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IBM System i platform delivers enhancements for the POWER6 570 and other System i models

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 108-073
January 29, 2008

 

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At a glance

System i enhancements include:

  • Significantly improved POWER6 Fibre Channel functionality and performance
  • Improved POWER6 570 availability
  • Extended 282 GB disk support
  • Intelligent power distribution unit (PDU) for better facilities management

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Overview

The System i™ POWER6™ model 570 now offers significantly improved IBM i5/OS™ Fibre Channel capabilities when running i5/OS V6R1.

  • Two smart IOA Fibre Channel adapters, dual-port PCIe and PCI-X, use a rearchitected System i pathlink to greatly enhance POWER6 Fibre Channel I/O subsystem characteristics.
  • PCI slot usage is now more efficient. You can achieve a PCI slot reduction of up to four to one, or more, streamlining the overall size and cost of your System i configuration.
  • The new pathlink for adapters offers significantly better disk performance compared to the earlier IOP/IOA implementation.

The latest system firmware level delivers two availability enhancements to the POWER6 i570: hot failover of service processors and hot add of HSL-2 or 12X loops. These enhancements can help reduce unplanned and planned downtime events. In addition, future planned enhancements enable hot-node add.

The 282 GB 15k rpm SCSI disk drive is now supported in I/O enclosures in addition to the EXP24 Disk Enclosure. Either the SCSI 282 GB or SAS 283 GB 15k rpm disk drive can be used with i5/OS V6R1 as a load source device. These disk enhancements give you additional flexibility.

Much of the System i product line can now take advantage of an intelligent PDU that continuously collects data on power usage. IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager can display data for better monitoring and power and cooling insights for your computer room.

Several software content changes are made to model 520, 550, 570, and 595 editions. Revised editions include changes to XML Toolkit, Enterprise Workload Manager (EWLM), and Workplace Services Express.
 
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Planned availability dates

February 8, 2008, except for the following:

March 21, 2008:

  • 0534 i5/OS V6R1 M0 Machine Code
  • 5749 4 Gbps Fibre Channel (2-Port)
  • 0841 #4329/#1269 Load Source Specify

Note: i5/OS V6R1 will be available on previously announced feature #5774 4 Gbps Fibre Channel (2-Port) on March 21, 2008.
 
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Description

Smart Fibre Channel adapters

The #5749 is a 4 Gb dual-port PCI-X Fibre Channel adapter. The previously announced #5774 is a 4 Gb dual-port PCIe Fibre Channel adapter. Both these adapters are smart IOA adapters that do not require an IOP, so that you can save PCI slots. When used with i5/OS, both require a POWER6 system with i5/OS V6R1 and support IBM DS8000™ attachment, multipath, SAN load source, and tape alternate IPL.

You can mix tape and disk on the same Fibre Channel adapter, but concurrent operations may significantly affect performance.

Smart IOA Fibre Channel adapters support these tape libraries with the initial shipment of V6R1:

  • 3592 with 3592 J1A/3592 E05 drives
  • 3584 (TS3500) with LTO 2, LTO 3, or 3592 J1A/3592 E05 drives
  • 3494 with 3592 J1A/3592 E05 drives

IBM plans for Smart IOA Fibre Channel adapters to support these additional tape libraries by fourth quarter 20081:

  • 3573 (TS3100, TS3200) with LTO 3 or LTO 4 drives2
  • 3576 (TS3310) with LTO 3 or LTO 4 drives2
  • 3577 (TS3400) with 3592 E05 drives2
1
All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.
2
Informational APAR II14355 will contain the specific support date and prerequisite PTF level information when available.

For additional tape library information, visit

POWER6 570 firmware enhancements

Redundant service processor hardware is installed in POWER6 570 configurations that have more than one processor enclosure and the new system firmware 3.2, fixpack 1, to be available on February 29, 2008. To download, visit

This enables hot failover if a service processor fails. This function requires the hardware management console (HMC) to be attached to the service interface card in both processor enclosure one and two. The service interface card in both enclosures must also be connected using an SPCN power control cable (#6006 or similar).

Hot-adding HSL-2 and 12X I/O loops to the system configuration is also supported with the new firmware level. These GX loop adapters can now be added while your system is running and brought into use. Memory must be preallocated for the additional GX card use. If the GX loop adapter is added without memory preallocation, an IPL is required to allocate the memory and to bring the adapter into use. The new firmware level also supports concurrent maintenance of the GX adapters. If the GX adapter fails, you can replace the card with a working card without powering down your system. Note that the partitions that depend on I/O attached to the failed GX adapter would be affected during the outage and adapter replacement.

The #4329 282.25 GB 15k rpm SCSI disk drive is physically identical to the #1269 282.25 GB 15k rpm disk drive announced in 2007, but feature #4329 designates the disk drive is located in a #5094/5294/9194/8294, #0595/5095, or 520/525/550/570 system unit. The #1269 is located in an EXP24 disk enclosure.

