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Everyone knows what 'performance' meant for IT in the past. However the IT landscape is evolving rapidly. Plus, as processes become more interrelated and complex, IT is being called upon to solve challenging new problems – and implement new projects, both with higher service levels and in a more cost effective manner. IBM® has the systems, software and expertise to help clients implement projects that make their IT an enabler of innovation and a catalyst for business change in this new world of critical information.

Today’s IT performance means delivering services faster, with higher quality and with superior economics. The emerging measures of IT performance 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. Of course it is expected that new services will be delivered within tighter budget constraints – with IT expected to do more with less and find the most efficient solutions possible.

Designed for virtualised consolidation of business-critical workloads, the IBM Power 770 delivers on performance, availability, efficiency and virtualisation in a way that is distinctive in the industry. PowerVM virtualisation enables continuous, dynamic resource adjustments across all partitions and operating environments to optimise performance and enable higher utilisation levels while optimising energy usage. Supported environments include AIX, IBM i, Linux® for Power applications, all on the same system.

Feature Benefits
Leading-edge POWER7+ performance
Exceptional PowerVM virtualisation capability
Mainframe-inspired availability features
Nondisruptive growth options
Frugal EnergyScale technology
Innovative AME
Broad business application support
Configuration Options Per building block System maximum
Processors 16 x 3.8 gigahertz (GHz) POWER7+ processor cores or
12 x 4.2 GHz POWER7+ processor cores
64 x 3.8 GHz POWER7+ processor cores or
48 x 4.2 GHz POWER7+ processor cores
Sockets Four Sixteen
Level 2 (L2) cache 256 kilobytes (KB) L2 cache per core 256 KB L2 cache per core
Level 3 (L3) cache 10 megabytes (MB) L3 cache per core (eDRAM) 10 MB L3 cache per core (eDRAM)
Enterprise Memory Up to 1 terabyte (TB) of 1066 MHz double data rate-3 (DDR3)
Up to 4 TB of 1066 MHz DDR3
Integrated serial attached SCSI (SAS) bays for
Solid State Drives (SSD) or
Hard Disk Drives (HDD)
Up to six small form factor (SFF) SAS drive bays Up to 24 SFF SAS drive bays
Integrated media bays One slimline for serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) Digital Video Disc-Random Access Memory (DVD-RAM) Four slimline for SATA DVD-RAMs
Integrated payment card industry (PCI) adapter slots Six peripheral component interconnect Express (PCIe) Gen2 slots 24 PCIe Gen2 slots
Integrated multifunction card Up to one per enclosure: Up to four per system:
Integrated SAS controllers Two SAS direct access storage device (DASD)/SSD controllers
One SATA media controller
Eight SAS DASD/SSD controllers
Four SATA media controllers
Other integrated ports Three universal serial bus (USB); two HMC; two SPCN Nine USB; four HMC; four system power control network (SPCN)
GX slots (12X) Two Eight
Expansion features (optional – OS dependencies)
I/O expansion Up to 4 PCIe 12X I/O drawers
Up to 8 peripheral component interconnect Extended (PCI-X) DDR 12X I/O drawers
Up to 16 PCIe 12X I/O drawers
Up to 32 PCI-X DDR 12X I/O drawers
High-bandwidth PCI adapters 6 Gb SAS
8 Gb FC
10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)
10 Gb FCoE
40 Gb quad data rate (QDR) InfiniBand
Other PCI adapters supported SAS, FC, Ethernet, small computer system interface (SCSI), wide area network (WAN)/Async, USB, Crypto, internet small computer system interface (iSCSI)
PowerVM virtualisation technologies
POWER Hypervisor LPAR, Dynamic LPAR; Virtual local area network (VLAN) (Memory to memory interpartition communication)
PowerVM Standard Edition (optional) Micropartitioning with up to 20 micropartitions per processor; Multiple Shared Processor Pools; VIOS; Shared Dedicated Capacity
PowerVM Enterprise Edition (optional) PowerVM Standard Edition plus Live Partition Mobility (LPM)1 and Active Memory Sharing (AMS)2
RAS features Processor Instruction Retry
Alternate Processor Recovery
Selective dynamic firmware updates
Chipkill memory
Memory DRAM sparing
ECC L2 cache, L3 cache
Redundant service processors with automatic failover3
Redundant system clocks with dynamic failover3
Hot-swappable disk bays
Hot-plug/blind-swap PCI slots
Hot-add I/O drawers
Hot-plug power supplies and cooling fans
Dynamic Processor deallocation
Dynamic deallocation of logical partitions and PCI bus slots
Extended error handling on PCI slots
Redundant power supplies and cooling fans
Active Memory Mirroring (optional)
Capacity on Demand features (optional) Processor and/or Memory CUoD
Elastic Processor and/or Memory CoD
Trial Processor and/or Memory CoD
Utility CoD
Power Enterprise Pools4
OS AIX, IBM i and Linux for Power6
Power requirements Operating voltage: 200 V ac to 240 V ac
Power consumption: 1,925 watts maximum per enclosure
System dimensions Power 770 rack drawer building block:
6.9 in. H (4U) × 19.0 in. W × 34.0 in. D (174 mm × 483 mm × 863 mm)
Weight 155 lbs. (70.3 kg)7
Warranty (limited) Nine hours per day, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), next business day for one year at no additional cost; onsite for selected components; CRU (customer replaceable unit) for all other units (varies by country). Warranty service upgrades and maintenance are available.

