Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 Server Video Walkthrough
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Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 Server Video Walkthrough


Hello again, my name is David Watts
from Lenovo Press, and I have with me today, Russ Resnick. He’s the world-wide segment manager for
one and two socket rack-mount servers. Yes. How you doing today? Great, glad to be here. OK, today we’re going to be talking about
the ThinkSystem SR650. This is our new 2U two-socket server in our
ThinkSystem portfolio. So Russ, tell us about this system and what’s
the sort of customer that would use this system. This 2U system is really very flexible and
is used by a variety of customers in lots of workloads, varied workloads, and seems
to be the most popular in the industry for server form factors. The system, being a 2U, very flexible in terms
of drive bay configurations and slots, very versatile configuration choices. Yes. Let’s go through the front of the system and look at the back and then go from there, shall we? Sure. This particular system we have here is our
2.5-inch model. You can see here if we do a quick count, you’ll see we
have space here for 24 drive bays at the front in the 2.5-inch form factor. We also have here our 3.5-inch model. This particular configuration supports up
to eight 3.5-inch drive bays, but Russ… This server will support up to 14 3.5-inch
drives. Right, twelve hot-swap in the front and two
more in the rear. A lot of versatile choices here. This system here with the 24 2.5s is also
available in a 16 or in an 8. Or none. Or none, if you want to start from there. Both of these systems support AnyBay drive bays.
Correct. Now what’s AnyBay, Russ? AnyBay is our bay that supports both SAS,
SATA and NVMe drives in the 2.5-inch form factor. NVMe is a great drive choice if you’re looking
for ultra-low latency solid-state drives. They are excellent for high-speed I/O performance. Now along the front of these systems as well,
on my side, there is the front VGA port. That’s an optional choice: you can choose
to have that if you wish and on the other side, on the other ear, we have two USB ports,
one is USB 3.0, that’s the top one, and one is USB… sorry I should say the bottom one
is USB 3.0 and the top one is USB 2.0. Now the USB 2.0 doubles as the USB port for
the XClarity Controller. That’s our service processor. Now Russ, what’s the value of that USB port
for the XClarity Controller? I’m glad you asked me that. The reason we chose a USB port versus wireless
is so that a customer can be certain that they’re really using the XClarity Controller
in the server that they mean to. Yep. We want to make sure that there’s no inadvertent
configuration changes, or reboots of a server that might be in production, when someone’s
working on the system. You would use this port and this function
if you have a phone or tablet running the XClarity app. You connect the device through the USB port,
though a cable, and that allows you to do local management directly from your device. A very easy way to connect and with the cable
ensuring you’re talking to the right system. Correct. Now, as well as those two ports, we also have
a power button, an LED, various other system LEDs, and an ID button. The ID button is a blue LED that also, when
you press it, activates an LED, a matching LED, at the back of the system. That allows you to identify which system you’re
working on, and you don’t, again, you don’t mess with the wrong one. Correct. And you can also activate that ID button remotely through the XClarity Controller or XClarity Administrator. Those are all the back components… The front components.
Sorry the front components. Let’s spin it around to the back and have
a look at what we have there. OK great. OK, so we have here the power supply choices
and I/O slots. This server supports up to 7… this is 1,
2, 3, 4, 5, 6… 6 slots at the back, rear-accessible, as well
as the LOM slot which we’ll get to in a moment, and there’s an internal storage slot as well inside.
The RAID slot. There are a variety of lane widths, x8, x16,
and some are full-height and some are slimline slots. We support two GPUs? That’s correct. So very versatile in that regard too. Now as well as that, we have this component
down here. This is called the LOM. This is LAN on Motherboard, so what we do
is we offer a choice to our customers of 1 and 10 Gig networking. So you can have two ports of 1 Gig, two ports
of 10 Gig, four ports of 1 Gig, four ports of 10 Gig, which allows you to just purchase
the networking you need for your configuration. Yeah, very versatile choices there. Now next to the LOM adapter, we also have
the dedicated RJ45, that’s for systems management, back to the XClarity Controller again. The rear VGA port. Two USB 3.0 connectors there. Next to that is a little pinhole for an NMI reset. This server also supports a serial port if
you wish to, through an option. And then next to that is two bays for power supplies. These would be hot-swap.
