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IBM POWER8 vs. POWER9 Comparison for 2023

IBM Server upgrades – always a tough call. Should you invest in a new POWER server if your workloads are running just fine on an earlier model? Perhaps, as the new POWER9 servers received a major performance boost thanks to improved hardware, memory, and enhanced on-chip acceleration. In this post, we’ll show exactly how POWER9 compares to POWER8 in terms of memory, CPU, TCO and overall performance. Let’s dive in! POWER8 vs POWER9: Tech Specifications and Main Improvements POWER9 with comes loads of new hardware. Some are enterprise-grade, other are more focused on small to mid-range applications. The latter include Power9 models...

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IBM V7R5 TR1 Technology Refresh Details

IBM V7R5 Technology Refresh 1 TR1 builds on the simplicity of integration theme in the IBM i 7.5.0 base release, and includes many fixes and enhancements that improve performance of IBM i Power10 and Power9 servers as explained in the memo to IBM i customers. The IBM V7R5 TR1 enhancements and new functions released on December 2, 2022 are explained in this article below. IBM i 7.5 TR1 has been designated MF99401 PTF in PTF Group Level is SF99957, and has RS-750-B Resave Level and RE22291 PTF Marker. IBM V7R5 TR2 enhancements and new functions are explained in a separate article,...

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IBM Power9 Withdrawn Systems and Features


IBM Power9 Systems and features below are only available in refurbished or used condition, and are no longer sold in new condition by IBM as specified by below dates. The IBM Power9 withdrawn systems and features from marketing are listed below, but can still be placed under an IBM Hardware Maintenance HWMA at standard rates. The below list of IBM Power9 systems and features do not have an end of life, end of service or end of support date specified by IBM. Midland will continue to sell IBM Power9 Server models, features, and parts in used and refurbished condition. All used and...

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IBM i 7.4 (V7R4) Details: Everything you need to know

IBM i V7R4 (7.4) OS400 enhancements and additions improve Power9 and Power8 system and DB2 database performance, security and availability. Details of OS400 V7R4 features and specifications for IBM i Power Systems are explained below in detail, and arranged by the following topics: Security, System Management, Networking, Availability, Application development, Miscellaneous features. IBM i V7R4 (7.1) release date is June 21, 2019. OS400 V7R4 is supported on IBM Power9 and Power8 processor systems, and is not supported on earlier IBM Power system processor generations. All IBM i customers should read the IBM 7.4 memo before upgrading to ensure compatibility and verify if discontinued...

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IBM i 7.4 TR2 Announcement Details 5770-SS1 V7R4

IBM i 7.4 TR2 Details: V7R4 Technology Release 2 Announcement for 5770-SS1 IBM i V7R4 TR2 Technology Release 2 for IBM POWER9 and POWER8 Systems with OS400 was announced on May 15, 2020, adding many new enhancements for security, encryption, virtualization, high availability, backup and recovery, web services, DB2 database, administration, architecture, APIs, development and many other major improvements that affect operating system components, software licenses and hardware features. Read about IBM V7R5 announcement details here. IBM i 7.4 TR2 is supported on select Power Systems servers with POWER9 or POWER8 processors and OS400 operating systems. IBM i customers using Blades,...

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IBM AIX Power Systems TCO


IBM AIX Power systems are enterprise-class open standards-based Unix servers that support critical applications and database workloads having high I/O and memory requirements, and require maximum performance, availability, security and scalability. IBM’s AIX Power systems have been the most popular Unix server line in the world for over a decade for a number of compounding reasons. As a whole, IBM’s AIX Power server platform has countless industry leading benchmarks and application specific achievements that attrct businesses for specific uses cases, but after factoring in software license costs, the total cost of ownership numbers makes the IBM Power platform the obvious choice....

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IBM Immutable Backups for Cyber Resilience

immutable-backup-cyber-resilience Immutable Backup Cyber Resilience

Immutable backup technology is crtical component for Cyber Resiliency and Disaster Recovery for organizations of any size. Cyber resilience is a measure of an organization’s ability to protect data and continue business operations despite a successful cyberattack involving data that is either corrupted or destroyed, such as from a malware or ransomware attack. The measure of cyber resiliency is based on amount of data loss and recovery time required to resume normal business operations. If you were to conduct a cyber resiliency analysis of your environment based on NIST CSF, it would assesses and score your organization’s readiness to sustain and...

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Comparing the new Power9 9009-41G vs the 9009-41A

What's the difference between the new IBM S914 9009-41G and 9009-41A Power9 models? The only difference is the newer 9009-41G S914 model was built entirely with fourth generation PCIe technology, capable of delivering much better I/O performance, bandwidth and faster data transfers. The number of Gen4 PCIe slots vary based on the Power9 configuration, but the 9009-41G supports up to fourteen PCIe4 devices, eleven 6.4 TB Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) Solid State Drives for a total of 70.4 TB of usable NVMe SSD storage for an IBM i, AIX, Linux server or VIOS partition.     Performance gains of a IBM S914 9009-41G compared to...

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Is Power9 the best performing Linux server? Q&A With IBM Gold Partner, Midland Information Systems plus real world examples.


  IBM Power9 Servers may be the best Linux server to run your applications. IBM Power Linux servers have a proven history of delivering over twice the performance per core compared to industry leading x86 server brands. IBM Power Linux servers have also proven to deliver the lowest cost of ownership compared to other Linux servers running on x86 hardware. Although there is no one single answer to this question, the two statements address what most people want to know when comparing Linux server workloads, such as: application server, database server, cloud server, SAP server, analytics server, business intelligence server, web...

