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IBM Solid State Drives SSD prices for iSeries, VIOS and Power AIX systems have dropped so much over the years, it is a no brainer decision to replace those old HDDs. Using IBM SSD with eMLC will give your applications, queries and other frequently and randomly accessed DB2 data a cheap performance boost. Regardless of your IBM Power system generation, the cost of replacing existing hard disk drives with refurbished SSDs is a fraction of what you originally paid for your installed HDDs. Data you will not likely want to move to solid state drives include sequentially read and rarely accessed data. Refurbished solid state drives are eligible for IBM maintenance contracts, so there is no need to worry about support from IBM.
 

ibm ssd solid state drive emlc4Prices for refurbished IBM SSDs can be up to 90% less than IBM list price. IBM’s 3rd generation enterprise solid state drives provide excellent price comparisons, like the ES0D 387GB SSD SFF-2 with eMLC. At the moment, the ES0D SSD is selling for $500 in refurbished condition with warranty, compared to IBM list price of $3,588. The ES0D Solid State Drive uses IBM’s third generation eMLC technology offering significant performance advantages, providing up to 2X more IOPS capacity and 40% better latency than the previous eMLC SSD generation technology.

IBM’s eMLC Solid State Drives are what IBM now refers to as Enterprise SSDs, and should not to be confused with mainstream (read intensive) SSDs. IBM's 2nd generation eMLC SSDs were also designed to deliver great sustained performance, reliability and longevity, but the enhancements with the 3rd generation eMLC Solid State Drives can provide 24x7x365 usage for 5 years, even while running write-intensive workloads. Actual customer workloads will never reach the usage levels IBM used to test their SSDs, so the life span of the SSD should be significantly much greater for every customer.

The newer 4th generation eMLC4 Solid State Drives for IBM Power9, Power8 and Power7 systems also have a great price to performance ROI. A couple good eMLC4 SSD price comparisons are the ES8N and ES8R Solid State Drives. The ES8N 387GB SFF-3 SSD 4k eMLC4 is currently sold for about 80% off list price for roughly $450 and the ES8R 775GB SFF-3 SSD 4k eMLC4 is currently sold for less than 50% of list price.

The IBM eMLC4 enterprise SSDs also offer a 1.55 TB SSD, providing twice the maximum capacity of previous eMLC Solid State Drives. Using larger capacity SSD drives, means less SAS adapters. It is important to note, random read-only IOPS performance is only slightly better on eMLC4 SSD compared to the previous generation. However, random write-only eMLC4 IOPS performance is very much worth the investment, as it has increased significantly.

IBM eMLC4 SSDs are supported in Power9 and Power8 system units (SFF-3) and in EXP24S I/O drawers 5887 attached to Power9, Power8 and Power7 servers (SFF-2).  Another valuable note about eMLC4 SSD’s, is that they provide SAS 6 Gbps throughput, and capable of supporting 12 Gbps when future SAS adapters come to market.

POWER9 Benchmark Reference Chart:

Read about whats new with POWER9 and what's changed since POWER8 in our newest article Here

 

Model # Cores GHz Memory Slots Max Memory Rack Size CPW

Software
Tier

S922 (9009-22A)* 4 3.4 – 3.9 32 4TB 2U 68,000 N/A
S922 (9009-22A)* 4 2.9 – 3.8 32 4TB 2U 60,000  N/A  
S914  (9009-41A) 4 2.3 – 3.8 16 1TB 4U 52,500 P05
S914 (9009-41A) 6 2.3 – 3.8 16 1TB 4U 78,500 P10
S914 (9009-41A) 8 2.8 – 3.8 16 1TB 4U 122,500 P10
S924 (9009-42A) 8 3.8 – 4.0 32 4TB 4U 145,500 P20
S924 (9009-42A) 16 3.8 – 4.0 32 4TB 4U 268,500 P20
S924 (9009-42A) 10 3.5 – 3.9 32 4TB 4U 174,500 P20
S924 (9009-42A) 20 3.5 – 3.9 32 4TB 4U 318,000 P20
S924 (9009-42A) 24 3.4 – 3.9 32 4TB 4U 370,700 P20

 

*This is based on the available reported data from IBM. 9009-22A is available in up to 20 Core configurations. However, CPW numbers have only been reported on the above 4 core configurations.

