IBM BladeCenter PS703 POWER7 Blade Server

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Manufacturer: IBM
Part #: IBM PS703
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Warranty: 90 Days

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IBM BladeCenter PS703 POWER7 Blade Server


  • Consolidate on IBM PS703 Power Servers Power Blades and virtualize applications to better utilize resources and amplify the already-significant advantages of BladeCenter efficiencies
  • Simplifies your deployment with flexible configurations that make it easy to implement the right system and the ability to run AIX®, IBM i and Linux operating systems simultaneously
  • Realize innovation with a flexible, scalable architecture that lets you choose the right solution for your dynamic business and delivers the utmost in investment protection, performance growth, and time to value
  • A secure, resilient infrastructure solution that helps drive cost down, reduces risk, improves energy efficiency and enhances flexibility

Built on the proven foundation of the IBM BladeCenter® family of products—easy-to-use, integrated platforms with a high degree of deployment flexibility, energy efficiency, scalability and manageability—the IBM BladeCenter PS703 and PS704 Express are the premier blades for 64-bit applications. Minimize complexity, improve efficiency, automate processes, reduce energy consumption and scale easily: these are the benchmarks that matter on a smarter planet. The new POWER7® processor-based PS blades automatically optimize performance and capacity at either a system or virtual machine level and benefits from the new POWER7 processor, which contains innovative technologies that help maximize performance and optimizes energy efficiency. They represent one of the most flexible and cost-efficient solutions for UNIX, i and Linux deployments available in the market. Further enhanced by its ability to be installed in the same chassis with other IBM BladeCenter blade servers, the PS blades can deliver the rapid return on investment that clients and businesses demand.

Delivering on the promise for a highly dynamic infrastructure, the BladeCenter PS blades help in delivering superior business and IT services with agility and speed—all in a simple to manage highly efficient way. The PS703 and PS704 Express blades have been preconfigured and tested by IBM and are based on proven technology. Utilizing a 2.4 GHz 64-bit POWER7 processor and available in sixteen-core or thirty two-core configuration, they are optimized to achieve maximum performance for both the system and its virtual machines. Couple that performance with PowerVM™ and you are now enabled for massive workload consolidation to drive maximum system utilization, predictable performance, and cost efficiency.

Power is effortlessly balancing workload performance

POWER7 Intelligent Threads technology enables workload optimization by selecting the most suitable threading mode: Single Thread (per core) or Simultaneous Multi Thread-2 or 4 modes. Consequently, Intelligent Threads technology can provide improved application performance. In addition, POWER7 processors can maximize cache access to cores, improving performance, using Intelligent Cache technology.

Power is dynamic energy optimization

EnergyScale™ Technology offers Intelligent Energy management features, which can dramatically and dynamically conserve power and further improve energy efficiency. These Intelligent Energy features enable the POWER7 processor to operate at a higher frequency if environmental conditions permit, for increased performance and performance per watt; or alternatively operate at a reduced frequency if user settings permit, for significant energy savings.

Smart BladeCenter Solutions with Power Blades

If you are looking for the perfect alternative to replacing traditional rack servers, then look no further. With a range of available PS blade choices and BladeCenter chassis supported you have the performance and scalability you need for demanding workloads of any sort. When combined with the BladeCenter S chassis, the PS blades become an ideal solution for deploying blades in an office and distributed enterprise environment. Unlike a stand-alone server that needs multiple power supplies and fans, individual systems management, numerous cables and a lot of space, IBM BladeCenter is compact and easy to use. By integrating servers, storage, networking and management, BladeCenter is helping companies in every industry sweep complexity aside. The blades contain all the necessities to run an application—processors, memory, I/O and storage. The chassis contains shared redundant power, shared hot-swap cooling, a media tray, integrated Ethernet, storage, switching and consolidated powerful management.

