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IBM eServer p550

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The IBM eServer® p5 550 server is an up to 4-way UNIX® or Linux® system designed to meet the rigors of the on demand world. It delivers outstanding price/performance, mainframe-inspired availability features, flexible capacity upgrades and innovative IBM Virtualization Engine™ systems technologies. Powered by IBM's most advanced 64-bit processor, POWER5 with simultaneous multithreading1 the p5-550 supports critical enterprise applications with exceptional price/performance—all while helping improve affordability and responsiveness.

The eServer p5 550 can serve as a versatile departmental or regional server for enterprise applications running on either AIX 5L™, IBM's industrial-strength UNIX, or Linux operating environments. The performance, reliability and affordability of the p5-550 can make it a strategic platform for server consolidation, scalable database servers, e-commerce application servers, Web servers, operations systems, business intelligence (BI) and high performance computing (HPC) workloads. The p5-550 also offers flexible Capacity on Demand (CoD) features to help reduce IT costs by allowing companies to pay for processor resources they use when they use them.

IBM p550 Specifications
Standard configurations
Microprocessor: 2-way or 4-way 1.65GHz POWER5 processors
Level 2 (L2) cache: 1.9MB
Level 3 (L3) cache: 36MB
RAM (memory): 1GB to 64GB of 266MHz DDR1 SDRAM
Internal disk storage: 31.2TB (with optional I/O drawers)
Processor-to-memory bandwidth (peak): 20.6GBps
L2 to L3 cache bandwidth (peak): 52.8GBps
RIO-2 I/O subsystem bandwidth (peak): 8.8GBps
Internal SCSI disk bays: Four standard and four optional (73.4/146.8/300GB 10K rpm or 36.4/73.4/146.8GB 15K rpm disks)
Media bays: Two slimline and one standard
Adapter slots: Five PCI-X (four long, one short), 64-bit/133MHz
Standard features
I/O ports: Dual channel Ultra320 SCSI controller (RAID optional)

Two Ethernet 10/100/1000 controllers

Two USB, two HMC, two system ports
I/O expansion: Up to eight optional 7311-D20 I/O drawers, each providing seven 64-bit PCI-X slots and up to 12 disk bays (73.4/146.8/300GB 10K rpm or 36.4/73.4/146.8GB 15K rpm disks)
Connectivity support (optional): 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel; 10 Gigabit Ethernet; 4x InfiniBand®
POWER Hypervisor™: LPAR

Dynamic LPAR

Virtual LAN
Advanced POWER Virtualization (option) : Micro-Partitioning

Shared processor pool
Virtual I/O Server with Integrated Virtualization Manager
Partition Load Manager (AIX 5L only)
Capacity on Demand features (optional): Processor CUoD

Reserve CoD
On/Off CoD for processors
Trial CoD for processors
RAS features: Copper and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) microprocessors
Dynamic firmware updates
IBM Chipkill™ ECC, bit-steering memory
ECC L2 cache, L3 cache
Service processor
Hot-swappable disk bays
Hot-plug PCI-X slots (on base system and I/O drawers)
Blind-swap PCI-X slots on I/O drawers
Hot-add I/O drawers
Hot-plug power supplies and cooling fans
Dynamic Processor Deallocation
Dynamic deallocation of logical partitions and PCI-X bus slots
ECC error handling for PCI-X slots
Redundant cooling fans
Redundant power supply (optional)
Operating systems: AIX 5L Versions 5.2/5.3
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 for POWER (SLES 9) or later
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3 for POWER (RHEL AS 3) or later
Power requirements: 100v to 127v; 200v to 240v AC
System dimensions: Deskside: 21.1"H x 7.9"W x 30.7"D (533mm x 201mm x 779mm); weight 41.4 kg (91 lb) *
Rack drawer: 7.0"H x 17.2"W x 28.8"D (178mm x 437mm x 731mm); weight 41.4 kg (91 lb) *
7311-D20 I/O drawer: 7.0"H x 19.0"W x 24.0"D (178mm x 482mm x 610mm); weight 45.9 kg (101 lb) *
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