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High End Servers

The Power™ 595 uses the industry’s fastest processor, the 5.00 GHz POWER6 processor, to achieve performance that is not matched. The Power 595 is first system to exceed 6,000,000 transactions per minute on the TPC-C benchmark with close to 50% more transaction performance than the closest competitor, the HP Integrity Superdome.1 The 64-core Power 595 also has 3.6 times the SAP SD 2-tier benchmark users per core of the 256-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 and 2.3 times the users per core of the 128-core HP Integrity Superdome.2

It is the ultimate platform for consolidation of UNIX®, Linux® and i applications with IBM's unique virtualization technologies that make it perfect for the New Enterprise Data Center since you can run separate, secure PowerVM™ partitions on a single server. It also includes the most memory and largest capacity ever built for a commercial SMP system running the UNIX operating environment.3

 

The new Power 575 puts an entirely different perspective on high performance computing – with its unique water-cooled design. Delivering up to 5X the performance and nearly three times more energy efficiency than its predecessor, the Power 575 is designed to help you solve the world's most complex computing challenges.

Midrange and Entry servers

The modular design of the Power 570 combined with the performance of POWER6 processors has made the 570 the most popular midrange server running UNIX and Linux™ operating environments - with clients buying more units than any competitive option4. It is the leading transaction processing system in it's class, delivering over 100,000 transactions per minute per core 5 – something no other midrange server can deliver.

And now, the Power 570 is extended to support 32 cores providing the most efficient midrange system available today. The new 32-core 570 has more performance and better than two times the energy efficiency of 64-core servers from Sun or HP6

Choose the AIX, i, or Linux Edition that best suits your application and business requirements. Whether you need a high performing system for database serving, a distributed application server, an integrated business solution, or a reliable and efficient server consolidation platform, the Power 520 and Power 550 Express servers can fulfill your requirements in a small rack or tower form factor.

The Power 550 Express is an efficient powerhouse. The 550 delivers 57% more performance  with half the cores and 160% better energy efficiency than Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000.7 The 550 also delivers 107% more performance than HP Integrity rx6600 with 130% better energy efficiency.7

You can also scale up to the new Power 560 modular server for even more performance and tremendous efficiency. The 560 delivers 37% more performance with half the cores of the Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 with 114% better energy efficiency.8 The 560 also delivers 80% more performance than HP Integrity rx7640 with  60% better energy efficiency.8

IBM Power Blade Express servers

IBM brings the extraordinary value of IBM BladeCenter® to the UNIX®, i and Linux® market with the introduction of POWER6™ processor-based blade servers. Designed for virtualization and performance, the BladeCenter JS22 and JS12 blades feature IBM's latest POWER6 processor technology — the world's fastest microprocessor. Couple that superior performance with Power™ Systems Software like IBM PowerVM™ built-in and you now have the opportunity to consolidate your UNIX, i and Linux applications onto POWER6 processor-based blades like never before.

Now with UNIX, i and Linux operating systems you can take advantage of all that BladeCenter architecture has to offer: great performance, built-in virtualization, improved energy efficiency and space utilization, simplification of your infrastructure and ease of management. With an innovative architecture, BladeCenter tightly integrates servers, storage, networking, I/O and applications. This allows you to build a robust and flexible IT infrastructure using common building blocks and a powerful set of management tools that are open, easy, and seamlessly integrated, helping you focus on your business not your IT. 

Simplify. Cut costs. Boost productivity. Go green. They're all priorities for IT, and they're all driving organizations to rethink their server strategies and become more receptive to new ways to use IT. Blades are the next-generation solution, promising improvements across the board. IBM BladeCenter's innovative, open design offers a true alternative to today's sprawling racks and overheated server rooms. So toss your cables and take the leap. Migrate to the blade solution that uses less energy and gives you more choices and control. You have nothing to lose but complexity. IBM BladeCenter is the right choice. Open. Easy. Green.

IBM Power Systems Software:

IBM Power Systems unifies IBM's highly successful integrated platform, IBM System i™, with its fast growing UNIX operating system platform, IBM System p™. Now you can take advantage of this single platform for all of your UNIX, Linux and IBM i applications, with mission-critical virtualization provided by PowerVM™.



1. TPC-C results as of October 7, 2008. Source: http://www.tpc.org.
System Chip/Core/ Thread Systems Availability $/tpmC Database OS tpmC tpmC/Core
IBM Power 595 (5.0 GHz POWER6) 32/64/128 12/10/08 $2.81 IBM DB2 9.5 AIX V5.3 6,085,166 95,080
HP Superdome (1.6 GHz Itanium 2) 64/128/256 08/06/07 $2.93 Oracle 10g HP-UX 11i v3 4,092,799 31,975

2. SAP performance of highend servers from IBM, Sun, and HP. All results published as of October 7, 2008.
Number of Benchmark Users Operating System ERP Release Central Server Chips Cores Threads Technology GHz Certificate Number
35400 AIX 6.1 6.0 (2005) IBM Power 595 32 64 128 POWER6 5 2008019
39100 Solaris 10 6.0 (2005) *SPARC Enterprise Server M9000 64 256 512 SPARC64 VII 2.52 2008042
30000 HP-UX 11iV3 2005 HP Integrity SD64B 64 128 256 Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 9050 1.6 2006090

For full details on these and other SAP benchmarks, see SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark Results, Two-Tier Internet Configuration at http://www.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/sd2tier.epx


3. Comparisons between the IBM Power™ 595 server, the HP Integrity Superdome Server and the Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server.  System data for HP from the HP Superdome Datasheet and HP Integrity Superdome Server — specifications both available at www.hp.com. System data for Sun from the Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 Tech Specs available at www.sun.com. Data is current as of October 7, 2008.


