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 industry excellence in the traditional benchmarks of performance.
But 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. And 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.
Like many companies, you may be facing the challenge of an overly complex IT environment. As your business grows, your computing needs increase. Implementing and managing new applications can mean adding more servers, which increases spending and staffing requirements. Now more than ever, you need a system that can help you become more responsive to your customers, improve productivity, operate without interruption and secure your data and systems – all without making large upfront investments in time, skills or money. You need a business system that is there when you need it and grows with your business. A system that can be tomorrow-ready today, with the infrastructure that will allow you to master big data, social, mobile, analytics and the flow of critical information.
As a distributed application server, the IBM Power 720 Express is designed with capabilities to deliver leading-edge application availability and enable more work to be processed with less operational disruption for branch office and in-store applications. As a consolidation server, PowerVM Editions provide the flexibility to use leading-edge AIX, IBM i, Linux and x86 Linux applications and offer comprehensive virtualisation technologies designed to aggregate and manage resources while helping to simplify and optimise your IT infrastructure and deliver one of the most cost-efficient solutions for UNIX, IBM i and Linux deployments.
The Power 720 Express with IBM i provides a technology foundation with proven reliability and security for the small or mid-sized company seeking a complete, integrated business system. The Power 720 allows you to avoid increased spending and staffing requirements while becoming more responsive to your customers, improving productivity and keeping data secure. IBM i integrates features to simplify your IT environment and delivers a complete, cost-effective business system that can grow with a business. And the Power 720 delivers the performance and capacity to run new and existing core business applications on a single server, to greatly integrate and simplify your IT environment.
Learn why so many clients are moving to IBM Power Systems. Reliable and secure, the Power 720 Express is a one-socket server that supports up to eight POWER7+ cores in a flexible 4U rack-optimised or tower form factor. The performance, availability and flexibility of the Power 720 can enable you to focus on running your business, utilising a proven solution from thousands of independent software vendors (ISVs) that support the AIX, IBM i and Linux operating systems (OS).
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|Impressive POWER7+ performance|
|Light Path Diagnostics|
|Flexibility and choice of AIX, IBM i and Linux OS|
|IBM Systems Director Active Energy
Manager with EnergyScale Technology
|Configuration options||Model 8202-E4D|
|POWER7+ processor modules – one per processor card||Four-core 3.6 GHz or
six-core 3.6 GHz or
eight-core 3.6 GHz
|Level 2 (L2) cache||256 kilobytes (KB) per core|
|Level 3 (L3) cache||10 megabytes (MB) per core|
|Memory||8 gigabyte (GB) to 512 GB1 of registered dual inline memory module (RDIMM) double data rate-3 (DDR-3)
|Solid-state Drives (SSD)||Up to eight small form factor (SFF) drives|
|Disk drives||Up to eight SFF serial attached SCSI (SAS) drives|
|Disk capacity||Up to 7.2 terabytes (TB)|
|Media bays||Slimline for DVD-random access memory (RAM)
Half height for tape drive or removable disk
|PCI Adapter slots||Five PCIe 8x Generation 2 plus optional four PCIe Generation 2 low profile|
|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
|High performance PCI adapters (optional)||Four-port 8 gigabit (Gb) Fibre Channel (FC)
two-port 16 Gb FC
two-port 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) RoCE
10 Gb FC over Ethernet (FCoE)
Dual Port Quad Data Rate (QDR) IB
6 Gb per second (Gbps) SAS RAID Controller
(available with six-core or eight-core processors)
|Up to 2 PCIe 12X I/O drawers – 20 PCIe slots
Up to 4 PCI Extended (PCIx) double data rate (DDR) 12X I/O drawers – 24 PCIx slots
Up to 380 SFF disk slots
|Other integrated ports||Three universal serial bus (USB), two hardware management consoles (HMC), two system ports, two System Power Control Network (SPCN)|
|GX slots (12X)||One GX++2|
|Other PCI adapters supported include||SAS, small computer system interface (SCSI), wide area network (WAN)/Async, USB, Crypto, Internet SCSI (iSCSI)|
|POWER Hypervisor||Virtual Machines (VMs), logical partitions (LPAR), Dynamic LPAR (DLPAR), 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)|
|High availability (HA)||IBM PowerHA family|
|Security and Compliance||PowerSC|
|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
Linux for POWER
|Power requirements||100 V to 240 V ac, single phase|
|System dimensions||Tower: 21.3 in. H × 7.2 - 12.9 in. W × 27.0 in. D (541 mm × 183 - 328.5 mm × 688 mm); weight: 106 lbs (48.2 kg)4
Rack Drawer: 6.9 in. H × 17.3 in. W × 24.0 in. D (173 mm × 440 mm × 610 mm); weight: 82 lbs (37.3 kg)4
|Warranty||Three year 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|
1. 8 – 64 GB memory for Power 720 Model 8202-E4D with four-core processor.
2. GX slot shares space with PCIe 8x low profile slots. Available configuration options are dependent on the number of processor cores and other factors. Not available with four-core processors. Contact IBM or your IBM BP for specific configuration restrictions.
3. See facts and features document for detailed OS level support.
4. Weight will vary when disks, adapters and peripherals are added.