Technical specifications

Processor Core Types: CP / IFL / ICF / zIIP* / Standard SAP(s) / Additional SAP(s) / Spares

Model

Minimum

Maximum

N30

0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 2

30 / 30 / 30 / 20 / 7 / 4 / 2

N63

0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 2

63 / 63 / 63 / 42 / 14 / 8 / 2

N96

0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21 / 0 / 2

96 / 96 / 96 / 64 / 21 / 12 / 2

NC9

0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28 / 0 / 2

129 / 129 / 129 / 86 / 28 / 16 / 2

NE1

0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28 / 0 / 2

141 / 141 / 141 / 94 / 28 / 16 / 2

Coupling Links

IC maximum

32

ICA SR maximum

40 ports

12x HCA3-O InfiniBand maximum

32 ports

1x HCA3-O LR InfiniBand maximum

64 ports

Channels

FICON Express16S / FICON Express8S / FICON Express8§ / OSA-Express5S / OSA-Express4S§

Maximum: 320 / 320 / 64 / 96 / 96

Flash Express

8 (4 pairs – 8 PCIe adapters); offered in pairs

HiperSockets

Up to 32 high-speed ‘virtual’ Local Area Networks

Cryptography

Crypto Express5S

Minimum order 2 features; Maximum order 16 features

Compression Acceleration

zEDC Express

8 – minimum recommended is 2

RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE)

10 GbE RoCE Express

16 – minimum recommended is 2

Processor Memory

Model

Minimum

Maximum

N30

64 Gigabytes (GB)

2.5 TB**

N63

64 GB

5.0 TB

N96

64 GB

7.5 TB

NC9

64 GB

10.0 TB

NE1

64 GB

10.0 TB

Upgradeability

Upgradeable within the z13 family
Upgrading to the NE1 from other z13 models will require a planned outage
Upgradeable from IBM zEnterprise EC12 and IBM zEnterprise 196
Upgradeable from z13s N20 to z13 N30 air-cooled (radiator) only
Upgradeable from LinuxONE Emperor L30 (to N30, N63, N96, NC9 and NE1); from L63 (to N63, N96, NC9 and NE1); from L96 (to N96, NC9 and NE1); from LC9 (to NC9 and NE1); and from LE1 (to NE1)

Supported Operating Systems

z/OS

z/OS V2.2
z/OS V2.1
z/OS V1.13
z/OS V1.12 (toleration) Available via IBM Software Support Services (SSS)

z/VM

z/VM 6.3
z/VM 6.2 (toleration)

Linux on z Systems

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5, 6 and 7
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 and 12
For minimum or recommended levels please see IBM Tested platforms page ibm.com/systems/z/os/linux/resources/testedplatforms.html

z/VSE

z/VSE 5.1 and subsequent releases

z/TPF

z/TPF 1.1

AIX on POWER7 blade located in zBX

AIX 5.3 (TL 12+ and up), AIX 6.1 (TL 5+ and up) and AIX 7.1 and subsequent releases

Linux on System x on HX5 blade located in zBX Model 004

RHEL 5.5 and up, 6.0 and up, 7.0 and up and SLES 10 (SP4) and up, SLES 11 SP1 and up, SLES 12 and up – 64 bit only

Microsoft Windows on HX5 blade located in zBX Model 004

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (SP2), Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (Datacentre Edition recommended) – 64 bit only

Supported Hypervisors

KVM for IBM z Systems

KVM for IBM z 1.1 with SUSE SLES SP1 guests

PS701 in zBX Model 004

PowerVM Enterprise Edition – VIOS 2.2.3

HX5 in zBX Model 004

KVM – Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation Hypervisor (RHEV-H) 6.5

IBM z BladeCenter Extension (zBX) Model 004

WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI50 for zEnterprise

Minimum: 0

Maximum: 28††

IBM BladeCenter PS701 Express POWER7 blade

Minimum: 0

Maximum: 112††

IBM BladeCenter HX5 blade

Minimum: 0

Maximum: 56††

* If ordering a zIIP, one or more general purpose processor (CP) per the specialty engine is required. IBM has modified the ratio of zIIP to CPs to be 2:1. Up to two zIIP processors may be purchased for every general purpose processor purchased on the server.

† There must be at least one CP, IFL or ICF ordered on the server. No IFL is required unless ordering an IFL only server – model capacity identifier 400. No ICF is required unless ordering an ICF only server – model capacity identifier 400. If you order a 400 no CP is orderable.

‡ N30 (i.e. 1 Drawer) Coupling Feature and Port Maximums:
ICA SR: 10 Features, 20 Ports
12X HCA3-O: 4 Features, 8 Ports
1X HCA3-O LR: 4 Features, 16 Ports

§ Carry forward only

** Provides the minimum physical memory required to hold base purchase memory plus 96 GB HSA

†† The blades for BladeCenter PS701 Express blade, BladeCenter HX5 blade and DataPower XI50z can be shared in the same BladeCenter chassis – note that DataPower XI50z blades are ‘doublewide’ and use two slots. Total zBX capacity cannot exceed 112 total blades.

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