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SAN FRANCISCO, CA
07 Nov 2007:
Today's announcements include:
Power Play: Technician installs memory module on a POWER6 blade server at IBM manufacturing facility in Rochester, Minn. The company introduced the BladeCenter JS22 Express systems, bringing the power of POWER6, the world's fastest chip, to a blade form factor for the first time.
At the heart of IBM's announcement is new virtualization software that enables customers to move running applications -- or even the entire operating system partition -- from one physical machine to another with no impact on application availability. These features -- including Live Partition Mobility and Live Application Mobility -- allow applications to be consolidated onto fewer machines while active, helping to reduce energy consumption.
The same features combined with the ability to update hardware, firmware and software, including the UNIX® operating system kernel itself, while it is running, are the cornerstone to a new roadmap. The software enables customers to perform systems maintenance, updates and application migrations and consolidations at, for example, 2 p.m. on Tuesday instead of 2 a.m. on Sunday, and is designed to eliminate blocks of planned downtime and create less work on weekends for IT staffs. The Solaris operating system running on SPARC processor-based servers and the HP/UX operating system running on Itanium® processor-based servers do not have such features to allow movement of active applications and operating system images without interrupting production operations.
Customer cites 'advanced level of energy management'
Informations-Technologie Austria (iT-Austria), the leading Austrian provider of IT services for the financial sector, offers computing services such as systems management and production control to Austria's largest banking institutions. The company has been beta-testing Live Partition Mobility on a POWER6 processor-based platform, and worked with IBM to demonstrate that a continuously running SAP system could be moved between data centers 11 km (nearly 7 miles) apart, transparently to users.
"Our beta test of Live Partition Mobility was a complete success," said Felix Fibich, IT architect at iT-Austria. "Using Live Partition Mobility, we've been able to provide constant and continuous access to systems and applications without interrupting the service during planned downtimes due to site and system maintenance. And we've been able to provide an advanced level of energy management, moving computing resources transparently to those locations where the data center's power management can make the best use of it."
Power Systems Software
Today IBM announced a broad Power Systems Software initiative which includes a six-layer integrated, yet modular, systems software stack for UNIX, Linux® and i5/OS® customers including virtualization, operating systems and integration, high availability, security, energy management and platform management. Within the stack, IBM announced a number of new and updated offerings, extending its lead in UNIX virtualization and energy-management capabilities.
The software, which supports the new POWER6 processor-based blade servers as well as applicable IBM System p™ and System i™ servers, includes the following:
The best of IBM on blades
Simultaneously, IBM announced today the first blade server based on POWER6 -- the world's fastest microprocessor. The processor's tremendous speed and memory, combined with the integration and power savings of IBM BladeCenter, enables customers to create dense, energy efficient data centers.
The new JS22 BladeCenter Express -- replete with two dual-core POWER6 processors with APV included with each blade -- offers unprecedented technology, virtualization, performance and reliability in a Blade form factor, easing the way for customer consolidations that help lower maintenance and energy bills.
Blade servers allow clients to pack more processors into less space on with the same power and cooling envelope, maximizing valuable floor space in the data center. Calculations show that one rack of IBM's new POWER6 processor-based blades is so powerful when virtualized that it can replace 23 non-virtualized racks of Sun's latest V490 servers, potentially saving more than $200,000 per year in energy costs alone. (3)
At a media event in San Francisco yesterday, IBM shared its BladeCenter S demo with press for the first time. This is a comparison of BladeCenter S with HP's c3000 BladeSystem for mid-sized clients that demonstrates that the energy-efficient BladeCenter S may be less expensive and better designed for the needs of small and medium businesses.
The new IBM Availability Factory, modeled on the highly successful IBM Migration Factory and IBM Server Consolidation Factory, allows qualified Solaris and HP/UX UNIX customers to get a no-charge assessment of how to implement their own roadmaps while moving to AIX and POWER.
The company has put aside a $5 million fund for 'no charge' assessments over the next six months for qualified customers who wish to migrate to Power Systems Software on AIX and POWER to improve energy efficiency and increase application availability. Many technology-preview customers have already told IBM that Live Partition Mobility and Live Application Mobility, combined with the ability to do concurrent hardware, firmware and operating system updates, will fundamentally change how they do UNIX operations.
"Today's news demonstrates that energy efficiency is a guiding principle of everything we do, affording customers maximum flexibility in addressing this crucial environmental -- and financial -- issue. And with that focus we've also enabled our clients to innovate in the areas of application availability, continuous operations and overall IT asset utilization," said Scott Handy, vice president, marketing and strategy, IBM Power Systems. "We've wrapped our new and unique capabilities into a customizable roadmap for customers which can fundamentally change for the better what were best practices for overall IT operations."
