IBM POWER9 Servers

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Nitish Kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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It is handling the main core application in my organization, the entire business is dependent on IBM i , it helps to resolve the critical issue. It is housing the core enterprise application like JDE.
Currently, with IBM POWER9 Servers, we can have more retention with a more optimized SMT8 thread.
  • IBM POWER9 Servers are much faster than the POWER6.
  • Backups take less time to be completed.
  • Highly secure and automated server
  • Uptime
  • It could be faster
  • More CPU cores could be added.
  • Looking for some new features.
  • Allow access to certain configuration items (ie. DHCP/DNS configuration) without using a GUI
In terms of speed, IBM POWER9 Servers are much faster than the POWER8 and POWER6. I don't think it is lacking anywhere.
Handling a large volume of data.
IBM POWER9 Servers have processors with a dynamic frequency which makes its operation energy saving when we do not use the total processing power.
The areas where IBM POWER9 Servers have had many improvements are with the databases. They have better performance than any other server of the competition.
IBM is always ready to help whenever I am opening any case with IBM.
Score 10 out of 10
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We have refreshed older POWER systems into the new POWER9 Server being used today. It supports multiple business units within the company from the warehouse, inventory, point of sale, finance, and other functions. The end-users are across the country with some off shore. POWER9 is a fantastic platform, quick, easily manageable and can run most third-party software as well as the majority of languages available today.
  • The platform is very customizable from internal or external storage. Memory and processor cores can be increased easily or additional ones can be checked out and used as required for high peak usage times such as Month-end /Year End Processing or during peak seasons of the business year.
  • Multiple backup options are available. Many HA / DR options are available to satisfy the business requirements.
  • Easily interfaces to many other platforms.
  • Software vendors have a huge selection of toolsets available for this platform.
  • This platform has gone through multiple software and hardware releases over the last thirty years, with each being significantly faster and having more offerings than the previous version. That said, there are not any areas on this platform which would satisfy this question.
  • There are several large user groups which supply user requests to IBM for consideration to be either engineered into the hardware or added to the O/S software.
This platform is very easily configurable and is found in the majority of businesses on each continent. They are used heavily by both the Fortune 500 companies as well as the smaller "mom and pop" shops. The O/S (operating system) is very flexible and may be configured to meet or exceed any security standards which are enforced today. There are a multitude of audit reports which may be generated to provide any information required for either audit purposes or to research a problem. There is not one business type more suited than another. They are found in retail, transportation, medical, education, manufacturing, research to name a few.
Score 10 out of 10
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Our customers trust IBM POWER Systems for their core systems. Its rock solid stability and incomparable performance allow them to focus on the other aspects of IT. Some of our customers use them only for their backbone, hidden behind web servers. Others use them for most of their operations be it with 5250 screens or modern web interfaces served directly from IBM i.
  • High-Performance Computing / AI
  • Versatile configuration (internal disks, external SAN, etc)
  • Broad software support (IBM i, AIX, Multiple Linux flavors)
  • In some edge cases, the software pricing doesn't work towards consolidation
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.
Score 8 out of 10
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We have two power9 systems. S922 and E980. S922 is being used by PACCAR Parts division for material planning. E980 just got installed and will be used for Transportation project
  • Fast processor (room to grow).
  • Capacity
  • Cloud computing
  • LPM
  • Should have out of the box PowerVC and PowerSC available. I did not know these were optional
Power9 server is new to us. So far the one we installed now S922 system is performing really well. When E980 is up and running I will know more about it. We are excited to have this system on our site.
May 01, 2019

The best Servers!

Score 10 out of 10
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IBM POWER9 Servers deal with displacement businesses to move Intel infrastructures based on a Linux server, saving licensing costs thanks to comparisons of the core to core performance.
  • IBM Power9 is strong in comparison core to core with any other processor factory
  • IBM Power9 has processors with dynamic frequency which makes its operation energy saving when we do not use the total processing power
  • Currently on IBM Power9 servers, we can have more retention by more a optimized SMT8 thread
  • The areas where IBM POWER9 has had many improvements, are with the databases, with more performance than any other server of the competition
  • Scenarios where it is well suited are for databases for banking customers.
  • Scenarios where is less appropriate are small businesses or very small businesses where they do not have many workloads.
May 13, 2019