 

POWER9 Memory Reference Chart

Feature Desrciption Feature Number Minimum Number of DIMMs Required Maximum Number of DIMMs Allowed Available on 41A
8 GB DDR4 Memory  EM60 0 32 Yes
16 GB DDR4 Memory EM62 0 32 Yes
32 GB DDR4 Memory EM63 0 32 Yes
64 GB DDR4 Memory EM64 0 32 Yes
128 GB DDR4 Memory EM65 0 32 No

*Click on the Feature Code to view the full feature information.

  As more benchmark data is released, this reference guide will be updated. 

**View the full benchmark report here: https://www.midlandinfosys.com/pdf/powerbenchmark22018.pdf

 

POWER6 CPW Reference Sheet

Model # Cores GHz* # x LPARs CPW
S812 1 3.02  - 9,360
(8284-22A)  
S822 2 3.42 21,800
(8284-22A)
S822 2 3.89  - 24,170
(8284-22A)
S822 2 4.15  - 25,600
(8284-22A)
S822 4 3.42 - 42,470
(8284-22A)
S822 4 3.89 45,220
(8284-22A)
S822 4 4.15  - 49,960
(8284-22A)
S814 4 3.02  - 37,440
(8286-41A)
S814 6 3.02  - 56,400
(8286-41A)
S814 8 3.72  - 81,050
(8286-41A)
S824 6 3.89  - 68,250
(8286-42A)
S824 12 3.89  - 123,240
(8286-42A)
S824 8 4.15  - 89,580
(8286-42A)
S824 16 4.15  - 164,470
(8286-42A)
S824 24 3.52  - 218,510
(8286-42A)
Model # Cores GHz* IBM I SW Tier CPW
JS12 2 3.8 P05 7,100
JS22 4 4.0 P10 13,800
JS23 4 4.2 P10 14,400
JS43 8 4.7 P10 24,050
S520 1/2 4.2 P05/P10 4,300-15,600
S520 2/4 4.7 P05/P20 9,500-18,300
S550 2/4 3.5 P20 7,750-27,600
S550 6/8 4.2 P20 92,00-32,650
S550 2/4/6/8 5.0 P20 10,600-37,950
S560 4/8/16 3.6 P20 14,100-48,500
S570(9117-MMA) 2 to 16 3.5 P30 8,150-57,600
S570(9117-MMA)   2 to 16 5.0 P30 11,000-77,600
S570(9117-MMA)   4 to 32 4.2 P30 16,200-104,800
S595 8 to 64 4.2 P50 35,500-256,200
S595 16 to 64 5.0 P50 41,000-294,700

