Performance, ease of use, reliability, and expansion capabilities were key considerations in the design of the server. These design features make it possible for you to customize the system hardware to meet your needs today and provide flexible expansion capabilities for the future.
Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC)
The Lenovo XClarity Controller is the common management controller for Lenovo ThinkSystem server hardware. The Lenovo XClarity Controller consolidates multiple management functions in a single chip on the server system board.
Some of the features that are unique to the Lenovo XClarity Controller are enhanced performance, higher-resolution remote video, and expanded security options. For additional information about the Lenovo XClarity Controller, see:
UEFI-compliant server firmware
Lenovo ThinkSystem firmware is Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) 2.5 compliant. UEFI replaces BIOS and defines a standard interface between the operating system, platform firmware, and external devices.
Lenovo ThinkSystem servers are capable of booting UEFI-compliant operating systems, BIOS-based operating systems, and BIOS-based adapters as well as UEFI-compliant adapters.NoteThe server does not support DOS (Disk Operating System).
Large system-memory capacity
The server supports registered DIMMs (RDIMMs), load-reduced DIMMs (LRDIMMs), and Intel Optane™ DC Persistent Memory (DCPMMs). For more information about the specific types and maximum amount of memory, see Specifications.
Flexible network support
The server has a connector for the LOM adapter, which provides two network connectors for network support.
Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
This integrated security chip performs cryptographic functions and stores private and public secure keys. It provides the hardware support for the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) specification. You can download the software to support the TCG specification.
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) has two versions - TPM 1.2 and TPM 2.0. You can change the TPM version from 1.2 to 2.0 and back again.
For more information on TPM configurations, see “Enable TPM/TCM” in the Maintenance Manual.NoteFor customers in the Chinese Mainland, a Lenovo-qualified TPM 2.0 adapter or a Trusted Cryptographic Module (TCM) adapter (sometimes called a daughter card) may be pre-installed.
Large data-storage capacity and hot-swap capability
The server models support a maximum of fourteen 3.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA storage drives or a maximum of sixteen 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA storage drives.
With the hot-swap feature, you can add, remove, or replace drives without turning off the server.
Mobile access to Lenovo Service Information website
The server provides a QR code on the system service label, which is on the cover of the server, that you can scan using a QR code reader and scanner with a mobile device to get quick access to the Lenovo Service Information website. The Lenovo Service Information website provides additional information for parts installation and replacement videos, and error codes for server support.
Redundant networking connection
The Lenovo XClarity Controller provides failover capability to a redundant Ethernet connection with the applicable application installed. If a problem occurs with the primary Ethernet connection, all Ethernet traffic that is associated with the primary connection is automatically switched to the optional redundant Ethernet connection. If the applicable device drivers are installed, this switching occurs without data loss and without user intervention.
Redundant cooling and optional power capabilities
The server supports a maximum of two hot-swap power supplies and four hot-swap fans, which provide redundancy for a typical configuration. The redundant cooling by the fans in the server enables continued operation if one of the fans fails.