Product preview and Statements of Direction

Power Enterprise Systems

For clients with Power E880s that require additional system capacity and growth, IBM plans to enhance the Power Systems’ enterprise system portfolio with greater flexibility by providing a serial number protected upgrade path from the Power E880 128-core system to the Power E880 192-core system.

POWER8 water cooling features

IBM plans to introduce water cooling features available on POWER8 processor-based Power S822 and S822L Systems.

IBM Power System E850

IBM plans to enhance the Power E850 to support a maximum of 4TB of memory.

Power PCIe Adapter

IBM plans to support two Ethernet adapters with NIC and RoCE capabilities on Power Systems in the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, which includes Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Yemen. These adapters are the PCIe3 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SFP+ Copper Adapter (#EC38, #EC37, #EL53, #EL3X) and PCIe3 2-port 10GbE NIC&RoCE SR Adapter (#EC2N, #EC2M, #EL54, #EL40).

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server *

IBM intends to continue working with SUSE to support the Power E850 system with an upcoming SUSE Linux Enterprise Server V11 service pack release. For additional questions about the availability of this release and supported Power systems, consult

IBM i with PurePower

IBM plans to add IBM i support to the IBM PurePower System. This will allow for management support of heterogeneous operating system environments consisting of AIX, Linux on Power and IBM i.

Storage with PurePower

IBM plans to introduce a lower cost storage option for the IBM PurePower System based on Storwize offerings, attached via iSCSI over 10Gb Ethernet.

BigInsights V4 on Linux on Power

IBM intends to make available IBM BigInsights for Apache Hadoop v4, including IBM Open Platform with Apache Hadoop, on Linux on IBM Power Systems. IBM Infosphere BigInsights Enterprise Edition clients with current IBM Software Subscription and Support will be entitled to IBM BigInsights for Apache Hadoop.


Newly announced IBM Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP HANA are easy to order, tailored for quick deployment and rapid-time-to value, and offer flexibility to meet individual client demands. Small and large configurations already exist for these solution editions.  Additionally, IBM plans to introduce a medium configuration using a four-socket POWER8 system, providing a compact option for clients seeking a solution for SAP HANA that can eventually scale to a database requiring 4 TB of memory.


IBM intends to bring the virtualization capability of PowerVM to the expanding little endian Linux distribution ecosystem supported on POWER8 based systems. These new Linux distributions allow for easy porting of Linux applications to the Power Platform.

DB2 for i Query performance

IBM intends to enhance its DB2 for i database to provide an enhanced in-memory oriented access capability to its database EVI (Encoded Vector Index) technology to facilitate enhanced aggregate query performance.

Suse *

IBM intends to continue working with SUSE to support the Power S822, Power S814, Power S824, Power S822L, and Power S812L servers with an upcoming SUSE Linux Enterprise Server V12 release. For additional questions about the availability of this release and  supported Power servers, consult

Business Insight Engine (IBM Solution for Big Data and Analytics – Power Systems Edition)

IBM plans to introduce a business insight solution to provide IBM customers with a fully integrated solution for structured and unstructured data analytics using the Power S822L running Linux, a GPFS Storage Server using Power servers, select IBM Platform Computing software and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) compression.

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Browse Power Systems

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.

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 revolutionise the way IT is developed and delivered, optimise 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.

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