Overview - IBM System x3530 M4 R2 Options

Planned availability date: December 14, 2012

At a glance

The IBM System x3530 M4 server delivers dual-socket performance in a 1U compact footprint. Featuring the latest Intel Romley EN platform, the IBM System x3530 M4 is a flexible rack server positioned as a good investment value, while considering total cost of ownership and your IBM commitment. The IBM System x3530 M4 offers a wide range of configuration options.


The IBM System x3530 M4 offers a wide range of configuration options. All of the power supply options meet 80-PLUS certifications to enable greater energy savings while providing redundancy and flexibility to meet your business needs. The IBM System x3530 M4 also offers choices of different computing power, 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard disk drive capability. It also provides smart option upgrades with innovative Feature on Demand (FoD) technology, allowing competitive features with cost advantages. The FoD mechanism offers a simpler design than traditional hardware upgrade path, saving lead-time for feature upgrades when business grows. This high density, cost competitive machine is designed to meet all of your general-business needs today, and grow to meet increasing requirements in the future.

Optimized for energy efficiency and performance

An innovative, energy-smart design with powerful high-performance processors, a large capacity of high-performing DDR3 memory, and a balanced feature set make this server ideal for many general business applications:

  • Ultra-thin, high-availability, rack-optimized, 1U platform
  • Powerful Intel Xeon E5-2400 Series multi-core processor with new micro-architecture design featuring Quick Path Interconnect (QPI) technology with Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T)
  • Power supply options that allow choices between fixed or redundant supplies as well as capacities designed to meet 80-PLUS certifications for greater energy efficiency and savings
  • Redundant cooling fans, low-voltage memory, and energy-smart design to enable lower power and help lower operational costs
  • Highly functional chip-set optimized for better application computing supporting general-business workloads
  • Support for both UDIMM and RDIMM
  • Twelve DIMM slots that enable deployment of up to 384 GB of DDR3 SDRAM Registered DIMM memory, with up to 32 GB of memory standard
  • Support for simple-swap SATA or simple-swap or hot-swap SAS/SATA 3.5-inch hard drives (up to four drives) or
  • 2.5-inch simple-swap or hot-swap SAS/SATA hard drives (up to eight drives)
  • Integrated dual Gigabit Ethernet standard for network communication with easy upgrade to additional two ports on-board NIC by Feature on Demand (FoD)
  • Support for embedded hypervisor port activated with optional USB key
  • Two PCI-Express x8 high-performance Gen 3 slots, and one x4 slot dedicated for Internal hardware RAID
  • Built-in Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) with optional upgrade to remote presence through FoD, which supports a consistent management view across your portfolio and offers server monitoring, alerting, and remote control to decrease the time spent and lower the cost of supporting your system
  • Integrated IBM System x ToolsCenter and ServerGuide to help you easily install and maintain the server
  • One 16550A-compatible serial port (rear), seven USB ports (two front, four rear, and one internal), one video port, and one front VGA port (model dependent)
  • Fixed 460 watt, redundant 460 watt, or 675 watt high-efficiency power supplies

Manage with efficiency

High availability, manageability, and serviceability features help diagnose problems quickly, even from remote locations:

  • Newly designed light path front panel helps identify system failures without opening the chassis or interrupting system operation. An optional upgrade to Advanced Lightpath Kit provides richer system serviceability.
  • IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager (AEM) for advanced power management, including near-real-time monitoring, trending, and reporting of power consumption.
  • Configurable Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) setup.
  • IMM2 systems management processor on planar that provides better security and system management; optional upgrade to remote presence by FoD key.
  • Monitoring and control of operating status and key server components.
  • Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0-compliant full IMM2 for enterprise-class systems management to monitor, maintain, and maximize server availability, including optional upgrade for full remote systems management.
  • Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) on selected components that helps warn of problems before they occur.
  • Fast and easy servicing through innovative light path diagnostics and improved on-board diagnostics.

Ultimate fault tolerant protection

  • Redundant fans with calibrated vectored cooling (to keep components cool), and simplified fan replacement.
  • Selection between cost-optimized fixed power supplies and redundant power suppliers. Hot-swap, redundant power supplies are designed to help reduce downtime.
  • High-performance hot-swap SAS and SATA hard drives.
  • Hot-swap SATA/SAS models support hardware RAID-0, RAID-1, and RAID-10 (model dependent) or RAID-0, RAID-1, RAID-10, RAID-5, and RAID-50 with different option of cache or flash. All models are able to upgrade to advanced hardware RAID options (optional RAID-0, RAID-1, RAID-10, RAID-5, RAID-50, RAID-6, and RAID-60 with SED and optional cache and flash).
  • IBM Director and web support.
  • Three-year, customer replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site labor, limited warranty; optional warranty service upgrades available.

