Introducing new blades servers and systems software to exploit POWER7
In February 2010, IBM announced the first of a new generation of smarter systems with the Power 750, Power 770, and Power 780 servers. IBM now announces new blade servers and systems software that exploit the innovative multi-core design of the new POWER7™ processor.
Built on the proven foundation of the IBM BladeCenter® family and featuring four, eight, or 16 POWER7 cores, the BladeCenter PS700, PS701 and PS702 Express blades are ideal for the virtualization of application server workloads that demand both cost and energy efficiency in a flexible package.
POWER7 systems combined with IBM systems software, middleware and storage deliver unprecedented performance optimized for both transactional and throughput workloads.
IBM i is an integrated operating environment with a more than 20-year reputation for exceptional security and business resilience. The major new IBM i 7.1 release (available April 23, 2010) includes enhanced DB2 support for XML and column level encryption, automatic movement of hot data to solid state drives, plus enhanced PowerVM virtualization and PowerHA resiliency options. IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition simplifies the development of transaction processing applications for mobile devices and web services.
AIX exploits decades of IBM technology innovation and is designed to provide the highest level of performance and reliability of any UNIX operating system. With the new AIX 6 Express Edition in April 2010, companies can now choose to deploy small UNIX workloads of up to 4 cores on a single blade or low end server, or consolidate multiple small workloads even more affordably on enterprise servers. IBM also plans deliver AIX 7 in 2010, the only UNIX operating system designed for smarter systems that will exploit 1024 threads with POWER7 for both transaction and through computing workloads. AIX 7 will also feature new cluster aware integration with PowerHA, as well the ability to run a prior AIX level within AIX workload partitions to facilitate application migration. IBM plans to offer early access to the new version via an Open Beta program.
PowerHA SystemMirror disk clustering solutions for AIX and IBM i are available to help keep your systems—and your business—running 24x7x365. New PowerHA SystemMirror for IBM i Editions are data center and multi-site resiliency solutions designed to help protect critical business applications from outages: planned or unplanned.
Rational Developer for Power Systems Software now supports development in C/C++ and COBOL for both IBM i and AIX applications, as well enhancing its support for RPG developers on IBM i with support for the new Rational Open Access: RPG Edition. Now in one eclipse-based desktop development environment, developers can create applications to exploit multiple operating environments on Power Systems. Rational Team Concert for Power Systems Software is also extended to support both AIX and IBM i, enabling clients to foster team collaboration across multiple development teams. The state-of-the-art source control and change management tools of Rational Team Concert help clients lower the cost of creating and deploying of application projects.