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Selling Points

Top Competitive Selling Points for BladeCenter HX5
(As of June 2, 2014)

The HX5, which extends the eX5 architecture into a bladed format, is a scalable, high-performance blade server with unprecedented compute and memory performance.
  • The HX5 features the IBM eX5 Architecture, the fifth generation of mainframe-inspired IBM Enterprise X-Architecture technology, delivering breakthrough performance and high availability using Intel ten-core Xeon  “Westmere-EX” processors.
  • The HX5 was designed around four primary workloads: database servers, server consolidation using virtualization services, modeling and simulation, and ERP (application and database) servers.
  • The HX5 supports energy-efficient 1.35V DIMMs that consume 15% less power than 1.5V DIMMs. That allows for 20-30% more performance in the same power envelope.
  • The two-socket HX5 can be converted to a four-socket server simply by connecting two HX5s together through the scale connector. In four-socket form, the HX5 has on average 2.3x greater performance than the competition’s two-socket server.
  • MAX5 allows the HX5 to support quadruple the memory capacity of many competing two-socket servers, up to 40 DIMMs for an HX5 and a MAX5, pushing the limits of virtualization with the ability to deploy the maximum number of virtual machines supported by VMware. Memory bound VMware customers can also save over $10K in licensing fees with a memory–rich, two-socket server over the competition’s four-socket server.
  • The eX5 architecture offers three levels of memory protection for maintaining maximum memory integrity – IBM Chipkill, redundant bit steering, and memory mirroring.
  • VMware comes preloaded on an optional USB flash drive, allowing the HX5 to operate in a diskless configuration. The result is a smaller memory footprint, extremely high performance, and enhanced security.
  • FlexNode partitioning with Automatic Node Failover allows one four-socket HX5 blade to run applications by day on two two-socket blades and run batch jobs by night on a single four-socket blade, all without manually reconfiguring the blade. IBM Systems Director can dynamically make the configuration change. One of the benefits of this strategy is that when running on a two-socket server, software licensing costs are often less than the cost of running on a four-socket server.
  • Two 1.8-inch storage bays per node support solid-state drives. Solid-state drives 1) have more than twice the MTBF of conventional drives, 2) are optimized for mirroring, and 3) reduce power consumption by over 87% compared to conventional drives.
  • IBM supports the Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter (VFA) that allows splitting a two-port 10 Gb/s Ethernet card into up to eight ports per card in increments of 100 Mb/s and in a flexible fashion. This is done at the hardware level and does not need hypervisor or OS awareness. IBM VFA has been extended to the eX5 architecture, providing multiple virtual ports and protocols (Ethernet, FCoE, and iSCSI) from a single port. Intelligent failover is initiated if any of the uplink ports fail.
  • IBM’s eX5 Lab Services help clients leverage the HX5 by delivering free skills transfer and hands-on training.
  • IBM eX5 Workload Optimized Solutions deliver tested and proven solutions for data management, smart business solutions, and database engine models.
  • IBM Systems Director provides automated image deployment and pre-configured server identity.
  • The price/performance of the HX5 is superior to Itanium-based entry and midrange blades due to the technology and the ability to support eight-core Xeon processors (Itanium is currently only available as quad-core processors). In most configurations, the HX5 will deliver over twice the performance of an Itanium-based blade, and a three-year TCO as low as a third of the Itanium blade.
  • Enhanced Predictive Failure Analysis helps identify a troubled component before it actually fails. An easy, tool-less design, combined with Light-Path Diagnostics, quickly leads technicians to the specific component that needs to be replaced.
  • IBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling helps keep internal components cool for optimum performance and greater longevity.

Link to ServerProven List for the 7873 Models:

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/blade/7873.html

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SystemProduct InformationOptions
7873B2G
HX5, Xeon 8C E7-4830 105W 2.13GHz/24MB, 2x4GB, O/Bay 1.8in SATA
IBM ESP: £4,689.00 excl VAT
Stock currently available
7873B1G
HX5, Xeon 6C E7-4807 95W 1.86GHz/18MB, 2x4GB, O/Bay 1.8in SATA
IBM ESP: £3,107.00 excl VAT
Available
7873C1G
HX5, Xeon 8C E7-8837 130W 2.67GHz/24MB, 2x4GB, O/Bay 1.8in SATA
IBM ESP: £4,899.00 excl VAT
Available
7873D1G
HX5, Xeon 10C E7-8867L 105W 2.13GHz/30MB, 2x4GB, O/Bay 1.8in SATA
IBM ESP: £7,075.00 excl VAT
Available
7873AJG
HX5, 2x Xeon 8C E7-2830 105W 2.13GHz/24MB, 4x16GB, 2x 200GB 1.8in SATA, QLogic8Gb Broadcom10Gb SSD Expansion Card
IBM ESP: £10,709.00 excl VAT
Contact dealer for availability
7873AKG
HX5, 2x Xeon 8C E7-2830 105W 2.13GHz/24MB, 8x16GB, 2x 200GB 1.8in SATA, QLogic8Gb Broadcom10Gb SSD Expansion Card
IBM ESP: £11,920.00 excl VAT
Contact dealer for availability
7873ALG
HX5, 2x Xeon 8C E7-2830 105W 2.13GHz/24MB, 12x16GB, 2x 200GB 1.8in SATA, QLogic8Gb Broadcom10Gb SSD Expansion Card
IBM ESP: £13,131.00 excl VAT
Contact dealer for availability
7873AMG
HX5, 2x Xeon 8C E7-2830 105W 2.13GHz/24MB, 16x16GB, 2x 200GB 1.8in SATA, QLogic8Gb Broadcom10Gb SSD Expansion Card
IBM ESP: £14,341.00 excl VAT
Contact dealer for availability
7873F5G
HX5, Xeon 10C E7-4870 130W 2.40GHz/30MB, 2x4GB, O/Bay 1.8in SATA
IBM ESP: £8,082.00 excl VAT
Stock currently available
7873A1G
HX5, 2x Xeon 8C E7-2830 105W 2.13GHz/24MB, 4x4GB, O/Bay 1.8in SATA, MAX5
IBM ESP: £8,554.00 excl VAT
Available
7873A2G
HX5, 2x Xeon 10C E7-2860 130W 2.26GHz/24MB, 4x4GB, O/Bay 1.8in SATA, MAX5
IBM ESP: £13,166.00 excl VAT
Available
7873A3G
HX5, 2x Xeon 10C E7-2870 130W 2.40GHz/30MB, 4x4GB, O/Bay 1.8in SATA, MAX5
IBM ESP: £14,782.00 excl VAT
Available
7873F4G
HX5, Xeon 8C E7-4830 105W 2.13GHz/24MB, 2x4GB, O/Bay 1.8in SATA
IBM ESP: £5,145.00 excl VAT
Available

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