IBM POWER

Learn about the latest features and how IBM POWER9 compares to previous versions of IBM POWER.

IBM POWER Servers

Your next server infrastructure investment could determine the success of your business. Upgrade your IBM POWER system and gain a server with a cutting-edge design. A powerful POWER9 chip. All for an incredibly low price.

Key Business benefits of IBM POWER9

  • Eliminate your hardware and software maintenance costs if you are running out of warranty IBM POWER 6, 7 and 8 servers.
  • Significantly better performance with greater CPW per core and Nvidia GPUs. See how IBM POWER9 compares to IBM POWER8 in this blog.
  • Utilise cutting edge technology available in POWER9 and react quickly and cost-effectively to new and growing workloads and deliver a seamless end user experience.
  • Ranked No. 1 in every major reliability category by ITIC, IBM Power Systems deliver the most reliable on premises infrastructure to meet around the-clock customer demands.

IBM POWER System S914

The IBM Power System S914 is ideal for small and medium business-critical applications, operational databases, advanced analytics and I/O intensive workloads. Powered by a full PCIe Gen4 architecture (slots, switches and lanes) and up to 14 NVMe supported devices, the IBM Power System S914 server is a powerful 1-socket server.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Full PCIe Gen4 architecture enables seamless maximum speed and throughput between on-premise and multiple public cloud infrastructures.
  • Supports multiple OS instances without processor overhead.
  • Migrate easily from previous IBM Power Systems servers with a no-cost temporary IBM PowerVM license for your previous server.
  • The new S914 has security built-in at every layer of the stack at no additional cost.

IBM POWER System S924

The IBM Power System S924 is ideal for medium and large applications and IO intensive workloads. A 2-socket server with up to 24 activated cores and I/O configuration flexibility. It features a fully activated IBM® POWER9™ processor module configurations in a 19-inch rack-mount.

Some highlights include:

  • The enhanced POWER9 scale-out servers have 2X improved I/O data throughput over previous generations and 180% more NVMe capacity.
  • Utility consumption and multi-system resource sharing can lower TCA by up to 58%.
  • It can run 3.2X more containers per core versus x86 systems with 2.6X better TCO for Red Hat OpenShift. 
  • With Live Partition Mobility, users can migrate a partition running on a POWER system to another POWER system without disrupting services. 

Why Home Bargains invests in IBM POWER

Discount retailer TJ Morris, trading as Home Bargains has its sights set on doubling its retail-store footprint in the UK. Frank Christiansen, IT Director at TJ Morris, says, “We’ve been expanding rapidly over the past few years, and we have no intention of stopping. Our goal is to open another 30 to 50 stores this year, until we reach 1,000 sites.” 

By rolling out 475 IBM Power System S914 servers, TJ Morris is increasing IT performance at its stores dramatically. The company is now seeing the impact on end-of-day processing times.

“Our sales transactions systems already ran so quickly that the new IBM POWER9-based servers took response times of milliseconds and drove them down even further,” says Christiansen. “But where we really notice a difference is when our employees run day-end processes like stock-taking. In that case, IBM Power Systems S914 servers reduced processing times from one hour 20 minutes to just five minutes. Since we run them once stores are closed, it means that our staff can go home much sooner. They’re happier, and the risk of processes over-running and affecting the next day’s opening is smaller than ever.”

TJ Morris continues to be impressed by the resilience of IBM technology, with the new IBM Power Systems S914 servers providing 100 percent availability. Supported by Chilli IT, the company remotely monitors the environment, taking advantage of automated alerts to proactively administer the infrastructure.

“The IBM Power Systems S914 servers are the engines that drive our sales activities,” comments Christiansen. “As a highly transactional business, we need to know that we can access and save data on a 24/7 basis. With IBM technology, we’re maintaining a zero data loss record, which means that we continue to get the right products in store for our customers.”

The future of POWER.

IBM continues to make significant investments to support the platform and has recently announced the purchase of RedHat. This acquisition will strengthen the relationship between the two companies and will make the IBM platform a major open source player. 

IBM POWER9 hardware also underpins two of the most powerful known supercomputers in the world, proving that the technology behind the latest POWER models is some of the best performing on the market. 

Importantly, IBM has publicly released a IBM i roapmap that runs beyond 2031 and we are led to believe that newer versions of the server are already in the early stages of development. 

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Home Bargains IBM POWER Case Study

Discount retailer Home Bargains has its sights set on doubling its retail-store footprint in the UK. To sustain aggressive growth and maintain the razor-sharp efficiency that helps it keep prices low, the company is deploying IBM® Power® Systems S914 servers to support retail operations in every store, with help from IBM Business Partner Chilli IT.

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