Businesses today are demanding faster insights that analyse more data in new ways. They need to implement applications in days versus months, and they need to achieve all these goals while reducing IT costs. This is creating new demands on IT infrastructures, requiring new levels of performance and the flexibility to respond to new business opportunities, all at an affordable price.

The IBM® Power® System E850 server offers a unique blend of enterprise-class capabilities in a space-efficient, 4-socket system with excellent price performance. With up to 48 IBM POWER8® processor cores, advanced IBM PowerVM® virtualisation that can yield over 70 percent system utilisation and Capacity on Demand (CoD), no other 4-socket system in the industry delivers this combination of performance, efficiency and business agility. These capabilities make the Power E850 server an ideal platform for medium-size businesses and as a departmental server or data centre building block for large enterprises.

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Highlights

  • Designed for data and analytics, delivers secure, reliable performance in a compact, 4-socket system
  • Can flexibly scale to rapidly respond to changing business needs
  • Can reduce IT costs through application consolidation, higher availability and virtualisation to yield over 70 percent utilisation

Specifications

System Configurations Model 8408-E8E
Processor and Memory
Processor cores 48 at 3.02 GHz POWER8
40 at 3.35 GHz POWER8
32 at 3.72 GHz POWER8
Sockets 2 - 4
Level 2 (L2) cache per core 512 KB
Level 3 (L3) cache per core 8 MB eDRAM shared L3
Level 4 (L4) cache Up to 128 MB eDRAM L4 (off-chip) per socket
Enterprise Memory Up to 32 CDIMMs
128 GB to 4 TB
Processor-to-Memory bandwidth 192 GBps per socket
Storage and IO
Integrated PCIe adapter slots Up to 11 hot-swap PCIe Gen3 slots
x16: 4 - 8 (2 per socket)
x8: 3 (one defaults to 2 x 10 Gb LAN)
Integrated SAS Controllers Two in storage backplane, supporting standard RAID 0,5,6,10, 5T2, 6T2 and 10T2
  • Dual SAS Controller Backplane, with 7.2 GB write cache
  • Dual SAS Controller Backplane, without write cache
  • Split Disk Backplane (two single SAS controllers), without write cache
Integrated SAS bays for solid-state drives (SSD) or hard-disk drives 8 hot-swap SFF SAS drive bays (2.5”) + 4 SSD bays (1.8”)
Expansion features (optional – operating system dependencies)
DVD bay One
Max PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawers (12 PCIe Gen3 slots each) 4
Max DASD/SSD I/O Drawers (24 SFF bays each) 64 EXP24S I/O drawers
Standard features
Flexible Service Processor 1
IBM POWER Hypervisor™ LPAR, Dynamic LPAR; Virtual LAN (Memory to memory inter-partition communication)
PowerVM Standard Edition (optional) 20 Micro-Partitions per processor; Multiple Shared Processor Pools; Shared Dedicated Capacity; Virtual I/O Server
PowerVM Enterprise Edition (optional) 20 Micro-Partitions per processor; Multiple Shared Processor Pools; Virtual I/O Server; Shared Dedicated Capacity; Live Partition Mobility (LPM) and Active Memory Sharing* (AMS)
RAS features Processor Instruction Retry
Alternate Processor Recovery
Selective dynamic firmware updates
Chipkill memory
Memory DRAM sparing
Dynamic L3 cache column repair
Dynamic Processor de-allocation
Phase redundant, integrated sparing voltage regulator modules for processors, memory and I/O
Second generation service processor
Hot swappable Time-of-Day battery
Redundant, hot swappable power supplies
Redundant fans for SAS controllers and drive bays
Redundant, hot swappable fans for processor, memory and PCIe slots
Hot-swappable SAS bays
Hot-swappable PCIe slots
Dynamic de-allocation of logical partitions and PCIe bus slots
Extended error handling on PCIe slots
Active Memory Mirroring for Hypervisor (optional)
Capacity on Demand features (optional) Processor and/or Memory Capacity Upgrade on Demand (CUoD)
Elastic Processor and/or Memory Capacity on Demand (CoD)
Trial Processor and/or Memory CoD
Utility CoD
Operating systems AIX and Linux for Power
High availability Power HA Editions
Power requirements Operating voltage: 200 to 240 V AC
System dimensions Four EIA (4U) space in a 19-inch rack
Width: 449 mm (17.6 in.)
Depth: 776 mm (30.6 in.)
Height: 175 mm (6.9 in.)

Performance data

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Multiuser performance

Technology Sockets Cores Threads GHz rPerf*
POWER8 2 16 128 3.72 304.5
POWER8 3 24 192 3.72 449.2
POWER8 4 32 256 3.72 593.8
POWER8 2 20 160 3.35 347.8
POWER8 3 30 240 3.35 513.0
POWER8 4 40 320 3.35 678.3
POWER8 2 24 192 3.02 383.0
POWER8 3 36 288 3.02 565.0
POWER8 4 48 384 3.02 746.9

Power E850 virtual tour

The IBM Power System E850 server offers a unique blend of enterprise-class capabilities in a space-efficient, 4-socket system with excellent price performance. With up to 48 IBM POWER8 processors, advanced IBM PowerVM virtualisation that can yield over 70 percent system utilisation and Capacity on Demand (CoD), no other 4-socket system in the industry delivers this combination of performance, efficiency and business agility. These capabilities make the Power E850 server an ideal platform for medium-size businesses and as a departmental server or data center building block for large enterprises.

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