IBM Power Systems enhances I/O with mainstream 2.5-inch SAS SSDs

IBM Europe Hardware Announcement ZG18-0077
August 7, 2018


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(Corrected on August 20, 2018)

Revised the description for feature ECL0 in the Program number section.



At a glance

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IBM® Power Systems™ I/O enhancements include:

  • Enhanced mainstream 2.5-inch solid-state drives (SSD) offer new capacity points for workloads with modest write requirements for IBM POWER9™ and IBM POWER8® technology-based servers. Mainstream SSDs were previously called read-intensive SSDs.
  • IBM Power® AC922 server support for rack integration on the Enterprise Slim Rack (7965-S42).
  • Two new attachment indicators for Hardware Management Console (HMC) (7063-CR1) to identify POWER8 and POWER9 servers.
  • Power Cable - Drawer to IBM PDU (250V/10A) (#ELC5) feature is available for switches (8828-E36 and 8828-E37).
  • The existing PCIe 2-Line WAN with Modem Adapter (#2893) is supported only for POWER9 scale-out 4U servers.


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Overview

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Mainstream SSDs

New 931 GB, 1.86 TB, 3.72 TB, and 7.45 TB mainstream 2.5-inch SAS SSDs are introduced for POWER9 and POWER8 technology-based servers using SAS bays. These drives are supported in POWER9 and POWER8 system units (SFF-3) and in expansion drawers such as the EXP24SX attached to POWER9 and POWER8 servers (SFF-2). With their large capacity and lower cost per gigabyte, the drives can provide a very cost-effective and footprint-effective solution for many mainstream configurations. Note these drives are designed for workloads with modest write requirements, including as boot drives where SSD performance is desired. These drives are rated at 1 DWPD, meaning you can write 931 GB, 1.86 TB, 3.72 TB, or 7.45 TB to the SSD every day for five years, nearly 1.7 PB for the 931 GB SSD.

Power AC922 support for rack integration on the IBM Enterprise Slim Rack (7965-S42)

Power AC922 servers MTMs 8335-GTG, 8335-GTH, and 8335-GTX are now supported to be installed and shipped in an IBM supplied 19-inch rack. Rack integration is only supported on Enterprise Slim Rack (7965-S42). Rack integration is not supported on the IBM 42U Slim Rack (7965-94Y). For rack integration hardware requirements details, see IBM Knowledge Center.

Two new attachment indicators for Hardware Management Console (HMC)(7063-CR1) to identify POWER8 and POWER9 servers

If attaching an HMC MTM 7063-CR1 to a new server, the HMC firmware level may need to be updated. To determine the HMC firmware level required on a POWER8 or POWER9 server, two feature codes are available in order to identify the correct HMC firmware level for the selected system. Feature EU38 is the attachment to POWER8 server indicator and feature EU39 is the attachment to POWER9 server indicator.



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Planned availability date

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  • August 17, 2018, for all features except for features ELC5, EHDT, EHDU, EHDV, EHDW, EHDX, and ECL0
  • August 24, 2018, for features ELC5, EHDT, EHDU, EHDV, EHDW, and EHDX
  • August 31, 2018, for feature ECL0



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Description

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The mainstream 931 GB, 1.86 TB, 3.72 TB, and 7.45 TB capacity SSDs are designed to provide a lower cost per terabyte of SSD storage in a space-efficient footprint. A 2.5-inch SAS SSD is mounted on an SFF-3 carrier/tray for a POWER9 or POWER8 system unit or mounted on an SFF-2 for placement in an expansion drawer such as the EXP24SX drawer when attached to a POWER9 or POWER8 server. The drive is formatted to use 4224-byte (4k) sectors and does not support the 4k JBOD 4096-byte sector. It also does not use the 512-byte or 528-byte (5xx) sector formatting.

When placed in POWER9 or POWER8 system units with SAS SFF-3 bays, the drive is run by the integrated SAS controller such as found in IBM Power L922, S914, S922, S924, H922, H924, S812L, S822L, S824L, S814, S812, S822, S824, E850, and E850C servers. When placed in the EXP24SX (SFF-2) storage enclosure, the drive is run by a PCIe3 SAS RAID adapter, such as the feature EJ0L, EJ14, EJ0J, EJ0M, EL3B, or EL59. These PCIe3 controllers support 4k drives on POWER9 or POWER8 servers. Earlier-generation SAS controllers don't support 4k drives.

When placed in an SSD array of one of these PCIe3 controllers, the array must be all mainstream SSDs or all non-mainstream SSDs. A SAS controller can currently run both 4k and 5xx drives, but they must be in separate arrays. Drives in an array should be the same or similar capacity. HDDs and SSDs can only be mixed in the same array when part of an Easy Tier® array (RAID 5TS, RAID 6T2, or RAID 10T2) provided by SAS RAID controllers such as the feature EJ0L or EJ14 or POWER9 or POWER8 integrated backplane controllers.

