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IBM Power Systems : New I/O features offered on selected servers

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 111-132
July 12, 2011


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New I/O features offered on selected IBM® Power Systems™ servers:

  • SAS-bay-based 177 GB SFF SSD with eMLC for Power 710, 720, 730, 740, 750, 755, 770, and 780 (#1775, #1787, #1793, and #1794)
  • SAS-bay-based 177 GB SFF SSD with eMLC for Power7 795 (#1793 and #1794)
  • Trial Live Partition Mobility (#ELPM)


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177 GB SFF SSD with EMLC (#1775, #1787, #1793, and #1794)

SAS-bay-based SSD options are enhanced with expanded configuration options for the 177 GB SSD, which provides 2.5 times more capacity per drive than the current 69 GB SSD for the POWER7® 710, 720, 730, 740, 750, 755, 770, and 780, and for the POWER6® 520, 550, 560, 570, and 595. The 177 GB drive provides a much improved cost per gigabyte and requires a smaller number of SAS bays for the same number of gigabytes. A few SSDs may reduce the need for many HDDs, saving rack space, I/O drawers, maintenance, and energy. SSDs can often do so while improving system performance and batch windows at the same time. Four feature codes are used for this drive to indicate if it is used for AIX/Linux or IBM i and to indicate what type of SFF SAS bay in which it is placed (#1775, #1787, #1793, and #1794). Two features are Gen2 carrier for use on the EXP24S SFF Gen2-bay Drawer (#5887). Note feature 1775 and feature 1787 were previously announced on POWER7 795.

Trial Live Partition Mobility (#ELPM)

The following Trial PowerVM™ Live Partition Mobility (#ELPM) feature is announcing on the Power 750 (8233-E8B), which will enable clients to upgrade from PowerVM Standard Edition to PowerVM Enterprise Edition at no charge for 60 days. The Live Partition Mobility feature, available only with PowerVM Enterprise Edition, allows for the movement of a running partition from one Power System server to another with no application downtime, resulting in better system utilization, improved application availability, and energy savings.



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For the required operating system level support, refer to the specific I/O feature description.



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July 22, 2011.



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177 GB SFF SSD with EMLC (#1775, #1787, #1793, and #1794)

The new SAS SFF 177 GB SSD with eMLC provides about 2.5 times more gigabytes per SAS bay as compared to the existing SAS-bay-based SLC™ 69 GB SSD option. This new 177 GB eMLC SAS-bay-based option uses very similar technology to the PCIe-based 177 GB eMLC introduced late in 2010. SSD or flash technology can provide 33 to 125 times more I/O operations per second (IOPS) compared to spinning disk drives (HDD) and can, therefore, slash I/O-bound batch window times, improve interactive or query response time, and even make previously performance-impractical applications work well.

These 177 GB SSD were introduced in second quarter 2011, on the Power 795 in the 12X PCIe I/O Drawer (#5803) and are now announced for additional POWER7 and POWER6 models.

Refer to Hardware Announcement 111-065, dated April 12, 2011.

eMLC technology stands for "Enterprise Multi-Level Cell" Flash memory technology. It blends enterprise-class performance and reliability characteristics with the more cost-effective characteristics of MLC Flash storage. Using advances in the SSD device controller Flash memory management in concert with advances in MLC technology, IBM provides substantially better cost-per-gigabyte or cost-per-SAS bay. More impressively, eMLC does this while continuing to provide great sustained performance levels with extended endurance/reliability.

These IBM eMLC SSDs were designed to provide 24x7x365 usage while continuously running write-intensive workloads for at least five years. Typical client usage is expected to be much lower, especially regarding the average percentage of writes, and thus drive lifespan may be much longer.

Two of these SSD-based drives (#1775, #1787) are mounted on Gen1 or SFF-1 carriers/trays. These 177 GB SSD drives (#1775 (AIX/Linux/VIOS) and #1787(IBM i)) can be located in:

  • POWER7 system units: Power 710, 720, 730, 740, 750, 755, 770, and 780
  • #5802 12X PCIe I/O drawers in mode 2, attached to the above POWER7 servers (#5802 in mode 1 or mode 4 does not support SSD in its SAS bays)
  • #5803 12X PCIe I/O drawers in mode 2, attached to the Power 795 (previously announced) (#5803 in mode 1 or mode 4 does not support SSD in its SAS bays)

Refer to Hardware Announcement 109-305, dated April 28, 2009.