POWER7 CPW Reference Sheet

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Model

# Cores GHz CPW
710 8231-E1C 4 3.0 23,800
710 8202-E4D 6 3.7 40,900
710 8231-E2B 8 3.55 51,800
710 8231-E1D 4 3.6 28,400
710 8231-E1D 6 4.2 49,400
710 8231-E1D 8 4.2 64,500
720 8202-E4C 4 3.0 23,800
720 8202-E4B 6 3.0 34,900
720 8202-E4C 8 3.0 46,300
720 8202-E4D 4 3.6 28,400
720 8202-E4D 6 3.6 42,400
720 8202-E4D 8 3.6 56,300
730 8231-E2C 8 3.0 44,600
730 8231-E2C 8 3.7 51,900
730 8231-E2C 12 3.7 77,200
730 8231-E2C 16 3.55 97,700
730 8231-E2D 8 4.3 59,700
730 8231-E2D 12 4.2 89,200
730 8231-E2D 16 3.6 104,700
730 8231-E2D 16 4.2 117,600
740 8205-E6C 4 3.3 25,500
740 8205-E6C 4 3.7 27,900
740 8205-E6C 6 3.7 41,600
740 8205-E6C 8 3.3 47,800
740 8205-E6B 8 3.7 52,200
740 8205-E6B 12 3.7 77,200
740 8205-E6B 16 3.55 97,700
740 8205-E6D 6 4.2 49,000
740 8205-E6D 12 4.2 91,700
740 8205-E6D 8 3.6 56,300
740 8205-E6D 16 3.6 106,500
740 8205-E6D 8 4.2 64,500
740 8205-E6D 16 4.2 120,000
750 8 3.0 44,600
750 16 3.0 82,600
750 24 3.0 122,500
750 32 3.0 158,300
750 6 3.3 37,200
750 12 3.3 69,200
750 18 3.3 94,900
750 24 3.3 135,300
750 8 3.3 47,800
750 16 3.3 88,700
750 24 3.3 129,700
750 32 3.3 168,800
750 8 3.55 52,200
750 16 3.55 95,700
750 24 3.55 138,500
750 32 3.55 181,000
750 8 3.20 47,800
750 16 3.20 89,600
750 24 3.20 131,500
750 32 3.20 171,400
750 8 3.60 52,700
750 16 3.60 97,000
750 24 3.60 141,400
750 32 3.60 183,200
750 4 3.70 27,300
750 8 3.70 51,000
750 12 3.70 74,700
750 16 3.70 97,700
750 6 3.70 40,800
750 12 3.70 75,500
750 18 3.70 109,100
750 24 3.55 145,600
750 8 4.0 59,000
750 16 4.0 108,000
750 24 4.0 158,000
750 32 4.0 208,000
750 8 3.5 52,000
750 16 3.5 96,000
750 24 3.5 141,500
750 32 3.5 185,000
760 12 3.1 69,800
760 24 3.1 129,000
760 36 3.1 195,700
760 48 3.1 258,000
760 12 3.4 75,200
760 24 3.4 137,000
770 4 3.1 22,750
770 8 3.1 45,000
770 16 3.1 88,800
770 32 3.1 155,850
770 48 3.1 229,800*
770 64 3.1 292700*
770 4 3.5 24,900
770 6 3.5 37,400
770 12 3.5 73,100
770 18 3.5 99,000
770 24 3.5 131,050
770 48 3.5 248550*
770 4 4.22 30,700
770 6 4.22 45,800
770 9 4.22 68,200
770 12 4.22 90,000
770 24 4.22 154,800
770 36 4.22 242,600*
770 48 4.22 306,600*
770 4 3.8 28,700
770 8 3.8 56,100
770 16 3.8 110,000
770 24 3.8 146,700
770 32 3.8 191,500
770 48 3.8 290,500*
770 64 3.8 379,300*
780 4 3.8 26,600
780 8 3.8 54,400
780 16 3.8 105,200
780 32 3.8 177,400
780 48 3.8 265,200*
780 64 3.8 343,050*
780 8 4.1 57,450
780 16 4.1 114,850**
780 24 4.1 172,450**
780 32 4.1 229,650**
780 4 4.42 32,400
780 8 4.42 63,200
780 16 4.42 123,500
780 24 4.42 164,700
780 32 4.42 214,000
780 48 4.42 326,100*
780 64 4.42 424,400*
780 4 3.72 28,500
780 8 3.72 56,000
780 16 3.72 108,500
780 24 3.72 159,600
780 32 3.72 209,500
780 64 3.72 414,900*
780 96 3.72 622,300*
780 128 3.72 829,800*
795 24 3.7 149,100
795 48 3.7 288,500*
795 32 4.0 204,300
795 64 4.0 399,200*
795 24 4.25 162,100
795 32 4.25 218,400***