Pricing and availability
POWER6 processor-based Blade systems for AIX and Linux on POWER are scheduled to be available on BladeCenter H and BladeCenter HT chassis beginning November 30.(4) A JS22 Express configuration, including 4 GB memory, a 73GB hard disk drive and BladeCenter H chassis is priced at $10,363.(5)
AIX 6, Advanced POWER Virtualization and related software will be made generally available on November 9. IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager is scheduled for general availability on December 14. APV Enterprise Edition is available as a "no-charge upgrade" to all existing POWER6 processor-based System p 570 APV Standard Edition users and at the same price as APV Standard Edition for all new System p 570 buyers through end of year. APV Standard Edition will be added at no-license fee to each POWER blade server.
For more information, please visit www.ibm.com.
Technician installs memory module on a POWER6 blade server at IBM manufacturing facility in Rochester, Minn. The company introduced the BladeCenter JS22 Express systems, bringing the power of POWER6, the world's fastest chip, to a blade form factor for the first time.
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1 "Impact of IBM System p Server Virtualization," Transforming the IT Value Equation with POWER6 Architecture. International Technology Group, 05/2007. Study methodology: Companies in financial services, manufacturing and retail with $15 Billion+ revenues focusing on UNIX® large enterprise environments with multiple, broad-ranging applications. Study compared the cost of the company's workloads running on multiple vendor servers and employing minimal virtualization to the cost of the company's workloads running on System p 570 (POWER6 processor-based) as well as POWER5+ processor-based servers -- all using Advanced POWER Virtualization (APV) Standard Edition. APV is standard on System p5 590 and 595. Other System p servers have the option to add APV except the System p5 185. This cost analysis was performed for financial services, manufacturing and retail example environments with an overall average savings of up to 72% in TCO savings by virtualizing and consolidating on the System p servers. Total Cost of Ownership may not be reduced in each consolidation case. TCO depends on the specific client environment, the existing environments and staff, and the consolidation potential.
2 Additional information on binary compatibility guarantee can be found at http://www.ibm.com/systems/p/os/aix/compatibility/index.html
3 The number of IBM BladeCenter JS22 servers required to replace 180 Sun Fire V490 was calculated based on SPECint_rate2006 results. The V490 SPECint_rate2006 result is for a 2.1GHz system with 4 chips and 2 cores per chip. It has a result of 78.0. The V490 result can be found at www.spec.org. It is current as of October 23, 2007. The JS22 result for the same benchmark is for a 4.0GHz system with 2 chips and 2 cores per chip. It has a result of 84.7. That result was submitted on November 6, 2007. It will also be posted on www.spec.org. The cumulative capacity of these servers is estimated to be the SPECint_rate2006 result for one server multiplied by the number of servers. A virtualization factor of 3X was applied to the JS22 virtualization scenario using utilizations derived from studies conducted by Alinean available at http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/cio/optimize/opt_wp_ibm_systemp.pdf. That is the utilization rate for the non-virtualized V490 is estimated to be 20% and the utilization rate for the virtualized JS22 is estimated to be 60%. Using these assumptions, the cumulative capacity of the 56 JS22 servers at 60% is > than the cumulative capacity of the 180 V490 servers at 20% utilization. Sun Fire V490 Maximum AC power consumption of 1,750 WATTs was sourced from Sun Fire™ V490/V890 Servers with UltraSPARC IV+, 2100MHz CPU/Memory Modules Supplement available at http://dlc.sun.com/pdf//820-0714-10/820-0714-10.pdf as of October 23, 2007. The IBM BladeCenter JS22 maximum power requirement is 5,544 WATTs per fully configured BladeCenter H Chassis with 14 fully configured JS22 servers and all chassis features included based on BladeCenter and System x Power Configurator. Energy cost of $.096 per KWh is estimated based commercial end user cost on Energy Information Agency, Table 2: US Energy Nominal Prices, October 9, 2007 available at http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/cfapps/STEO_Query/steotables.cfm?periodType=Annual&startYear=2004&startMonth=1&endYear=2008&endMonth=12&tableNumber=8. Based on 24 hour/day, 365 days/year and the above assumptions, the annual savings of the consolidation is $246,253.27. This analysis does not include the energy required to cool the systems.
4 All statements regarding IBM future directions and intent are subject to charge or withdrawal without notice and represent goals and objectives only.
5 All price information is based on IBM U.S. list prices effective November 6, 2007. Prices are subject to change without notice and reseller prices may vary.
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