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IBM System x3530 M4

IBM System x3530 M4

  • Offers more flexible configuration options and an easier upgrade path
  • Balances energy-efficient performance with more affordable entry price and reduced total cost of ownership
  • Helps deliver easier system management with industry-leading quality and reliability backed by IBM service and support

Upgrade with more ease

Designed for optimum flexibility and growth, the IBM System x3530 M4 offers a wide range of configuration options to help meet general business requirements today and tomorrow. Start with the combination of hard disk drive size, networking and computing power you need now, then scale up through an easy upgrade path. The IBM Integrated Management Module II with optional remote upgrade via Feature on Demand (FoD) helps simplify the deployment process.

Optimized for performance

The x3530 M4 delivers dual-socket performance in a compact 1U footprint and features the latest Intel Xeon E5-2400 v2 series technology with greater processing, memory and I/O capabilities. Built with a focus on reduced total cost of ownership, the x3530 M4 provides 80-PLUS® power supply certification to help enable energy savings. With a better balance between cost and system features, the x3530 M4 is an ideal platform for general business workloads.

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  • Specifications
  • Overview
  • Features and Benefits
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Server Features
Form factor/height 1U Rack
Processor (max) Up to two 10-core Intel Xeon E5-2400 v2 series processors
Cache (max) 20 MB per processor
Memory (max) Up to 384 GB via 12 slots (UDIMM/RDIMM/LRDIMM)
Media bays One optional DVD bay for 2.5-inch model
Disk bays Eight 2.5-inch or four 3.5-inch hard disk drives (HDDs)
RAID support Integrated 3 Gbps software RAID-0, -1, -10; optional hardware RAID-0, -1, -10 or RAID-5, -50 or -6, -60
Power supply (std/max) One fixed 460 W or up to two 460 W or 675 W hot-swap redundant power supplies
Hot-swap components Power supplies and hard disk drives
PCIe interface 2 PCIe slots (x16/x8) (1/0 or 0/2) + PCIe x4 for slotless RAID
Ethernet Interface Intel Ethernet Controller I350 Dual 1 Gb on board + Intel I-350 Embedded Dual-Port GbE Activation for IBM System ×(FoD)
Expansion slots 2 PCIe 3.0 slots
USB ports 7 (2 x front, 4 × rear, 1× internal)
VGA ports 1 front (optional for 3.5-inch HDD models, model dependent) /1 back
Maximum internal storage Up to 8 TB SAS/SATA (2.5-inch model) or 16 TB SAS/SATA (3.5-inch model)
Energy-efficiency compliance Equivalent NEBS 1/ETSI compliance for power supply meets 80 PLUS® Silver, Gold or Platinum (model dependent)
Systems management IBM IMM2 with optional upgrade FoD to remote presence, Predictive Failure Analysis, diagnostic LEDs, standard Light path with optional advanced kit, IBM Systems Director and Active Energy Manager™ (model dependent)
Operating systems supported Microsoft Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, VMware vSphere
Limited warranty 3-year customer replaceable unit and onsite service, next business day 9×5, service upgrades available


Product features
  • Better performance and more generous storage capacity in a smaller footprint help support a wider range of general business workloads
  • More flexible design helps provide extensive configuration options and allow customers to upgrade to more robust features as needs change over time
  • Built-in reliability and availability features help ensure application uptime
  • Hot-swappable hard disk drives and power supplies help improve system serviceability
  • A robust portfolio of systems management tools help simplify management tasks
Hardware summary
  • 1U chassis
  • Dual-socket server supporting up to 10-core Intel Xeon series processors, up to 2.5 GHz
  • Up to 384 GB high-performance, new-generation DDR-3 memory with 12 DIMM slots, up to 1600 MHz memory access speed
  • Internal storage flexibility with support for up to eight 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA hard disk drives, or up to four 3.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA or simple-swap SATA hard disk drives
  • 3 PCIe slots (model dependent)
  • Shared or dedicated port for system management

