IBM System x - x3650 M3

Brand: IBM
Product Code: IBM-x3650-M3
Availability: 7

Price: Rs. 30,000

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* Base Model:

* Processor:

* RAM:

* RAID Controller:

RAID Level:

* 2.5" SAS Hard Disk Drives:

Key features

The challenge of a high-performance business is to do more with less—serve more Web pages, handle more secure connections, support more email users. You need to reduce the costs of doing business and improve the service you deliver to your customers while lowering your overall risk. The dual-socket IBM System x3650 M3 can reduce your costs with its new energy-smart design. It can improve service with reduced operational complexity and increased management functionality. It will lower your IT risk with the resiliency that comes from having no single point of failure. And like all IBM servers, the x3650 M3 offers you the trust that comes from IBM global reach, service, and support.

The x3650 M3 is a high-performance rack server that uses significantly less power than previous generations, with unified systems management tools, leading reliability, availability, and serviceability features, and broad system flexibility, housed in a compact 2U mechanical package.


The x3650 M3 offers numerous features to boost performance and reduce costs:

  • Up to two 6-core Xeon 5600 series processors offering superior performance. Xeon 5600 series processors offer up to 54% better performance than the previous generation 5500 series processors (workload dependent).
  • Eighteen DIMMs of registered 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC memory provide speed, high availability, and a memory capacity of up to 288 GB.
  • High-performance 6 Gbps SAS RAID controllers and 15K RPM 6 Gbps SAS disk drives in a variety of capacities to suit your local storage requirements.
  • The use of solid-state drives (SSDs) instead of or along with traditional spinning drives (HDDs) can significantly improve I/O performance. An SSD can support 20,000 I/O operations per second (IOPS) whereas a typical HDD handles fewer than 500 IOPS.

Flexibility and scalability

The x3650 M3 has the ability to grow with your application requirements with these features:

  • A choice of 4-core or 6-core processors with clock rates from 1.6 GHz to 3.6 GHz.
  • 18 DIMM sockets allowing memory expansion of up to 288 GB.
  • A choice of power supplies including 460 W, 675 W AC or DC, or energy-efficient 675 W.
  • Five or six USB 2.0 ports available - two front, two rear, one internal for an embedded hypervisor, plus one additional internal port when the optional Tape Enablement Kit is installed.
  • Storage bay flexibility: Up to 16 hot-swap 2.5" drive bays for SAS or SATA HDDs, or solid-state drives (intermixing supported); or eight 2.5" bays plus an internal tape drive bay.
  • Direct-attach SAS storage with the EXP2512, EXP2524, and EXP3000 storage enclosures is supported. IBM System Storage servers, including network-attached storage (NAS), and iSCSI or Fibre Channel-attached storage, can also be attached.
  • The x3650 M3 provides four PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 x8 I/O slots for increased network or storage connectivity.

Manageability and security

Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x3650 M3:

  • The x3650 M3 includes an Integrated Management Module (IMM) to monitor server availability, perform Predictive Failure Analysis, and trigger IBM Systems Director alerts.
  • An optional Virtual Media Key enables additional systems management capabilities, including web-based out-of-band remote control (keyboard video and mouse), remote optical drive support, Windows “blue screen” error capture, and support for LDAP and SSL protocols.
  • Text Console Redirection support allows the administrator to remotely view x3650 M3 text messages over Serial or LANconnections.
  • Integrated industry-standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) next-generation BIOS. New capabilities include:
    • Human readable event logs — no more beep codes
    • Complete out-of-band coverage by the Advance Settings Utility to simplify remote setup
    • A complete setup solution, allowing adapter configuration functions to be moved into UEFI
    • Consistent firmware management across an entire product line
  • Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 support.
  • Industry-standard AES NI support for faster, stronger encryption.
  • Integrated IPMI 2.0 support alerts IBM Systems Director to anomalous environmental factors, such as voltage and thermal conditions. It also supports highly secure remote power control using data encryption.
  • IBM Systems Director is included for proactive systems management. IBM Systems Director comes with a portfolio of tools, including IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, IBM Service and Support Manager, and others. IBM Systems Director also offers extended systems management tools for additional server management and increased availability. When a problem is encountered, IBM Systems Director can issue administrator alerts via email, pager, and other methods.
  • IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager provides advanced power management features with actual real-time energy monitoring, reporting, and capping features.