Intelligent PDU+

Continuous power usage data can be collected on your System i configuration via a #7109 intelligent power distribution unit (PDU+). The intelligent PDU+ includes 12 electrical outlets per PDU for the #0551 1.8 m rack, #0553 2.0 m rack, and #0555 25U rack. The #7109 is interchangeable with the #7188 PDU. However, only the #7109 PDU+ can collect usage data. You can display power usage data from the IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager. Data administrators can use the information to monitor the power consumption of the data center at various times of the day, week, or month. They can use that information to identify anomalies and manage loads when electrical demands or costs are high. Electrical usage information correlates to heat output, so the data can also offer insights into air conditioning requirements.

The Active Energy Manager, which displays the power consumption information collected by an intelligent PDU+, is the same application that can offer a way to reduce energy consumption of specific POWER6 570 configurations that use only 12X I/O drawers and have no HSL I/O drawers/towers. Using the Active Energy Manager, you can enable and disable power saver mode automatically, based on time of day or processor use. Scheduling power saver mode for high energy usage times can reduce peak energy consumption and help lower the cost of energy used. Enabling this mode during low processor use periods, such as nights and weekends, can reduce overall energy consumption without disrupting business operations.

Edition content

Changes have been made to the following editions for the specified models.

XML Toolkit for iSeries™ (5733-XT1) is replaced by XML Toolkit for IBM System i (5733-XT2).

9406-550

  • 7155 — Enterprise Edition for #0910 (1/4 way)
  • 7630 — Solution Edition for #0910 (1/4 way)

9406-570

  • 7747 — Enterprise Edition for #0934 (2/4 way)
  • 7748 — Enterprise Edition for #0935 (4/8 way)
  • 7749 — Enterprise Edition for #0936 (8/16 way)

9406-595

  • 5890 — Enterprise Edition for #0953 (8/16 way)
  • 5891 — Enterprise Edition for #0954 (16/32 way)
  • 5892 — Enterprise Edition for #0955 (32/64 way)

IBM Virtualization Engine™ Enterprise Workload Manager for i5/OS 5733-EWA) is removed without replacement to simplify the edition.

9406-550

  • 7155 — Enterprise Edition for #0910 (1/4 way)
  • 7630 — Solution Edition for #0910 (1/4 way)

9406-570

  • 7747 — Enterprise Edition for #0934 (2/4 way)
  • 7748 — Enterprise Edition for #0935 (4/8 way)
  • 7749 — Enterprise Edition for #0936 (8/16 way)

9406-595

  • 5890 — Enterprise Edition for #0953 (8/16 way)
  • 5891 — Enterprise Edition for #0954 (16/32 way)
  • 5892 — Enterprise Edition for #0955 (32/64 way)

Workplace Services Express (5733-WSE) is removed without replacement to simplify the edition.

9406-520

  • 7734 — Enterprise Edition (1 way 1200 CPU)
  • 7735 — Enterprise Edition (1 way 2800 CPU)
  • 7736 — Enterprise Edition (1/2 way 3800-7100 CPU)

9406-550

  • 7155 — Enterprise Edition for #0910 (1/4 way)
  • 7630 — Solution Edition for #0910 (1/4 way)

9406-570

  • 7747 — Enterprise Edition for #0934 (2/4 way)
  • 7748 — Enterprise Edition for #0935 (4/8 way)
  • 7749 — Enterprise Edition for #0936 (8/16 way)

9406-595

  • 5890 — Enterprise Edition for #0953 (8/16 way)
  • 5891 — Enterprise Edition for #0954 (16/32 way)
  • 5892 — Enterprise Edition for #0955 (32/64 way)

Product preview: IBM plans to enable POWER6 i570 systems to add an additional processor enclosure (node) without powering down the system (hot-node add).

The additional POWER6 570 enclosure is ordered as a system upgrade and added to the original system while operations continue. The additional resources of the new enclosure can be assigned to existing or new applications, as required.

In addition, in certain cases, IBM plans to provide the capability for POWER6 i570 systems that have experienced a failure and rebooted without one of the processor enclosures active, to be able to have the deactivated enclosure repaired and reintegrated into the active system without powering down the system (cold-node repair). The additional resources of the repaired system unit enclosure can be assigned to existing or new applications, as required.

This capability is planned to be available at no additional charge to existing POWER6 i570 users via a system firmware upgrade later in 2008. (Additional processor enclosures are ordered and charged according to normal business practices.)

Previews provide insight into IBM plans and directions. General availability, prices, ordering information, and terms and conditions will be provided when the product is announced. All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice. Any reliance on these previews or statements of general direction is at the relying party's sole risk and will not create liability or obligation for IBM.

Planning information

The new smart IOA Fibre Channel attachment uses either a PCI-X or PCI-e adapter running under i5/OS V6R1 on POWER6 systems. These Fibre Channel controllers can support either tape or disk. However, for performance reasons, it is not recommended that tape and disks be attached to the same physical Fibre Channel controller and run concurrently.

The tape library support for the smart IOA Fibre Channel controller is planned to be made available in stages as shown in the following table. Some older libraries are not planned to be supported with these controllers, and you can continue to attach them using the existing IOP-based Fibre Channel controllers.