Two other features (#1793 and #1794) are mounted on Gen2 or SFF-2 carriers/trays. These 177 GB SSD drives (#1793 AIX/Linux/VIOS) and (#1794 IBM i) can be located in the #5887 EXP24S I/O Drawer. These are basically the same SSD as #1775 and #1787 except they are mounted on Gen2 carriers compatible with the EXP24S SFF Gen2-bay Drawer (#5887). These features can only be located in Gen2 SAS bays. These SSD (#1793 and #1794) in their EXP24S drawer are supported on POWER7 and POWER6 servers.

These SSDs (#1775, #1787, #1793 and #1794) can be controlled by:

  • The imbedded SAS controllers in the previously listed POWER7 system units (Power 710 through Power 780)
  • The PCIe 380 MB Cache SAS RAID Adapter (#5805 and #5903)
  • The PCI-X 1.5 GB Cache SAS RAID Adapter (#5904, #5906, and #5908)

The maximum number of SSD drive features per controller depends upon the enclosure in which the SSDs are placed and the SAS controller, which is running the SSDs.

  • Imbedded SAS controllers can attach up to the maximum number of bays in the system unit, an attachment maximum of six or eight.
  • The PCIe 380 MB Cache SAS RAID Adapter (#5805/5903) can attach up to a total of nine SSDs per pair of adapters.
  • The PCI-X 1.5 GB Cache SAS RAID Adapter (#5904, #5906, and #5908) can attach up to a total of eight SSDs.

Drive protection rules are identical to other HDDs or SSDs used on Power Systems. In IBM i environments, drives are required to be protected by either RAID 5/6 or system mirroring. In AIX® or Linux® or VIOS environments, protection is highly recommended, but not mandatory. RAID 0/5/6/10 or system mirroring (LVM) is available for AIX/Linux/VIOS. A 177 GB RAID array must be all 177 GB SAS-bay-based SSD drives. SSDs and HDDs cannot be in the same RAID array nor can SSDs and HDDs mirror each other.

The feature 1775 (AIX/Linux/VIOS) and 1787 (IBM i) SSDs are physically identical but two feature codes are used to help IBM configurator tools understand which set of protection rules apply. Likewise feature #1793 (AIX/Linux) and #1794 (IBM i) are physically identical, however, they need special placement rules because they are only supported in Gen2 SAS bays in EXP24S SFF Gen2-bay Drawer.

177 GB SSD drives come from IBM using 528-byte sectors (RAID formatted). Reformatting to JBOD's 512-byte sectors for an AIX/Linux system is not tested and is not supported.

Trial PowerVM Live Partition Mobility on Power 750 Express® (#ELPM)

This feature will enable a customer to evaluate Live Partition Mobility at no-charge for 60 days. At the conclusion of the trial period clients place an upgrade order for permanent PowerVM Enterprise Edition to maintain continuity. At the end of the trial period (60 days), the client's system will automatically return to PowerVM Standard Edition.

Live Partition Mobility, available only with PowerVM Enterprise Edition, allows for the movement of a running partition from one Power System server to another with no application downtime, resulting in better system utilization, improved application availability, and energy savings. With Live Partition Mobility, planned application downtime due to regular server maintenance can be a thing of the past.



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Refer to Hardware Announcement 109-305, dated April 28, 2009.

Refer to Hardware Announcement 111-065, dated April 12, 2011.



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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 7014, 8202, 8203, 8204, 8205, 8231, 8233, 8234, 8236, 9117, 9119, and 9179 machine type:

