Who doesn’t expect more from a new product, let alone if it is the next generation of that product. Whether it is the “All New 2019 Brand Model” Car/Truck/SUV or, being a Macbook fan, the latest Macbook Pro and IOS (just keep the magnetic power cord)?
We want and expect more. IBM POWER8 delivered more. More performance, built-in virtualization on the Enterprise systems, mobile capacity on Enterprise systems to share capacity between like servers, a more robust reliability and availability subsystem as well as improved serviceability features from the low-end to high-end. Yes, all while dramatically improving performance over previous generations.
How do you improve upon something that is already really good – I’m purposefully avoiding using the word “great” as it’ll make me sound like a sycophant who would accept a rock with a Power badge and call it “great”. No, I am talking about actual, verifiable features and capabilities delivering real value to businesses.
Since the POWER9 Enterprise systems have yet to be announced and I only know what I know through my secret sources, I’ll limit my statements to just the currently available POWER9 Scale-out systems.
- POWER8 Scale-out now include PowerVM Enterprise Edition licenses
- Workload Optimized Frequency now delivers frequencies up to 20% higher over the nominal or marketed clock frequency
- PCIe4 slots to support higher speed and bandwidth adapters
- From 2 to 4X greater memory capacity on most systems
- New “bootable” internal NVMe support
- Enhanced vTPM for improved Secure Boot & Trusted Remote Attestation
- SR-IOV improvements
- CAPI 2.0 and OpenCAPI capability – the latter, though I’m unaware of any supported features is exciting in what it is designed and capable of doing.
- Improved price points using IS memory
The servers also shed some legacy features that were getting long in the tooth.
- Internal DVD players – in lieu of USB drive support
- S924 with 18 drive backplane no longer includes add-on 8 x 1.8″ SSD slots
As consumers, we expect more from our next generation purchases, the same holds true with POWER9. Get more capability, features and performance for less money.
Contact me if you would like a quote to upgrade to POWER9, running x86 workloads and would like to hear how you may be able to do far more with less as well as learn how my services team will ease any concerns or burdens you may have to remain on your aging and likely, higher cost servers by upgrading to POWER9.