Library/Drive                        Drive/Media
 
Available at initial release of Smart IOA
 
3592                                 3592 J1A / 3592 E05
 
3584 (TS3500)                        LTO 2 / 3
                                     3592 J1A / 3592 E05
 
3494                                 3592 J1A / 3592 E05
 
Stage 2 — by 4Q08
 
3573 (TS3100, TS3200)                LTO 3 / 4
 
3576 (TS3310)                        LTO 3 / 4
 
3577 (TS3400)                        3592 E05
 
 
IOP-based required; Smart IOA support is not planned.
 
3581 3582, 3583, 3490,               LTO 1
3570, 3590, 9348                     LTO 2, other than in 3584

i5/OS support for IBM System Storage™ DS4700 and DS4800 on POWER6 systems

i5/OS V6R1, through the enhanced capability of the Virtual I/O Server (VIOS), supports the attachment of the IBM System Storage DS4700 and DS4800 products to POWER6 systems. The attachment through VIOS is fully transparent to the i5/OS operating system and supports all types of objects, including database. The DS4700 and DS4800 are attached to the VIOS via a Fibre Channel adapter.

For best performance and reliability, the DS4700 and DS4800 Fibre Channel disk drives are strongly recommended over the SATA disk drives. You should consider DS4700 or DS4800 SATA drive configurations only when price is the primary decision factor.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

You can request a U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance at

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

IBM System i models are capable, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.
 
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Product positioning

For POWER6 systems running i5/OS V6R1, the new smart IOA Fibre Channel adapters offer up to a four-to-one improvement in PCI slot efficiency compared to the existing IOP/IOA Fibre Channel implementation. To measure the improvement using the number of ports attached to a SAN disk storage unit, start with today's IOP/IOA implementation. For Fibre Channel attached disk, one IOP and one IOA disk controller is needed for each Fibre Channel port. But for the new smart Fibre Channel IOA, only one dual-port adapter (requiring one PCI slot) is needed instead of two IOPs plus two IOP-based Fibre Channel disk controllers (up to a four-to-one savings). Or viewing in a slightly different way, an IOP/IOA pair can support up to 32 LUNs, or 16 LUNs per PCI slot. The smart IOA can support up to 64 LUNs per port, or up to 128 LUNs per adapter (up to an eight-to-one savings per PCI slot).

Rearchitected pathlinks offer significantly better disk performance compared to the earlier IOP/IOA implementation. Although internal disk performance still has an advantage in some situations, a properly configured IBM DS8000 nearly equals internal disk performance. IBM DS8000 is supported, but IBM ESS 800 and IBM DS6000™ via smart IOA Fibre Channel is not.

Smart Fibre Channel IOA attached tape offers alternate IPL capability, a function not available on an IOP-based Fibre Channel adapter. Negligible performance difference is anticipated for Fibre Channel attached tape when comparing IOP/IOA to smart IOA configurations. Refer to the Description section and the planning Web site for additional information on which tape libraries can attach via the smart Fibre Channel IOAs.

Compared to the existing #7188 PDU, the new #7109 intelligent PDU+ has the same number of electrical outlets per PDU, amperage per outlet and PDU, circuit breaker structure, power cord options, and 1 EIA rack size. Although it is deeper than the #7188, it also fits in the side pockets of the #0551 1.8 m and #0553 2.0 m racks. The #7188 PDU does not offer power monitoring.

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

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Trademarks

 
POWER6, System i, i5/OS, DS8000, iSeries, Virtualization Engine, System Storage, DS6000, OmniFind, and POWER are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
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Publications

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Technical information

Planning information

Cable orders: No cable orders required.

Security, auditability, and control

System i™ systems use the security and auditability features of IBM i5/OS™. Use of these facilities is optional. The security measures supplied by i5/OS are designed to reduce the risk of users changing or destroying data resources, but do not prevent it. The i5/OS security features include the use of passwords, a security option to limit a user to only functions provided by customer-designed menus, and a security option to limit read/write access for files, libraries, and folders during normal operations. To achieve increased security, the i5/OS controls should be combined with physical security, division of duties, and other appropriate measures.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.
 
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IBM Electronic Services

IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

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Prices

The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

Features and specify codes

                                             Purchase
Description                        Feature   price       CSU
 
i5/OS V6R1 M0 Machine Code         0534     $      0     Yes
#3678 Load Source Specify          0840            0     Yes
#4329/#1269 Load Source Spec       0841            0     Yes
300GB 15k rpm Disk Unit            3585        1,999     Yes
282.25GB 15k rpm Disk Unit         4329        2,799     Yes
1Gb Ethernet UTP 4-port Adapter    5717        1,099     Yes
4Gbps Fibre Channel (2-Port)       5749        3,308     Yes
Cable Restraint Hardware           7099           60     No
Intelligent PDU Plus               7109        1,455     Yes
Quantity 150 of #4329              7511      419,850     Yes
Adv POWER(TM) Virt -- Enterprise   7995        1,999     Yes

Conversions

Feature conversions

              Parts      Purchase
From   To:    returned   price
 
4329   1269   No         $0
1269   4329   No          0

 
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Trademarks

 
System i, i5/OS, Electronic Service Agent, and POWER are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
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