IBM Power 710 Express server


Everyone knows what 'performance' meant for IT in the past. Built on the foundation of POWER7+ processor technology, our Power Systems Express servers continue to excel and extend as one of the industry leaders in the traditional benchmarks of performance.

However today we are in the midst of an important technology shift driving growth and innovation – built on the confluence of big data, cloud, mobile devices and social business. As processes become more interrelated and complex, IT is being called upon to solve challenging new problems – and implement new IT projects, delivering them with both higher service levels and in a more cost effective manner. This era presents a defining moment for IT organisations to reshape the value they deliver through the customer experience.

The emerging measures of IT performance today are around agility and the ability to help the business capitalise on new opportunities. IT is measured on providing an infrastructure that can handle rapid growth and manage business risk while meeting higher required service levels. Of course it is expected that new services will be delivered with tighter budget constraints – with IT expected to do more with less and find the lowest cost solutions possible.

Built on the leadership performance of the POWER7+ processor, the Power 710 Express is a one-socket server that supports up to eight POWER7+ cores in a dense, rack-optimised form factor. As a high performance infrastructure or application server, the Power 710 Express contains innovative workload-optimising technologies that improve performance based on client computing needs. In addition, it includes Intelligent Energy features that help increase performance and optimise energy efficiency, resulting in one of the most cost-efficient solutions for UNIX®, IBM i and Linux deployments. With solutions from thousands of independent software vendor (ISVs), you can make the choices that set your business apart from the competition.

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Feature Benefits
Impressive POWER7+ performance
Intelligent Threads
RAS Features
Light Path Diagnostics
IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager with EnergyScale Technology
Configuration options Model 8231-E1D
POWER7+ processor modules – one per system 4-core 3.6 gigahertz (GHz) or
6-core 4.2 GHz or
8-core 4.2 GHz
Sockets 1
Level 2 (L2) cache 256 kilobyte (KB) per core
Level 3 (L3) cache 10 megabyte (MB) per core
Memory 8 gigabyte (GB) to 256 GB of registered dual inline memory module (RDIMM) double data rate-3 (DDR3)
Active Memory Expansion
Solid-state Drives (SSD) Up to six small form factor (SFF) drives or
Disk drives Up to six SFF serial attached SCSI (SAS) drives
Disk capacity Up to 5.4 terabyte (TB)
Media bays Slimline for DVD-RAM
Half height for tape drive1 or removable disk
PCI Adapter slots Five PCI-e Generation2 8x low profile
Standard Ethernet Four Ethernet 10/100/1000 megabits per second (Mbps) ports
Integrated SAS controller One controller for SAS direct access storage device (DASD)/SSD w/ redundant array of independent disks (RAID) 10 and DVD-RAM
Optional protected 175 MB cache with RAID 5, 6
High-performance PCI adapters 8 Gigabit Fibre Channel (FC)
2-port 16 gigabit per second (Gbps) FC
2-port 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) over Converged Ethernet (RoCE)
Dual port 10 GbE
Dual port 10 Gigabit (Gb) Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
Dual port quad data rate (QDR) Infiniband
6Gbps SAS RAID controller
Other integrated ports Three universal serial bus (USB), two hardware management console (HMC), two system ports
GX slots One GX++ (not available with 4-core processor)
PowerVM technologies
POWER Hypervisor Virtual Machines (VM), LPAR, Dynamic LPAR, Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) (Memory-to-memory interpartition communication)
PowerVM Express Edition (optional) Up to three partitions on the server; virtualised disk and optical devices (VIOS); Integrated Virtualisation Manager (IVM); Shared Dedicated Capacity
PowerVM Standard Edition (optional) PowerVM Express Edition plus Micro-Partitioning with up to 20 micropartitions per processor; Multiple Shared Processor Pools
PowerVM Enterprise Edition (optional) PowerVM Standard Edition plus Live Partition Mobility (LPM) and Active Memory Sharing (AMS)
RAS features ECC memory with Chipkill
Processor Instruction Retry
Alternate Processor Recovery
Service processor with fault monitoring
Hot-plug disk bays
Hot-plug and redundant power supplies and cooling fans
Dynamic component Deallocation
Linux for POWER
High availability (HA) IBM PowerHA family
Power requirements 100 V to 240 V ac, single phase
System dimensions Rack Drawer: 3.4 in. H × 17.6 in. W × 28.6 in. D (86 mm × 447 mm × 728 mm); weight 62 lbs (28.2 kg)3
Warranty (limited) Power 710 8231-E1D – Three year Limited Warranty, on site for selected components; CRU (customer-replaceable unit) for all other units (varies by country), Next Business Day 9:00 to 17:00 (excluding holidays), warranty service upgrades and maintenance are available

Power 710 8268-E1D4 – One year Limited Warranty, on site for selected components; CRU (customer-replaceable unit) for all other units (varies by country), Next Business Day 9:00 to 17:00 (excluding holidays), warranty service upgrades and maintenance are available

POWER7® means high performance, high capacity, and near linear scaling. The benchmark and performance data below demonstrate how IBM solutions can be optimized for a wide variety of workloads, each one providing you with performance you can count on.

Multiuser performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz rPerf* CPW**
POWER7 1 4 16 3.00 45.13 23,800
POWER7 1 8 32 3.55 91.96 51,800
POWER7 1 6 24 3.70 76.69 40,900
SPEC CPU2006 performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS SPEC
POWER7 1 8 32 3.55 AIX 7.1 289 248
POWER7 1 6 24 3.72 AIX 7.1 239 213
SPECjbb2005 performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS BOPS BOPS/jvm JVM
POWER7 1 8 32 3.55 AIX 7.1 608,370 76,046 8
Oracle eBS r12 Order to Cash Batch
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS checks/hr eBS Release
POWER7 1 6 24 3.72 AIX 7.1 213,523 RUP 4

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