The LS41 blade servers for IBM BladeCenter can instantly turn from a two-socket server into a four-socket server simply by attaching a multiprocessor expansion unit. With room for up to four 2.8GHz AMD dual-core Opteron CPUs, the LS41 delivers Next Generation computing power today.
Utilizing AMD Opteron CPUs in your blade server infrastructure with the IBM LS41 blade servers delivers performance, density and availability into your blade infrastructure. I/O upgrades can be delivered via the dual PCI-X expansion connectors and one PCI-Express expansion connector.
The integrated Gigabit Ethernet network controllers are TCP/IP Offload Engine(TOE)-enabled, and support teaming and failover. The included midplane connections featured redundant paths to the midplane’s integrated switching and power modules.
|IBM LS41 Blade Server Specifications|
|Processors||Up to 4 AMD Opteron CPUs, model 8212, 8212HE, 8214HE, 8216HE, 8218, 8220|
|Max cache||1MB L2 per processor/core|
|Max Memory||64GB DDR II VLP memory|
|Hard drives||Two SAS HDD|
|Networking||Four integrated Gigabit Ethernet controllers|
The LS41 blade servers support the Storage and I/O Expansion (SIO) blade, allowing it to scale from 146GB internal disk via two SFF (small form factor) HDD bays, to support up to three additional, hot-swappable SFF SAS hard drives. THe SIO blade also supports RAID-5 and battery-backed cache.
IBM’s BladeCenter LS41 servers include IBM Director, a set of management tools that deliver advanced, proactive management capabilities to maximize IT staff productivity and provide rock-solid reliability. The LS41 AMD Opteron blade servers also include an integrated system management processor, to further maximize server availability by continuing monitoring the system, and alerting administrators to changes and potential system failures.
The IBM Director and Director Extensions that come standard with the IBM LS41 blade servers include the IBM Remote Deployment Manager, to simplify and automate server deployment and redeployment. IBM’s XpandOnDemand™ capability allows you to “pay as you grow” and Light path diagnostics provide you with a quick and easy way to troubleshoot your blade server infrastructure, maximizing uptime and availability.
Calibrated Vectored Cooling™ maintains the health of your system by keeping components cool, so you can maximize compute density. This technology includes features such as open-air inlets on each blade to deliver efficient front-to-back cooling with significantly increasing server infrastructure costs.
These blade servers also feature high-performance features such as VLP (very low profile) memory that maximizes the memory capacity for dense computing environments. The BladeCenter LS41 servers include expansion capabilities for Fibre Channel, Ethernet, Myrinet and Infiniband. The LS41 supports 64-bit applications, but has Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology™ to support 32-bit applications, and smooth the transition to 64-bit computing.
North American Systems’ extensive IBM experience and experience with the Blade platform makes us an ideal partner to work with for those who are looking to pilot or expand their blade server projects and deployment. Our systems engineers can provide in-depth technical insight and expertise, to help you configure a system that meets business requirements while reducing infrastructure costs.