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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM POWER8 Servers

Do you run Windows loads? Are those loads exclusive to Windows? If yes, that's the only case where you cannot take advantage of POWER8 Systems.For all the other cases, workloads run better on POWER8. It doesn't matter if they are OLTP or web servers, in AIX, IBM i or Linux (Big Endian OR Little Endian), POWER8 Systems can run it. For HPC or AI cases where you need powerful GPU-CPU communication, POWER8 Machines have you covered as well, boasting better training times for AI models.
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IBM POWER9 Servers

Current or new Linux workloads not tied to x86 code are well suited for migration to POWER Systems. Artificial Intelligence (AI) workloads will benefit greatly from the AC922's CPU-GPU and GPU-GPU NVLink performance, shortening model training time. The POWER AI software bundle will also benefit users through the increased SMT8 performance that POWER brings.
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Pros

IBM POWER8 Servers

  • Each CPU core is more powerful than x86, which lowers licensing costs.
  • RAS features of the platform surpass any commodity server, even in the lowest models.
  • The HMC allows easy management of LPARs, and even migration between machines.
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IBM POWER9 Servers

  • High-Performance Computing / AI
  • Versatile configuration (internal disks, external SAN, etc)
  • Broad software support (IBM i, AIX, Multiple Linux flavors)
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Cons

IBM POWER8 Servers

  • The noise levels for the scale-out machines are too much for small offices.
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IBM POWER9 Servers

  • In some edge cases, the software pricing doesn't work towards consolidation
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Alternatives Considered

IBM POWER8 Servers

When deciding on servers to run our critical applications IBM Power systems are always at the top of our list. The tradition of reliability, performance and security is unmatched in the industry. We have a large VMware environment running x86 servers but they mainly support windows based applications like exchange
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IBM POWER9 Servers

We have been using Dell PowerEdge server for our Vmware environment. SAP HANA application was evaluated to run on ESX but all the studies and testing we did showed that ESX will not be able to provide performance, scalability and reliability we can get from POWER9. We also have Power8 systems where we are running out of resources. Power9 Enterprise systems provide all the features we would like to see in Enterprise system.
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Return on Investment

IBM POWER8 Servers

  • POWER8 Machines have allowed our customers to stay current on hardware and software, and to comply with the security standards required for communication.
  • Newer and faster machines have solved bottlenecks in our customers' workflows, meeting their growing demands.
  • POWER8 Introduces support for little endian Linux, which solves a problem some customers had when migrating to POWER8 Systems (the specific code that had endian-ness dependencies).
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IBM POWER9 Servers

  • For Paccar Parts S922 system provided great cost saving by migrating two power7 systems.
  • We need more scale up systems like E980 for our environment.
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Pricing Details

IBM POWER8 Servers

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

IBM POWER9 Servers

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

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