Announcement Summary - April 2, 2008

*** Announcement Letter Numeric Index Announcements ***

108-230 IBM Power 520 Express Edition: Optimized performance and value on an entry server

108-231 IBM Power 550 Express Edition: Exceptional reliability, availability, and serviceability for entry and medium-size enterprises

108-233 IBM BladeCenter JS12 Express server combines excellent processing power with the scalability, reliability, and configuration flexibility of IBM BladeCenter architecture

108-234 IBM BladeCenter S Chassis offers support for IBM BladeCenter JS12, JS21, and JS22 servers and is now available through AAS order entry system

*** Hardware Announcements ***


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108-230 IBM Power 520 Express Edition: Optimized performance and value on an entry server

At a glance

The Power 520 servers deliver these features and benefits:

  • 4.2 GHz POWER6 technology for entry to mid-size businesses

  • One- or two-core server offerings to match your business needs

  • High reliability

  • Ease of installation and use

  • Expandability to manage today's and tomorrow's business demands

  • Support for IBM i, AIX, and Linux operating systems
----------------------------------------- For ordering, contact:
  Your IBM representative or the
  Americas Call Centers at
    800-IBM-CALL  Reference: YE001

Overview

IBM System i (TM) and System p (TM) platforms are unifying the value of their servers into a single, powerful lineup of servers based on industry-leading POWER6 (TM) processor technology with support for the IBM i operating system (formerly known as i5/OS (TM)), and AIX (R) and Linux (TM) for Power operating systems. This new, single portfolio of Power Systems servers offers industry-leading technology, continued IBM innovation, and the flexibility to deploy the operating system that your business requires.

The Power 520 Express Edition is the entry member of the portfolio, supporting both IBM i 5.4 and IBM i 6.1 (formerly known as i5/OS V5R4 and i5/OS V6R1). Combining industry-leading POWER6 processor technology from IBM with its flagship operating system for small and medium-size clients, the Power 520 servers deliver outstanding performance and value for clients who want to run IBM i applications. These new Power Systems servers offer exceptional reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) functions including:

  • Highly reliable components for built-in reliability

  • Recovery from intermittent errors or failover to redundant components

  • Detection and reporting of failures and impending failures

  • Hardware that automatically initiates actions to perform error correction, repair, or component replacement
The innovative POWER6 processor within the Power 520 servers delivers outstanding performance for running your IBM i applications. Combined with IBM i 6.1, you can experience significant improvements in Java (TM) and WebSphere (R) applications. Also, the POWER6 architecture with EnergyScale technology includes features that measure the energy use of your system and direct policies toward the energy-efficient operation of the server. The underlying hardware automatically adjusts to deliver the operating solution that you want.

The Power 520 server running the IBM i operating system supports one or two 4.2 GHz POWER6 processor cores and delivers outstanding performance for use as a business-critical application platform or in a high-transaction environment based on the Java platform. The Power 520 is packaged as a deskside or 4U (4 EIA units) rack-mount configuration. It supports IBM i, AIX, and Linux operating systems to broaden the application offerings available and increase the ways you can manage growth, complexity, and risk.

If you are primarily focused on running IBM i applications, or if you own System i servers and plan on migrating to these new POWER6 processor-based servers, the Power 520 is targeted to your needs. The Power 520 i Edition combines POWER6 processor-based server hardware, key system components, and IBM i system software into easy-to-order configurations to get you up and running quickly.

The Power 520 1-way is an affordable and reliable entry server to run your IBM i business applications. It is highly optimized for small business clients and supports up to 16 GB of memory, up to six disk drives, DVD, and tape -- all within the single system unit enclosure.

The Power 520 1/2-way gives you more scalability and expandability. It is the ideal package to ensure your Power Systems server can handle business growth. With Capacity on Demand, you can quickly increase processing power when your business requires it. And you can add I/O expansion units and twice the memory of the 1-way, up to 32 GB.