Key Prerequisites
  • Monitor
  • USB keyboard
  • USB mouse

Note: IBM PS/2 style keyboard and mouse are not supported.

  • System - Three years
  • Optional features - One year

Note: For configurations that support the RAID Battery, the RAID battery will be warranted for 1 year effective on its date of installation. All other product warranty terms for the machine remain unchanged.

An IBM part or feature installed during the initial installation of an IBM machine is subject to a full warranty effective on the date of installation of the machine. An IBM part or feature that replaces a previously installed part or feature assumes the remainder of the warranty period for the replaced part or feature. An IBM part or feature added to a machine without replacing a previously installed part or feature is subject to a full warranty effective on its date of installation. Unless specified otherwise, the warranty period, type of warranty service, and service level of a part or feature is the same as the machine it is installed.

The following items have been designated as consumables, supply items, or structural parts and therefore not covered by this warranty:

  • Tape filler
  • EMC blank filler
  • EIA sET kit
  • Safety cover
  • Airflow baffle
  • Gen-III slide kit
  • Gen-III 1U CMA kit
  • DVD blank filler
  • Blank fan filler
  • MISC part kit
  • Battery holder
  • PSU filler
  • CMA assembly Kit
  • CMA, 2U/4U kit
  • Remote battery tray
  • Gen-III 2U CMA kit
  • Slide kit
  • Hard drive cage


One box

  • System unit carton: System unit
  • Country kit
    • IBM System x3530 M4 Documentation CD

    Rack Installation Guide

The IBM System x3530 M4 server is shipped in a single package. The country kit is contained inside the system unit carton.


1U Rack Drawer:

  • Width: 447 mm (17.6 in)
  • Depth: 673 mm (26.5 in)
  • Height: 43 mm (1.69 in)


  • Weight: (minimum configuration) 10.4 kg (22.9 lb)
  • Weight: (maximum configuration) 15.6 kg (34.3 lb)

Shipping Dimensions

Approximate Shipping Dimensions and weight:

  • Single Pack Dimensions: 39.37 x 23.11 x 8.86 in (1000 x 587 x 225 mm)
  • Single Pack Weight: 46.04 lbs (22.88 kg)
  • Quantity per Pallet: 10
  • Pallet Load Dimensions: 40.00 x 48.00 x 49.40 in (1000 x 1200 x 1255 mm)
  • Pallet Load Weight: 493.00 lbs (475 kg)
  • Estimated Safe Stacking: 2 high

Electrical Specifications

Models with 460 W fixed power supplies:

  • 100 to 127 (nominal) V AC; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 6.0 A
  • 200 to 240 (nominal) V AC; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 3.0 A
  • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
    • Minimum configuration: 0.13 kVA
    • Maximum configuration: 0.57 kVA

Models with 460 W Redundant power supplies:

  • 100 to 127 (nominal) V AC; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 5.6 A
  • 200 to 240 (nominal) V AC; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 2.8 A
  • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
    • Minimum configuration: 0.12 kVA
    • Maximum configuration: 0.53 kVA

Models with 675 W Redundant power supplies:

  • 100 to 127 (nominal) V AC; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 7.8 A
  • 200 to 240 (nominal) V AC; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 3.8 A
  • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
    • Minimum configuration: 0.14 kVA
    • Maximum configuration: 0.77 kVA

Models with DC 675 W Redundant power supplies:

  • -40 to -75 (nominal) V DC; 18.34 A
  • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
    • Minimum configuration: 0.14 kVA
    • Maximum configuration: 0.77 kVA

Btu output:

  • Minimum configuration: 406.03 Btu/hr (AC 119 watts)
  • Maximum configuration: 2627.35 Btu/hr (AC 770 watts)
  • Noise level (horizontal position): 6.5 bels (operating)
  • Noise level (horizontal position): 6.3 bels (idle)

Note: The noise emission level stated is the declared (upper limit) sound power level, in bels, for a random sample of machines. All measurements are made in accordance with ISO 7779 and reported in conformance with ISO 9296.

The IBM System x3530 M4 is intended for use as rack-drawer servers and are tested and designed to operate in a horizontal position.

