5 Things To Know About IBM NeXtScale System
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IBM NeXtScale System is a new dense offering from IBM. It is based on our experience with IBM iDataPlex and IBM BladeCenter along with a tight focus on emerging and future client requirements.
Today we announced two components:
Here are 5 things to know about this new x86 offering from IBM.
The IBM NeXtScale n1200 enclosure
1. NeXtScale is powered by “Ivy Bridge”
This week, Intel launched the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2, formerly codenamed “Ivy Bridge”, and NeXtScale System compute nodes are designed around this new family of processors. The Xeon E5-2600 v2 series uses a 22nm manufacturing process in contrast to the 32nm used in the E5-2600. This new smaller transistor technology provides the ability to design more powerful processors with better power efficiency. Each of the servers supports up to two processors, each with up to 12 cores and 30 MB of cache.
2. NeXtScale System is a dense offering
The NeXtScale n1200 enclosure is a 6U chassis that holds up to 12 nx360 M4 servers. The enclosure supplies the power and cooling needed for all the servers. At up to 7 enclosures per rack, that means you can have up to a total of 2,016 cores per rack. Because the nx360 M4 servers are half-wide, you get double the density compared to a comparable 1U rack server. And if you compare NeXtScale System to 1U rack servers running previous-generation 8-core E5-2600 processors, you get 3 times the density.
The ports and slots on the IBM NeXtScale nx360 M4
3. The servers are a modular design
The nx360 M4 compute node has a modular, building-block design. Plans are underway to bring out additional top mounted trays for key workloads:
4. Designed with large scale computing in mind
The IBM NeXtScale nx360 M4 compute node contains only the essential components in the base architecture to provide a cost-optimized platform. The nx360 M4 compute node provides a dense, flexible solution with a low total cost of ownership.
The internals of the IBM NeXtScale nx360 M4
5. NeXtScale System is easy to order
IBM NeXtScale System will be available through standard System x channels and ordering systems making this a business-as-usual offering from IBM System x. Alternatively, for more integrated solutions, you may elect to use the IBM Intelligent Cluster process to configure a fully integrated solution from IBM.
For more information on the IBM NeXtScale System and the nx360 M4 server and n1200 enclosure, look out for the the IBM Redbooks Product Guide which will be published later today. In my next blog, coming tomorrow, I'll show some photos of the new hardware to give you a bit of a walk-through.
David Watts is an IBM Redbooks Project Leader. He writes books and papers on many areas related to IBM Flex System, IBM BladeCenter and IBM System x. Follow David on Twitter at @DavidAtRedbooks.