Description                                        MT  Model    Feature
 
2EIA Rack Content Specify                         7014  B42     0363
                                                        T00
                                                        T42
SSD Placement Indicator 5887                      8202  E4B     0465
                                                  8203  E4A
                                                  8204  E8A
                                                  8205  E6B
                                                  8233  E8B
                                                  9117  MMB
                                                  9119  FHA
                                                        FHB
                                                  9179  MHB
#1787 Load Source Specify                         8202  E4B     0722
                                                  8205  E6B
                                                  8231  E2B
                                                  8233  E8B
                                                  9117  MMB
                                                  9179  MHB
#1794 Load Source Specify                         8202  E4B     0876
                                                  8203  E4A
                                                  8204  E8A
                                                  8205  E6B
                                                  8233  E8B
                                                  9117  MMB
                                                  9119  FHA
                                                        FHB
                                                  9179  MHB
177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li                    8202  E4B     1775
                                                  8205  E6B
                                                  8231  E2B
                                                  8233  E8B
                                                  8236  E8C
                                                  9117  MMB
                                                  9179  MHB
177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i                     8202  E4B     1787
                                                  8205  E6B
                                                  8231  E2B
                                                  8233  E8B
                                                  9117  MMB
                                                  9179  MHB
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li                    8202  E4B     1793
                                                  8203  E4A
                                                  8204  E8A
                                                  8205  E6B
                                                  8233  E8B
                                                  8234  EMA
                                                  8236  E8C
                                                  9117  MMA
                                                        MMB
                                                  9119  FHA
                                                        FHB
                                                  9179  MHB
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i                     8202  E4B     1794
                                                  8203  E4A
                                                  8204  E8A
                                                  8205  E6B
                                                  8233  E8B
                                                  8234  EMA
                                                  9117  MMA
                                                        MMB
                                                  9119  FHA
                                                        FHB
                                                  9179  MHB
Quantity 150 of #1793                             8202  E4B     1887
                                                  8203  E4A
                                                  8204  E8A
                                                  8205  E6B
                                                  8233  E8B
                                                  8234  EMA
                                                  8236  E8C
                                                  9117  MMA
                                                        MMB
                                                  9119  FHA
                                                        FHB
                                                  9179  MHB
Quantity 150 of #1794                             8202  E4B     1958
                                                  8203  E4A
                                                  8204  E8A
                                                  8205  E6B
                                                  8233  E8B
                                                  8234  EMA
                                                  9117  MMA
                                                        MMB
                                                  9119  FHA
                                                        FHB
                                                  9179  MHB
QTY 150 177GB SFF-1 SSD 1775                      9117  MMB     7578
                                                  9179  MHB
QTY 150 177GB SFF-1 SSD IBM i                     9117  MMB     7582
                                                  9179  MHB
Trial Live Partition Mobility                     8233  E8B     ELPM

Feature conversions

The existing components being replaced during a model or feature conversion become the property of IBM and must be returned.

Feature conversions are always implemented on a "quantity of one for quantity of one" basis. Multiple existing features may not be converted to a single new feature. Single existing features may not be converted to multiple new features.

The following conversions are available to customers:

Feature conversions for 9119-FHA to 9119-FHB cable features
                                                          Return
From feature conversion      To feature conversion        Parts
 
1863 - 2.5 Meter 12X DDR     1865 - 3.0 Meter 12X DDR     No
 Cable                        Cable


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Specified operating environment

Software requirements

Refer to the specific I/O feature description for the required operating system level support.

Planning information

Cable orders

No cables are required.

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of host hardware, host software, and application software.

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 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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MES discount applicable

Equal to the volume commitment discount

Field installable feature

Yes

Warranty period

An IBM part or feature installed during the initial installation of an IBM machine is subject to a full warranty effective on the date of installation of the machine. An IBM part or feature which replaces a previously installed part or feature assumes the remainder of the warranty period for the replaced part or feature. An IBM part or feature added to a machine without replacing a previously installed part or feature is subject to a full warranty effective on its date of installation. Unless specified otherwise, the warranty period, type of warranty service, and service level of a part or feature is the same as the machine it is installed.

Customer setup

Yes

Machine code

Same license terms and conditions as base machine



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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 7014, 8202, 8203, 8204, 8205, 8231, 8233, 8234, 8236, 9117, 9119, and 9179 machine type:

                                       Initial/
                                          MES/
                              Feature     Both/        RP
Description          Model    number      support  CSU MES
 
Machine Type 7014

2EIA Rack Content Specify    
                       B42     0363       Initial  N/A No
                       T00                Initial  N/A No
                       T42                Initial  N/A No
Machine Type 8202

SSD Placement Indicator 5887
                       E4B     0465       Initial  N/A No
#1787 Load Source Specify
                       E4B     0722       Both     Yes No
#1794 Load Source Specify
                       E4B     0876       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       E4B     1775       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       E4B     1787       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       E4B     1793       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       E4B     1794       Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1793
                       E4B     1887       Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1794
                      E4B     1958        Both     Yes No
Machine Type 8203

