Introduction The System x M4 single-socket 1U rack server is designed for small businesses and first-time server buyers looking for a solution to improve business efficiency. The IBM System x M4 provides next-generation performance in an innovative and compact design with flexible configuration options, built-in security, and systems management capabilities. This server is designed for infrastructure applications such as firewall, security, disaster recovery, name server, authentication, credit card processing, email, domain controller, and more. It leverages the next-generation dual-core and quad-core Intel Xeon processor technology. Suggested uses: Small-to-medium businesses looking for file and printer servers, Web serving, and small business infrastructure.
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Introduction The System x M4 single-socket 1U rack server is designed for small businesses and first-time server buyers looking for a solution to improve business efficiency. The IBM System x M4 provides next-generation performance in an innovative and compact design with flexible configuration options, built-in security, and systems management capabilities.
This server is designed for infrastructure applications such as firewall, security, disaster recovery, name server, authentication, credit card processing, email, domain controller, and more. It leverages the next-generation dual-core and quad-core Intel Xeon processor technology.
Suggested uses: Small-to-medium businesses looking for file and printer servers, Web serving, and small business infrastructure. Figure 1. IBM System x M4. Back to top. Did you know? The System x M4 server is a compact, cost-effective, single-processor 1U rack server that has been optimized to provide outstanding availability, manageability, and performance features to small-to-medium-sized businesses, retail stores, or distributed enterprises.
It supports the latest Intel Xeon E v2 family of processors formerly codenamed "Ivy Bridge" for applications that require performance and stability, and Core i3 processors for applications that require lower cost. This flexible 1U rack-mountable server is also highly upgradable and expandable, scaling from low-cost, fixed-function models to feature-rich, highly available models.
Business needs for efficiency improvement and retention of critical data require the use of a server that is easy to get up and running quickly and is dependable. You need to squeeze as much as possible out of your IT dollars, while saving cost on features not needed in an SMB environment. It was built for speed, yet eliminates costly design features found in general-purpose servers that are unnecessary for smaller businesses. Scalability and performance The x M4 offers numerous features to boost performance, improve scalability, and reduce costs:.
Availability and serviceability The x M4 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:. Manageability and security Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x M Energy efficiency The x M4 offers the following energy-efficiency features to save energy, reduce operational costs, increase energy availability, and contribute to the green environment:.
Locations of key components and connectors Figure 2 shows the front of the server with two 3. Some models have up to four 2. Figure 2. Figure 3. IBM System x M4 rack server rear view Figure 4 shows the locations of key components inside the server. Figure 4. IBM System x M4 rack server inside view. Standard specifications Table 1. Standard specifications. Standard models The following table lists the standard models.
Table 2. Standard models. Express models The following table lists the Express models that are available in certain regions. Express models are preconfigured with additional components such as processors, memory, and disks with the purpose of making the ordering and installation process simpler. Table 3. Express models. Processor options The server supports only one processor, which is already installed in all standard and Express models.
No additional processor options are available. The following table lists all processors available in standard models of x M4 or via CTO. If there is no corresponding where-used model for a particular processor, then that processor is only available through the configure-to-order CTO process. Table 4. Processor options. The server supports only one processor, which is already included in a standard, CTO or special bid configuration. IBM memory specifications are integrated into the light path diagnostics for immediate system performance feedback and optimum system uptime.
Configuration rules:. The following table lists the memory options supported by the server. Table 5. Memory options. The following table lists the hard drive options available for internal disk storage in the x M4 server.
Table 6. Disk drive options. The following table lists the RAID controllers and additional options used for internal disk storage of x M4 server. Table 7. RAID controllers for internal storage. It is a cost-effective way to provide reliability, performance, and fault-tolerant disk subsystem management to help safeguard your valuable data and enhance availability.
If either of these is used, it is installed in slot 1 PCIe x4. Features of the supported RAID controllers are discussed below. Internal tape drives The server does not support internal tape drive options. Optical drives The server supports the optical drive options listed in the following table. Table 8. Optical drives. In addition, this drive supports the following media and speeds for writing:.
The slot form-factors are:. Network adapters The x M4 offers two integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports. The Integrated NICs have the following features:. The following table lists additional supported network adapters.
Table 9. Network adapters. Storage host bus adapters The following table lists the storage host bus adapters HBAs supported by x M4 server. Table Storage adapters. This W unit cannot be upgraded. Some models include one IBM W hot-swap power supply. With the addition of a second power supply, the two form a redundant pair. The following table lists the option for the second power supply. Power supply option. Both the W and W power supply units support maximum configurations and support auto restart that minimizes operator intervention after a temporary power outage.
One 2. The key is installed in a USB socket inside the server. Table 15 lists the virtualization options. Virtualization options. If an environmental condition exceeds a threshold or if a system component fails, the IMM2 lights LEDs to help you diagnose the problem, records the error in the event log, and alerts you to the problem.
IMM2 Basic has the following features:. The blue-screen capture feature captures the video display contents before the IMM restarts the server when the IMM detects an operating-system hang condition. A system administrator can use the blue-screen capture to assist in determining the cause of the hang condition. The following table lists the remote management option.
Remote management option. Supported operating systems Operating systems supported by the server are:. The IBM ServicePac is a series of prepackaged warranty maintenance upgrades and post-warranty maintenance agreements with a well-defined scope of services, including service hours, response time, term of service, and service agreement terms and conditions. IBM ServicePac offerings are country-specific.
That is, each country might have its own service types, service levels, response times, and terms and conditions. Not all covered types of ServicePacs might be available in a particular country.
Warranty service definitions. Regulatory compliance The server conforms to the following international standards:. Up to nine expansion enclosures can be daisy-chained per one M external port. For better performance, distribute expansion enclosures evenly across both M ports. The external disk storage expansion enclosures listed in the following table are available.
External storage expansion enclosures. The external SAS cables listed in the following table support connectivity between external expansion enclosures and the controller. External SAS cables for external storage expansion enclosures.
Cost-effective and compact, it is well suited to small to mid-sized businesses, as well as large enterprises, whether for general-purpose workloads or specialized applications. The x M3 is designed for infrastructure applications such as firewall, security, disaster recovery, name server, authentication, credit card processing, email, domain controller, and more. It leverages the latest dual-core and quad-core processor technology. Note : This product has been withdrawn from marketing and is no longer available for ordering from IBM.
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