Planned availability dates

  • April 18, 2008, except for the following features:

  • May 6, 2008:
      - 5616 -- GX Dual-port 12x Chan Attch - 5796 -- PCI-DDR 12X Expansion Drawer - 6446 -- 12X Short Run 5796 Attach - 6457 -- 12X Long Run 5796 Attach - 7314 -- Dual 5796 Unit Enclosure
Note: Features available on May 6, 2008, will require eFW 3.2.2 firmware.


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108-231 IBM Power 550 Express Edition: Exceptional reliability, availability, and serviceability for entry and medium-size enterprises

At a glance

Power 550 servers deliver these benefits:

  • 4.2 GHz POWER6 technology for medium-size businesses

  • Four-core server offerings to match your business needs

  • High reliability

  • Ease of installation and use

  • Expandability to manage today's and tomorrow's business demands

  • Support for IBM i, AIX, and Linux operating systems
----------------------------------------- For ordering, contact:
  Your IBM representative, an IBM
  Business Partner, or the Americas
  Call Centers at
    800-IBM-CALL  Reference: YE001

Overview

IBM System i (TM) and IBM System p (TM) are unifying the value of their servers into a single, powerful lineup of servers based on industry-leading POWER6 (TM) processor technology with support for the IBM i operating system (formerly known as i5/OS (TM)), and IBM AIX (R) and Linux (TM) for Power operating systems. This new, single portfolio of Power Systems servers offers IBM clients industry-leading technology, continued IBM innovation, and the flexibility to deploy the operating system your business requires.

The Power 550 Express Edition is the mid-size member of the portfolio, supporting both IBM i 5.4 and IBM i 6.1 (formerly known as i5/OS V5R4 and i5/OS V6R1). Combining industry-leading POWER6 processor technology from IBM with its flagship operating system for larger entry-size and medium-size clients, the Power 550 servers now offer outstanding performance and value for clients who want to run IBM i applications. These new Power Systems servers offer exceptional reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) functions including:

  • Built-in reliability through use of highly reliable components

  • Recovery from intermittent errors or failover to redundant components

  • Detection and reporting of failures and impending failures

  • Hardware that automatically initiates actions to affect error correction, repair, or component replacement
The innovative POWER6 processor within the Power 550 servers delivers outstanding performance for running your IBM i applications. Combined with the IBM i 6.1 operating system, you can experience significant improvements in Java (TM) and IBM WebSphere (R) applications. Also designed to help you become more energy efficient, the POWER6 architecture with EnergyScale technology includes features that measure your system's energy use and directs policies toward the energy-efficient operation of the server, while the underlying hardware automatically adjusts to deliver the operating solution that you want.

The Power 550 server offers efficiency and flexibility while supporting up to four 4.2 GHz POWER6 processor cores. It delivers outstanding performance as an application server in addition to supporting consolidation projects to simplify your IT. The Power 550 server is offered as a deskside or 4U (4 EIA units) rack-mount configuration. It supports IBM i, AIX, and Linux operating systems to broaden the application offerings available and increase ways you can manage growth, complexity, and risk.

If you are looking for scalability and expandability, the Power 550 1/4-way offers an excellent package to ensure your Power Systems server can handle your business growth. The Power 550 1/4-way server on demand capabilities allow you to quickly grow from a single active core to four active cores by simply activating additional processors. The Power 550 supports up to 128 GB memory and up to 12 I/O expansion units.

Planned availability date

May 23, 2008


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108-233 IBM BladeCenter JS12 Express server combines excellent processing power with the scalability, reliability, and configuration flexibility of IBM BladeCenter architecture

At a glance

The IBM BladeCenter JS12 Express features:

  • Innovation with proven sixth generation POWER (TM) technology for enhanced performance, efficiency, and reliability

  • Leadership PowerVM virtualization technology to help cut costs and consolidate workloads

  • Innovative EnergyScale technology to help save energy costs

  • Flexibility to manage growth complexity and risk

  • Up to 64 GB memory for memory-intensive applications

  • Integrated dual-Gigabit Ethernet

  • Integrated systems management processor

  • Integrated SAS controller

  • Support for two 73 GB or 146 GB SAS disk drives

  • Optional preinstall for AIX operating system or Virtual I/O Server (VIOS)
----------------------------------------- For ordering, contact:
  Your IBM representative, an IBM
  Business Partner, or the Americas
  Call Centers at
    800-IBM-CALL  Reference: YE001

