IBM Power 780 server


The planet is getting smaller, flatter and smarter every day. Global market segments are connected like never before. Economic shock waves, both good and bad, travel the globe in nanoseconds. Newer, smarter technologies arrive daily. New business models are born and old ones die, in the blink of an eye. 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. In order to survive businesses need to be flexible, resilient and dedicated to the success of their clients. This era presents a defining moment for businesses to reshape the value they deliver through the customer experience. The best of these successful businesses have IT infrastructures that consist of enterprise systems that are highly secure and designed for the utmost availability of critical data. They are managed with the maximum cost efficiency and address exponential growth in enterprise data, demand for new services and integration of legacy systems with the new digital face of the business.

In today’s IT environment, performance has been redefined to mean delivering services faster, with higher quality and with superb economics. The emerging measures of IT performance are around infrastructure efficiency, information availability and security of data. 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. Designed for virtualized consolidation of business critical workloads, the IBM® Power 780 delivers on performance, availability, efficiency and virtualization in a way that is extraordinary in the industry. PowerVM virtualization enables continuous, dynamic resource adjustments across all partitions and operating environments, independent of physical placement, to optimize performance while minimising energy usage. Supported environments include AIX, IBM i, Linux® for Power applications, all on the same system.

Feature Benefits
Leading edge POWER7+ performance
Exceptional PowerVM virtualization capability
Mainframe-inspired availability features
Non-disruptive growth options
Frugal EnergyScale technology
Innovative Active Memory Expansion
Broad business application support
Configuration Options Per building block System maximum
Processors Four 3.72 gigahertz (GHz) POWER7+ processor modules with eight cores each or
Four 4.42 GHz POWER7+ processor modules with four cores each
Sixteen 3.72 GHz POWER7+ processor modules with eight cores each or
Sixteen 4.42 GHz POWER7+ processor modules with four cores each
Sockets Four Sixteen
Level 2 (L2) cache 256 kilobyte (KB) L2 cache per core 256 KB L2 cache per core
Level 3 (L3) cache 10 megabyte (MB) L3 cache per core (enhanced dynamic random access memory eDRAM) 10 MB L3 cache per core (eDRAM)
Enterprise Memory Up to 1 terabyte (TB) of 1066 MHz double data rate-3 (DDR3)
Active Memory Expansion
Up to 4 TB of 1066 MHz DDR3
Active Memory Expansion
Integrated SAS bays for
  • Solid State Drives (SSD) or
  • Hard Disk Drives (HDD)
Up to six small form factor (SFF) SAS drive bays Up to 24 SFF SAS drive bays
Disk drives Up to six SFF SAS drives Up to 24 SFF SAS drives
Integrated media bays One slimline for serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) DVD-RAM Four slimline for SATA DVD-RAMs
Integrated payment card industry (PCI) adapter slots Six PCIe Gen2 slots 24 PCIe Gen2 slots
Integrated multifunction card One per enclosure:
  • Dual 10 gigabit (Gb) + Dual 1 Gb
Up to four per system:
  • Dual 10 Gb + Dual 1 Gb
Integrated serial attached SCSI (SAS) controllers Two SAS direct access storage device (DASD)/SSD controllers
One serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) media controller
Eight SAS DASD/SSD controllers
Four SATA media controllers
Other integrated ports Three universal serial bus (USB); two HMC; two system power control network (SPCN) Nine USB; four HMC; four SPCN
GX slots (12X) Two Eight
Expansion features (optional – OS dependencies)
I/O expansion Up to 4 peripheral component interconnect Express (PCIe) 12X I/O drawers
Up to 8 peripheral component interconnect Extended (PCI-X) double data rate (DDR) 12X I/O drawers
Up to 16 PCIe 12X I/O drawers
Up to 32 PCI-X DDR 12X I/O drawers
High-bandwidth PCI adapters 6 Gb SAS
Other PCI adapters supported SAS, FC, Ethernet, small computer system interface (SCSI), WAN/Async, USB, Crypto, Internet small computer system interface (iSCSI)
PowerVM virtualization technologies
POWER Hypervisor Logical partition (LPAR), Dynamic LPAR; Virtual LAN (VLAN) (Memory to memory inter-partition communication)
PowerVM Standard Edition (optional) Micro-Partitioning with up to 20 micro-partitions per processor; Multiple Shared Processor Pools; VIOS; Shared Dedicated Capacity
PowerVM Enterprise Edition (optional) PowerVM Standard Edition plus Live Partition Mobility (LPM)* and Active Memory Sharing (AMS)†
RAS features Processor Instruction Retry
Alternate Processor Recovery
Selective dynamic firmware updates
Chipkill memory
Memory DRAM sparing
ECC L2 cache, L3 cache
Redundant service processors with automatic failover‡
Redundant system clocks with dynamic failover‡
Hot-swappable disk bays
Hot-plug/blind-swap PCI slots
Hot-add I/O drawers
Hot-plug power supplies and cooling fans
Dynamic Processor Deallocation
Dynamic deallocation of logical partitions and PCI bus slots
Extended error handling on PCI slots
Redundant power supplies and cooling fans
Active Memory Mirroring
Power System Pool
Power Enterprise Pools
CoD features (optional) Processor and/or Memory Capacity Upgrade on Demand (CUoD)
Elastic Processor and/or Memory CoD
Trial Processor and/or Memory CoD
Utility CoD
OS AIX, IBM i and Linux for Power§
High availability (HA) IBM PowerHA family
Power requirements Operating voltage: 200 V ac to 240 V ac
Power consumption: 1,600 watts maximum per enclosure
System dimensions Power 780 rack drawer building block:
6.9 in. H (4U) × 19.0 in. W × 34.0 in. D (174 mm × 483 mm × 863 mm)
weight 155 lbs. (70.3 kg)**
Warranty (limited) Around the clock, same day response for one year; onsite (varies by country).
Warranty service upgrades and maintenance are available.

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To draw insights and make better decisions, businesses rely on the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems. Built with the first processor designed for big data workloads, the design of Power Systems combines the computing power, memory bandwidth and I/O in ways that are easier to consume and manage, building on strong resiliency, availability and security.

IBM Power Systems deliver flexibility and choice of operating systems to enable your business to support the next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing that are transforming how organizations work today. Whether running 1, 2, or all 3 - coupled with PowerVM, they maximize the benefit of Power Systems in your business.

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Next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing are providing unprecedented insights into opportunities, threats and efficiencies. IBM Power Systems is at the forefront of delivering solutions to gain faster insights from analyzing both structured information and unstructured big data. With the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems plus solutions and software, organizations can outpace their competitors by delivering faster services, providing differentiated offerings and turning operational cost into investment opportunity.