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.

IBM Power Systems hardware is at the heart of enabling major business and industry transformations fueled by the explosive growth of big data and analytics. Power Systems help organizations drive faster business insights with industry leading performance, scalability and virtualization flexibility.

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.

IBM's integrated approach to developing Systems and Systems Software stacks together delivers a platform that supports next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing on an open platform for choice while providing maximum utilization, availability, and flexibility to help you deliver new advantages to your business.

IBM and IBM Business Partner solutions exploit key benefits in IBM Power Systems’ unique design combined with systems software to provide support for next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing to providing unprecedented insights into opportunities, threats and efficiencies to your organization.


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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