Like all SSDs, the performance of the 931 GB, 1.86 TB, 3.72 TB, and 7.45 TB mainstream SSDs are excellent compared to a disk drive (HDD). Read performance is on par with higher write endurance SSDs such as the enterprise SSDs. Write performance when compared to enterprise SSDs is somewhat slower but still more than 25 times that of a standard 15K HDD. As with any drive, either HDD or SSD, the number of drives is still a factor in achieving satisfactory performance, especially for IBM i.

These are mainstream drives and are not suitable for write-intensive workloads. Write-intensive workloads are those that write more to the drive each day than its rated capacity. Assuming a typical heavily random workload at about 3394 TB of writes to the drive, it will be at its maximum projected write capability. Writes past the drive's maximum write capacity will continue to work for some period of time, but much more slowly. A Predictive Failure Analysis message will indicate that it is time to replace the drive. If the predictive failure is ignored and writes continue to be sent to the drive, eventually the drive will be unable to accept write commands and will accept only read commands for a period of time. A failed write will result in a more serious error message indicating that the drive must be replaced.

The nature of the workload has a great impact on the maximum write capacity. For example, if a high percentage of more sequentially oriented writes is used instead of random writes, the maximum write capacity can be significantly larger. The user should occasionally check to see what percentage of the drive's write life remains and adjust the workload or drive assignment as it makes sense to do so. Checking is done by inspecting the SSD Mainstream Fuel Gauge. This capability is available through IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux®. The query or command to view the information varies by operating system. Check the remaining life of the mainstream drives individually, even if all are in the same array.

DWPD (Drive Write Per Day) rating is 1 calculated over a 5-year period. See the following table for the approximate lifetime Total Bytes Written (TBW) supported by each drive capacity:

Drive capacity Total Bytes Written (TBW) in (TB)
931 GB 1700
1.86 TB 3399
3.72 TB 6799
7.45 TB 13601

To read the warranty and maintenance applicable to mainstream devices on POWER8 and POWER9 servers, see the Terms and Conditions section or IBM Knowledge Center for additional detail.

Multiple feature codes are used to identify the proper mainstream SSD characteristics. Key characteristics are:

  • Multi-OS server or Linux-only server.
  • If Multi-OS, then it is planned for AIX/Linux or for IBM i.
  • SFF-3 or SFF-2 carrier/trays.

Multi-OS server feature numbers

Mainstream SSD For SFF-3 4k For SFF-2 4k
931 GB ESHS and ESHT 1 ESHJ and ESHK 1
1.86 TB ESHU and ESHV 1 ESHL and ESHM 1
3.72 TB ESMQ and ESMR 1 ESM8 and ESM9 1
7.45 TB ESHW ESHN

1 IBM i supported.

Linux-only server feature numbers

Mainstream SSD For SFF-3 4k For SFF-2 4k
931 GB ELHS ELHJ
1.86 TB ELHU ELHL
3.72 TB ELMQ ELM8
7.45 TB ELHW ELHN

Other feature codes order a quantity of 150 of the SFF-2 drives (#ELRJ, #ELRL, #ELRN, #ELR8, #ERHJ, #ERHK, #ERHL, #ERHM, #ERHN, #ERM8, and #ERM9) and no-charge load source specify features (#ELZK, #ELZM, #ELZT, #ELZV, #ELZ9, and #ELZR).

Software requirements (assuming the server supports this software level):

  • AIX supported
  • Linux supported
  • IBM i supported

See the feature description section of the Sales Manual for specific software requirements.



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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 5148, 7063, 7965, 8247, 8284, 8286, 8335, 8408, 8828, 8831, 8867, 9006, 9008, 9009, 9080, 9119, and 9223 machine type:

New features available August 17, 2018

                                                  Machine       Feature  
Description                                       type  Model   number

