T-Flex System

Delivering IBM PureFlex capabilities beyond the back office

T-Flex System

The Tracewell T-Flex is ideal for military and commercial programs that require the capabilities of IBM PureFlex in a small or rugged form factor.  The T-Flex family enables users to deploy the same hardware and software solutions used in their back offices in a wide variety of mission environments.  These systems are designed to manage data intensive applications including radar, data mining and analytics, to advanced systems networking, security and cloud computing.

The Tracewell T-Flex accepts all the standard nodes of a PureFlex system—if a node works in an IBM Flex System, it will work in a Tracewell system. The T-Flex product line can be easily updated as the latest compute nodes, storage products and system networking technologies become available from IBM.  This provides customers the greatest performance advances possible, with a solid technology foundation and roadmap.  The T-Flex can integrate other specialty technologies to deliver the most advanced applications wherever they need them to go.

The first T-Flex units will feature 4 and 8 node slot configurations, and become generally available beginning October 2013.   To learn how T-Flex can meet your mission or program requirements, and to see a prototype, schedule a briefing at the Tracewell Advanced Technology Lab.

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T-Flex Level 1 Features



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Use Case

For demanding environments with size, weight and power constraints, such as aircraft and shipboard installations, as well as shielded transit case systems.

Ideal for development and co-location with other commercial equipment.

Chassis Construction

Milled bonded aluminum


SandyBridge and IvyBridge High Performance Embedded Processor Support

I/O Modules

2 high-speed switch bays on all units for Ethernet, Fibre Channel and SAS

I/O Power Connections

All I/O front accessible for rack installations

I/O includes keyboard, video, mouse (KVM), power and networking

A/C power connectors on rear of chassis

Power Supply

4 power supplies for 4 and 8 node systems.
90–264 VAC, 47–440 Hz input
1350 W @ 120 VAC; 2500W @ 240 VAC
Redundant operations available for load-balancing and failover

System Management Hardware

Dual chassis management modules

EMI Shielding

Available in normal data center class FCC emissions and Mil-Std 461 shielded product

Environmental Considerations

Operating Temperature: 5°C (41ºF) to 45ºC (113ºF), 20% to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)

Non-Operating Temperature: 0°C (32ºF) to 50°C (122ºF), 8% to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)

Rack Mounting & Installation

Tray mountable


Blades: Quad field replaceable  

Fans: High Performance 60mm

Switches and AMM: Dual replaceable 40mm fans

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