The emerging measures of IT performance focus on agility to enable growth and respond to change, while effectively managing risk and resources. Expectations continue to rise for increased service levels and secure application access, as data explodes and budgets are squeezed. At the same time, more complex application architectures and the current rate of change create unforeseen challenges that strain even the most talented IT teams in the industry.

The IBM® Power® E870 is a high-performance, secure, enterprise system optimized for the compute-intensive performance demands of large-scale, mission-critical transaction, database and analytics applications. With up to 80 IBM POWER8® processor cores, up to 16 TB of memory, an efficient modular design, built-in IBM PowerVM® virtualization technologies and Capacity on Demand innovation, the Power E870 server can consistently sustain high service levels across hundreds of virtual workloads on a single system.

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Highlights

  • Industry-leading performance and scale for the most demanding data-centric applications
  • Manage fluctuating business demands with dynamic, private cloud capacity
  • Minimize risk with secure delivery of data and services on a proven, reliable platform
  • Streamline deployment and increase responsiveness with built-in virtualization and innovative resource sharing
  • Increase energy efficiency with more performance-per-watt
  • Open innovation for Linux, AIX® and IBM i

Specifications

Configuration options Per building block System maximum
Processor cores 32 x 4.02 GHz POWER8
40 x 4.19 GHz POWER8
64 x 4.02 GHz POWER8
80 x 4.19 GHz POWER8
Sockets Four Eight
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 32 CDIMMs
Up to 4 TB of 1600 MHz DDR3
Up to 8 TB of 1600 MHz DDR4
64 CDIMMs
Up to 8 TB of 1600 MHz DDR3
Up to 16 TB of 1600 MHz DDR4
Integrated PCIe adapter slots 8 PCIe Gen3 x16 16 PCIe Gen3 x16
Expansion features (optional – operating system dependencies)
DVD bay One  
Max PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawers (12 PCIe Gen3 slots each) 4 8
Max DASD/SSD I/O Drawers (24 SFF bays each) 64 64
Standard features
System control unit One  
Flexible Service Processors Two in system control unit  
IBM POWER Hypervisor™ LPAR, Dynamic LPAR; Virtual LAN (Memory to memory interpartition communication)  
PowerVM Enterprise Edition (included) Micro-partitioning (up to 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 with DRAM sparing
Dynamic L2 and L3 cache column repair
Memory controller replay buffer
L4 bank delete
Dynamic inter-node bus repair
Redundant service processors with automatic failover
Redundant system clocks with dynamic failover
Redundant, hot swappable power supplies and cooling fans
Concurrent add/repair of I/O drawers
Hot- swappable disk bays in EXP24S
Hot-plug/blind-swap PCIe slots
Dynamic processor deallocation
Extended error handling on PCIe slots
Active Memory Mirroring for Hypervisor
 
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
Power Enterprise Pools
 
Operating systems AIX, IBM i and Linux for Power†  
High availability Power HA Editions  
Power requirements Operating voltage: 200 to 240 V ac  
System dimensions 7 EIA (12U) space in a 19-inch rack 12 EIA (12U) space in a 19-inch rack
Warranty 24x7, same day response for one year; on-site (varies by country). Warranty service upgrades and maintenance are available.  
Configuration options Per building block System maximum
Processor cores 32 x 4.02 GHz POWER8
40 x 4.19 GHz POWER8
64 x 4.02 GHz POWER8
80 x 4.19 GHz POWER8
Sockets Four Eight
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 32 CDIMMs
Up to 4 TB of 1600 MHz DDR3
Up to 8 TB of 1600 MHz DDR4
64 CDIMMs
Up to 8 TB of 1600 MHz DDR3
Up to 16 TB of 1600 MHz DDR4
Integrated PCIe adapter slots 8 PCIe Gen3 x16 16 PCIe Gen3 x16
Expansion features (optional – operating system dependencies)    
DVD bay One  
Max PCIe Gen3 I/O Drawers (12 PCIe Gen3 slots each) 4 8
Max DASD/SSD I/O Drawers (24 SFF bays each) 64 64
Standard features    
System control unit One  
Flexible Service Processors Two in system control unit  
IBM POWER Hypervisor™ LPAR, Dynamic LPAR; Virtual LAN (Memory to memory interpartition communication)  
PowerVM Enterprise Edition (included) Micro-partitioning (up to 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 with DRAM sparing
Dynamic L2 and L3 cache column repair
Memory controller replay buffer
L4 bank delete
Dynamic inter-node bus repair
Redundant service processors with automatic failover
Redundant system clocks with dynamic failover
Redundant, hot swappable power supplies and cooling fans
Concurrent add/repair of I/O drawers
Hot- swappable disk bays in EXP24S
Hot-plug/blind-swap PCIe slots
Dynamic processor deallocation
Extended error handling on PCIe slots
Active Memory Mirroring for Hypervisor
 
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
Power Enterprise Pools
 
Operating systems AIX, IBM i and Linux for Power†  
High availability Power HA Editions  
Power requirements Operating voltage: 200 to 240 V ac  
System dimensions 7 EIA (12U) space in a 19-inch rack 12 EIA (12U) space in a 19-inch rack
Warranty 24x7, same day response for one year; on-site (varies by country). Warranty service upgrades and maintenance are available.  

Performance data

Power Systems: open innovation to put data to work. The benchmark and performance data below demonstrate how IBM solutions can be optimized for a wide variety of workloads, each one providing you with performance you can count on.

 
Multiuser performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz rPerf¹* CPW**
POWER8 4 32 256 4.02 675 359,000
POWER8 8 64 512 4.02 1,349 711,000
POWER8 4 40 320 4.19 856 460,000
POWER8 8 80 640 4.19 1,712 911,000




SPEC CPU2006 performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS SPECint_rate SPECfp_rate
POWER8 8 80 640 4.19 AIX 7.1 6,320 5,130



SPECjbb2013 MultiJVM performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS max-jOPS critical-jOPS
POWER8 8 80 640 4.19 RHEL 7 1,299,150 135,665



SAP performance - SD 2-Tier¹
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS Number of Users Database ERP Release Cert. Number
POWER8 8 80 640 4.19 AIX 7.1 79,750 DB2 10.5 6.0 EHP5 2014034


 

Product pricing

9119-MME1


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32-core 4.02 GHz POWER8 processor

512 GB DDR3

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64-core 4.02 GHz POWER8 processor

1 TB DDR3

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40-core 4.19 GHz POWER8 processor

768 GB DDR3

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80-core 4.19 GHz POWER8 processor

1.5 TB DDR3

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