IBM Blade center E

Brand: IBM
Product Code: IBM-Bladecenter-E
Availability: 7

Price: Rs. 10,000

Available Options

* Management / KVM Module:

Ethernet Switches:

Fibre Channel Switches:

SAS Switches:

Pass-through and interconnect modules:

Blade Fillers:

Optical Drive:

Rack Rails:

Connectivity Cables:

Cooling Modules:

* Power Supplies:

Power Cords:


Delivery Services:

Special Instructions:

Key features

This section lists the key features of the BladeCenter E chassis.

Scalability and performance

The BladeCenter E chassis offers numerous features to boost performance and improve scalability:

  • Up to 14 servers with support for the latest generation of BladeCenter blades, which helps provide performance and investment protection.
  • IBM Virtual Fabric offers up to four I/O ports on a single-wide blade and up to four I/O modules in a single chassis, with the choice of Ethernet, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and SAS connectivity.
  • BladeCenter E supports port speeds up to 8 Gbps.
  • BladeCenter E provides up to 288 Gbps of external uplink bandwidth (full-duplex) with up to four IBM 1/10Gb Uplink Ethernet switches.
  • A flexible and scalable architecture with integrated servers and networking, storage, and management infrastructure supports your growing business needs.

Manageability and security

Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the BladeCenter E chassis:

  • The high degree of integration in the BladeCenter E chassis reduces the need for server components, replacing numerous fans, KVM and Ethernet cables, power supplies, external switches, and other components.
  • The BladeCenter E chassis includes the Advanced Management Module (AMM). The AMM boosts administrator productivity and reduces skill level requirements, which can help reduce costs, improve overall productivity, and make administration easier by providing a single point of control for the solution. The AMM supports many industry-standard open protocols.
  • The AMM provides extensive security features, including role-based user authentication and access control, LDAP support, and SSH and SSL protocols for secure remote systems management.
  • IBM Systems Director remains a powerful and intelligent solution to manage BladeCenter systems along side rack mount and tower servers. Systems Director uses the hardware’s capabilities by surfacing pertinent information about your blade server. The easy-to-use wizards provide step-by-step instructions and offer automated deployment capabilities.
  • IBM Fabric Manager simplifies the deployment of infrastructure connections by managing network and storage address assignments.

Availability and serviceability

The BladeCenter E chassis provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:

  • BladeCenter reduces the number of parts that are required to run the system. By sharing fans, power supplies, systems management, and ports, there are fewer parts to buy and maintain, and fewer components that can fail and cause downtime.
  • Hot-swap components, such as the server, switches, power modules, and blowers, ensure maximum uptime.
  • Redundant components, such as blowers and power modules, ensure that systems can remain available even during hardware maintenance windows and failures.
  • The Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) detects when the system components operate outside of the standard thresholds and generates proactive alerts in advance of possible failure, therefore increasing uptime.
  • Dual independent power and signal connectors to the BladeCenter E chassis midplane provide fault tolerance to increase uptime.
  • The light path diagnostics panel and individual light path LEDs quickly lead the technician to failed (or failing) components. These features simplify servicing, speed up problem resolution, and improve system availability.
  • Three-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty, with next business day 9x5, provides an additional peace of mind.

Energy efficiency

The BladeCenter E chassis offers the following energy-efficient features to save energy, reduce operational costs, increase energy availability, and contribute to a green environment:

  • Energy-efficient components and the component-sharing design of the BladeCenter chassis provides ultimate power and cooling savings.
  • The BladeCenter E helps reduce energy costs with high-efficiency power supplies.
  • The BladeCenter E uses hexagonal ventilation holes, a part of the IBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling™ technology. Hexagonal holes can be grouped more densely than round holes, providing a more efficient airflow through the system, which helps reduce cooling costs.
  • IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™ provides advanced power management features with actual real-time energy monitoring, reporting, and capping features.

Standard specifications

Table 1 lists the standard specifications of the BladeCenter E chassis.

