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IBM eServer p550 Express

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Save time, money and space when you consolidate on System p5 550 and 550Q Express servers. Get up to 8-core scalability, outstanding price/performance, exceptional RAS (reliability, availability, serviceability) features, and a 3-year warranty—all standard—at an affordable price. Powered by IBM’s most advanced 64-bit processor core, POWER5+, these systems have simultaneous multithreading1 for increased system utilization and improved application performance. Like all System p5 Express servers, the System p5 550 and 550Q Express can run the AIX 5L™ and Linux® operating systems simultaneously. The new browser-based Integrated Virtualization Manager makes it easier than ever before to achieve increased utilization when adding low-cost Advanced POWER™ Virtualization features to your system.

The System p5 550 Express platform is a 2- or 4-core database server with 2.1 GHz POWER5+ dual-core processor modules. It can function as a scalable database or versatile departmental or regional server for businesses of all sizes. The performance, reliability and affordability features of the p5-550 Express can make it a strategic platform for scalable database servers, e-commerce application servers, Web servers, operations systems, and for BI and high performance computing (HPC) workloads.

IBM p550 Express Specifications
 
Standard configurations
Microprocessors: 1-way, 2-way or 4-way 1.5GHz POWER5 processors
Level 2 (L2) cache: 1.9MB
Level 3 (L3) cache: 36MB
RAM (memory): 512MB 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): 48.0GBps
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 36.4GB/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 adapters: Dual channel Ultra320 SCSI controller (internal only; RAID optional);

Two Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports;

Two USB, two HMC ports, 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)
 
RAS features: Copper and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) microprocessors
Selective 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 (2- or 4-way)
Dynamic deallocation of logical partitions and PCI-X bus slots
Extended 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 or 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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