Availability and serviceability

The System x3650 M3 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:

  • The x3650 M3 servers offer Chipkill ECC memory protection (when using x4 DIMMs). Chipkill memory is up to 16 times better than standard ECC memory at correcting memory errors. This can help reduce downtime caused by memory errors.
  • The x3650 M3 offers memory mirroring for redundancy in the event of a non-correctable memory failure.
  • Toolless cover removal provides easy access to upgrades and serviceable parts, such as HDDs and memory. Similarly, the Virtual Media Key and the ServeRAID controller can be installed and replaced without tools. This means less time (and therefore less money) spent servicing the x3650 M3.
  • The server offers hot-swap and redundant fan modules and power supplies and hot-swap disk drives (redundant when implemented in conjunction with a RAID controller). These features mean greater system uptime.
  • Toolless slides ship with the server, together with a cable management arm (CMA), that allow the rack server to easily slide into place.
  • The drop-down light path diagnostics panel and individual light path LEDs quickly lead the technician to failed (or failing) components. This simplifies servicing, speeds up problem resolution, and helps improve system availability.
  • Solid-state drives (SSDs) offer 2.5 times the MTBF rate (2,500,000 hrs) of HDDs, for greater uptime.
  • The three-year (parts and labor) limited onsite warranty provides peace of mind and greater investment protection than a one-year warranty does.

Energy efficiency

The System x3650 M3 has an energy-efficient design with features including the following:

  • Low-voltage processors draw less energy and produce less waste heat than high-voltage processors, thus helping to reduce data center energy costs. Available 4-core Xeon 5600 series processors use only 40 W and 6-core processors consume as little as 60 W.
  • Optional solid-state drives (SSDs) use only 2 W of power per drive, compared to 9 - 10 W for 2.5-inch HDDs. This is as much as 80% less power than a 2.5-inch HDD would use, with a corresponding reduction in heat output that further improves the overall bottom line.
  • Support for 1.35 V low-voltage DDR3 memory DIMMs that consume 20% less energy.
  • Energy-efficient components, including low-voltage transistors and voltage regulator modules, and power supplies that are up to 90% efficient.
  • The x3650 M3 uses hexagonal ventilation holes in the chassis. Hexagonal holes can be grouped more densely than round holes, providing more efficient airflow through the system chassis. This ultimately results in reduced operational costs.
  • An altimeter works in conjunction with the IMM to govern fan rotation based on the readings that it delivers. This saves money under normal conditions because the fans do not have to spin at high speed.


Standard specifications

The following table lists the standard specifications.

Table 1. Standard specifications

Components Specification
Form factor 2U Rack.
Processor Up to two six-core (up to 3.46 GHz) or quad-core (up to 3.6 GHz) Intel Xeon 5600 series processors with QuickPath Interconnect technology up to 6.4 GT/s, and up to 1333 MHz memory speed. Also supports the Intel Xeon X5698 4.4 GHz dual-core processor. Supports specific Quad-core and Dual-core Intel Xeon 5500 series processors via Configure-To-Order (CTO).
Memory cache Up to 12 MB L3 for Xeon 5600 processors. Up to 8 MB L3 for Xeon 5500 processors.
Chipset Intel 5520.
Memory Up to 18 DIMM sockets (9 DIMMs per processor). Up to 288 GB with 16 GB DDR3 RDIMMs and 18 populated DIMM slots (up to 144 GB with 9 DIMMs per processor), or up to 48 GB with 4 GB DDR3 UDIMMs and 12 populated DIMM slots (up to 24 GB with 6 DIMMs per processor).
Memory protection ECC, ChipKill (for x4-based memory DIMMs), memory mirroring, and memory sparing.
Disk drive bays Up to 16 2.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA HDDs or solid-state drives.
Maximum internal storage Up to 25.6 TB with 1.6 TB SSDs, or
Up to 19.2 TB with 1.2 TB SAS HDDs, or
Up to 16.0 TB with 1 TB SATA HDDs
Intermix of SAS/SATA/SSD is supported.
RAID support RAID 0, 1, 1E with ServeRAID-BR10il v2 or M1015; RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 with M5014 or M5015. Optional upgrade to RAID 5 is available for M1015. Optional upgrade to RAID 6, 60 is available for M5014/M5015.
Optical drive bays One, support for DVD-ROM or Multiburner. Separate bay.
Tape drive bays Optional Tape Enablement Kit is available to support one DDS5, DDS6, or RDX internal tape drive. If used, the maximum number of HDD bays is limited to 8.
Network interfaces Integrated 2 ports, plus 2 ports on optional Gigabit Ethernet with Ethernet Daughter Card (does not consume PCIe slot).
PCI Expansion slots Up to 5 (up to 4 available, one slot is dedicated to RAID controller), dependant on the riser cards used (three different riser cards are available: 2x PCI-E x8 Gen 2, 1x PCI-E x16 Gen 2, and 2x PCI-X 64 bit/133 MHz). Up to two riser cards are supported.
External ports Two USB 2.0 and one DB-15 video on front. Two USB 2.0, one DB-15 video, one DB-9 serial, one RJ-45 systems management, up to 4 RJ-45 network ports (2 standard, 2 optional) on rear. One internal USB port for embedded hypervisor.
Cooling IBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling™ with 3 counter-rotating hot swap fans with N+1 redundancy. Altimeter is to control fan speed based on atmospheric pressure.
Power supply Up to 2 redundant hot-swap 460 W AC or 675 W AC or 675 W high-efficiency (HE) AC power supplies with 90%+ efficiency. 675 W -48 V DC models are available via CTO.
Hot-swap components Hard drives, power supplies, fans.
Systems management UEFI, IBM Integrated Management Module (IMM), Predictive Failure Analysis, Light Path Diagnostics, Automatic Server Restart, IBM Systems Director* and IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™, IBM ServerGuide. Optional Virtual Media Key for remote presence (graphics, keyboard and mouse, virtual media).
Security features Power-on password, administrator's password, Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Video Matrox G200eV with 16 MB memory integrated into the IMM. Maximum resolution is 1280x1024 at 75 Hz with 16M colors.
Operating systems supported Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2008, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11, VMware ESX 4.1 and VMware ESXi 4.1 embedded hypervisor, Sun Solaris 10.
Limited warranty 3-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®: 4-hour or 2-hour response time, 8 hours fix time, 1-year or 2-year warranty extension, remote technical support for IBM hardware and selected IBM and third-party (Microsoft, Linux, VMware) software.

