IBM launches new entry-level and mid-range models of the Power10 generation – with a significant increase in performance and security.
IBM has how planned, presented the new entry-level and mid-range models of its Power10 server family. They follow the top model E1080 introduced in September 2021 with the new generation. In addition to supporting critical security features such as transparent memory encryption and enhanced processor/system isolation, the new systems leverage the Linux Foundation’s OpenBMC project to provide the highest possible level of security.
The details are with the latest Power10 servers around the scale-out systems S/L1014, S/L1022 and S/L1024 and the midrange server E1050; the scale-out systems are also available as a Linux-only variant with the abbreviation L, which supports neither IBM i nor AIX and is therefore cheaper. The E1050 model runs only with the operating systems AIX and Linux, but not with IBM i.
Record in the SAP benchmark
To the expanded Power10 portfolio, which is based on processors with twice as many Cores and twice as much memory bandwidth as Power9 is based on the new E1050 mid-range model, which has already set some benchmark records, for example in 4-socket systems for the SAP SD benchmark with SAP ERP 6.0 EHP5. There, 736,420 SAPS were measured with 2.95 GHz processors and 4 TB of memory for 134,016 SD benchmark users (average dialog response time 0.92 seconds, order items/hour: 14,728,330, dialog steps/hour http:/ /step.hr/: 44.185.000, CPU usage: 98%). The new 4-socket server E1050 offers scalability up to 16 TB of storage for customers who want to run RISE with SAP HANA in the IBM cloud. Additionally, an upgrade to the Premium Supplier Option is now available to provide more flexibility and processing power with an additional choice to run workloads on IBM Power on Red Hat Enterprise Linux on the IBM Cloud.
To The new scale-out servers include the entry-level Power S1014 and the higher-performance S1022 and S1024 models, which offer enterprise features such as Capacity Upgrade on Demand (CuOD) to enterprises and remote office/branch office environments. Also new is consumption-based pricing and minute-by-minute metering for IBM Power Private Cloud; This should reduce the costs for using OpenShift solutions on Power systems compared to alternative platforms. These new consumption models are based on options already available for the Power Virtual Server and are intended to pave the way for customers into the hybrid cloud world. In addition, the IBM i subscription for hardware, software and support/services will join the existing license models.
Also designed for the cloud
The new systems in combination with the Power According to Steve Sibley, virtual servers are designed to protect sensitive data from the processor core to the cloud and to run virtual machines and containerized workloads concurrently on the same systems. As the responsible product manager at IBM promises, important workloads that traditionally had to be executed locally can now be moved to the cloud depending on the workload and requirement profile. This flexibility can help customers minimize the risk and time involved in re-developing applications for a different platform.
For full details on the new systems, please contact IBM. The fact that Big Blue was able to stick to the roadmap for their servers is quite remarkable, as there were quite a few hurdles to be overcome with the change in both the foundry (to Samsung) and the process technology (from 10 to 7 nanometers). In addition, there was the new implementation of the Power instruction set, which was expanded to include vector and matrix mathematics.