4. Source: IDC Server Tracker Q208 Release, August 2008


5. Transaction per core based on TPC-C result for 16-core IBM Power 570.
System Chip/Core/ Thread Systems Availability $/tpmC Database OS tpmC tpmC/Core
IBM Power 570 (4.7 GHz POWER6) 8/16/32 11/21/07 $3.54 IBM DB2 9.5 AIX V5.3 1,616,162 101,010

6. SPEC® and the benchmark names SPECrate®, and SPECint are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results published on www.spec.org as October 7, 2008. The comparison presented above is based on the best SPECint_rate2006 result for the identified systems which were selected for comparison as the best performing systems with a maximum of 64 cores or less from IBM, HP and Sun. All systems were compared based on maximum processor configuration because that is the data point for which power requirements are defined. Other configurations of these systems could have better performance per WATT metrics.

 Performance/WATT is calculated by dividing the performance in the table above by the recommended maximum power usage for site planning. Actual power used by the systems will be less than this value for all of the systems. This information for the Power 570 is in "Model 9117-MMA server specifications" available at http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/eserver/v1r3s/index.jsp. The power requirement for the Power 570 is 5600 WATTs. The information for the rx8640 is in "QuickSpecs HP Integrity rx8640 Server" available at www.hp.com. HP defines multiple maximum power. This calculation uses the Marked Electrical for server which is consistent with the maximum selected for the other servers. The power requirement for the rx8640 is 5400 WATTS. The information for the Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 Server is in the "Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000/M9000 Servers Site Planning Guide" available at www.sun.com. The power requirement for the M8000 is 10,500 WATTS.

System Chip/Core/ Thread Date SPECint_rate2006 Per core Per KWatt
IBM Power 570 (4.2 GHz POWER6) 16/32/64 October 2008 832 26 148
IBM Power 570 (5.0 GHz POWER6) 8/16/32 October 2008 542 33.875 96
HP rx8640 (1.6 GHz Itanium 2) 16/32/32 October 2006 416 13 77
HP Integrity Superdome (1.6 GHz Itanium 2) 32/64/64 October 2006 824 12.875 68

 

7.  Competitive benchmark results reflect results published as of September 12, 2008. The SPECint_rate2006 results can be found at www.spec.org. The Power 550 Express final publication was submitted on January, 29 2008. All systems were compared based on maximum processor configuration because that is the data point for which power requirements are defined. Other configurations of these systems could have better performance per WATT metrics.

 SPEC® and the benchmark names SPECrate®, SPECint®, and SPECjbb®  are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results published on www.spec.org as of September 12, 2008. The comparison presented above is based on the best performing 4-chip servers currently shipping by IBM, Sun, and HP respectively. For the latest SPEC benchmark results, visit http://www.spec.org.

 SPECint_rate2006 Peak/core results are: POWER6: IBM Power 550 Express with 4 chips, and 8 cores and two threads per core with a projected result of 212, Itanium: Hewlett-Packard Integrity rx6600 with 4 chips, 8 cores, and one thread per core with a result of 102, SPARC: Sun Microsystems Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 with 4 chips, 16 cores and 2 threads per core with a result of 135.

Performance per watt is calculated by dividing the performance in the table above by the recommended maximum power for site planning. Actual power used by the systems will be less than this value for all of the systems. This information for the Power 550 is available at  available at  http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi/index.wss - Power 550. The power requirement for the 550 is 1,400 WATTs. The information for the rx6600 is in "QuickSpecs HP Integrity rx6600 Server" available at http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12596_div/12596_div.PDF. The power requirement for the rx6600 is 1600 WATTS. The information for the Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 Server is in the "Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 Servers Site Planning Guide" available at http://dlc.sun.com/pdf/819-2205-10/819-2205-10.pdf. The power requirement for the M4000 is 2,350 WATTS.

8. . Competitive benchmark results reflect results published as of September 12, 2008. The SPECint_rate2006 results can be found at www.spec.org. The Power 560 Express final publication will be submitted on October, 7 2008. All systems were compared based on maximum processor configuration because that is the data point for which power requirements are defined. Other configurations of these systems could have better performance per WATT metrics.  Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results published on www.spec.org as of October 6, 2008. The comparison presented above is based on the best performing 8-chip servers currently shipping by IBM, Sun, and HP respectively. For the latest SPEC benchmark results, visit http://www.spec.org.

SPECint_rate2006 Peak/core results are: IBM Power 560 Express with 8 chips and 16 cores and two threads per core with a projected result of 363, Sun Microsystems Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 with 8 chips, 32 cores and 2 threads per core with a result of 264, HP Integrity rx7640 with 8 chips and 16 cores and 2 threads per core with a result of 201

Performance per watt is calculated by dividing the performance in the table above by the recommended maximum power for site planning. Actual power used by the systems will be less than this value for all of the systems. This information for the Power 560 is in "Model 8234-EMA server specifications" available at  http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/index.wss - search for Power 560. The power for the 560 is 2,400 WATTs. The information for the Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 Server is in the "Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 Servers Site Planning Guide" available at http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/coll/m5000-hw. The power requirement for the M5000 is 3,738 WATTS. HP integrity rx7640 is 2128 watts and specifications are available at http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12470_div/12470_div.PDF

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