IBM Power Systems: Designed for Availability

IBM Power™ Platform Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS)

The IBM POWER6™ Availability strategy is deeply rooted in an extensive history spanning multiple decades of mainframe development. By leveraging IBM’s extensive background in Predictive Failure Analysis™ and dynamic system adaptation, the Availability team has helped to create a unique processor that unleashes significant value to the client.

A cornerstone of IBM’s POWER6 Availability strategy is the ability to perform effective Predictive Failure Analysis, or PFA. IBM’s extensive First Failure Data Capture (FFDC) design, long an integral component of the POWER™ server line, enables an unprecedented level of self-awareness in POWER6 processor-based systems. The FFDC method allows the system to proactively analyze situations that indicate an impending failure, in many cases removing the questionable component from use before it can cause a threat to system stability.

IBM POWER6 processor-based systems have a number of new features which enable them to dynamically adjust when issues arise that threaten availability. Most notably, POWER6 processor-based systems introduce the POWER6 Processor Instruction Retry suite of tools, which includes Processor Instruction Retry, Alternate Processor Recovery, Partition Availability Prioritization, and Single Processor Checkstop. Taken together, in many failure scenarios these features allow a POWER6 processor-based system to recover transparently without an impact on a partition using the core.

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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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