Statements of Direction
IBM Power Systems I/O Enhancements
For the next generation of Power servers following POWER7/POWER7+ technology, IBM plans:
IBM intends to support the PCIe2 1.8 GB Cache RAID SAS Tri port 6 Gb Adapter (#ESA3) in the POWER7 720 through POWER7 780. IBM also plans to support this I/O via AIX 7.1 Technology Level 1, 7.1 Technology Level 2, 6.1 Technology Level 7 and/or Technology Level 8, AIX 5.3 Technology Level 12 (and the associated service extension offering), VIOS 2.2.2, and VIOS 2.2.1.
IBM intends to support the IBM Flash Adapter 90 (#ES09) in select additional POWER7+ servers. IBM also plans to support this I/O via AIX 7.1 Technology Level 1, 7.1 Technology Level 2, 6.1 Technology Level 7 and/or Technology Level 8.
IBM intends to work with Red Hat to support the Flash Adapter 90 with an upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 minor release. For additional questions about the availability of this release, please contact Red Hat.*
IBM Power Virtualization Center
IBM plans to provide support for IBM Power Virtualization Center (PowerVC) to manage systems running the IBM i operating system.
IBM plans to provide support for IBM Power Virtualization Center (PowerVC) to manage systems running the IBM i operating system and for IBM SmartCloud Entry for Power to provision images to IBM i.
Power Enterprise Pools
IBM intends to deliver capabilities for clients with enterprise class Power Systems (770, 780 or 795) to transition to the next generation of Power Systems when they become available - via serial number upgrades from POWER7+ systems and by enabling the next generation of Power Systems to participate in existing Power Enterprise Pools.
Power Systems upgrades
Power 770 and 780 systems with POWER7+ technology are planned to support upgrades to the next generation of Power Systems technology when it becomes available. This upgrade will maintain the existing serial number of the POWER7+ system.
Linux on Power 770, 780 & 795
IBM intends to deliver increased flexibility to clients to exploit the performance, reliability and scale of enterprise-class Power servers to reduce the cost of managing a Linux ecosystem. IBM plans to offer IT teams new, capacity on demand options to more affordably allocate and manage system resources being deployed exclusively to support Linux on Power applications and infrastructure.
Systems Director Management Console
IBM intends to enhance the interoperability of Systems Director Management Console with IBM Systems Director management servers.
IBM plans to enhance its Power Systems Enterprise Class SSD solutions with technology designed to continue to provide significant improvements in performance and storage density over time. IBM plans for these IBM Power Systems enhancements to include both SAS-bay-based and PCIe-based SSD product offerings that will leverage IBM's investments in its SSD optimized Enterprise Class RAID Storage Controllers.
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