The Lenovo System x3500 M5 server provides outstanding performance for your business-critical applications. Its energy-efficient design supports more cores, memory, and data capacity in a scalable Tower or 5U Rack package that is easy to service and manage.
This product guide provides essential pre-sales information to understand the x3500 M5 server, its key features and specifications, components and options, and configuration guidelines. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about the x3500 M5 and consider its use in IT solutions.
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The Lenovo System x3500 M5 server provides outstanding performance for your business-critical applications. Its energy-efficient design supports more cores, memory, and data capacity in a scalable Tower or 5U Rack package that is easy to service and manage. With more computing power per watt and the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, you can reduce costs while maintaining speed and availability.
Suggested use: business-critical workloads, cloud computing, virtualization, virtual desktop, big data, analytics, SAP applications, database management, point of sale
Figure 1 shows the System x3500 M5.
Figure 1. The Lenovo System x3500 M5
The x3500 M5 offers a flexible, scalable design and simple upgrade path to 32 HDDs, with up to seven PCIe 3.0 slots and up to 1.5 TB of memory. The onboard Ethernet solution provides four standard integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports without occupying PCIe slots. Comprehensive systems management tools with the next-generation Integrated Management Module II make it easy to deploy, integrate, service, and manage.
A high-performance dual-socket tower server, the Lenovo System x3500 M5 can deliver the scalability, reliable performance, and optimized efficiency for your business-critical applications. Start with the basics and upgrade as your business changes without jeopardizing existing investments. Virtualizing the PC infrastructure into one server can provide access to a powerful server with abundant storage space, while significantly reducing IT costs.
Scalability and performance
The x3500 M5 offers the following features to boost performance, improve scalability, and reduce costs:
Availability and serviceability
The x3500 M5 provides the following features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:
Manageability and security
The following powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x3500 M5:
The x3500 M5 offers the following energy-efficiency features to save energy, reduce operational costs, increase energy availability, and contribute to the green environment:
The following figure shows the front of the server.
Figure 2. Front view of the System x3500 M5
The following figure shows the rear of the server.
Figure 3. Rear view of the System x3500 M5
The following figure shows the locations of key components inside the server.
Figure 4. Inside view of the System x3500 M5
The following table lists the standard specifications.
The x3500 M5 servers are shipped with the following items:
The following table lists the standard models.
Table 2. Standard models
* x in the Machine Type Model (MTM) represents a country-specific letter (for example, the EMEA MTM is 7983-A5G, and the US MTM is 7383-A5U). Ask a Lenovo representative for specific information.† Processor detail: Processor quantity and model, cores, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, TDP.
Refer to the Specifications section for information about standard features of the server.
The following table lists the express models.
** MTM = Machine Type Model† Processor detail: Processor quantity and model, number of cores, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, TDP.
The x3500 M5 supports the processor options that are listed in the following table. The server supports up to two processors. This table shows which server models feature each processor as standard. If there is no corresponding where-used model for a particular processor, this processor is available through CTO only.
Table 5. Processor options
* The first feature code is for the first processor; the second feature code is for the second processor.
The System x3500 M5 supports TruDDR4 memory. TruDDR Memory uses the highest quality components that are sourced from Tier 1 DRAM suppliers and only memory that meets our strict requirements is selected. It is compatibility tested and tuned on every System x server to maximize performance and reliability. TruDDR4 Memory has a unique signature programmed into the DIMM that enables System x servers to verify whether the installed memory is qualified or supported. Because TruDDR4 Memory is authenticated, certain extended memory performance features can be enabled to extend performance over industry standards. From a service and support standpoint, System x memory automatically assumes the system's warranty, and service and support provided worldwide.
The following table lists the available memory options for the x3500 M5 server.
Table 6. Memory options
The server supports up to 12 DIMMs when one processor is installed and up to 24 DIMMs when two processors are installed. Each processor has four memory channels; there are three DIMMs per channel.
The following rules apply when the memory configuration is selected:
The following memory protection technologies are supported:
Chipkill works only in independent channel mode (the default is operational mode) and supports only x4-based memory DIMMs.
If memory mirroring is used, DIMMs must be installed in pairs (a minimum of one pair per each processor). Both DIMMs in a pair must be identical in type and size.
If memory rank sparing is used, a minimum of one quad-rank LRDIMM or two single-rank or dual-rank RDIMMs must be installed per populated channel (the DIMMs do not need to be identical). In rank sparing mode, one rank of a DIMM in each populated channel is reserved as spare memory. The size of a rank varies, depending on the DIMMs installed.
Chipkill, memory mirroring, and memory rank sparing modes are mutually exclusive. Only one operational memory mode can be enabled on a server, and it is a system-wide setting.
