Everyone knows what 'performance' meant for IT in the past. Built on the foundation of POWER7+ processor technology, our Power Systems Express servers continue to excel and extend industry excellence in the traditional benchmarks of performance.
But today we are in the midst of an important technology shift driving growth and innovation – built on the confluence of big data, cloud, mobile devices and social business. As processes become more inter-related and complex, IT is being called upon to solve challenging new problems – and implement new IT projects, delivering them with both higher service levels and in a more cost effective manner. This era presents a defining moment for IT organisations to reshape the value they deliver through the customer experience.
The emerging measures of IT performance today are around agility and the ability to help the business capitalise on new opportunities. IT is measured on providing an infrastructure that can handle rapid growth and manage business risk while meeting higher required service levels. And of course it is expected that new services will be delivered with tighter budget constraints – with IT expected to do more with less and find the lowest cost solutions possible.
Businesses desire systems that deliver outstanding performance and can be tomorrow-ready today, with the infrastructure that allows the business to master big data, social, mobile, analytics and the flow of critical information. But they also demand that those systems achieve higher levels of energy efficiency and utilisation to help conserve energy and reduce infrastructure costs. As a small-to-midsize database server, the Power 740 Express server is fuelled by the outstanding performance of the POWER7+ processor, making it possible for applications to run faster with fewer processors, which can result in lower per core software licensing costs. The Power 740 Express also supports innovative workload-optimising and energy management technologies to help clients get the most out of their systems, running applications quickly and energy efficiently to reduce costs.
As a consolidation server, businesses can further reduce costs and energy consumption by combining the Power 740 Express performance, capacity and configuration flexibility with industrial-strength PowerVM virtualisation for AIX, IBM i and Linux. The Power 740 Express is designed with large memory and input/output (I/O) capacity to satisfy even the most demanding processing environments and can deliver business advantages and higher client satisfaction.
The Power 740 Express is a one- or two-socket server that supports up to 16 POWER7+ cores in a flexible 4U rack-optimised form factor. The Power 740 offers large memory capacity, outstanding performance of the POWER7+ processor, PowerVM and workload-optimising capabilities to enable companies to get the most out of their systems by increasing utilisation and performance while helping to reduce infrastructure and energy costs. The latest model of the Power 740 Express adds increased memory capacity, higher performance POWER7+ processors and high bandwidth Generation 2 peripheral component interconnect Express (PCIe) slots to provide even greater performance capabilities.
|Impressive POWER7+ performance|
|Light Path Diagnostics|
|Flexibility and choice of AIX, IBM i and Linux OS|
|IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager with EnergyScale Technology|
|Configuration options||Model 8205-E6D|
|POWER7+ processor modules – one or two per system||Six-core or 12-core 4.2 GHz or
eight-core or 16-core 3.6 GHz or
eight-core or 16-core 4.2 GHz
|Sockets||One or two|
|Level 2 (L2) cache||256 kilobytes (KB) per core|
|Level 3 (L3) cache||10 megabytes (MB) per core|
|Memory||8 gigabytes (GB) to 512 GB of registered dual inline memory module (RDIMM) double data rate-3 (DDR-3) - one processor
8 GB to 1024 GB of RDIMM DDR3 - two processors
|Solid-state Drives (SSD)||Up to eight small form factor (SFF) drives|
|Disk drives||Up to eight SFF serial attached SCSI (SAS) drives|
|Disk capacity||Up to 7.2 terabytes (TB) internal storage|
|Media bays||Slimline for DVD-random access memory (RAM)
Half height for tape drive or removable disk
|PCI Adapter slots||Five PCIe 8x Generation2
plus optional four PCIe Generation2 low profile
|Standard Ethernet||Four Ethernet 10/100/1000 megabits per second (Mbps) ports|
|Integrated SAS controller||One controller for SAS DASD/SSD with redundant array of independent disks (RAID) 10 and DVD-RAM
Optional protected 175 MB cache with RAID 5, 6
|High-performance PCI adapters (optional)||Four-port 8 Gigabit (Gb) Fibre Channel (FC)
Two-port 16 Gb FC
2-port 10 Gb Ethernet (GbE) RoCE
10 Gb FC over Ethernet (FCoE)
Dual Port Quad Data Rate (QDR) IB
6 Gb per second (Gbps) SAS RAID controller
|Other integrated ports||Three universal serial bus (USB), two hardware management console (HMC), two system ports, two System Power Control Network (SPCN)|
|GX slots (12X)||Two GX++1|
|I/O expansion (optional)||Up to four PCIe 12x I/O drawers – 40 PCIe slots
Up to eight PCI Extended (PCI-X) DDR 12x I/O drawers – 48 PCI-X slots
Up to 416 SFF bays
|Other PCI adapters supported include||SAS, small computer system interface (SCSI), wide area network (WAN)/Async, USB, Crypto, Internet SCSI (iSCSI)|
|POWER Hypervisor||VMs, LPAR, Dynamic LPAR (DLPAR), Virtual local area network (VLAN) (Memory-to-memory interpartition communication)|
|PowerVM Express Edition (optional)||Up to three partitions on the server; virtualized disk and optical devices (VIOS); Integrated Virtualisation Manager (IVM); Shared Dedicated Capacity|
|PowerVM Standard Edition (optional)||PowerVM Express Edition plus Micro-Partitioning with up to 20 micropartitions per processor; Multiple Shared Processor Pools|
|PowerVM Enterprise Edition (optional)||PowerVM Standard Edition plus Live Partition Mobility (LPM) and Active Memory Sharing (AMS)|
|High availability (HA)||IBM PowerHA family|
|RAS features||Error checking and correcting (ECC) memory with Chipkill
Processor Instruction Retry
Alternate Processor Recovery
Service processor with fault monitoring
Hot-plug disk bays
Hot-plug and redundant power supplies and cooling fans
Dynamic component Deallocation
Linux for POWER
|Power requirements||200 V to 240 V ac, single phase|
|System dimensions||Rack Drawer: 6.9 in. H × 17.3 in. W × 24.0 in. D (173 mm × 440 mm × 610 mm); weight: 87 lbs (39.5 kg)3|
|Warranty (limited)||Three years Limited Warranty, on-site for selected components; customer-replaceable unit (CRU) for all other units (varies by country), Next Business Day 09:00 to 17:00 (excluding holidays), warranty service upgrades and maintenance are available|
1 One GX slot shares space with PCIe x8 low profile option. Available configuration options are dependent on the number of processor cores and other factors. Contact IBM or your IBM BP for specific configuration restrictions.
2 See facts and features document for detailed OS level support.
3 Weight will vary when disks, adapters and peripherals are added.