IBM Power Systems: Designing and Implementing Serviceability

IBM Power Platform Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS)

The IBM POWER6™ Serviceability strategy evolves from, and improves upon, the service architecture deployed on System p™ and System i™ POWER5™ processor-based systems. The service team has enhanced base service capabilities and continues to implement a strategy that incorporates best-of-breed service characteristics from IBM’s diverse System x™, System i™, System p, and high-end System z™ offerings.

At IBM, the Serviceability Team strives to provide the most efficient service environment possible by designing a system package that incorporates:

By delivering upon these goals, POWER6 processor-based systems enable faster and more accurate repair while reducing the possibility of human error. The notion of client control of the service environment extends to firmware maintenance on all POWER6 processor-based systems. When taken together, these factors can deliver increased value to the end user. This strategy contributes to higher systems availability with reduced maintenance costs.

This white paper provides an overview of the progressive steps of error detection, analysis, reporting, and repairing found in a POWER6 processor-based system.

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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. Learn how Power Systems has helped them support next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing on an open platform for choice while improving business performance, reducing risk, and establishing a platform for growth.

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