The following table shows the characteristics of the supported DIMMs. Tables cells that are highlighted with a gray background indicate when the number of DIMMs per channel still allows the DIMMs to operate at a rated speed.
Table 7. Maximum memory speeds
* The maximum quantity that is supported is shown for two processors installed.
The internal drive bays of the x3500 M5 are shown in the following figure.
Figure 5. Internal drive bays
The System x3500 M5 server supports the following internal storage configurations:
The following drive type mixing rules apply:
The following table lists the available backplanes for the x3500 M5. Standard models ship with one 8x 2.5-inch hot-swap backplane or one 6x 3.5-inch hot-swap backplane, as listed.
The following table list the available hot-swap drive bay upgrades.
Drive bay configurations
The following figure shows how models with eight 2.5-inch drive bays can be upgraded to a total of 32 drive bays. In such configurations, all drives are connected to one RAID controller. Supported adapters are the ServeRAID M5210, ServeRAID M1215, and N2215 host bus adapter.
Figure 6. Configurations of 2.5-inch drives with one RAID adapter
The following figure shows how models with eight 2.5-inch drive bays can be upgraded to a total of 32 drive bays that use two RAID controller for added performance. Supported adapters are the ServeRAID M5210, ServeRAID M1215, and N2215 host bus adapter.
Figure 7. Configurations of 2.5-inch drives with two RAID adapters
The following figure shows how models with six 3.5-inch hot-swap drive bays can be upgraded to 12 drive bays. Such a configuration requires two RAID controllers. Supported adapters are the ServeRAID M5210, ServeRAID M1215, and N2215 host bus adapter.
Figure 8. Configurations of 3.5-inch drives
For configure-to-order configurations, the server also supports simple-swap 3.5-inch drives. The simple-swap drives can be connected to the 6 Gb SATA ports on the system board of the server or to a RAID controller. Only six 3.5-inch drives are supported; a configuration of 12 simple-swap drives is not supported.
Figure 9. Simple-swap 3.5-inch drives
The server also supports combinations of 2.5-inch drive bays (up to 16) and 3.5-inch drive bays (6 bays). The upgrade path from models with 2.5-inch drives is shown in the following figure. The 3.5-inch drives must be connected to a separate RAID adapter.
Figure 10. Combinations of 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drive bays from a 2.5-inch base
The following figure shows the upgrade path from models with 3.5-inch drives.
Figure 11. Combinations of 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drive bays from a 3.5-inch base
The following table lists the RAID controllers and additional options that are used for internal disk storage of the x3500 M5 server.
* Requires cache memory upgrade (47C8656, 47C8660, 47C8664 or 47C8668).† Features on Demand (FoD) upgrades for ServeRAID adapters are applied system-wide; that is, one FoD upgrade is required to activate the feature on all RAID controllers of the same type installed in the server.
The ServeRAID M1215 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
The ServeRAID M5210 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
The N2215 SAS/SATA HBA has the following specifications:
For more information, see the list of Lenovo Press Product Guides in the RAID adapters category:https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/raid
The following tables list the hard drive options that are currently available for the server.
The server supports the internal backup unit options that are listed in the following table.
* The LTO5 and LTO6 are supported with addition of the the N2215 SAS/SATA HBA; connectivity is via a 12Gb SAS Cable for LTO Tape drive which is included with the tape drive option part number or available separately as option part number 00MV227.
USB devices are attached to the internal USB connector. For option part number orders, the USB cable is included with the RDX drive. For CTO, use feature code 9266.
For more information, see the Lenovo Press Product Guide, RDX USB 3.0 Disk Backup Solution, available from:http://lenovopress.com/tips0894
The server supports the optical drive options that are listed in the following table.
* This option is available via CTO only or is already installed in standard models.
The two half-high drives in the table can be installed in any open 5.25-inch drive bay.
The Half-High SATA DVD-ROM drive supports the following media and speeds for reading:
The Half-High SATA multiburner drive supports the same media and speeds for reading as HH DVD-ROM. In addition, this drive supports the following media and speeds for writing:
The server supports up to seven PCIe 3.0 slots: Four slots (1 - 4) when one CPU is installed or seven slots when two CPUs are installed. The following slot form factors are available:
Slots 3 and 6 support double-wide GPUs
The COM Port Bracket, part number 00KC332, is used for making an external serial port available at the rear of the server. This option includes the bracket and the cable. The COM Port option is mounted in one of the PCIe slots and that PCIe slot cannot be used. The following table lists the PCIe slot options.
Table 22. System x3500 M5 COM Port Kit ordering information
The x3500 M5 supports four integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports with the following features:
The following table lists other supported network adapters.