Rack Indicator, Rack #1                           8335  GTG     4651 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #2                           8335  GTG     4652 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #3                           8335  GTG     4653 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #4                           8335  GTG     4654 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #5                           8335  GTG     4655 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #6                           8335  GTG     4656 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #7                           8335  GTG     4657 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #8                           8335  GTG     4658 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #9                           8335  GTG     4659 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #10                          8335  GTG     4660 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #11                          8335  GTG     4661 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #12                          8335  GTG     4662 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #13                          8335  GTG     4663 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #14                          8335  GTG     4664 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #15                          8335  GTG     4665 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
Rack Indicator, Rack #16                          8335  GTG     4666 
                                                  8335  GTH          
                                                  8335  GTX          
931 GB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-2 SSD for Linux      8247  21L     ELHJ 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  9008  22L          
1.86 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-2 SSD for Linux     8247  21L     ELHL 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  9008  22L          
7.45 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-2 SSD for Linux     9008  22L     ELHN 
931 GB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-3 SSD for Linux      8247  21L     ELHS 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  9008  22L          
1.86 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-3 SSD for Linux     8247  21L     ELHU 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  9008  22L          
7.45 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-3 SSD for Linux     9008  22L     ELHW 
3.72 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-2 SSD for Linux     8247  21L     ELM8 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  9008  22L          
3.72 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-3 SSD for Linux     8247  21L     ELMQ 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  9008  22L          
Quantity 150 of #ELM8 3.72 TB SSD 4k SFF-2        8247  21L     ELR8 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  9008  22L          
Quantity 150 of #ELHJ 931 GB SSD 4k SFF-2         8247  21L     ELRJ 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  9008  22L          
Quantity 150 of #ELHL 1.86 TB SSD 4k SFF-2        8247  21L     ELRL 
                                                  8247  22L          
                                                  8247  42L          
                                                  9008  22L          
Quantity 150 of #ELHN 7.45 TB SSD 4k SFF-2        9008  22L     ELRN 
#ESM9 Load Source Specify (3.72 TB SSD 4k SFF-2)  8286  41A     ELZ9 
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  42H          
#ESHK Load Source Specify (931 GB SSD 4k SFF-2)   8286  41A     ELZK 
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  42H          
#ESHM Load Source Specify (1.86 TB SSD 4k SFF-2)  8286  41A     ELZM 
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  42H          
#ESMR Load Source Specify (3.72 TB SSD 4k SFF-3)  8286  41A     ELZR 
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  42H          
#ESHT Load Source Specify (931 GB SSD 4k SFF-3)   8284  21A     ELZT 
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  42H          
#ESHV Load Source Specify (1.86 TB SSD 4k SFF-3)  8286  41A     ELZV 
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  42H          
Rack Content Specify for 8335-GTG 2EIA            7965  S42     ERC5 
Rack Content Specify for 8335-GTH 2EIA            7965  S42     ERC6 
Rack Content Specify for 8335-GTX 2EIA            7965  S42     ERC8 
Quantity 150 of #ESHJ 931 GB SSD 4k SFF-2         8284  22A     ERHJ 
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  44E          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9009  22A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  22H          
                                                  9223  42H          
Quantity 150 of #ESHK 931 GB SSD 4k SFF-2         8286  41A     ERHK 
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  42H          
Quantity 150 of #ESHL 1.86 TB SSD 4k SFF-2        8284  22A     ERHL 
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  44E          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9009  22A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  22H          
                                                  9223  42H          
Quantity 150 of #ESHM 1.86 TB SSD 4k SFF-2        8286  41A     ERHM 
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  42H          
Quantity 150 of #ESHN 7.45 TB SSD 4k SFF-2        9009  22A     ERHN 
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  22H          
                                                  9223  42H          
Quantity 150 of #ESM8 3.72 TB SSD 4k SFF-2        8284  22A     ERM8 
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  44E          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9009  22A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  22H          
                                                  9223  42H          
Quantity 150 of #ESM9 3.72 TB SSD 4k SFF-2        8286  41A     ERM9 
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  42H          
931 GB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-2 SSD for AIX/Linux  8284  21A     ESHJ 
                                                  8284  22A          
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  44E          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9009  22A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  22H          
                                                  9223  42H          
931 GB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-2 SSD for IBM i      8286  41A     ESHK 
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  42H          
1.86 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-2 SSD for AIX/Linux 8284  21A     ESHL 
                                                  8284  22A          
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  44E          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9009  22A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  22H          
                                                  9223  42H          
1.86 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-2 SSD for IBM i     8286  41A     ESHM 
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  42H          
7.45 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-2 SSD for AIX/Linux 9009  22A     ESHN 
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  22H          
                                                  9223  42H          
931 GB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-3 SSD for AIX/Linux  8284  21A     ESHS 
                                                  8284  22A          
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  44E          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9009  22A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  22H          
                                                  9223  42H          
931 GB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-3 SSD for IBM i      8284  21A     ESHT 
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  42H          
1.86 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-3 SSD for AIX/Linux 8284  21A     ESHU 
                                                  8284  22A          
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  44E          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9009  22A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  22H          
                                                  9223  42H          
1.86 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-3 SSD for IBM i     8286  41A     ESHV 
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  42H          
7.45 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-3 SSD for AIX/Linux 9009  22A     ESHW 
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  22H          
                                                  9223  42H          
3.72 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-2 SSD for AIX/Linux 8284  21A     ESM8 
                                                  8284  22A          
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  44E          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9009  22A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  22H          
                                                  9223  42H          
3.72 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-2 SSD for IBM i     8286  41A     ESM9 
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9080  MHE          
                                                  9080  MME          
                                                  9119  MHE          
                                                  9119  MME          
                                                  9223  42H          
3.72 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-3 SSD for AIX/Linux 8284  21A     ESMQ 
                                                  8284  22A          
                                                  8286  41A          
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  8408  44E          
                                                  8408  E8E          
                                                  9009  22A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  22H          
                                                  9223  42H          
3.72 TB Mainstream SAS 4k SFF-3 SSD for IBM i     8286  41A     ESMR 
                                                  8286  42A          
                                                  9009  41A          
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  42H          
POWER8 Attachment Indicator                       7063  CR1     EU38 
POWER9 Attachment Indicator                       7063  CR1     EU39 

