IBM PowerLinux 7R1 server

High-performance, energy-efficient server for Linux


The way the world works is changing. Consumers want instant answers and ubiquitous access from smart devices. They are having billions of conversations on global social networks. Businesses selling goods and services to these consumers are utilizing newly available information and instantaneous communication capabilities to more effectively market. Born-on-the-web companies are delivering massive amounts of information to millions of users. These smart companies have one thing in common – they are exploiting Linux and emerging solutions on scale-out systems to deliver the right services at the right time to the right clients.

Today, organizations of all sizes can participate in the data-centric revolution, even while struggling with rising costs and limited IT resources. The IBM PowerLinux 7R1 server is designed specifically as an economical foundation for emerging and traditional scale-out workloads. IBM PowerLinux workload optimized solutions, each tuned to a specific task, are affordable for businesses of all sizes. With solutions ranging from Virtualized Open Source Infrastructure services to IBM Watson-inspired big data analytics, companies which previously relied on x86-based servers can now enjoy the advantages the Power Architecture has brought to large enterprises (LEs):

A simpler PowerLinux-based IT environment with fewer servers to manage helps reduce infrastructure costs and frees IT staff to focus on bringing innovative products and services to market faster. Replacing aging x86-based Windows® servers with PowerLinux systems and open source applications can further reduce costs by eliminating high proprietary software licence fees and upgrade charges.

The IBM PowerLinux server and IBM PowerVM for IBM PowerLinux are optimized for Linux, providing more efficient horizontal scaling at price points comparable to traditional Linux servers. The IBM PowerLinux 7R1 server delivers the outstanding performance and workload-optimizing capabilities of the POWER7+ processor in a Linux only, dense, 2U rack form factor that is ideal for running multiple application and infrastructure workloads in a virtualized environment. The one-socket, high performance, energy-efficient server supports up to eight POWER7+ cores and a choice of Linux operating systems (OS).

Feature Benefits
Excellent POWER7+ performance
IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager with EnergyScale Technology
IBM PowerVM for IBM PowerLinux
RAS Features
Light Path Diagnostics
Industry standard Linux from Red Hat and SUSE OS support
Configuration options Models 8246-L1D, 8246-L1T
POWER7+ processor modules – one per system Four-core 3.6 GHz or
six-core 4.2 GHz or
eight-core 4.2 GHz
Sockets One
Level 2 (L2) cache 256 kilobytes (KB) per core
Level 3 (L3) cache 10 megabytes (MB) per core
Memory 32 gigabytes (GB) to 256 GB of registered dual inline memory module (RDIMM) double data rate-3 (DDR-3)
Solid State Drives (SSD) Up to six small form factor (SFF) drives
Disk drives Up to six SFF serial attached SCSI (SAS) drives
Disk capacity Up to 5.4 terabytes (TB)
Media bays Slimline for DVD-random access memory (RAM)
Half height for tape drive* or removable disk
PCI Adapter slots Five PCIe 8 times Gen2 low profile
Standard I/O adapters
Standard Ethernet Four Ethernet 10/100/1000 megabits per second (Mbps) ports
Integrated SAS controller One controller for SAS DASD/SSD with redundant array of independent disks (RAID) 10 and DVD-RAM
Optional protected 175 MB cache with RAID 5, 6
Other integrated ports Three universal serial buses (USBs), two hardware management consoles (HMCs), two system ports
GX slots One GX++ (not available with four-core processor)
Expansion features (optional)  
High performance PCI adapters 8 Gigabit (Gb) Fibre Channel (FC)
two-port 16 Gb per second (Gbps) FC
two-port 10 Gb Ethernet (GbE) RoCE
Dual port 10 GbE
Dual port 10 Gb FC over Ethernet (FCoE)
Dual port quad data rate (QDR) Infiniband
6 Gbps SAS RAID controller
PowerVM technologies
POWER Hypervisor Supports multiple VMs (partitions) on a single system; Dynamic partitioning (DPAR); Virtual local area network (vLAN) (memory-to-memory interpartition communication)
PowerVM for PowerLinux Micro-Partitioning with up to 20 VMs per processor; Multiple Shared Processor Pools; virtualized disk and optical devices (VIOS); Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM); Shared Dedicated Capacity; LPM and AMS
RAS features Error checking and correcting (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
OS The following commercial Linux OS releases are supported:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Version 6.4 for POWER or later

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP2 or later
High availability (HA) IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatform (US)
SUSE Linux Enterprise HA Extension
Power requirements 100 V to 240 V ac, single phase
System dimensions Rack Drawer: 3.4 in. H x 17.6 in. W x 28.6 in. D (86 mm x 447 mm x 728 mm); weight 65 lbs (29.5 kg)
Warranty (limited) Three years Limited Warranty, on-site for selected components; Customer replaceable unit (CRU) for all other units (varies by country), Next Business Day 09:00 to 17:00 (excluding holidays), 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.

Transform your business with Systems Software that enables virtualization, high availability, flexibility, security and compliance on Power Systems™. IBM’s integrated approach to developing Systems and Systems Software together delivers optimized results with Power Systems.

As an open innovation platform, Power Systems is optimized for big data and analytics performance and to deliver scale-out economics and security for the cloud. IBM and IBM Business Partner solutions exploit key capabilities in IBM Power Systems.

Over the last five years thousands of clients have migrated to IBM Power Systems for choice and flexibility. Learn how Power Systems has helped them revolutionize the way IT is developed and delivered, optimize for big data and analytics, and support private, public and hybrid offerings for scale-out or scale-up implementations all while improving business performance, reducing risk, and establishing a platform for growth.

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.