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 www.suse.com.
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.
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 www.suse.com
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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