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 5148, 7063, 7965, 8247, 8284, 8286, 8335, 8408, 8828, 8831, 8867, 9006, 9008, 9009, 9080, 9119, and 9223 machine type:

New features available August 24, 2018

                                                  Machine       Feature  
Description                                       type  Model   number

PCIe 2-Line WAN w/Modem                           9009  41A     2893 
                                                  9009  42A          
                                                  9223  42H          
HDP on Power Solution                             9006  12P     EHDT 
                                                  9006  22P          
System Management Node (HDP on Power Solution)    9006  12P     EHDU 
HDP Edge Node (HDP on Power Solution)             9006  12P     EHDV 
HDP Master Node (HDP on Power Solution)           9006  12P     EHDW 
HDP Worker Node (HDP on Power Solution)           9006  12P     EHDX 
                                                  9006  22P          
Power Cable - Drawer to IBM PDU (250V/10A)        8828  E36     ELC5 
                                                  8828  E37 
         

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 5148, 7063, 7965, 8247, 8284, 8286, 8335, 8408, 8828, 8831, 8867, 9006, 9008, 9009, 9080, 9119, and 9223 machine type:

New features available August 31, 2018

                                                  Machine       Feature  
Description                                       type  Model   number

Power ACP Solution Specify                        5148  21L     ECL0 
                                                  5148  22L          
                                                  7965  S42          
                                                  8335  GTG          
                                                  8828  E36          
                                                  8828  G36          
                                                  8831  F36          
                                                  8831  NF2          
                                                  8831  S48          
                                                  8831  S52          
                                                  8867  FM2          
                                                  9008  22L          



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Security, auditability, and control

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

IBM Systems Lab Services

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the IBM Systems Lab Services website.

Global Technology Services

Contact your IBM representative for the list of selected services available in your country, either as standard or customized offerings, for the efficient installation, implementation, or integration of this product.



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IBM Electronic Services

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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.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, go to the IBM Electronic Service Agent website.



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Terms and conditions

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Field-installable feature

Yes


Warranty period

To obtain copies of the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, contact your reseller or IBM. An IBM part or feature installed during the initial installation of an IBM machine is subject to the full warranty period specified by IBM. An IBM part or feature that 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. Unless specified otherwise, the warranty period, type of warranty service, and service level of a part or feature are the same as those for the machine in which it is installed.

Warranty and maintenance for mainstream SSDs for POWER8 servers

Any IBM mainstream devices (previously called read intensive devices) for POWER8 servers identified in this document have a maximum number of write cycles. If a mainstream drive reaches its maximum write operation capability during the warranty period, IBM replaces the drive at no cost. After the warranty period, the replacement of the drive is not covered under IBM maintenance if the maximum number of write operations exceed the threshold value. You must order a new, chargeable SSD as a replacement. Other aspects of SSD maintenance are consistent with SSDs that are not mainstream drives.

Warranty and maintenance for mainstream SSDs for POWER9 servers

Any IBM mainstream devices (previously called read intensive devices) for POWER9 servers identified in this document have a maximum number of write cycles. IBM mainstream device failures will be replaced during the standard warranty and maintenance period for devices that have not reached the maximum number of write cycles. Devices that reach this limit may fail to operate according to specifications and must be replaced at the client's expense. Individual service life may vary and can be monitored using an operating system command.


Customer setup

Yes


Machine code

Same license terms and conditions as base machine.



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Prices

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For all local charges, contact your IBM representative.



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Announcement countries

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All European, Middle Eastern, and African countries, except Islamic Republic of Iran, Sudan, and Syrian Arab Republic.

Trademarks

Power Systems, POWER9 and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

IBM, POWER8, Power, AIX, Global Technology Services and Easy Tier are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries, or both.

Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Terms of use

IBM products and services which are announced and available in your country can be ordered under the applicable standard agreements, terms, conditions, and prices in effect at the time. IBM reserves the right to modify or withdraw this announcement at any time without notice. This announcement is provided for your information only. Reference to other products in this announcement does not necessarily imply those products are announced, or intend to be announced, in your country. Additional terms of use are located at

Terms of use

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