Operating Environment

Air temperature:

  • Server powered on: 5 C to 40 C (41 F to 104 F); altitude: 0 to 915 m (3,000 ft)
  • Server powered on: 5 C to 32 C (41 F to 89.6 F); altitude: 915 m (3000 ft) to 2134 m (7,000 ft)
  • Server powered on: 5 C to 28 C (41 F to 82.4 F); altitude: 2134 m (7,000 ft) to 3050 m (10,000 ft)
  • Server powered off: 5 C to 45 C (41.0 F to 113 F)
  • Shipping: -40 C to 60 C (-40 F to 140 F)


  • Server powered on: 8% to 85%, Max. Dew Point 24 C, Max. rate of change 5 C/hr
  • Server powered off: 8% to 80%, Max. Dew Point 27 C
  • Shipping: 5% to 100%

Design to ASHRAE Class A3, ambient temperature of 35 C to 40 C, with relaxed support:

  • Support cloud-like workload with no performance degradation acceptable (Turbo-Off)
  • Under no circumstance, can any combination of worst case workload and configuration result in system shutdown or design exposure at 40 C

Hardware Requirements

For attended installation of an operating system, this server requires a compatible:

  • USB keyboard
  • USB mouse
  • hard drive
  • Display

Unattended or remote installation may be performed without requiring some or all of these components. Review your unattended software installation program information for specific hardware configuration requirements.

For service, the server requires a compatible:

  • USB keyboard
  • USB mouse
  • hard drive
  • Display
When having the unit serviced, plan to have these components attached to your server either directly or indirectly through a console.

Software Requirements

The following software products have been tested by IBM and software publishers in the latest available versions, and where appropriate, are, or will soon be, certified by the publisher to be compatible with the IBM System x3530 M4.

Operating systems

  • Linux
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 - 32 bit
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 - 64 bit (including KVM)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 Server x64 Edition
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 Server with Xen x64 Edition
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 Server x86 Edition
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP4 for AMD64/EM64T
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP4 for x86
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 for x86
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 for AMD64/EM64T
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware
    • VMware ESX 4.1 u3
    • VMware ESXi 4.1 u3
    • VMware ESXi 5.0 u1
    • VMware ESXi 5.1
  • Microsoft
    • Windows 2012

Note: For information on additional support, certification, version information, or network operating systems, visit



The IBM System x3530 M4 server contains licensed system programs that include set configuration, set features, and test programs. System UEFI is loaded from a flash EEPROM into system memory. This BIOS provides instructions and interfaces designed to support the standard features of the IBM System x3530 M4 server, and to maintain compatibility with many current software programs.

For detailed information about IBM and non-IBM devices, adapters, software, and network operating systems supported with IBM System x servers, visit


Contact your IBM representative, IBM Business Partner, or refer to the IBM Sales Manual for information on the compatibility of hardware and software for IBM System x servers. The Sales Manual is updated periodically when new features and options that support these servers are announced.

  • Solid-state Memory cells have an intrinsic, finite number of write cycles that each cell can incur. As a result each solid-state device has a maximum amount of write cycles to which it can be subjected, documented as TBW (Total Bytes Written). IBM is not responsible for replacement of hardware that has reached the maximum guaranteed number of write cycles. This limit may be revealed as the device failing to communicate to system-generated commands or becoming incapable of being written to.
  • The IBM System x3530 M4 server contains a single, configurable serial port. It can be configured to be operating-system-controlled, service-processor-controlled, or shared between the two. You can set the configuration by altering the BIOS. The default configuration from the factory is in the shared position. In the shared position, the service processor controls the port until the operating system is running, then the operating system takes control. The service processor can regain control of the port for user-configured dial-out situations or if the operating system is not available, but operating system control cannot be reestablished without resetting the server.
  • IBM System x3530 M4 servers can address a maximum of 384 GB of system memory. All supported system memory is addressable through direct memory access. The IBM System x3530 M4 server supports 4 GB UDIMM and 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Registered DIMM and 32 GB DDR3 LRDIMM memory. All supported DIMMs can coexist in the same system.
  • The IBM System x3530 M4 contains built-in Software RAID, ServeRAID C105. It supports SATA drives and either a RAID 0 or RAID 1 array must be created. VMware does not support ServerRAID C105 and there is no native driver support for Linux distributions. The ServeRAID H1110 Controller for IBM System x, Option Part Number 81Y4492, is a cost-optimized hardware RAID upgrade that supports SAS or SATA drives, and is supported natively by all operating systems supported on the IBM System x3530 M4.
  • To ensure proper air flow for cooling, the IBM System x3530 M4 server requires a rack with a perforated door, such as the NetBAY42 SR or NetBAY25 SR. An alternative is to remove the front door of rack cabinets where the door panel is of solid construction.
  • Microprocessor upgrades must be of the same QPI link speed, Integrated Memory Controller frequency, core frequency, power segment, internal cache size and type. Mixing processors of different stepping levels but same model (as per CPUID instruction) is supported. Mixing microprocessors of different QPI, core speed, cache size, core quantity and power segment is not supported.

Refer to the Software requirements section for operating system limitations.

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Document id:  MIGR-5091877
Last modified:  2012-11-13
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