SSD Placement Indicator 5887
                       E4A     0465       Initial  N/A No
#1794 Load Source Specify
                       E4A     0876       Initial  N/A No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       E4A     1793       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       E4A     1794       Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1793
                       E4A     1887       Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1794
                       E4A     1958       Both     Yes No
Machine Type 8204

SSD Placement Indicator 5887
                       E8A     0465       Initial  N/A No
#1794 Load Source Specify
                       E8A     0876       Initial  N/A No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       E8A     1793       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       E8A     1794       Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1793
                       E8A     1887       Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1794
                       E8A     1958       Both     Yes No
Machine Type 8205

SSD Placement Indicator 5887
                       E6B     0465       Initial  N/A No
#1787 Load Source Specify
                       E6B     0722       Both     Yes No
#1794 Load Source Specify
                       E6B     0876       Initial  N/A No
177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       E6B     1775       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       E6B     1787       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       E6B     1793       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       E6B     1794       Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1793
                       E6B     1887       Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1794
                       E6B     1958       Both     Yes No
Machine Type 8231

#1787 Load Source Specify
                       E2B     0722       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       E2B     1775       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       E2B     1787       Both     Yes No
Machine Type 8233

SSD Placement Indicator 5887
                       E8B     0465       Initial  N/A No
#1787 Load Source Specify
                       E8B     0722       Both     Yes No
#1794 Load Source Specify
                       E8B     0876       Initial  N/A No
177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       E8B     1775       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       E8B     1787       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       E8B     1793       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       E8B     1794       Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1793
                       E8B     1887       Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1794
                       E8B     1958       Both     Yes No
Trial Live Partition Mobility
                       E8B     ELPM       Both     Yes No
Machine Type 8234 

177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       EMA     1793       MES      Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       EMA     1794       MES      Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1793
                       EMA     1887       MES      Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1794
                       EMA     1958       MES      Yes No
Machine Type 8236

177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       E8C     1775       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       E8C     1793       Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1793
                       E8C     1887       Both     Yes No
Machine Type 9117 

SSD Placement Indicator 5887
                       MMB     0465       Initial  N/A No
#1787 Load Source Specify
                       MMB     0722       Both     Yes No
#1794 Load Source Specify
                       MMB     0876       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       MMB     1775       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       MMB     1787       Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       MMA     1793       MES      Yes No
                       MMB                Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       MMA     1794       MES      Yes No
                       MMB                Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1793  MMA     1887       MES      Yes No
                       MMB                Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1794  MMA     1958       MES      Yes No
                       MMB                Both     Yes No
QTY 150 177GB SFF-1 SSD 1775
                       MMB     7578       Both     Yes No
QTY 150 177GB SFF-1 SSD IBM i
                       MMB     7582       Both     Yes No
Machine Type 9119

SSD Placement Indicator 5887
                       FHA     0465       Initial  N/A No
                       FHB                Initial  N/A No
#1794 Load Source Specify
                       FHA     0876       Both     Yes No
                       FHB                Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       FHA     1793       Both     Yes No
                       FHB                Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       FHA     1794       Both     Yes No
                       FHB                Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1793  FHA     1887       Both     Yes No
                       FHB                Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1794  FHA     1958       Both     Yes No
                       FHB                Both     Yes No
Machine Type 9179

SSD Placement Indicator 5887
                       MHB     0465      Initial  N/A No
#1787 Load Source Specify
                       MHB     0722      Both     Yes No
#1794 Load Source Specify
                       MHB     0876      Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       MHB     1775      Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-1 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       MHB     1787      Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC AIX/Li
                       MHB     1793      Both     Yes No
177GB SFF-2 SSD w/ eMLC IBM i
                       MHB     1794      Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1793
                       MHB     1887      Both     Yes No
Quantity 150 of #1794
                       MHB     1958      Both     Yes No
QTY 150 177GB SFF-1 SSD 1775
                       MHB     7578      Both     Yes No
QTY 150 177GB SFF-1 SSD IBM i
                       MHB     7582      Both     Yes No

Feature conversions

Feature conversions for 9119-FHA to 9119-FHB cable features:
                                                          Parts     
From Feature conversion      To feature conversion        returned  
   
1863 - 2.5 Meter 12X DDR     1865 - 3.0 Meter 12X DDR     No       
Cable                         Cable
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