Last Spring IBM announced their new POWER8 processor portfolio, the first processors designed specifically for big data. Now, they’re building on the success of their scale-out server models by announcing the follow on enterprise-class POWER8 server models, the E870 and E880. IBM continues to bring innovative technology to the Power Systems platform by introducing servers that enhance resilience and can support the demands of big data.
E870 and E880 Details
The E870 scales up to two CEC nodes with a maximum of 64 cores at 4GHz or 80 cores at 4.2 GHz. It will support a maximum of four terabytes of memory. The initial E880 model supports two CEC nodes with 64 cores running at 4.4 GHz and up to eight terabytes of memory. IBM also plans to announce a four CEC node version of the E880 that will scale up to either 128 or 192 cores and a maximum of 16 terabytes of memory next year. There are upgrade paths from the existing POWER7+ D-models into the POWER8 enterprise models, making your organizations upgrade much easier.
Additionally, IBM is introducing the IBM Data Engine for Analytics – Power Systems Edition, which is a customizable infrastructure solution with integrated software specifically optimized for big data and analytics.
There is also a new Linux on Power server offering, the S824L with NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU’s for high-performance workloads. This solution is the result of the joint development efforts of members of the OpenPOWER Foundation. IBM is also unveiling the first real-world CAPI solution on POWER – the IBM Data Engine for NoSQL, which will really accelerate data analytics.
The price point and the performance ration of the new Power Systems servers are better than ever! Be sure to take advantage of the latest technologies to meet your business needs. If you have any questions related to the recent Power Systems announcements, please reach out to your Sirius Client Executive or Power Systems presales Engineer.