IBM Power System S924, and S914

What’s new in POWER9 Solutions?

Upgrades and new features

IBM POWER9

Out of the box, the new solutions offer about 1.5X better overall performance than previous generation POWER8-based servers. Much of that is due to the IBM POWER9 SO chips that drive the new 2-socket and 4-socket configurations.

The new systems also support industry standard DIMMs which enhances their cost competitiveness (.vs x86-based alternatives). Plus, they support 2X to 4X more memory than previous POWER8-based servers, and also offer considerably better bandwidth than past gen solutions. That includes up to 4X increased CPU fabric bandwidth to maximize scalability, increased I/O bandwidth via PCIe GEN4 slots (and upcoming expansion drawer options), 25Gb ports for GPU or OpenCAPI acceleration and integrated support for NVMe Flash.

Despite these significant upgrades, the new solutions’ power requirements and form factors are in keeping with past gen Power System offerings. Plus, IBM is now utilizing single chip module (SCM—as opposed to dual chip module, or DCM) packaging for all 2- and 4-socket systems. That reduces software licensing issues common in DCM designs and also supports lower latency for simpler CPU-to-CPU transfers.

The new Power Systems solutions come in upgradable entry level models

IBM Power System S914

A 4U system available in both rack and tower designs that sport 4, 6 or 8 cores, 16 DIMM slots, 1TB of memory, 2 CAPI 2.0 slots and integrated IBM PowerVM virtualization.

The IBM(R) Power(R) System S914 (9009-41A) server easily integrates into your organization's cloud and cognitive strategy and delivers industry-leading price/performance for your mission-critical workloads.

IBM POWER9 S914
  • Deliver superior price/performance for your mission-critical applications with room to scale in IBM AIX(R), IBM i, and Linux(R) environments.
  • Help guard against security threats because of the server's features, reliability, and performance.
  • Harness the integrated virtualization capabilities of the server to rapidly deploy, optimize, and recover workloads.
  • Migrate from previous IBM Power SystemsTM servers with Live Partition Mobility capabilities. Every new Power S914 server comes with a temporary IBM PowerVM(R) license for your old server to support a seamless move to IBM POWER9TM technology-based servers.
  • Use this cloud-enabled server to build an agile, containerized cloud on a server platform that is optimized for data and cognitive services.
  • Extend IBM i, the integrated operating system, and connect to the cognitive capabilities of the IBM Cloud using secure APIs.

The Power S914 server is a powerful 1-socket server that ships with up to eight activated cores and I/O configuration flexibility to meet today's growth and tomorrow's processing needs.

The server features:

  • The following fully activated POWER9 processor module configurations in a 19-inch rack-mount, 4U (EIA units) form factor.
    • 4-core typical 2.3 to 3.8 GHz (max)
    • 6-core typical 2.3 to 3.8 GHz (max)
    • 8-core typical 2.8 to 3.8 GHz (max) (rack-mount configuration only)
  • Up to 1024 GB of DDR4 memory
  • Storage backplane options:
    • Eighteen SFF-3 Bays/Dual IOA with Write Cache.
    • Twelve SFF-3 Bays/RDX Bays.

IBM Power System S924

IBM Power System S924 server helps deliver high security and reliability and is now cloud-enabled with integrated virtualization capabilities. A dual socket 4U rack system with 8, 10 or 12 cores, 32 DIMM slots, 4TB of memory (which IBM says is considerably more than competing x86-based 2-socket systems), 4 CAPI 2.0 slots and integrated IBM PowerVM virtualization.

The IBM® Power® System S924 (9009-42A) server easily integrates into your organization's cloud and cognitive strategy and delivers industry-leading price/performance for your mission-critical workloads.

  • Gain insights faster from your data with 4 TB in-memory database capabilities for SAP HANA, IBM Db2®, and Oracle.
  • Deliver superior price/performance for your mission-critical applications with room to scale in IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux® environments.
  • Help guard against security threats because of the server's features, reliability, and performance.
  • Harness the integrated virtualization capabilities of the server to rapidly deploy, optimize, and recover workloads.
  • Migrate from previous IBM Power Systems™ servers with Live Partition Mobility capabilities. Every new Power S924 server comes with a temporary IBM PowerVM® license for your old server to support a seamless move to IBM POWER9™ technology-based servers.
  • Use this cloud-enabled server to build an agile, containerized cloud on a server platform that is optimized for data and cognitive services.
  • Extend IBM i, the integrated operating system, and connect to the cognitive capabilities of the IBM Cloud using secure APIs.

The Power S924 server is a powerful 2-socket server that ships with up to 24 activated cores and I/O configuration flexibility to meet today's growth and tomorrow's processing needs.

The server features:

IBM POWER9 S924
  • The following fully activated POWER9 processor module configurations in a 19-inch rack-mount, 4U (EIA units) form factor:
    • 8-core typical 3.8 to 4.0 GHz (max)
    • 10-core typical 3.5 to 3.9 GHz (max)
    • 12-core typical 3.4 to 3.9 GHz (max)
  • Up to 4096 GB of DDR4 memory running at speeds of 2133, 2400, and 2666 Mbps
  • Storage backplane options:
    • Base 12 SFF-3 Bays/RDX Bay.
    • Split feature to 6+6 SFF Bays: Add a second SAS Controller.
    • Expanded Function 18 SFF-3 Bays/Dual IOA with Write Cache and optional external SAS port.
    • Expanded Function 12 SFF-3 Bays/RDX Bay and optional external SAS port.
  • Optional PCIe3 NVMe carrier card with two M.2 module slots
  • Expansion capabilities for the EXP12SX/EXP24SX SFF Gen2-bay Drawer
  • Hot-plug PCIe Gen4 and Gen3 slots
  • Integrated:
    • Service processor
    • EnergyScale™ technology
    • Hot-plug and redundant cooling
    • USB 3.0 ports
    • Two HMC ports
    • One system port with RJ45 connector
  • Four hot-plug, redundant power supplies
  • 19-inch rack-mounting hardware (4U)

For more information.

To learn more about the IBM Power System S924 and S914 server, please contact UCG Technologies at 800.211.8798, email info@ucgtechnologies.com, or visit the UCG Technologies contact page.

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