* Require SFP+ optical transceivers or DAC cables that must be purchased separately.
For more information, see the list of Lenovo Press Product Guides in the Ethernet adapters category:https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/ethernet
The following table lists storage HBAs that are supported by the x3500 M5 server.
Table 24. Storage adapters
* Withdrawn from marketing
For more information, see the list of Lenovo Press Product Guides in the Host bus adapters category:https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/hba
The server currently does not support High IOPS SSD adapters.
The x3500 M5 server supports graphics processing units (GPUs) that are listed in the following table. Up to two GPUs are supported, depending on the number of processors that are installed in a server.
** Only available via configure-to-order* Double-width adapter - occupies two slots
The following other rules apply:
The server supports up to two redundant power supplies. Standard models come with one or two power supplies (depending on the model).
The server also comes standard with two (for models with one processor installed) or four (for models with two processors installed) hot-swap cooling fans. For models with only one processor, an optional Redundant Cooling Kit provides N+1 cooling redundancy. The following table lists the power supplies and redundant cooling upgrade options.
* CTO only
The following table shows the combinations supported.
* GPUs use two PCIe slots; therefore, if a GPU is installed, the number of non-GPU adapters that are installed is reduced by two.** The first number refers to the maximum quantity of single-width adapters supported and the second number refers to double-wide adapters
AC power supply options ships without a line cord, it must be purchased separately. Country-specific line cords and rack cables can be ordered if needed, as listed in the following table.
The server supports the VMware vSphere (ESXi) hypervisor on one or two SD cards with the optional SD Media Adapter for System x. This adapter is in a dedicated connector on the system board.
Figure 12. SD Media Adapter with one SD Card installed
When only one SD card is installed in the adapter, you can create up to 16 volumes, each of which is presented to UEFI as a bootable device. When two SD Media cards are inserted, volumes can be mirrored (RAID 1) across both cards, up to a total of eight mirrored volumes. The use of mirrored volumes improves system availability because the server remains operational, even if one SD card fails. The RAID functionality is handled internally by the SD Media Adapter.
The following table shows the available options. The table also indicates whether the option includes the SD Media RAID Adapter and how many SD cards are included.
* Option 00ML706 includes two 32GB SD cards; however, for CTO orders, feature code A5TJ does not include SD media and the 32GB cards and VMware vSphere preload must be selected separately.** CTO only.
The server also supports VMware ESXi installed on a USB memory key. The key is installed in a USB socket inside the server. The following table lists the virtualization options.
USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.1 Update 2
The server contains IMM2.1, which provides advanced service-processor control, monitoring, and an alerting function. If an environmental condition exceeds a threshold or if a system component fails, the IMM2.1 lights LEDs to help you diagnose the problem, records the error in the event log, and alerts you to the problem. Optionally, the IMM2.1 also provides a virtual presence capability for remote server management capabilities.
The IMM provides remote server management through the following industry-standard interfaces:
The optional Integrated Management Module Advanced Upgrade is required for enabling remote presence and blue-screen capture features. The remote presence feature provides the following functions:
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.
Table 31. Remote management option
All standard models include basic light path diagnostics, which include system LEDs on the front of the server (see the following figure) and LEDs near the monitored components (for example, the DIMM error LED on the system board). The server also offers an optional upgrade to supply another array of light path diagnostic LEDs on the front of the chassis.
The following table lists the ordering information for the light path diagnostics panel upgrade kit.
Table 32. Light path diagnostics option
The following figure shows the meaning of each LED.
Figure 13. System LEDs and the optional light path diagnostics panel
Note: The light path diagnostics panel upgrade kit supplies the array of LEDs that is mounted in a bracket that is installed inside the server, as shown in the following figure. The light path diagnostics indicators are still visible on the front of the server, even if the upgrade kit is not installed.
Figure 14. System x3500 M5 Lightpath Upgrade Kit
IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager for System x SEDs - FoD (SKLM - FoD) is an optional feature, which is available in System x environments that centralizes, simplifies, and automates the data encryption key management process to help minimize risk and reduce operational costs. SKLM - FoD offers a simple and robust solution for key storage, key serving, and key lifecycle management for self-encrypting drives (SEDs) in local and distributed System x environments. The FoD upgrade can be configured with the ServeRAID M5210 and M1215 RAID controllers paired with SEDs. The following table lists SKLM-FoD part numbers.
The server supports the following operating systems:
Some operating systems might have support delayed until 60 or 90 days after general availability. For more information about the supported specific versions and service levels and any other prerequisites. see the following ServerProven® web page:http://www.lenovo.com/us/en/serverproven/nos/matrix.shtml
The server features the following dimensions and weight (approximate):
The server features the following supported environment:
The system has a three-year warranty with 24x7 standard call center support and 9x5 Next Business Day onsite coverage. Also available are Lenovo Services 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.
