Henry Ford is attributed with saying “you can have any color you want, as long as it is black”. Consumers, whether on the retail or enterprise side like options and want to buy products the way they want them.
IBM’s recently announced AIX, IBMi and Linux capable POWER9 Scale-out servers as seen below or learn more about each here.
These 6 systems join the AC922 AI & Cognitive beast using NVLink 2.0 supporting up to 6 x H2O Nvidia Volta GPU’s
With the 6 POWER9 based systems announced February 13, 2018, IBM is offering clients choice – virtually “any color you want”. With these systems, get a 2 RU (rack unit) or 4RU model, with 1 or 2 sockets in each. Cores ranging from 4 to 24 and memory from 16 GB to 4 TB of system memory. Internal storage options from HDD, SSD to NVMe plus all of the connectivity options expected with PCIe adapters – except we see newer adapters with more ports running at higher speeds.
Run AIX , IBM i and Linux on a 1 or 2-socket S922 or H922, a 1-socket S914 and a 1 or 2-socket S924 or H924. Need Linux only, you can choose any of the previously mentioned servers or choose the cost-optimized L922 with 1 or 2-sockets support 32 GB up to 4 TB of RAM.
IBM issued a Statement of Direction as part of a broader announcement the intention to offer AIX clients on the Power based Nutanix solution. It is reasonable to conclude there will be a POWER9 based Nutanix option as well. Expecting a POWER9 solution isn’t surprising but being able to run AIX in a non-PowerVM based hypervisor is a big deal.
Looking at the entire POWER portfolio available today for clients, it ranges from the POWER8 based hyper-converged Nutanix, mid-range & Enterprise class POWER8 systems which compliment the POWER9 Scale-out and speciality systems.
Whether the solution will be Nutanix running AIX & Linux, an Enterprise server with 192 cores or a 1-socket L922 running PostgreSQL or MongoDB in a lab, businesses can “have it your way”.