IBM’s new M5 servers combine high performance with built-in security, efficiency, and reliability, supporting a wide range of enterprise workloads and computing environments, from infrastructure basics to cloud computing to big data and analytics. The portfolio includes highly configurable models of rack and tower servers, dense systems, blades and integrated systems to help clients address pressing business challenges in the data center and in the office.
The new IBM System x M5 servers include System x3650 M5 – a powerful, versatile 2U, two-socket rack server that can be optimized for big data, analytics and cloud. System x3550 M5: a flexible 1U, two-socket rack server designed for a wide range of workloads across diverse industries. System x3500 M5: a high performing, all-in-one 5U, two-socket tower or rack server, designed for business-critical workloads. Flex System x240 M5: optimized for performance, mainstream virtualization and enterprise applications.
NeXtScale nx360 M5: a half-wide, 1U compute server optimized for density, flexibility, and performance. NeXtScale System with Water Cool Technology: a direct water-cooled server optimized for energy-efficient performance at low cost. All the new M5 servers contain built-in, industry-leading security with Trusted Platform Assurance, an exclusive set of System x security features and practices designed to help safeguard the systems from low-level malware attacks. All the new servers undergo a highly secure development process and a rigorous validation cycle with controlled updates. In addition, all firmware is designed to be securely built, digitally signed, and verified, so that only authorized firmware can execute.
The M5 servers add hardware support for the latest version of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) to enable more encryption algorithms and Windows OS support. The new Secure Firmware Rollback feature prohibits any unauthorized updates of previous firmware versions. The new servers also offer enterprise-class data protection with optional self-encrypting drives and simple, centralized key management through IBM Security Key Lifecycle Management. Expertise and experience in efficiency that IBM has gained in managing data centers for more than 50 years have been incorporated into the new M5 servers.
With built-in innovations in power and thermal management design such as extended operating temperature ranges, dual fan zones, and active/standby mode for power supplies, the M5 systems can deliver significant energy savings compared with many prior-generation x86 systems. For example, the NeXtScale System with Water Cooling technology delivers up to 40 percent more energy efficiency in the data center than a comparable air-cooled solution.