Lenovo warranty service upgrade offerings are country-specific. Not all warranty service upgrades are available in every country. For more information about Lenovo warranty service upgrade offerings that are available in your country, visit the Lenovo Services website:
The following table explains warranty service definitions in more detail.
The following Lenovo warranty service upgrades are available:
Committed Repair Services enhances the level of Warranty Service Upgrade or Post Warranty/Maintenance Service offering associated with the selected systems. Offerings vary and are available in select countries.
Lenovo’s Hard Disk Drive Retention (HDDR) service is a multi-drive hard drive retention offering that ensures your data is always under your control, regardless of the number of hard drives that are installed in your Lenovo server. In the unlikely event of a hard drive failure, you retain possession of your hard drive while Lenovo replaces the failed drive part. Your data stays safely on your premises, in your hands. The Hard Drive Retention service can be purchased in convenient bundles with our warranty upgrades and extensions.
Keeping microcode current helps prevent hardware failures and security exposure. There are two levels of service: analysis of the installed base and analysis and update where required. Offerings vary by country and can be bundled with other warranty upgrades and extensions.
RTS provides comprehensive technical call center support for covered servers, storage, operating systems, and applications. Providing a single source for support of hardware and software issues, RTS can reduce problem resolution time, decreasing the cost to address technical problems and increasing uptime. Offerings are available for Windows, Linux, IBM Systems Director, VMware, Microsoft business applications, and Lenovo System x storage devices, and IBM OEM storage devices.
The server conforms to the following standards:
The server supports attachment to external storage expansion enclosures, such as the EXP2500 series, by using the ServeRAID M5225 SAS/SATA Controller. The server can also be attached to supported external storage systems by using a supported HBA. For more information, see the following table.
Table 35. RAID controllers and options for external disk storage expansion
* One FoD upgrade for the M5225 activates the feature on all M5225 controllers that are installed in a server.
The ServeRAID M5225 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
For more information about the ServeRAID M5225, see the Lenovo Press Product Guide at http://lenovopress.com/tips1258
The ServeRAID M5225 SAS/SATA Controller supports connectivity to external expansion enclosures that are listed in the following table. Up to nine expansion enclosures can be daisy-chained per one M5225 external port. For better performance, distribute expansion enclosures evenly across both M5225 ports.
Table 36. External expansion enclosures
Lenovo ThinkServer SA120 support
For details about supported drives and cables for the Lenovo ThinkServer SA120, see the Lenovo Press Product Guide:http://lenovopress.com/tips1234
EXP2512 and EXP2524 support
The external SAS cables that are listed in the following table support connectivity between external expansion enclosures and the ServeRAID M5225 SAS/SATA Controller.
Table 37. External SAS cables for external storage expansion enclosures
The following table lists drives that are supported by EXP2512 external expansion enclosures.
Table 38. Drive options for EXP2512 external expansion enclosures
The following table lists HDDs that are supported by EXP2524 external expansion enclosures.
Table 39. Drive options for EXP2524 external expansion enclosures
The following table lists the external storage systems that are offered by Lenovo.
Table 40. External disk storage systems
For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the following categories:
The following table lists the external backup options that are offered by Lenovo.
For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the Backup units category:https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/backup
The following table lists the top-of-rack Ethernet switches that are offered by Lenovo.
For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the Top-of-rack switches categories:
The server supports attachments to the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units that are listed in the following table.
For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the UPS category:https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/ups
The following table lists the power distribution units (PDUs) that are offered by Lenovo.
For more information, see the Lenovo Press documents in the PDU category:https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/pdu
The x3500 M5 server can be installed in the rack with the Tower to Rack Conversion Kit (00AL538). The resulting server is a 5U rack-mountable server, as shown in the following figure.
Figure 15. The x3500 M5 with the 5U Tower to Rack Conversion Kit (included slide kit shown)
The Tower to Rack Conversion Kit (00AL538) includes a cable management arm; however, standard rack models (for example, 5464-C3x and G3x) do not include a cable management arm. Thefore, the arm must be ordered separately by using part number 00KC334.
The tower-to-rack conversion kit, supported cable management arm kit, rack console switches, monitor kits, and management gateways are listed in the following table.
For more information, see the list of Lenovo Press Product Guides in the KVM Switches & Consoles category:https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/kvm
Supported rack cabinets are listed in the following table.
Table 46. Rack cabinets
For more information, see the list of Lenovo Press Product Guides in the Rack Cabinets category:https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/racks
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