Upgrading to IBM POWER9 System facts you need to know. Revised for 2020

You're FAST. But You Could Be SUPER FAST 2x

The advantages of the POWER9 chip

POWER9 delivers blazing speed with up to 1.5x the performance of its POWER8® predecessor. Just imagine the data-intensive workloads you’ll be able to handle using the only processor with state of the art I/O subsystem technology, including next-generation NVIDIA NVLink, PCIe Gen4 and OpenCAPI.

POWER9 processor chip
Next-gen workloads

Enhanced core and chip architecture for next-gen workloads

  • Optimized for emerging algorithms to interpret and reason
  • I/O processor chip provides superior bandwidth, scale and capacity to ingest and analyze data
Optimized silicon

Newest processor chip family with optimized silicon for a range of platforms

  • Scale out for HPC and next-gen apps
  • Scale up to 16 sockets for the most demanding enterprise workloads
Premier platform

Premier platform for accelerated computing with maximized bandwidth

  • Ultra-high bandwidth CPU-GPU interconnect delivers ~ 4x faster training
  • OpenCAPI™ interface offers high bandwidth communication to NICs, FPGA accelerators, and storage controllers

Compared to POWER8, the POWER9 S924 is 40% to 47% faster
S294 Power9 Central Processing Unit comparison to previous Power System CPUs 2018


The POWER9 servers deliver the highest reliability with secure pre-loaded firmware. POWER9 is cloud-ready and easily integrates into any organization’s private or hybrid cloud strategy. By updating your foundation with the latest POWER9-based servers, you can effectively run your mission critical requirements alongside modern, data intensive workloads.

Power9 Systems can deliver:

When data-intensive workloads are the bottom line
If anything is certain about the future, it’s that there will be more complexity, more data to manage and greater pressure to deliver instantly. The hardware you buy should meet today’s expectations and prepare you for whatever comes next.

Enterprise cloud-ready
Power Systems™ easily integrate into your organization’s private or hybrid cloud
strategy to handle flexible consumption models and changing customer needs.

No. 1 in reliability by ITIC
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.

Industry-leading value and performance
With Power Systems, clients can take advantage of superior core performance
 and memory bandwidth  to deliver both performance and price-performance advantages.


1. Determine current and future capacity requirements. Bring your team together, assess your current application workload requirements and three- to five-year outlook. You’ll then have a good picture of when and where application growth will take place, enabling you to secure capacity at the appropriate time on an as-needed basis.

2. Assess operational efficiencies and identify opportunities to improve service levels while decreasing exposure to security and compliancy issues/problems. With new technologies that allow you to easily adjust capacity, you will be in a much better position to lower costs, improve service levels, and increase efficiency

3. Create a detailed inventory of servers across your entire IT infrastructure. It is highly likely that your organization has single-application/single-purpose or very under-utilized servers in the data center. These can easily be consolidated onto a single new server that can save your organization money and resources.

4. Test your HA/DR strategy and determine whether it meets all corporate and government regulations. Many clients only find out there’s a problem with their HA/ DR plan the hard way: after the fact. Be prepared to implement a system failover strategy when it counts.

5. Identify all dependencies for major database platforms, including Oracle, DB2, SAP HANA, and open-source databases like EnterpriseDB, MongoDB, neo4j, and Redis. You’re likely running major databases on the Power Systems platform; co-locating your current servers may be a way to reduce expenditure and increase flexibility.

6. Understand current and future data center environmental requirements. You may be unnecessarily overspending on power, cooling and space. Savings here will help your organization avoid costs associated with data center expansion.

7. Identify the requirements of your strategy for on- and off-premises cloud infrastructure. As you move to the cloud, ensure you have a strong strategy to determine which applications can be moved off-premises. Choose the core platform that offers the most choice, flexibility, and fastest route to the cloud at the lowest cost.

8. Determine and show how proposed investments align with moving to the cloud. Choose a platform that offers compelling cost advantages with built-in cloud capabilities, industry-leading performance and resiliency for mission-critical workloads.

9. Determine your future application requirements, especially around Big Data and Analytics. As more cognitive applications become available, ensure you have an infrastructure that can support them.


IBM POWER9: Let’s Put Smart to Work

With built-in PowerVM virtualization, next-generation IBM POWER9-based Power Systems servers are cloud-ready, enabling you to deploy the right cloud environment to meet your organization’s needs.

Gabriel Padilla

IBM Certified POWER Systems

LENOVO Data Center

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