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Manufacturer IBM
Product Type
Product Type Entry-Level Server
Form Factor
Form Factor Rack
Platform LINUX, Windows
Announced 17-Mar-10
Available 17-Mar-10
Archived 31-Mar-14
Architecture x86
Rack Units
Rack Units 2U
Operating System
Operating System Solaris, Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux, Windows
Processor Family
Processor Family Xeon
Processor Options
Processor Options Xeon E5620 (2.40GHz 80W) Xeon L5630 (2.13GHz 40W) Xeon E5645 (2.40GHz 80W) Xeon X5650 (2.66GHz 95W) Xeon X5660 (2.80GHz 95W) Xeon X5670 (2.93GHz 95W)
Max Processor Chips
Max Processor Chips 2
Max Processor Cores
Max Processor Cores 12
Cache 12MB L3 (Xeon 56xx)
Chipset Intel 5520
Memory Minimum
Memory Minimum 2 GB
Memory Maximum
Memory Maximum 288 GB (144GB for HF models)
Memory Type
Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Memory DIMM Slots Standard
Memory DIMM Slots Standard 18
Max Memory DIMM Slots
Max Memory DIMM Slots 18
Memory Protection
Memory Protection ECC, Chipkill, Mirroring, Sparing
Disk Type
Disk Type SATA, SAS, Solid State
Disk Controller
Disk Controller ServeRAID BR10il v2, ServeRAID M101x
Internal Disk Bays
Internal Disk Bays 4 (16 max)
Bays Information
Bays Information 4 x 2.5" drive bays (standard) or _x000D_ 8 x 2.5" drive bays (standard) or _x000D_ 16 x 2.5" drive bays (with expansion kit) _x000D_ 1 x 5.25" media bay
Disk Max Internal
Disk Max Internal 25,600 GB
RAID Support
RAID Support 0, 1, 1E, 10, 5, 50
Hot-Swap Disks
Hot-Swap Disks SATA, SAS, SSD
Media Drive
Media Drive Optional
I/O Technology
I/O Technology PCI Express 2.0
I/O Slot Types
I/O Slot Types 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x8 (full-height, full-length) _x000D_ 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x8 (full-height, half-length) _x000D_ 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x8 (low profile)
I/O Max Slots
I/O Max Slots 4
I/O Internal Slots
I/O Internal Slots 4
Networking Integrated Broadcom 5709C dual-port Gigabit Ethernet
Dimensions Height: 8.54 cm (3.36 in) Width: 44.36 cm (17.46 in) Depth: 69.8 cm (27.48 in)
Weight 29.6 kg (65.26 lbs) (max)
Max Power (Calculated)
Max Power (Calculated) 766 W (4,413 CO2e kg pa)
Max Power (Theoretical)
Max Power (Theoretical) 780 W (4,493 CO2e kg pa)
Max Heat (Calculated)
Max Heat (Calculated) 2,758 kj/hr (2,614 Btu/hr)
Max Heat (Theoretical)
Max Heat (Theoretical) 2,385 kj/hr (2,260 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/Optional
System Management
System Management IBM Integrated Management Module (IMM) with Virtual Media Key for optional remote presence enablement, Predictive Failure Analysis, Integrated Service Processor, Diagnostic LEDs, light path diagnostics panel, Automatic Server Restart, IBM Systems Director and IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™, IBM ServerGuide
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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