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Today, IBM announced several new solutions to help clients stay ahead in a world that doesn’t want to wait for answers. The solutions revolve around data, cloud and open collaboration. IBM believes data is the new competitive advantage, cloud is the new approach to agility and open collaboration is the new path to innovation.

With waitless computing, a concept IBM delivers upon with POWER8 technology and offerings built on it, the flood of data becomes a stream of valuable insights, superior cloud economics deliver greater efficiency and agility, and open innovation enables scale-out and hyperscale data centers and clusters to solve previously unaddressable problems.

New Server Solutions

First, IBM is introducing a new line of server solutions designed for clouds and clusters and built in collaboration with NVIDIA, Mellanox, Xilinx, TYAN and Winstron:

IBM Power Systems S812LC
The S812LC is optimized for entry and small Hadoop workloads to improve the agility and reduce the cost of running Spark and Hadoop workloads. It is a 1-socket, 2U system with up to 10 cores (2.9-3.3Ghz) and 1 TB of memory (32 DIMMS). It also offers 115GB/sec memory bandwidth, 14 LFF (HDD/SSD) 84 TB storage and four PCIe slots (two CAPI enabled). It comes with a default three-year, 9x5 warranty and 100 percent CRU.

IBM Power Systems S822LC
The S822LC comes in a commercial computing version and a high-performance computing (HPC) version.

S822LC Commercial is ideal for data in the cloud and offers flexible capacity for managed service providers (MSPs) and can simplify and optimize your infrastructure. It is a 2-socket, 2U system with up to 20 cores (2.9-3.3Ghz) and 1 TB of memory (32 DIMMS). It also offers 230GB/sec memory bandwidth, 2x SFF (HDD/SSD) 2 TB storage and five PCIe slots (four CAPI enabled) with an IB add-in. It comes with a default three-year, 9x5 warranty and 100 percent CRU.

S822LC HPC is ideal for cluster deployments across a broad range of industries to accelerate your insights and deliver waitless results. It builds on the S822LC Commercial version with leading accelerators for compute, fabric and storage from OpenPOWER Foundation members and acceleration built deeply into the system via CAPI enabling close integration of accelerators with the POWER8 processor. It is a 2-socket, 2U system with up to 20 cores (2.9-3.3Ghz) and 1 TB of memory (32 DIMMS). It also offers 230GB/sec memory bandwidth, two integrated NVIDIA GPUs and five PCIe slots (two CAPI enabled) with an IB add-in. It comes with a default three-year, 9x5 warranty and 100 percent CRU.

IBM PurePower System
The IBM PurePower System solution is now delivering innovation and choice across all three OSs—AIX, IBM i and Linux. It also offers a new integrated infrastructure manager for enhanced RAS and management node failover via virtual HMC (vHMC).

New OS Offerings

Second, IBM is releasing updates to AIX and IBM i. AIX will get version 7.2 with a host of new capabilities including Live Update for interim fixes, LVM mirroring to flash, server-based flash caching and vNIC for use with SRIOV adapters. IBM i will get 7.2 TR 3 and 7.1 TR 11 with several enhancements. IBM also removed the 80-column limitation that has been preventing organizations from modernizing to free-format RPG.

Much More to Come

You can read more about today’s announcements in the AIXchange, iCan and You and i blogs as well as find additional coverage in the November and December issues of IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems edition.

Tami Deedrick is the former managing editor of IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems edition.





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