12/03/2014: Recommendation for expediting IBM Power Systems (9119-MME, 9119-MHE) orders with Customer Specified Placement (CSP) and Customer Specified Rack Placement (CSRP)
Always download the latest level of the e-config tool when ordering IBM Power Systems, especially when ordering the E870 (9119-MME) and E880 (9119-MHE) with CSP or CSRP. Using e-config levels released before November 25th, 2014 for these systems has caused orders to fail. This resulted in the person submitting the order having to resubmit the e-config output before the order could be correctly built to their placement specifications. Using the latest level or at least one released on or after November 25th, 2014 will help ensure there are no unnecessary delays.
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10/06/2014: New IBM Power Systems (9119-MME, 9119-MHE) added to Customer Specified Rack Placement (CSRP)
The IBM Power Systems E870 (9119-MME) and E880 (9119-MHE) with POWER8 system node (9119-MME, 9119-MHE) includes an 8-core symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) processor with 512 KB of L2 and 8 MB of L3 cache, DDR3 CDIMM memory, dual memory controllers, and industry-standardG3 PCIe I/O bus designed to use 32 lanes organized in two sets of x16. The peak memory and I/O bandwidths per system node have increased over 300% compared to POWER7+ servers. The two primary system building blocks are one system control unit and one or more system nodes. Additional I/O support is provided with a 19-inch PCIe Gen3 I/O expansion drawer and a EXP24S SFF Gen2 expansion drawer. The processors, memory, and base I/O are packaged within the system nodes. The system is available as stand-alone and rack based.
The 1600 MHz memory CDIMMs for The IBM Power Systems E870 (9119-MME) are available as 64 GB (#EM8J), 128 GB (#EM8K), and 256 GB (#EM8L) memory features. Each memory feature supports four CDIMMs. The maximum number of a given memory feature is 16. Up to 4 TB of memory in a system node is supported. Memory activations of 50% of the installed capacity are required.
The 1600 MHz memory CDIMMs for The IBM Power Systems E880 (9119-MHE) are available as 64 GB (#EM8J), 128 GB (#EM8K), 256 GB (#EM8L), and 512 GB (#EM8M) memory features. Each memory feature supports four CDIMMs. The maximum number of a given memory feature is 16. Up to 8 TB of memory in a system node is supported. Memory activations of 50% of the installed capacity are required.
04/28/2014: New IBM Power Systems (8248-22A, 8286-41A, 8286-42A) added to Customer Specified Placement (CSP)
IBM Power System server S822 (8248-22A) bring together business transaction processing with infrastructure for social and mobile solutions in UNIX and Linux operating environments. A 2-socket 2U system which can be ordered with the flexibility of either one or two processor sockets populated provides growth capacity for customers who need it. It provides the benefits of greater performance per core as well as per socket with POWER8 processors, new I/O capabilities, higher internal storage and PCIe capacities and performance, the capability to support CAPI accelerator devices, and greater RAS including hot-plug PCIe capability. The Power S822 server supports a maximum of 16 DDR3 CDIMM slots. Memory features (two memory DIMMs per feature) supported are 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB and run at speeds of 1600 Mbps, allowing for a maximum system memory of 1024 GB.
IBM Power System server S814 (8286-41A) is designed to be a highly secure architecture providing a stable database and middleware platform for efficient deployment of business processing applications. A 1-socket system with a 6-core POWER8 processor is available in either a rack or tower configuration. The 8-core higher performance system is only available in a rack configuration and supports new I/O capabilities including CAPI accelerators, higher internal disk and SSD capacities, and hot plug PCIe Gen3 slots. The Power S814 server supports a maximum of eight DDR3 CDIMM slots. Memory features (two memory DIMMs per feature) supported are 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB and run at speeds of 1600 Mbps, allowing for a maximum system memory of 512 GB.
IBM Power System server S824 (8486-42A) supports two processor sockets, offering 6-core or 12-core 3.8 GHz, 8-core or 16-core 4.1 GHz, 24-core 3.5 GHz configurations in a 19-inch rack-mount, 4U (EIA units) drawer configuration. All the cores are active. The Power S824 server supports a maximum of 16 DDR3 CDIMM slots. Memory features (two memory DIMMs per feature) supported are 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB and run at speeds of 1600 Mbps, allowing for a maximum system memory of 1024 GB.
04/28/2014: New IBM Power Systems optimized for Linux (8247-21L, 8247-22L) added to Customer Specified Placement (CSP)
IBM Power System S812L Model 21L (8247-21L) optimized for Linux to help deliver new solutions and services faster, with higher quality. ideal foundation for private and public cloud infrastructure. The Power S812L server based on POWER8 processors deliver superior throughput over x86 based offerings for comparable workloads and provide superior economics for scale-out deployments. For customers looking to deploy advanced analytics, Power delivers superior response time for sorting and querying unstructured big data sets, and a superior number of business reports per hour for typical business analytics over competing solutions built on x86. The IBM Power S812L (8247-21L) supports two processor sockets offering ten 3.6 GHz or twelve-core 3.0 GHz POWER8 cores in a 19-inch rack-mount, 2U (EIA units) drawer configuration. All the cores are active.
IBM Power System S822L Model 22L (8247-22L) optimized for Big Data & Analytics, the Power System S822L provide the ideal foundation for scale-out data and cloud environments in a compact 2U package. The IBM Power S822L (8247-22L) supports two processor sockets offering twenty 3.4 GHz or twenty-four 3.0 GHz POWER8 cores in a 19-inch rack-mount, 2U (EIA units) drawer configuration. All the cores are active.
04/08/2014: New IBM Power ESE (8412-EAD) added to Customer Specified Placement (CSP)
The IBM Power ESE (8412-EAD) utilizes the latest POWER7+ processor and the next- generation I/O technology designed to deliver unprecedented performance, scalability, reliability, and manageability for demanding commercial workloads. The innovative IBM Power ESE server is a symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), rack-mounted server. The Power ESE is housed in a system enclosure that is four EIA units tall and mounted in a 19-inch rack. The Power ESE contains a powerful POWER7+, 32-core 3.72 GHz processor card with high-density memory DIMMs and a high-performance PCIe Gen2, I/O backplane.
Scalability of the Power ESE server (8412-EAD) is enhanced with the ability to scale to a second processor node. The Power ESE server can now scale up to 64 processor cores in two processor enclosures. This increased system capacity does not require an increase in the server footprint.
02/11/2014: New IBM 42U Slim Rack (7965-94Y) added to Customer Specified Rack Placement (CSRP)
The IBM 42U Slim Rack provides an excellent 19-inch rack enclosure for your data center. Its 23.6 in (600 mm) width allows it to be easily located on standard 24-inch floor tiles. Its 23.6 in (600 mm) width combined with its 43.3 in (1100 mm) depth plus its 42 EIA enclosure capacity provides great footprint efficiency for your systems IBM has tested and certified the IBM 42U Slim Rack, ensuring its use with IBM Power 710, 720, 730, 740, 750, 760, 770, 780, and 795 servers.
Multiple 42U Slim Racks can be bolted together to create a rack suite (indicate feature #EC04) up to six optional 1U PDUs can be placed vertically in the sides of the rack Additional PDUs can be located horizontally, but they each will use 1U of space in this position. Note that the Power 770 and 780 servers have PDU placement restrictions that reduce the number of vertically mounted PDUs which can be used. Also note that IBM Manufacturing will not ship a Power 770 or 780 server pre-installed in a 42U Slim Rack.