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IBM Power 730 Express Rack Mount Server

A high-performance, reliable and secure infrastructure and application server


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The IBM Power 730 Express server delivers the outstanding performance of the POWER7® processor in a dense, rack optimised form factor and is ideal for running multiple application and infrastructure workloads in a virtualised environment. Take advantage of the Power 730 Express servers’ scalability and capacity by levering our industrial strength PowerVM™ technology to fully utilize the servers’ capability. PowerVM offers this capability to dynamically adjust system resources to partitions based on workload demands, enabling a dynamic infrastructure that can dramatically reduce server sprawl via consolidation of applications and servers.

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The Power 730 Express server is a two-socket highperformance, reliable and energy-efficient server supporting up to sixteen POWER7 cores and a choice of AIX®, IBM i or Linux operating systems. Combine the outstanding performance with PowerVM and the workload-optimizing capabilities of POWER7 and you are now ready to run multiple application and infrastructure workloads in a virtualized environment while driving higher utilization and reducing costs.

Power is the performance that delivers business advantage

The leadership performance of the POWER7 processor makes it possible for applications to run faster with fewer processors, resulting in lower per-core software licensing costs. In addition, a single system can now run more applications and reduce the number of required servers lowering infrastructure costs. The new Power 730 Express Model 8231-E2C adds increased memory capacity and high bandwidth Generation 2 PCI-Express slots to provide even greater performance capabilities. And it offers the capability to grow with your business through additional I/O and storage capacities via expansion units.

Power is effortlessly balancing workload performance

POWER7 Intelligent Threads technology enables workload optimization by automatically switching between one, two and four execution threads per processor core in order to optimize application throughput. In addition, Active Memory™ Expansion is a new POWER7 technology, which enables the effective maximum memory capacity to be much larger than the true physical memory without the complexity and cost of installing additional memory devices. These workloadoptimizing capabilities can improve application performance and ROI from the server.

Power is dynamic energy optimisation

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. The energy efficiency of the Power 730 is recognized by certain configurations being Energy Star® qualified.

Part No. 8231-E2B_
Manufacturer IBM
Rack Units 2 U
Height 86
Width 447
Depth 728
Weight [Kg] 29.50
CPU Socket(s) 2
Compatible CPU(s) 8-core 3.0 GHz or
8-core 3.7 GHz or
12-core 3.7 GHz or
16-core 3.55 GHz
Max CPU Clk Spd Up to 3.7 GHz
CPU Cache Level 2 (L2) cache 256 KB per core
Level 3 (L3) cache 4 MB per core
Max # Core(s) 8, 12 or 16 per CPU
Memory Slot(s) DDR3-RDIMM
Memory Capacity 256 GB
Drive Bays 6x 2.5" SFF Drive Bays
Capacity Up to 3.6 TB
HDD Suitability SAS or SSD
RAID Options One controller for SAS DASD/SSD and DVD-RAM Optional protected 175 MB cache with RAID 5, 6
Supported OS



Linux for POWER®

PCI Slot(s) Four PCI Express 8x kw profile
LAN Socket(s) Four virtual Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps ports (or) Two virtual 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Standard 3 year Limited Warranty, on site for selected components; CRU (customer-replaceable unit) for all other units (varies by country), Next Business Day 9x5 (excluding holidays)
Optional Warranty service upgrades and maintenance are available.