeter provides more efficient power utilization and lower noise levels.
Comprehensive systems management tools such as advanced diagnostics, a cable management arm, and the ability to control resources from a single point make it easy to deploy, integrate, service, and manage. The server also offers an upgrade to four built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports without consuming an additional PCI Express slot.
The challenge of a high-performance business is to do more with less—serve more Web pages, handle more secure connections, support more email users. You need to reduce the costs of doing business and improve the service you deliver to your customers while lowering your overall risk. The dual-socket IBM System x3550 M3 can reduce your costs with its energy-smart design. It can improve service with reduced operational complexity and increased management functionality. It will lower your IT risk with the resiliency that comes from having no single point of failure. And like all IBM servers, the x3550 M3 offers you the trust that comes from IBM global reach, service, and support.
The x3550 M3 offers numerous features to boost performance and reduce costs:
Up to two 6-core Xeon 5600 series processors offering superior performance. Xeon 5600 series processors offer up to 54% better performance than the previous generation 5500 series processors (workload dependent).
Eighteen DIMMs of registered 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC memory provide speed, high availability, and a memory capacity of up to 288 GB.
High-performance 6 Gbps SAS RAID controllers and 15K RPM 6 Gbps SAS disk drives in a variety of capacities to suit your local storage requirements.
The x3550 M3 has the ability to grow with your application requirements with these features:
Very high density computing in a 1U dual-socket server.
A choice of 4-core or 6-core processors with clock rates from 1.6 GHz to 3.6 GHz.
18 DIMM sockets allowing memory expansion of up to 288 GB.
A choice of power supplies including 460 W, 675 W AC or DC, or energy-efficient 675 W.
Five USB 2.0 ports available – two front, two rear, and one internal for an embedded hypervisor.
Storage bay flexibility: Up to eight hot-swap 2.5″ drive bays for SAS or SATA HDDs, or solid-state drives (intermixing supported); or four 2.5″ bays plus an internal optical drive bay.
Direct-attach SAS storage with the EXP2512, EXP2524, and EXP3000 storage enclosures is supported. IBM System Storage servers, including network-attached storage (NAS), and iSCSI or Fibre Channel-attached storage, can also be attached.
The x3550 M3 provides two PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 x16 I/O slots for increased network or storage connectivity.
The use of solid-state drives (SSDs) instead of or along with traditional spinning drives (HDDs) can significantly improve I/O performance. An SSD can support 20,000 I/O operations per second (IOPS) whereas a typical HDD handles fewer than 500 IOPS.
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