IBM Power Systems AnnouncementOverview


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IBM Power Systems Announcement Overview

Overview Today, IBM announces; • New throughput intensive POWER7 blade servers that can automatically optimize performance and capacity at either a system or virtual machine level • New POWER7 processor options for the Power 750 and Power 755 for additional performance • New IBM Systems Director Management Console (SDMC), the next-generation Hardware Management Console (HMC) • A product preview of the new POWER7 processor-based Power 775 Supercomputer that is planned to accelerate high performance computing innovation In addition to these announcements, IBM will also deliver enhancements to IBM i, new I/O features including new storage drawers, enhanced SSD options and three new IBM BNT data center Ethernet switches. Finally IBM is announcing the IBM mCommerce Appliance Solution, a robust, comprehensive mBanking, mPayments, mRemittance appliance solution that provides full operational deployment of mobile banking services.

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Announcement Details IBM BladeCenter PS703 Express and PS704 Express Built on the proven foundation of the IBM BladeCenter® family of products—easy-to-use, integrated platforms with a high degree of deployment flexibility, energy efficiency, scalability and manageability—the IBM BladeCenter PS703 and PS704 Express are the premier blades for 64-bit applications. Minimize complexity, improve efficiency, automate processes, reduce energy consumption and scale easily: these are the benchmarks that matter on a smarter planet. The new POWER7® processor-based PS blades automatically optimize performance and capacity at either a system or virtual machine level and benefits from the new POWER7 processor, which contains innovative technologies that help maximize performance and optimizes energy efficiency. They represent one of the most flexible and cost-efficient solutions for UNIX®, i and Linux deployments available in the market. Further enhanced by its ability to be installed in the same chassis with other IBM BladeCenter blade servers, the PS blades can deliver the rapid return on investment that clients and businesses demand. Delivering on the promise for a highly dynamic infrastructure, the BladeCenter PS blades help in delivering superior business and IT services with agility and speed—all in a simple to manage highly efficient way. The PS703 and PS704 Express blades have been preconfigured and tested by IBM and are based on proven technology. Utilizing a 2.4 GHz 64-bit POWER7 processor and available in sixteen-core or thirty two-core configuration, they are optimized to achieve maximum performance for both the system and its virtual machines. Couple that performance with PowerVM™ and you are now enabled for massive workload consolidation to drive maximum system utilization, predictable performance, and cost efficiency. PLANNED AVAILABILITY DATE: May 20, 2011 New Processor Options New processors are now available on the IBM Power 750 Express and IBM Power 755 The following new processors and processor activations are available on the Power 750: • 8-core 3.6 GHz POWER7 Processor Card • 6-core 3.7 GHz POWER7 Processor Card • 4-core 3.7 GHz POWER7 Processor Card • 8-core 3.2 GHz POWER7 Processor Card Installing these cards in the 4-socket 750 server will provide up to 32 cores of improved performance. The following new processor and processor activation is available on the Power 755 server: • 8-core 3.6 GHz POWER7 Processor Card The Power 755 is only available in a 32-core configuration. Also now available is factory deconfiguration of processor cores to assist with optimization of software licensing and is now supported on the Power 750 Express as well as on the Power 730 and Power 740 configured with 12-cores or 16-cores. IBM Systems Director Management Console IBM Systems Director Management Console (SDMC) V6.73 is the next-generation Hardware Management Console (HMC). The SDMC incorporates the IBM Systems Director software to Page 2

