Introducing the POWER9 Family

IBM’s POWER9 family of systems will accelerate organizations’ ability to use AI to drive productivity, application development and evolving thought processes for business. IBM offers several POWER9 servers to meet clients’ needs. The AC922 with NVLink 2.0 uses technology developed for the CORAL project, which is the basis for the two biggest supercomputers in the world. The AC922 was designed with AI workloads in mind.

In February, IBM introduced three servers for traditional, mission-critical applications and databases on AIX*, IBM i or Linux*. The IBM Power Systems S924, S922 and S914 servers offer higher performance and efficiency for those traditional workloads. The systems have between 1.2x and 1.5x more performance per core than POWER8, Sibley says.

Cloud capability is built into the S924, S914 and S922 systems. Clients can deploy a private, on-premises cloud via IBM PowerVM* virtualization, which comes pre-installed on every box. See “The Cloud Your Way” on page 10 to learn more. The built-in cloud capability and high-speed I/O provide a great foundation for the efficient infrastructure as a service. This foundation enables organizations to extend those core applications and databases to the AI era.

Two systems—the H922 and H924—are optimized for SAP HANA. These systems benefit clients who want to move their SAP applications to SAP HANA or deploy new SAP HANA workloads. “POWER* technology and architecture have the flexibility, high availability and performance necessary for those applications,” Sibley says. The SAP HANA-enabled H922 and H924 take advantage of PowerVM virtualization technology. SAP has certified these servers to run up to eight production instances of SAP HANA on a single system.

“Unlike IBM’s competitors who offer stand-alone islands or appliance-type infrastructure, SAP HANA runs differently on POWER9,” says Sibley. SAP HANA can be used in the cloud, including multitenant clouds. Clients gain the flexible performance of scalable cloud-like facilities that provide efficiencies, he says.

IBM also continues to deliver leading price-performance for Linux technology-based systems with the LC and L systems. These systems are optimized for big-data and open-source workloads such as MongoDB and EnterpriseDB. These systems are designed for clients using large clusters of Linux systems.

In the second half of the year, IBM intends to introduce out scale-up systems that offer 4 to 16 sockets. Many clients are expected to take advantage of these systems to drive their large-scale data or core business applications, Sibley says.