If you install two, these would be a redundant pair. And the capacities of the power supplies? 750, 1100 and 1600 Watts.
So a variety of choices there, depending on the workload you have and how much power your
system actually needs. So a lot of choices there too. Now, this is a two-socket system. The riser over here with the two bays, that’s accessible when you have the second processor installed. The other slots are available on both single-socket
and two-socket systems. Alright, that I think is the back there. Shall we open up this and have a look inside? Let’s do it. So this is the our new system running the new
Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family CPUs, right? Yes. Let me remove the air baffle there. Put that over here.
OK. The server supports two sockets, two processors,
each with 12 DIMMs, right? That’s correct. For a total of 24 DIMMs. Now if you’re using for example, the 64 GB
LRDIMMs, then that’s up to a total of 1.5TB of RAM, just for example. Suitable for applications with a large memory
footprint. Very versatile system as a result. Let me remove this air baffle here. You can see here when I remove that, this
gives us access to the LOM adapter, you can see there how it’s plugged in. These are two of the riser cards. Let’s look over to that system there, there
are some interesting things there to point out. This is the riser card for the system, one
of the two choices: two-slot in this case. There are other riser slots available including
ones you would use for double-wide GPUs. That’s correct. Also under this riser is the M.2 adapter slot here. This one we have installed is the single M.2
adapter and has one M.2 drive on it. And let me show here, this is the dual M.2
adapter and it is dual because it has two M.2 cards, one on either side. Along with a hardware RAID controller. So that means that this can be configured
as a RAID-1 pair and we would recommend you put your operating system on this, but if
one of the M.2 cards fails, the system is still fully operational, running off the other one. So this is an excellent choice for redundancy. Next to that, this is the RAID card that we use
for some of these configurations. This is the RAID 530-8i so it has eight SAS
or SATA ports. That one over here on this system here:
because it has the 24 drives on the front, this adapter here is the RAID 930-24i. This is a 24-port RAID card. So these systems support a variety of RAID
adapters and internal HBAs to support whichever drive configuration you have. I would add, by the way, when you do have
the 3.5-inch model with 12 bays at the front, and you have the two drive bays at the back,
then it is this riser here that replaces… that is replaced with those drives. Right, that is where those two rear-mount
drive bays go. The other thing I want to point out is these
eight-bay backplanes here are all modular. The customer has a choice between how many
eight-bay backplanes and we also have an eight-bay backplane which isn’t shown here, which is
one of the eight-bay AnyBay backplanes, which is four ports of SAS/SATA and
four ports of AnyBay. And where do those connect to? Those will connect to these two ports of NVMe. The AnyBay backplane, which supports, if you recall, supports NVMe as well as SAS and SATA. You connect the SAS/SATA ports to a suitable
RAID card and you connect the NVMe ports directly to those onboard pair of x8 connectors there. That’s correct. OK, so I that’s about it now, Russ. We wanted to talk about servicing of the system
right? This system’s been designed from the ground
up to be easily serviceable. As you can see, all the blue touch points
are really designed for service. There’s a handle here to get the board out. There’s also a screw here and of course these
two blue touch points here allow you to take the fan cage out all at once. I would point out too, Russ, that the fan
cage you pulled out – if you have a failed fan, these fans themselves, the individual
fans, are hot-swap, so you can remove these while the system is running to replace a fan
unit if necessary. That’s right. The orange gives away that this is hot-swap. The blue color on the board indicates the components that you can remove
once the system is powered off. That’s right.
Your touchpoints. All right, there you have it. Russ, do we have anything else to cover here? No I think we covered it all. Very good, so there you have it. This is the SR650, this is our new 2U two-socket
server from Lenovo. Russ, if people want to learn more about the system? You can check the link on YouTube or you can
go to lenovopress.com for the product guide. So there you have it. I hope you found the video useful, and we
will see you later. Thank you very much.

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