Power is performance redefined provide consistency with IBM Systems Director on other platforms. The SDMC is available on physical hardware that is identical to that of the current HMC with additional memory and disk resources. SDMC is also available in a virtual appliance format for managing small-tier servers. The SDMC offers several advantages over the HMC, including the ability to manage both Power Systems servers and Power Systems blades based on Power Architecture. PLANNED AVAILABILITY DATE: May 13, 2011 STATEMENT OF DIRECTION2: IBM intends to enhance the interoperability of Systems Director Management Console with IBM Systems Director management servers. Product Preview – Power 775 Supercomputer1 IBM plans to offer the new POWER7 processor-based Power 775 Supercomputer that is planned to accelerate high performance computing innovation in smarter computing projects such as climate prediction, medical and life sciences, financial services, petroleum reservoir modeling, and industrial design. The Power 775 Supercomputer is planned to be a highly integrated, densely packaged, high performance supercomputer in a rack solution, including compute nodes, storage, interconnect fabric and featuring energy efficient water cooling technology. Dynamic LPARS When either PowerVM Standard or PowerVM Enterprise is installed in the Power 750, the system maximum of 160 dynamic LPARs is now increased to 320. When installed on the Power 770 or Power 780, the system maximum of 254 dynamic LPARS is now increased to 640. When installed on the Power 795, the system maximum is now increased to 1000. Energy Star Certain configurations of Power 730, 740, 750, and 755 are Energy Star qualified. Refer to this website for detailed information http://www03.ibm.com/systems/hardware/energy_star/index.html Power 795 “Hot” features The following new features are being delivered on the Power 795: • Hot-node Add, Hot-node Upgrade (memory) and Hot-node Repair • Concurrent GX Adapter Add and Hot GX Adapter Repair • Concurrent System Controller Repair Partition Level Energy Management Partition Level Energy Management enables energy policies by partition rather than at the system level. Different policies by partition can provide greater savings while still maintaining performance. This capability is enabled through IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™ and firmware. IBM i Enhancements • IBM i 6.1 and IBM i 7.1 support for BladeCenter PS703 and PS704 Express Servers. • Redundant VIOS capability is now provided for POWER processor-based blades and can provide enhanced availability. Similar to the existing multiple VIOS capability already on rack/tower Power Systems, IBM I partitions on a POWER6 or POWER7 processor-based blade can be configured with multiple paths to connect to the same IBM System Storage device.

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PowerVM has been enhanced to include the N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) attachment of DS5100 and DS5300 Storage Systems with IBM i 7.1. Setting up configurations to share adapters is easier with NPIV. • A simple, cost-effective virtual tape solution provides the capability for an IBM i 7.1 server partition to be used to share a tape drive among multiple IBM i 7.1 and 6.1 client partitions without the use of VIOS. • IBM i now supports the new EXP24S SFF Gen2-bay drawer, which has a higher physical density, fitting 24 SSD or HDD disks in the space that used to fit just 12. This drawer can be used in conjunction with existing SAS adapters. • IBM i now also provides support for the new 571 GB SAS disk drive, which provides a lower cost per gigabyte and more gigabyte per 2U rack space. • IBM i now provides expanded SSD hardware support for previously announced PCIe RAID and SSD SAS adapters and their 177 GB SSD modules. This SSD option previously required IBM i 7.1 or required VIOS with IBM i 6.1. • IBM Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction V8.0 provides a comprehensive application development and modernization solution, providing development tools for today's IBM i development teams. • IBM Web Enablement for i now includes WebSphere Application Server - Express V8.0, which builds on over a decade of market leadership to offer Java EE 6 and broad programming model support, enhanced developer and administrator productivity, and improved security, installation, and maintenance. • The integrated DB2 database for IBM i is enhanced with advanced SQL functionality in its XML and recursive query technology support as well as offering additional performance improvements to a wide range of customers. • PLANNED AVAILABILITY DATES: May 13, 2011, except for IBM Web Enablement for i (5722-WE2) which is June 17, 2011. Refer to Hardware Announcements for hardware availability dates. STATEMENTS OF DIRECTION2: • IBM plans to support the feature 5685 PCIe Riser Card (Gen2) without VIOS in an IBM i 6.1 environment with machine code 6.1.1 in fourth quarter 2011. • IBM plans to introduce a large-cache PCIe SAS adapter in 3Q2011 for clients with large numbers of HDD and/or SSD per adapter. It is planned to be supported on POWER7 configurations (Power 720, 740, 770, 780, 795), POWER7 750 servers with 12X PCIe I/O drawers, or on POWER6 servers with 12X PCIe I/O drawers. It is planned to support SSD or HDD located in #5802/5803 12X PCIe, #5886 EXP12S and #5887 EXP24S I/O drawers. It is planned to be supported by AIX 5.3 or later, IBM i 6.1 with Virtual IO Server (VIOS), or IBM i 7.1 with or without VIOS. Support by IBM I 6.1 without VIOS is planned 4Q2011. The adapter is planned to be configured as pairs of single-wide PCIe cards, much like the existing #5805/5903 PCIe adapters. New I/O Features • EXP24S SFF Gen2-BAY Drawer – The EXP24S is a high-density, high-performance Small Form Factor (SFF) drive drawer, holding up to 24 SAS drives in just 2U of 19-inch rack space. This is twice the number of drives compared to the current EXP12S I/O drawer and its twelve 3.5-inch drive capacity. The EXP24S can also be ordered in mode 1, 2, or 4, providing additional configuration flexibility. In addition to 6 Gb SAS capability,