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IBM Power Solid State Drives SSD


 How to increase IBM POWER System application performance running on IBM i, AIX and Linux Server with SSDs (Solid State Drives) Every IBM POWER System application performs significantly faster running on SSD (microsecond and nanosecond response times, compared to millisecond and seconds). Application performance on IBM POWER Systems experiencing slow query responses times, have intensive I/O requirements or are experiencing latency as a result of accessing data on hard disk drives, can improve performance using various database and query approaches. However, the most effective and usually quickest approach is to replace traditional HHDs with IBM Solid State Drives (SSD) using either Enterprise or...

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Why Nutanix HCI is the ideal VM platform for Splunk SIEM

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Most SIEM environments rely on a plethora of different servers, storage arrays, hypervisors and network interconnects to support their rapidly growing SOC environments. Likewise, most SIEMs also all have the same issues and concerns about performance, costs and time required to provision and manage storage growth. The primary problem is, the entire infrastructure the SIEM relies on is not integrated or even truly virtualized under a single unified architecture. As a result, administrators are stuck in a never ending battle of upgrading and adding more traditional technology for the same problems, and security analysts are constantly waiting for searches to complete...

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IBM HMC Model Specifications and Comparisons


The IBM Hardware Management Console (HMC) is a virtual hardware appliance used to manage and monitor IBM i, AIX and Linux server workloads running on Power9, Power8, Power7, Power6 and Power5 Systems. The IBM HMC uses built in terminal emulation software to connect and control Power system resources, services, virtualization features and order Capacity Upgrade on Demand. The IBM HMC can consolidate the monitoring and management of all Power systems in a company’s infrastructure that is supported by the HCM code. Every HCM model supports different Power system models based on the version of HMC code. For instance, the latest HCM...

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IBM i Saves Money for Companies in Multiple Ways

From its inception in the 1980s, the IBM AS400 and OS400 operating system has had many iterations and transformations over the years, but it has consistently maintained the distinguished honor of delivering businesses the lowest TCO midrange computing system in the industry. To this day, tens of thousands of businesses, including the largest companies in the world rely on the IBM i to run their most critical applications. There is no single reason, but collectively, the entire IBM i package of hardware, operating system, integrated database and all the features they encompass and provide businesses, is what contributes to the extremely...

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The Real Cost of NOT Upgrading to POWER9

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POWER System upgrades are often among the most prolonged and undervalued IT decisions. Why rush to invest in a POWER9 upgrade when your POWER7 or POWER8 server performance is perfectly fine? Truth is: over a 5-year span you may waste a good amount of cash maintaining those legacy systems instead of capitalizing on the true cost savings and many additional benefits a POWER9 server offers. Not a believer? Well here are the facts.Why Regular Hardware Updates Actually Save You MoneyLegacy IT modernization isn’t a persistent budget drain. On the contrary, regular updates save you a hefty sum in the long run....

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POWER9 in 2020: What’s Coming Ahead


POWER9, IBM’s latest family of scale-up servers, has been around since August 2018. Since it’s debut, they received several new members, along with other hardware upgrades. In this post, we offer a quick recap of the new IBM releases in 2019, along with the outlook for 2020.  Before we dive into the updates, here’s a quick refresher on POWER9: New chips come with a 14 nm process (from 22 nm in POWER8), 8 billion transistors and peak bandwidth of 192 GB/s. The pipeline got a trim: 5 stages were eliminated from fetch to compute; 8 cycles were removed for floating-point operations....

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The Big Difference Between Power9's Industry Standard Memory vs Buffered Memory


POWER9 Memory changes and what it means. Our last article was about the primary changes made to the POWER Systems, scale out line up with the rel...

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POWER9: Main changes and updates Vs POWER8 (2019)

A newer Article is now available to read: IBM POWER8 vs. POWER9 - A Comparative Analysis for 2020 POWER9 is here, and with it comes loads of new hardw...

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IBM i Power9 System Pricing by Model Specification

IBM i customers upgrading to a new IBM Power9 scale-out system from an older Power system have three models to compare specifications; the 9009-41A S914, 9009-42A S924 or 9009-22A S922. Before jumping to any conclusions about which Power9 system is right for you, consider the specifications and resources of your current IBM i and performance during peak times. The new Power9 systems are so powerful, many companies are finding they can drop a software tier without any question. Dropping an IBM P-Group in itself is a significant cost savings, and the total cost of ownership price tag adds up after factoring...

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IBM i Encryption for Data Protection and Privacy Compliance

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It has only been a year, and the new data protection and privacy regulations have already hit a few companies with multi-million dollar fines. Every company with sensitive data on an IBM i (iSeries AS400) and has data protection and privacy requirements, should have implemented DB2 encryption already. Some of the companies seen in the news recently not only failed to secure personal data properly, could not accurately assess how much data was compromised, had a lax incident response plan and were slow to notify authorities. These factors all led to heavier fines, causing the total financial penalties to exceed 100s...

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IBM i Privileged Access Management (PAM) Specifications

IBM i Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions have various levels of flexibility for implementation and integration with existing applications and ticketing systems that need to be considered before purchasing. Assessing your IBM i Security requirements for implementation will be key to ensuring the IBM i PAM solution you choose meets your all your use cases, as well as environmental and compliance requirements. First note, Privileged Access Management (PAM) terminology used by most technology sectors and compliance regulations refer to processes more commonly known on the IBM i (iSeries AS400) platform as Profile Swapping and Adopted Authority procedures. Terminology aside, the goal of...

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