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Your Journey to a Hybrid Multicloud for IBM i Starts Here

Dive in to the latest announcements on flexible consumption, improved performance and throughput, and a new entry point server for IBM i


IBM Power Systems is announcing new features and product enhancements to help clients optimize IT costs and improve business continuity as they look to build seamless hybrid multicloud architectures. As part of this announcement, we’re introducing the Shared Utility Capacity offering in the two-socket systems for a pay-per-use compute experience by the minute. POWER9 scale-out servers are also being enhanced with a full PCIe Gen4 architecture for improved I/O throughput and cloud data locality. For IBM i clients, there is a new entry server that does not require VIOS and lowers the barrier to upgrading to POWER9, while improving performance of workloads. Here is a quick overview of the announcement highlights:

Cloud-Like Economics Within the Data Center 

The IBM Power Systems Private Cloud Solution with Shared Utility Capacity is now available on the new two-sockets servers. This means that clients can achieve cloud-like economics and agility while keeping data and infrastructure within your datacenter and behind your firewall. The server comes fully activated but is priced only for the processing power and software entitlements you need. There are no fixed monthly fees or limited contract terms, meaning you pay for only what you use and when you use it, with metering by the minute.
Shared Utility Capacity also enables multi-systems resource sharing across a collection of scale-out servers, allowing significant infrastructure optimization and flexibility for companies with multiple systems. In some cases, combining hardware and IBM i software leads up to a 75% lower system price, driving a dramatic change in flexibility of financial cash flow.

Improved Performance and 2x More Throughput

The POWER9 scale-out servers are enhanced with a full PCIe Gen4 architecture that comprehends slots, lanes and back-end switches. It unlocks the I/O potential you need for seamless data transfer between the system and multiple other compute instances of a hybrid multicloud deployment, whether running in another on-prem hardware environment or public cloud virtual servers.
The total enterprise NVMe capacity has increased by up to 266%, which translates to 3.7X more devices and data storage space than previous POWER9 models. For example, the new S914 has moved from a maximum of 3 to 11 PCIe NVMe devices and a total of up to 70.4 TB NVMe space in a single-socket system.
POWER9 systems can run 3.2X more containers per core than tested x86 servers. Because data center density is critical to overall IT cost, an 11-core processor option is now available on the Power System S922, increasing system performance by 10%.
These performance and throughput improvements make POWER9 scale-out servers the ideal building blocks for hybrid multicloud environments.

New Entry Point for IBM i 

We’ve also introduced a new entry point server for IBM i that will help our clients take advantage of POWER9. The Power System S922 is now being offered in a 1-socket, 1-core option that will run IBM i natively, without a VIOS requirement. This new entry server for IBM i will come in at a 10% lower price point than the current POWER9 S914 and has 2X the CPW benchmark performance versus the POWER8 S812.
The new S922 1-socket server will also be introduced to the IBM i Solution Edition program. You can save up to 35% on your upgrade to POWER9 and receive IBM Systems Lab Services vouchers that can be used for performance tuning, security assessments, education, and more.
Learn more about the IBM Power Systems Private Cloud Solution with Shared Utility Capacity here and the enhanced scale-out servers here.
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