Virtualizing on IBM BladeCenter allows you to create a highly flexible infrastructure that can quickly and easily adapt to business change. BladeCenter with Power blades is the only blade server solution in the industry that allows you to consolidate and simplify your Linux, UNIX and IBM i workloads on a single platform. When business transformation is your goal, BladeCenter and virtualization is the answer. Together, virtualization and BladeCenter with Power can help reduce costs, increase business agility and boost IT resiliency.

Simplify. Cut costs. Boost productivity. Go green. They’re all priorities for IT, and they’re all driving organizations to rethink their server strategies and become more receptive to new ways to use IT. Blades are the next-generation solution, promising improvements across the board. So toss your cables and take the leap. Migrate to the blade solution that uses less energy and gives more choices and control. You have nothing to lose but complexity. IBM BladeCenter is the right choice. Open. Easy. Green.

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Form factor Singlewide blade server for BladeCenter S, BladeCenter H, or BladeCenter HT chassis
Processor cores Sixteen 64-bit 2.4 GHz POWER7 cores with AltiVec SIMD and Hardware Decimal Floating-Point acceleration
Level 2 (L2) cache 256 KB per processor core
Level 3 (L3) cache 4 MB per processor core
Memory (std/max) Base offering: 16 GB (4 × 4 GB); Express offering: 32 GB (4 × 8 GB), up to 256 GB maximum per blade, sixteen DIMM slots, ECC IBM Chipkill DDR3 SDRAM running at 1066 MHz (4 GB DIMMs) 1066 MHz (8 GB DIMMs)
Internal disk storage One 300 or 600 GB 2.5 in. Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 10K rpm non-hot-swappable disk drive or two 1.8 in. 177 GB Solid State Disks; No disk drive required on base offering
Networking Integrated dual gigabit Ethernet ports. Virtualized ethernet provided by PowerVM VIOS
I/O upgrade One PCI-E CIOv Expansion Card and one PCI-E CFFh High Speed Expansion Card
Optional connectivity 1 and 10 Gbps Ethernet, 4 and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, 4X InfiniBand, SAS Expansion
PowerVM PowerVM Express Edition: Supports 2 VMs/server and includes Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) and PowerVM Lx86
PowerVM Standard Edition: Scales to 10 VMs/core and adds suspend/resume and shared storage pools
PowerVM Enterprise Edition: Adds active memory sharing and live partition mobility
Systems management Integrated systems management processor, IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, light path diagnostics, Predictive Failure Analysis, Cluster Systems Management (CSM), Serial Over LAN, IPMI compliant
RAS features IBM Chipkill ECC detection and correction
Processor Instruction Retry
Service processor with fault monitoring
Hot-swappable disk bays (in BladeCenter S chassis)
Hot-plug power supplies and cooling fans (on chassis)
Dynamic Processor Deallocation
Dynamic deallocation of logical partitions and PCI bus slots
Extended error handling on PCI-E slots
Redundant power supplies and cooling fans (on chassis)
Operating systems AIX V5.3, V6.1 or AIX 7.1
IBM i1 7.1 or 6.1.1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES11 SP1 or later
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 for POWER or later; RHEL6.0 or later
High availability IBM PowerHA family
System dimensions PS703 Express blade: 9.65 in. (245 mm) H x 1.14 in. (29 mm) W x 17.55 in. (445 mm) D; weight: 9.6 lbs (4.35 kg)
BladeCenter H chassis: 15.75 in. (400 mm) H x 17.5 in. (444 mm) W x 28.0 in. (711 mm) D; weight: 350 lbs (159 kg)
BladeCenter S chassis: 12.0 in. (306 mm) H x 17.5 in. (444 mm) W x 28.3 in. (733 mm) D; weight: 240 lbs (108.9 kg)


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  • Original equipment manufactured and serial numbered numbered by IBM
  • Configured to exact user specifications
  • Fully refurbished to manufacturers standards of new [ETN]
  • All hard drives are 72 hour burn in/Load Tested
  • Complete with manufacturers ship group
  • Provided with 90 day warranty
  • Shipped in a timely manner

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