As planned, IBM presented the new entry-level and mid-range models of its Power10 server family. They follow the top model E1080 introduced in September 2021 with the new generation. In addition to supporting critical security features such as transparent memory encryption and enhanced processor/system isolation, the new systems leverage the Linux Foundation’s OpenBMC project to provide the highest level of security possible.
Specifically, the most recent Power10 servers are the scale-out systems S/L1014, S/L1022 and S/L1024 and the midrange server E1050; the scale-out systems are also available as a Linux-only variant with the abbreviation L, which supports neither IBM i nor AIX and is therefore cheaper. The E1050 model runs only with the operating systems AIX and Linux, not with IBM i.
Record in the SAP benchmark
The expanded Power10 portfolio, which is based on processors with twice as many cores and twice as much memory bandwidth as Power9, includes the new E1050 mid-range model, which has already set some benchmark records, for example in 4-socket systems for the SAP SD benchmark with SAP ERP 6.0 EHP5. There, 736,420 SAPS were measured with 2.95 GHz processors and 4 TB of memory for 134,016 SD benchmark users (average dialog response time 0.92 seconds, order items/hour: 14,728,330, dialog steps/hour http:/ /step.hr/: 44.185.000, CPU usage: 98%). The new 4-socket server E1050 offers scalability of up to 16 TB of storage for customers who want to operate RISE with SAP HANA in the IBM cloud. Additionally, an upgrade to the premium supplier option is now available to provide more flexibility and processing power with an additional choice to run workloads on IBM Power on Red Hat Enterprise Linux on the IBM cloud.
The new scale-out servers include the entry-level Power S1014 and the more powerful S1022 and S1024 models, which offer enterprise features such as Capacity Upgrade on Demand (CuOD) to enterprise and remote office/branch office environments. Also new is consumption-based pricing and minute-by-minute metering for IBM Power Private Cloud; This should reduce the costs for using OpenShift solutions on Power systems compared to alternative platforms. These new consumption models are based on options already available for the Power Virtual Server and are intended to pave the way for customers into the hybrid cloud world. In addition, the IBM i subscription for hardware, software and support/services will join the existing licensing models.
Also designed for the cloud
According to Steve Sibley, the new systems in combination with the Power Virtual Server are designed in such a way that they protect sensitive data from the processor core to the cloud and can run virtual machines and containerized workloads simultaneously on the same systems. As the responsible product manager at IBM promises, important workloads that traditionally had to be executed locally can now be moved to the cloud depending on the workload and requirement profile. This flexibility can help customers minimize the risk and time associated with re-developing applications for a different platform.
All details about the new systems are available from IBM. The fact that Big Blue was able to stick to the roadmap for their servers is quite remarkable, as there were quite a few hurdles to be overcome with the change in both the foundry (to Samsung) and the process technology (from 10 to 7 nanometers). In addition, there was the new implementation of the Power instruction set, which was expanded to include vector and matrix mathematics.