Features and Benefits

Feature Benefits
1U rack
  • Helps provide expandability and performance in a dense form factor
High-performance, energy-smart Intel Xeon E5-2400 v2 series processor with up to 10-core 20 MB L3 cache per processor socket
  • Helps boost performance with the latest Intel Xeon E5-2400 v2 series processors
  • Helps provide enhanced technology with improved power and thermal management
Ultra-fast two DIMMs per channel at 1333/1600 MHz, with up to12 DIMM sockets of DDR-3 RDIMM/UDIMM/LRDIMM memory
  • Memory scalability ideal for compute-intensive, general-business applications and virtualized environments
  • A new generation of high-performance memory can match the speed of the latest Intel Xeon E5-2400 v2 series processors to optimize throughput
  • Improved application performance with interleaved memory
  • Faster memory bandwidth with the ability to run two DIMMs per channel at 1333/1600 MHz with supported 1600 MHz RDIMMs
  • Save up to an additional 10 percent on your memory power budget with 1.35 V memory
  • Up to 384 GB of memory capacity
Support for up to eight small form factor (SFF) 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA or four large form factor (LFF) 3.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA or simple-swap Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drives (model dependent)
  • Helps reduce costs with large-capacity 3.5-inch SATA drive and increase performance with 2.5-inch SAS/SATA drives
  • Up to 16 TB of data storage capacity on 3.5-inch models or 8.0 TB of data-storage capacity on 2.5-inch models
  • Easier field upgrade flexibility to increase the number of drives from four to eight with easier-to-install optional HDDs
  • Consolidated server design optimized for storage intensive workloads
  • Supports optional ODD for 2.5-inch models (not available for 3.5-inch models)
Slotless hardware RAID
  • Optional advanced RAID protection can deliver advanced high availability to your HDDs more efficiently without sacrificing performance
  • Flash technology extends the usable life to nearly seven years versus a typical one-year replacement for batteries
  • Support up to 1.0 GB flashback or 512 MB cache (model dependant)
  • Innovative Features on Demand (FoD) design helps you upgrade RAID-5, -50 or RAID-6, -60 without open chassis
Up to two next-generation PCIe 3.0 I/O slots for system expansion
  • Extensive I/O bandwidth for greater performance and productivity
  • Deliver double the bandwidth with lower latency
  • Deliver double the bandwidth with lower latency
Intel Ethernet Controller I350 Dual 1 Gb on board + Intel I-350 Embedded Dual-Port GbE Activation for IBM System x (FoD)
  • Helps provide double the network throughput with features that reduce processor workload
  • Embedded NIC, standard 2 ports with upgrade scalability to four ports by FoD
Optional redundant cooling and hot-swap, redundant power
  • Helps maintain a healthy system by keeping internal components cool with redundant, dual-motor cooling fans
  • Helps increase system and application uptime by reducing another potential point of failure with a second hot-swap power supply, allowing the server to continue operating even with a fan failure
  • Provides choice of one fixed 460 W power supply or two 460 W/675 W redundant power supplies
Light path diagnostics front panel
  • Gives information about a failing component without open chassis or interrupting system operation
  • Helps expedite hardware repairs to dramatically reduce service time
  • Helps provide a lighted path to the failing component inside the system
  • Offers optional advanced light path kit
Energy-efficiency compliance
  • Helps meet requirements of 80 PLUS® for ac power supplies
IBM Integrated Management Module II (IMM2)
  • Helps increase server availability by virtually continuously monitoring your system and notifying you of potential system failures or changes
  • Helps provide for around-the-clock remote management capabilities (FoD optional); gives information about a failing component without interrupting system operation
IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™
  • Helps provide robust systems management tools
  • Helps increase uptime, reduce costs and improve productivity with advanced server management capabilities
  • Allows near-continuous real-time monitoring, measuring and management of power consumption
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)
  • Helps provide easier to configure and deploy new BIOS, which is common across all IBM x86 servers
  • Helps provide more functionality than legacy BIOS and facilitates greater manageability through a common infrastructure for managing all machines
  • Helps improve server efficiency by a faster boot and restart of OS Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
  • Helps enable advanced cryptographic functionality such as digital signatures and remote attestation
  • Uses CRTM for secure boot
Support for the VMware vSphere and USB keys (optional)
  • Designed to optimize virtualization performance through innovative, thin hypervisor architecture that is operating system-independent
  • Integrated into the server hardware to help provide compatible, pre-tested and optimized hardware configurations
  • Optimized for remote management tools and industry-standard protocols, such as CIM
Security capabilities
  • Helps protect your data through ServeRAID with leadership disk encryption
  • Trusted platform module (TPM) technology delivers system level security.
IBM ServerGuide software
  • Assists with the installation of operating systems and drivers
  • Gets your server up and running faster
  • Simplifies installation and configuration of your System x servers
3-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty, next business day 9×5, service upgrades available
  • Helps provide peace of mind for an extended period of time
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