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Power is performance redefined the EXP24S SFF drives provide significant energy savings compared to the EXP12S 3.5inch drives. • 177 GB SFF SSD with EMLC – SAS-bay-based Solid State Drive (SSD) options are enhanced with a 177 GB SSD, which provides 2.5 times more capacity per drive than the current 69 GB SSD. The 177 GB drive provides a much improved cost per gigabyte and requires a smaller number of SAS bays for the same number of gigabytes. A few SSDs may reduce the need for many HDDs, saving rack space, I/O drawers, maintenance, and energy. SSDs can often do so while improving system performance and batch windows at the same time. • 571 GB / 600 GB 10K RPM SFF disk drive – A new 571 GB / 600 GB 10k RPM SFF Disk Drive is added to SFF disk drive options, offering a lower cost per gigabyte and more gigabytes in the same rack space. Four feature numbers indicate if this drive is formatted for AIX/Linux or IBM i and to indicate if a Gen1 or Gen2 SFF carrier/tray is used. • 139 GB / 146 GB 15K RPM SAS SFF-2 disk drives and 283 GB / 300 GB 10K RPM SFF-2 disk drives – Existing 139 GB / 146 GB 15k RPM and 283 GB / 300 GB 10k RPM SFF-2 Disk Drives are provided a second set of feature numbers to indicate when mounted on a gen2 SFF carrier/tray for use in an EXP24S I/O drawer. • PCIe2 LP 2-Port 4X IB QDR Adapter 40 GB – The PCIe Gen2 low-profile adapter provides two high-speed 4X InfiniBand connections for AIX/Linux HPC usage in the Power 720 and 740. • DVD/TAPE SAS External Storage Unit – This 1U I/O drawer is used in the Power 795 CEC rack. It holds HH DAT160 tape drives or HH LTO5 tape drives or DVD drives. In new Power 795 proposals, it replaces the use of the existing 1U I/O drawer (#5720). • 1.5 TB / 3.0 TB LTO-5 SAS Tape Drive – Additional configuration flexibility is provided for the Power 750 system unit and the Power 795 1U I/O drawer (#5724) by the addition of an Ultium5 drive. PLANNED AVAILABILITY DATES: May 20, 2011 STATEMENTS OF DIRECTION2: • IBM plans to introduce a large-cache PCIe SAS adapter in 3Q2011 for clients with large numbers of HDD and/or SSD per adapter. It is planned to be supported on POWER7 configurations (Power 720, 740, 770, 780, 795), POWER7 750 servers with 12X PCIe I/O drawers, or on POWER6 servers with 12X PCIe I/O drawers. It is planned to support SSD or HDD located in 12X PCIe, EXP12S and EXP24S I/O drawers. It is planned to be supported by AIX 5.3 or later, IBM i 6.1 with Virtual IO Server (VIOS), or IBM i 7.1 with or without VIOS. Support by IBM i 6.1 without VIOS is planned 4Q2011. The adapter is planned to be configured as pairs of single-wide PCIe cards, much like the existing PCIe adapters. • IBM plans to support the PCIe Riser Card (Gen2) without VIOS in an IBM i 6.1 environment with machine code 6.1.1 in fourth quarter 2011. IBM Clusters with QLogic Quad Data Rate InfiniBand Switches InfiniBand is an industry-standard high-performance interconnect for clusters and enterprise grids. This industry-standard fabric creates clusters that address many of the requirements such as those found in scientific, technical, and financial applications. InfiniBand solutions are designed for high availability and can also deliver the scalability required by distributed database processing.

