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Increasing the Power of Blades

New offerings boost performance and reduce cost

New offerings boost performance and reduce cost

The number seven has historically been believed to hold auspicious properties—to be the luckiest number—in traditions around the globe. For IBM, the POWER7* processors and the servers based upon them have certainly delivered on the promise of lucky number seven.

Notably, IBM’s widely publicized artificial-intelligence system, Watson—which bested two “Jeopardy!” champions—is a POWER7 technology-based data-crunching workhorse that increased Power Systems* servers’ visibility and respectability in the IT business space. IBM continues to roll out servers based on the POWER7 processor, and each new Power* generation provides technological innovations both in overall performance and device density, delivering outstanding functionality while often requiring only a limited footprint. POWER7 extended its server rollout in April, as IBM delivered two new midmarket POWER7 blade servers to complement its existing BladeCenter* PS700, 701 and 702 Express offerings. The extended portfolio now includes the singlewide PS703 Express blade and a doublewide PS704 blade.

Both blades bring powerful performance upgrades that should be popular with businesses large and small looking to further optimize their server environments. The PS703 and PS704 each tout more than 60-percent greater performance over previous POWER7 blades, yet within the same density and energy-consumption levels.

“With the April announce, we now have two new blades that really extend our commitment to POWER7 and show just how much can be achieved using this processor technology even in a smaller blade architecture,” says John Biebelhausen, IBM Power Systems product manager. “We already had three POWER7 technology-based blades in the market, but these two blades—the PS703 Express and PS704 Express—are completely new offerings that are a continuation of the Power Systems POWER7 BladeCenter offerings that have been very popular with our customers.”

Additionally, a new Systems Director Management Console* (SDMC) is a hardware-management device that extends functionality to all POWER7 and POWER6* technology-based blades so customers can manage both blade and rack servers from a single hardware console. Read “Herding Resources” for more on SDMC.

“What’s important from a blade perspective is sdmc provides Significant new capabilities we were never able to see before.” —John Biebelhausen, IBM Power Systems product manager

Ryan Rhodes is a freelance writer for IBM Systems Magazine.


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