Table 1. Standard specifications

Components Specification
Machine type x-config: 8677.
Form factor 7U rack-mounted unit.
Server bays 14.
Servers supported Intel Xeon processor-based HS12, HS22, HS22V, HS23, and HS23E servers
IBM POWER® processor-based PS700 servers
Certain older BladeCenter servers
Standard I/O bays Four (Bays 1 - 4). Support for 1 Gb Ethernet, 4 Gb and 8 Gb Fibre Channel, and 3 Gb SAS I/O modules.
Connectivity type Ethernet, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and SAS.
Management modules Up to two redundant hot-swap Advanced Management Modules (AMM): One AMM standard, the second AMM optional.
Optical drive bays One. Support for an optional DVD-ROM or multi-burner.
Ports AMM: One DB-15 video port, two USB 2.0 ports for keyboard and mouse, one RJ-45 serial port, one RJ-45 10/100 Mb Ethernet port for remote management.
Front: One USB 2.0 port.
Cooling IBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling with two redundant hot-swap blower modules.
Power modules Up to four redundant hot-swap 2000 W or 2320 W power modules support two power domains; redundancy is provided within a pair in the same power domain. Power modules 1 and 2 supply power to server bays 1 - 6; power modules 3 and 4 supply power to server bays 7 - 14. (See the "Power modules" section for details.)
Hot-swap parts Servers, I/O modules, management modules, power modules, and blowers.
Systems management AMM, light path diagnostics, Predictive Failure Analysis, IBM Systems Director, and IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager. Remote presence (graphics, keyboard and mouse, and virtual media) through AMM.
Security features Role-based user security, LDAP, SSH, and SSL.
Limited warranty Three-year customer-replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty with 9x5/next business day response time.
Service and support Optional service upgrades are available through IBM ServicePacs: 9x5 or 24x7 4-hour or 2-hour response time, 1-year or 2-year warranty extension, remote technical support for IBM hardware and selected IBM and third-party (Microsoft, Linux, VMware) software.
Dimensions Height: 304 mm (12.0 in.), width: 444 mm (17.5 in.), depth: 711 mm (28.0 in.).
Weight Minimum: 39 kg (85 lb), maximum 102 kg (225 lb).


Table 2 lists the specifications of the standard BladeCenter E models.

Table 2. BladeCenter E standard models

Feature Specifications
Machine type/model 8677-3Tx†* 8677-4Tx†
Server bays (total / open) 14 / 14 14 / 14
Management modules (std. / max.) 1 / 2 1 / 2
Standard I/O bays (total / open) 4 / 4 4 / 4
I/O modules standard None None
Power supplies (std. / max.) 2x 2000 W / 4 2x 2320 W / 4
Blowers (std. / max.) 2 / 2 2 / 2
Optical drive Optional Optional

Product Link

Manufacturer IBM
Product Type
Product Type Blade Enclosure
Form Factor
Form Factor Blade Enclosure
Announced 9-Feb-06
Available 7-Mar-06
Archived 30-Jun-14
Rack Units
Rack Units 7U
Max Blades
Max Blades 14
Max Blades/Rack
Max Blades/Rack 84
Switch Technology
Switch Technology Ethernet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand, SAS
Maximum Interconnect Modules
Maximum Interconnect Modules 4
Dimensions Height: 30.42 cm (11.98 in) Width: 44.4 cm (17.48 in) Depth: 71.12 cm (28 in)
Weight 108.86 kg (240 lbs)
Max Power (Calculated)
Max Power (Calculated) 263 W (1,515 CO2e kg pa)
Max Power (Theoretical)
Max Power (Theoretical) 6,958 W (40,082 CO2e kg pa)
Max Heat (Calculated)
Max Heat (Calculated) 946 kJ/hr (897 Btu/hr)
Max Heat (Theoretical)
Max Heat (Theoretical) 25,034 kJ/hr (23,727 Btu/hr)
Hot-Swap/Redundant Cooling Fans
Hot-Swap/Redundant Cooling Fans Yes/Yes
Hot-Swap/Redundant Power Supply
Hot-Swap/Redundant Power Supply Yes/Yes
System Management
System Management IBM Cool Blue Active Energy Manager, IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, IBM Rear Door Heat Exchanger, IBM Open Fabric, IBM Director System Availability, IBM Remote Deployment Manager, Light path diagnostics self-diagnosis panel, Predictive Failure Analysis
Warranty 3yr (IOL) NBD Parts [CRU] + Onsite 3-Year IBM Onsite Limited (IOL) Some parts are Customer Replaceable Units (CRU) IBM ships replacement CRU Next Business Day (NBD) and client performs replacement Other parts replacement is done by IBM NBD Onsite

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