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Power is performance redefined QLogic 4X Quad Data Rate InfiniBand switches are available in three models of up to 36-port, 72-port, and 324-port capability: • The IBM 7874-036 is a QLogic 12200 36-port, 40 Gbps InfiniBand switch that costeffectively links workgroup resources into a cluster. This compact 1U solution is used for building small node count fabrics. Included are redundant power supplies, power cords, rack mount kit, and QLogic InfiniBand Fabric Suite. • The IBM 7874-072 is a QLogic 12800-040 72-port, 40 Gbps InfiniBand switch which links resources using a scalable, low-latency fabric. It supports up to four 18-port QDR Leaf Modules. Included is a QDR Managed Spine Module, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, power cords, rack mount kit, and QLogic InfiniBand Fabric Suite. • The IBM 7874-324 is a QLogic 12800-180 324-port 40 Gbps InfiniBand switch designed to maintain larger clusters, supporting up to eighteen 18-port QDR Leaf Modules. Included are redundant QDR Managed Spine Modules, a full complement of Spine Modules to provide a 100% nonblocking fabric for all ports, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, power cords, rack mount kit, and QLogic InfiniBand Fabric Suite. PLANNED AVAILABILITY DATES: May 20, 2011 IBM mCommerce Appliance Solution IBM mCommerce Appliance Solution is a robust, comprehensive mBanking, mPayments, mRemittance appliance solution that provides full operational deployment of mobile banking services in days not months at a competitive price. This end-to-end IBM and Sybase business solution integrates the Sybase Mobiliser platform, IBM Power 750 server, IBM DS5300 Storage, IBM DB2 V9.7, IBM WebSphere Application Server V6.1, and Global Services integration services. Sybase Mobilizer platform, more than any solution, helps financial institutions overcome the key obstacles to implementing and monetizing a mobile banking solution by: • Encouraging customers to use mobile banking • Integrating with telco vendors • Differentiating the bank's mobile solution • Billing execution • Delivering time-to-market Sybase Mobiliser platform provides: • Three channel experience: Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), Smart Message Service (SMS), rich mobile client • Natural language interactive SMS banking • Alerts capabilities - Push technology not just pull technology • Built-in connectivity with telco vendor integration • Speed and consistency of message delivery • Established vendor with a significant presence and experience with banks • Turnkey solution with rich capabilities for managing mobile interactions and operations With mCommerce Appliance Solution, you get a fixed configuration from IBM and Sybase with software preloaded. PLANNED AVAILABILITY DATE: May 13, 2011

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Power is performance redefined IBM BNT RackSwitch for Power Servers Three new IBM BNT data center Ethernet switches are available for IBM POWER7 processorbased servers, offering three great alternatives for the access or distributed layer when laying out your IBM Power Systems data center switching environment. The new IBM BNT data center Ethernet switches for Power Systems servers are top-of-rack (TOR) switches designed to provide extremely low latency, low power consumption, excellent costs of acquisition, and low total cost of ownership. Matching the standard TOR configurations desired by most Power Systems data centers, these 1U switches are mounted in the rear of the rack to optimize cabling, and like Power servers, are cooled with airflow entering through the front of the rack and exiting through the rear of the rack. Front-to-rear rack airflow for these switches is maintained by mounting the front of each switch facing the rear of the rack. • IBM BNT RackSwitch G8124ER • IBM BNT RackSwitch G8052R • IBM BNT RackSwitch G8264R The G8124ER provides up to twenty-four 10 Gb ports for either upstream or downstream connections. The G8052R provides up to forty-eight 1 Gb ports from the server to the switch and up to four 10 Gb ports for upstream high-speed connections. And the G8264R provides an ultradense switch with up to sixty-four 10 Gb ports and also has 40 Gb capability when you choose to deploy it. PLANNED AVAILABILITY DATES: May 20, 2011 Red Hat Enterprise Linux for POWER IBM and Red Hat collaborate to enable you to order Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 for IBM POWER directly from IBM. As a Power Systems client with current RHEL subscriptions, you can up-grade at any time to currently supported RHEL subscriptions at no charge. For the latest details about the RHEL server, visit http://www.redhat.com For the latest details about RHEL for IBM POWER, visit http://www.redhat.com/rhel/purchasing_guide.html

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Footnotes 1. Preview announcements provide insight into IBM plans and directions. General availability, prices, ordering information, and terms and conditions will be provided when the product is announced. IBM’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion. Some products in this preview may have significant lead times between order and delivery. 2. IBM's statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM's sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion.

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