IBM POWER8+ Systems CPW Results

Read about the main differences between POWER8 and the new POWER9 Systems 

Model # Cores GHz* # x LPARs CPW

S812

(8284-22A)

1 3.02  - 9,360

S822

(8284-22A)

2 3.42 21,800

S822

(8284-22A)

2 3.89  - 24,170

S822

(8284-22A)

2 4.15  - 25,600

S822

(8284-22A)

4 3.42 - 42,470

S822

(8284-22A)

4 3.89 45,220

S822

(8284-22A)

4 4.15  - 49,960

S922

(9009-22A)

4 3.4 – 3.9  - 68,000

S922

(9009-22A)

4 2.9 – 3.8  - 60,000

S814

(8286-41A)

4 3.02  - 37,440

S814

(8286-41A)

6 3.02  - 56,400

S814

(8286-41A)

8 3.72  - 81,050

S914

(9009-41A)

4 2.3 – 3.8  - 52,500

S914

(9009-41A)

6 2.3 – 3.8  - 78,500

S914

(9009-41A)

8 2.8 – 3.8  - 122,500

S824

(8286-42A)

6 3.89  - 68,250

S824

(8286-42A)

12 3.89  - 123,240

S824

(8286-42A)

8 4.15  - 89,580

S824

(8286-42A)

16 4.15  - 164,470

S824

(8286-42A)

24 3.52  - 218,510

S924

(9009-42A)

8 3.8 – 4.0  - 145,500

S924

(9009-42A)

16 3.8 – 4.0 268,500

S924

(9009-42A)

10 3.5 – 3.9  - 174,500

S924

(9009-42A)

20 3.5 – 3.9  - 318,000

S924

(9009-42A)

24 3.4 – 3.9  - 370,700

*POWER9 frequency is expressed from Typical to max GHz

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IBM POWER9
S922 S914 S924 H922 H924

L922

9008-22L

S922

9009-22A

S914

9009-41A

L922

9009-42A

H922

9223-22H

H924

9223-42H

- 1,2-socket, 2U
- 8,10,12 cores/skt
- 32 IS DIMM slots
- 4TB memory
- 4 CAPI 2.0 Slots

- Linux only
- PowerVM
- KVM (GA2)

- 1,2-socket, 2U
- 4, 8,10 cores/skt
- 32 IS DIMM slots
- 4TB memory
- 4 CAPI 2.0 Slots

- AIX, IBM i
- Linux
- PowerVM

- 1-socket, 4U & Tower
- 4,6,8 cores/skt
- 16 IS DIMM slots
- 1TB memory
- 2 CAPI 2.0 Slots
- Internal RDX Media

- AIX, IBM i
- Linux
- PowerVM

- 2-socket, 4U
- 8,10,12 cores/skt
- 32 IS DIMM slots
- 4TB memory
- 4 CAPI 2.0 slots
- Internal RDX Media

- AIX, IBM i
- Linux
- PowerVM

- 1,2-socket, 2U
- 4, 8,10 cores/skt
- 32 IS DIMM slots
- 4TB memory
- 4 CAPI 2.0 Slots

- AIX, IBM i
  up to 25%
- Linux
- PowerVM

- 2-socket, 4U
- 8,10,12 cores/skt
- 32 IS DIMM slots
- 4TB memory
- 4 CAPI 2.0 slots
- Internal RDX Media

- AIX, IBM i
  up to 25%
- Linux
- PowerVM

Technology

Leadership

  • •Cloud enabled - Embedded virtualization capabilities with PowerVM 
  • •Up to 4TB in 2 socket - DDR4 Industry Standard memory RDIMMs
  • •High Speed 25Gb/s external ports – one per socket 
  • •2 Internal NVMe Flash boot adapters 
  • •Embedded Analytics and Algorithms on the chip help run POWER9 at an always optimized frequency

 

 *For a comparison of CPW between the new POWER9 and POWER8 systems, check out the Chart Here

 

 

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