Product preview and Statements of Direction

Product preview and Statements of Direction

IBM Power System E870

IBM plans to enhance the Power E870 with greater I/O and memory capacity and flexibility with:


IBM Power System E880

IBM plans to enhance the Power Systems enterprise system portfolio with greater scalability, availability, and flexibility. IBM intends to deliver the following offerings:


POWER8 I/O planning insights

IBM plans to support additional PCIe adapters on the Power E870 and E880 servers to provide additional I/O configuration flexibility to clients. The following full-high profile adapters are planned to be placed in the PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawer:

And the following low-profile adapters are planned to be placed in the E870 and E880 system node drawers:

IBM plans to support up to four PCIe Gen3 I/O drawers per Power E870 and E880 system node drawer, providing additional configuration flexibility and system growth.

IBM plans to extend the support of PCIe Gen3 I/O drawers to the POWER8 scale-out servers that have six or more cores. This drawer is planned to be attached via two x16 PCIe slots and will require an update to the currently available firmware.

IBM plans to add NIC SR-IOV capability to POWER8 servers using selected SR-IOV capable PCIe adapters. The adapters planned to be added are 4-port Ethernet Adapters with copper twinax ports (#EN0K, #EN0L, #EL3C), SR optical ports (#EN0H, #EN0J, #EL38), and LR optical ports (#EN0N, #EN0M).


Virtualization

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.


POWER8 I/O Planning Insights

IBM plans to introduce an I/O drawer which will expand the number of PCIe Gen3/Gen2 slots available on POWER8 processor-based Power Systems.


FPGA CAPI Capability

IBM plans to enable Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) technology capabilities for all POWER8 processor-based Power Systems using industry standard accelerator technologies as a priced feature. IBM intends to build solutions with its partners in order to further increase performance through faster computational efficiency and by requiring fewer resources to accomplish tasks through direct integration of workload accelerator(s) in the system.


Red Hat *

IBM intends to continue working with Red Hat to support the Power S822, Power S814, Power S824, Power S822L, and Power S812L servers with an upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 release. For additional questions about the availability of this release and supported Power servers, consult the Red Hat Hardware Catalog at https://hardware.redhat.com.


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 https://www.suse.com.


Enterprise Power

IBM plans to bring POWER8 capability to the full Power Systems portfolio, with the intent to deliver the most scalable, highest performing enterprise-class Power System with an advanced version of the POWER8 processor.  These enterprise systems are designed to deliver the industry’s best per-core performance and will support AIX, Linux and IBM i applications, concurrently. The new system architecture incorporates the resiliency characteristics of IBM’s Power 795 with the intent to drive substantial improvements in energy efficiency and floor space utilization for mid-sized and large enterprises. These systems will use IBM's modular design to enable clients to leverage the innovations in POWER8 processor technology and the latest advancements in enterprise-class systems and Capacity on Demand, to help enable growth seamlessly and affordably.

IBM also plans to provide upgrade paths from the current POWER7+ Power 770 and 780 servers to enterprise-class POWER8 processor-based servers. It is intended that clients with multiple systems can leverage PowerVM Live Partition Mobility to help maintain application availability during the upgrade process.

IBM plans to preserve client investment in Power Systems by enabling POWER8 processor-based Power Systems to interoperate and share Mobile Capacity on Demand (COD) resources with POWER7 and POWER7+ processor-based Power Systems servers in a single Power Enterprise Pool, at no additional charge.  IBM also plans to offer clients an option to permanently transfer their Mobile CoD processor and memory activation features from a Power 770, 780 or 795 to a designated POWER8 processor-based Power System within the same Power Enterprise Pool.


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.

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.


SSD solutions

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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