POWER7® means high performance, high capacity, and near linear scaling. The benchmark and performance data below demonstrate how IBM solutions can be optimised for a wide variety of workloads, each one providing you with performance you can count on.

Multiuser performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz rPerf* CPW**
POWER7 2 16 64 3.1 165.3 88,800
POWER7 4 32 128 3.1 306.74 155,850
POWER7 6 48 192 3.1 443.06 229,800
POWER7 8 64 256 3.1 579.39 292,7001
POWER7 2 16 64 3.3 173.1 93,000
POWER7 4 32 128 3.3 321.2 162,000
POWER7 6 48 192 3.3 464.0 252,700
POWER7 8 64 256 3.3 606.8 321,100
POWER7 2 12 48 3.5 140.75 73,100
POWER7 4 24 96 3.5 261.19 131,050
POWER7 6 36 144 3.5 377.28 --
POWER7 8 48 192 3.5 493.37 248,5501
POWER7 2 12 48 3.7 147.5 77,000
POWER7 4 24 96 3.7 273.7 135,900
POWER7 6 36 144 3.7 395.4 211,000
POWER7 8 48 192 3.7 517.0 270,500
POWER7+ 4 16 64 3.8 219.3 110,000
POWER7+ 8 32 128 3.8 410.8 191,500
POWER7+ 12 48 192 3.8 570.1 290,500
POWER7+ 16 64 256 3.8 729.3 379,300
POWER7+ 4 12 48 4.2 184.2 90,000
POWER7+ 8 24 96 4.2 345.1 154,800
POWER7+ 12 36 144 4.2 478.9 242,600
POWER7+ 16 48 192 4.2 612.7 306,600
1 The 64-core system was configured with two 32-core partitions. The 48-core system was configured with two 24-core partitions.

SPEC CPU2006 performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS SPEC
POWER7 8 64 256 3.1 AIX 6.1 2,140 1,900
POWER7 8 48 192 3.5 AIX 6.1 1,930 1,760
POWER7+ 16 48 192 4.2 AIX 7.1 2,800 2,280

SPECjbb2005 performance
Technology Chips Threads GHz OS BOPS BOPS/jvm JVM
POWER7 8 64 256 3.1 AIX 6.1 4,604,894 71,951 64
POWER7+ 16 48 192 4.2 AIX 7.1 5,130,786 106,891 48

SPECompL performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS Peak Base # OMP
POWER7+ 16 64 256 3.8 RHEL 6.3 1,964,055 1,876,580 128

LINPACK performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS HPC Gflops    
HPC Peak
POWER7 8 64 64 3.1 AIX 6.1 1,506 1,749
POWER7+ 16 48 192 4.2 AIX 7.1 1,482 1,688
POWER7+ 16 64 256 3.8 RHEL 6.3 1,948 2,207

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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 analysing both structured information and unstructured big data. With the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems plus solutions and software, organisations can outpace their competitors by delivering faster services, providing differentiated offerings and turning operational cost into investment opportunity.

To draw insights and make better decisions, businesses rely on the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems. Built with the first processor designed for big data workloads, the design of Power Systems combines the computing power, memory bandwidth and I/O in ways that are easier to consume and manage, building on strong resiliency, availability and security.

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 organisations work today. Whether running 1, 2, or all 3 - coupled with PowerVM, they maximise the benefit of Power Systems in your business.

Transform your business with Systems Software that enables virtualisation, high availability, flexibility, security and compliance on Power Systems™. IBM’s integrated approach to developing Systems and Systems Software together delivers optimised results with Power Systems.

As an open innovation platform, Power Systems is optimised for big data and analytics performance and to deliver scale-out economics and security for the cloud. IBM and IBM Business Partner solutions exploit key capabilities in IBM Power Systems.

Over the last five years thousands of clients have migrated to IBM Power Systems for choice and flexibility. Learn how Power Systems has helped them revolutionise the way IT is developed and delivered, optimise for big data and analytics, and support private, public and hybrid offerings for scale-out or scale-up implementations all while improving business performance, reducing risk, and establishing a platform for growth.

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