Overview

For the perfect alternative to a rack-mount or deskside server running the IBM AIX (R), IBM i, or Linux (TM) operating system, the IBM BladeCenter (R) JS12 Express blade server combined with a BladeCenter S chassis provides exceptional value and expandability in an attractively packaged and highly efficient design. The JS12 is designed to be quiet and secure for office environments, providing an acoustic treatment for quiet operation, a set of security doors to protect vital data and servers, and an optional dust filter to expand IT into virtually any environment.

The JS12 Express blade has been preconfigured and tested by IBM, utilizing a 3.8 GHz 64-bit IBM POWER6 (TM) processor core; it is available in a two-core configuration and is designed to deliver great performance at compelling prices. With faster and more reliable double data rate 2 (DDR2) memory options, including expandability up to 64 GB and a SAS disk subsystem supporting up to two on-board hard drives with a total capacity of 292 GB, the BladeCenter JS12 Express is designed for increased uptime and enhanced performance. Along with built-in support for IBM PowerVM virtualization capabilities, the BladeCenter JS12 Express offers an ideal blade server solution for a diverse range of needs.

For small database and application serving, the BladeCenter JS12 Express blade server delivers great performance, expandability, and capacity to satisfy the needs of clients looking for an easy-to-use, integrated platform with a high degree of deployment flexibility, scalability, and manageability.

For a complete integrated business system, the BladeCenter JS12 Express blade server combined with a BladeCenter chassis allows small or mid-sized companies seeking simplicity to avoid increased spending and staffing requirements; they become more responsive to their customers, improving their productivity and keeping their data highly secure. The JS12 Express integrates features to simplify an IT environment and deliver a complete, cost-effective business system that grows as the business grows.

Built on the promise of the IBM BladeCenter family of products -- easy-to-use, integrated platforms with a high degree of deployment flexibility, scalability, and manageability -- the BladeCenter JS12 Express is an extremely affordable blade server with the capability to run IBM AIX, IBM i, or Linux applications, concurrently if desired. The JS12 Express broadens the application offerings available and increases the ways you can put this power to work.

Powered by the latest IBM processor technology, POWER6, the JS12 Express provides outstanding price/performance in a commercial IT environment; superior reliability, availability, serviceability (RAS) characteristics; high energy efficiency; and outstanding built-in PowerVM virtualization to help achieve increased system utilization. The feature-rich, JS12 Express will bring significant benefits to businesses that require a durable server solution for consolidating multiple applications and servers into a single BladeCenter chassis; transitioning from traditional rack-mount or deskside servers to highly efficient blades; and implementing commercial applications.

The JS12 Express blade server features advanced, innovative IBM technologies including:

  • Performance of POWER6 processors designed for reliability and speed

  • IBM EnergyScale firmware and IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager software tools to measure energy use and direct policies toward the energy-efficient operation of the server

  • Built-in PowerVM virtualization allowing operational and infrastructure efficiencies

  • Mainframe-inspired RAS features architected to avoid, detect, and recover from errors to achieve near-continuous availability

  • Flexible packaging and operating system support to allow cost-effective and seamless growth

  • Security and integrity functions built into the firmware and operating systems to protect critical applications and data
The IBM i operating system 6.1 (iV6R1) operating system is supported on the IBM BladeCenter JS12 (7998-60X) in the BladeCenter S Chassis (7779-BCS).

The i Edition of BladeCenter S will be available starting in second quarter 2008 and is a predefined offering including the BladeCenter JS12 Express blade, a BladeCenter S chassis with disk drives, and IBM i software. The total offering will have an optimized configuration and single price.

Previews provide insight into IBM plans and directions but they are subject to change or withdrawal. General availability, prices, ordering information, and terms and conditions will be provided when the product or offering is announced.

