IBM announces new Power7 systems, including high-end systems and entry-level servers. The new systems include the high-end IBM Power 795 system; four entry-level Power7 processor-based servers designed specifically for midmarket clients; and a Power7 based workload-optimized Smart Analytics System, as well as a developer system loaded with IBM Rational tools.
its rollout of commercial Power7 systems for the year, IBM
has announced new Power7 systems, including high-end systems and entry-level
an interview with eWEEK, Jeff Howard, director of Power systems marketing at IBM,
said the new systems are designed to manage demanding workloads and emerging
applications. And the new high-end system offers better energy efficiency than
competitive systems from Oracle and Hewlett-Packard, Howard said
all, IBM on Aug. 17 announced new systems,
including servers, software and IBM's
PowerVM virtualization capabilities, to enable customers to better manage
increasing amounts of data in an interconnected world and to conserve energy
and floor space in burdened data centers, IBM
said. The new systems are part of a yearlong rollout by IBM
of workload-optimized systems for the demands of emerging business models such
as smart electrical grids, real-time analytics in financial markets and health care,
mobile telecommunications, and smarter traffic systems, Howard said.
new systems include the high-end IBM Power
795 system; four entry-level Power7 processor-based servers designed
specifically for midmarket clients; and a Power7 processor-based
workload-optimized Smart Analytics System that helps businesses draw real-time
information from massive amounts of data. All the systems announced will be
available on Sept. 17, Howard said.
continues to make the investments in systems, processors, systems software,
operating systems and middleware necessary to lead the industry and meet the
need of customers' growing workloads," said Tom Rosamilia, general manager
of Power Systems and System z in the IBM
Systems & Technology Group, in a statement. "IBM
Power Systems have raised the bar for performance, reliability and energy
new 256-core IBM Power 795 offers more than
five times better energy efficiency compared with servers from Oracle and HP,
Howard said. It uses IBM's EnergyScale
technology that varies frequencies depending upon workloads. This new system
supports up to 8 terabytes of memory and provides over four times the
performance in the same "energy envelope" as the fastest Power 595, IBM's
Power6 processor-based high-end system.
addition, the new Power7 technology supports four times as many processor cores
as prior systems and uses IBM's latest
PowerVM virtualization software to enable customers to run more than 1,000
virtual servers on a single physical system, Howard said.
for customers nearing capacity limits for energy, space and cooling in data centers,
consolidating older systems to the new high-end Power 795 could result in more
headroom-with energy reductions of up to 75 percent for equivalent performance
capacity, IBM said in a press release on the
also announced Power Flex, a new environment composed of two or more Power 795
systems, PowerVM Live Partition Mobility and a Flex Capacity Upgrade on Demand
option. This solution enables clients to shift running applications from one
system to another to perform system maintenance without downtime, helping to
balance workloads and more easily handle peaks in demand.
enables you to have a complete scale and execution system," Howard said. "It's
a highly flexible scale-up and scale-out model where you can keep adding
systems as you need."
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