Key prerequisites

  • A BladeCenter chassis
  • When used with Serial over LAN Console support, a network switch module
  • A rack (7014-B42 recommended)
  • An operating system (IBM AIX, IBM i operating system, Red Hat Linux, or Novell SUSE Linux)

Planned availability date

May 30, 2008, except for features 2145, 2146, and 2147 on the 7998-61X, which are planned to be available on April 12, 2008.


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108-234 IBM BladeCenter S Chassis offers support for IBM BladeCenter JS12, JS21, and JS22 servers and is now available through AAS order entry system

At a glance

The IBM BladeCenter S Chassis offers:

  • Two 950-watt/1450-watt power supplies for power redundancy; additional power supply options available

  • Four hot-swap fan packs standard

  • Two optional Disk Storage Modules for HDDs, six 3.5-inch SAS drives each

  • Support for common I/O switches as other BladeCenter chassis

  • One Advanced Management Module with built-in KVM support standard

  • IBM BladeCenter S Office Enablement Kit feature

  • IBM Director and Storage Configuration Manager, which support blades and HDDs in the BladeCenter S Chassis

  • Ability to integrate Ethernet networking

  • CD-RW/DVD-ROM media tray standard

  • Support for up to six BladeCenter JS12, JS21, JS22, HS20, HS21, HS21 XM, HC10, LS20, LS21, and LS41 blades

  • Availability through the AAS order entry system
----------------------------------------- For ordering, contact:
  Your IBM representative, an IBM
  Business Partner, or the Americas
  Call Centers at
    800-IBM-CALL  Reference: YE001

Overview

IBM BladeCenter (R) S Chassis is now available through the AAS order entry system to support the IBM BladeCenter JS12, JS21, and JS22 servers.

Extends the benefits of BladeCenter outside the data center:

  • Integrates servers, storage, networking, I/O, and applications into a single chassis

  • Uses standard office power plugs in most countries with 100/240 V, so that you do not need a data center to take command of your data

  • Offers flexible, modular technology that integrates blade servers supporting a wide range of operating systems

  • Includes management tools that are open and easily integrated, allowing you to focus on your business, not your IT

  • Helps build greener IT infrastructures with powerful IBM Cool Blue technology, and a portfolio of products and tools to help you plan, manage, and control power and cooling

  • Includes IBM Director V5.2 and Storage Configuration Manager V1.1, which enable the user to configure storage options in the BladeCenter S Chassis
Offers the IBM BladeCenter S Office Enablement Kit feature, including:
  • An acoustical module: The kit comes with an acoustical module that helps in making the BladeCenter S Chassis quieter for the office environment.

  • Locking front and rear doors: To help ensure that your data will remain safe and secure in any environment.

  • Bonus room for other IT: The Office Enablement Kit includes 4U of bonus space for other types of IT that an office may need in addition to the BladeCenter S Chassis.

  • Easy mobility: The Office Enablement Kit comes with lockable wheels and fingergrips to make your BladeCenter S Chassis easily transportable.

  • Pre-configuration: Your BladeCenter S Chassis will be pre-configured and installed into the Office Enablement Kit allowing you to get your system up and running quickly without unnecessary extra configuration hassles.
The IBM i operating system 6.1 (formerly known as i5/OS (TM) V6R1) will be supported only on the IBM BladeCenter JS12 (7998-60X) in the BladeCenter S Chassis (7779-BCS) on May 30, 2008. Additional chassis support will be available later in 2008.

IBM i 6.1 will be supported on the IBM BladeCenter JS22 (7998-61X) in the BladeCenter S Chassis on June 13, 2008.

Key prerequisites

The BladeCenter S Chassis requires a:

  • Power source
  • Monitor, USB keyboard, and USB mouse
  • Network switch module
  • Rack
  • BladeCenter JS12, JS21, or JS22 blade

Planned availability dates

  • April 25, 2008, except for features noted below
  • May 30, 2008, for IBM BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager features (#4941, #4942, #4943) and switch features (#3171, #3173, #3174, #3175, #3176)