POWER9 Rocks

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We support an IBM POWER9 Server that runs an enterprise-wide application.
  • Uptime
  • Availability
  • Scalability
  • Allow access to certain configuration items (ie. DHCP/DNS configuration) without using a GUI
Well-suited in any environment that requires minimal downtime or any environment where there is little administrative support.
Matthew Seeberger | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use IBM POWER9 Servers as a copy of our production system for testing and development. I also install, configure, and support IBM POWER9 Servers.
  • It is very stable and reliable. 99.999% uptime.
  • The system is an all in one box containing most everything we need for business processes.
  • It comes with everything you need for security to secure the system and keep your information safe.
  • I think education around the platform and resources to help people learn how to use it could be better and more easily available.
  • It is a little bit of a specialized system but once you get to know how it works it's not bad. There is a learning curve.
The IBM POWER9 Servers system can be used in any industry by any type of business. It contains everything needed to run a corporate infrastructure.
Score 9 out of 10
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We currently do hosting, infrastructure as a service, reselling, and testing for new products for power systems.
  • Extremely dependable.
  • Speed is great.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Some of the commands could be changed.
  • Easier methods for troubleshooting.
  • Logs could be more intuitive.
IBM POWER9 Servers works great in many industries due to its speed, which makes it ideal for hosting clients in the cloud, also makes it a great choice for HA clients.
Score 10 out of 10
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Our entire service is based on Power9 applications. [It's used] To run enterprise applications and for solving transactional issues.
  • Handling a large volume of data
  • Performance speeds
  • Secure processing
  • Scale out capabilities
  • Ease of deployment
It's best in situations that require handling a very high volume of transactions. We need the power, reliability and security that Power9 provides.
Akifullah Khan Mohammed | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We have 2 S922 and 2 S924's in our environment that we've recently bought. We purchased them to migrate from the old P7's and do the hardware refreshes. Currently, we use it for our Brazil environment specifically, but we are currently in talks to buy the 950 and 980 for our NA domain.
  • IBM POWER9 Servers are very fast.
  • High availability.
  • Very affordable.
  • I am still in the testing phase with these servers, so I don't have an answer to this question.
IBM POWER9 Servers are efficient and can easily handle the high availability cluster workload with an easy set-up process.
May 02, 2019

IBM Power9 Review

Score 9 out of 10
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We are purchasing Power9 Servers to replace older IBM systems.
  • Performance, performance, performance
  • Reliability the system just runs
  • Can be expensive
It is well suited for large workloads and for workloads that need to be highly available.
May 01, 2019

Power 9 Rocks

Score 9 out of 10
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We consolidated older Power 5 and Power 6 systems into Power9 and offered them as a shared platform to run applications for various business units.
  • Manageability, high availability features
  • Scalability: our company consolidated the environment into Power9 and deployed Power9 as our shared infrastructure, and Power9 was able to scale across all platforms.
  • Micro-partitioning, shared CPU and storage pool.
  • Power9 communicates with our three business centers, reducing the cost of maintaining different data centers.
  • Central management
  • VIOS: it has a lot of capabilities, but there is always room to improve. I look at it as the brain of the system, so there are always business problems to be solved that could make the system smarter, e.g. GUI interface.
  • Higher availability.
High-performance computing database. CPU intense applications.
Score 9 out of 10
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IBM Power9 is currently being used in a test environment using a Linux on Power workload to test out open source DB offerings.
  • Performance over Power8
  • Performance over x86
  • Memory bandwidth on Power9 compared to x86 for in-memory database testing e.g redis
  • Enterprise pools
Power9 seems to be well suited for open source databases for significant cost savings over traditional database licenses
Score 10 out of 10
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Highly scalable. Supports Linux and AIX workloads simultaneously. Bullet proof mission critical hardware platform.
  • Virtualization
  • Supports Linux
  • Price competitive against x86
  • Mainframe like reliable
  • More Linux libraries for AIX
  • More availability of software products for Linux on Power
Best suited SAP Hana Linux Power
Score 9 out of 10
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I work for an IBM Business Partner. We implemented Power9 E950 solution for one of our Health Care clients.

Solution Detail:
2*E950 with PowerHA enterprise edition to Implement EPIC Database and EPIC Reporting server
Few S924 for ECP Application server
  • Higher memory bandwidth
  • Excellent performance for EPIC Database from Power9 processor, configured E950 as per EPIC guideline and it works amazing
  • Really liked Hot Swappable IO feature compare to E850 (IO Cassettes)
  • Can't add it to enterprise pool
Power9 enterprise servers are best suitable for any scale up applications and provide greater bandwidth for memory and processor for consolidation.
Tom Huntington | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use IBM PowerVC to help build VMs running IBM i, AIX and Linux for software development projects for our customers using our security and automation software
  • Imaging new VMs
  • Scalability
  • Reliability
  • [Could do more] promotion to the Intel world customers on how scalable and reliable the product is
It is very good at scale up technologies for customers that need high availability like in banking, finance, healthcare.
Ken Neff | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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IBM Power9 hosts our core applications. We host our core Accounting and finance systems. Our Order Process systems and email systems also run on our IBM Power9 server. Additionally, we are able to help our customers by hosting application development projects, during development and testing.
  • Support multiple disparate workloads
  • Very logical and consistent operating system commands
  • Requires very little support and interaction to keep our workloads running
  • User interface (non graphical)
Well suited for: Companies looking for a holistic application environment and a server that can run that application with a high level of availability and a minimal amount of support.
Score 10 out of 10
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Power 9 is being used as the standard platform for AIX and IBM across multiple BUs to run our core business products that we provide to our customers. We are now exploring new opportunities with Linux on Power and ICP on Power in order to provide the business units a choice of platform to run their workloads on.
  • Our Power 9 servers provide a rock-solid platform to run our services on that we can maintain without application downtime or incidents.
  • Power 9 scaled up nicely from our Power 7 and Power 8 servers to provide better performance per core and more memory capacity for the cost.
  • We are able to condense our servers when migrating from Power 7 to Power 9 from a 4 CEC 770 to a single E950 to improve floor space and power consumption within the data center.
  • The E950 platform could support IBM so that we could consolidate our workloads to a single standard system.
  • Enable redundant IO paths through the SDI solution for Power9 like we have in the traditional VIO server solution to be able to perform online maintenance and additional resiliency to the SDI solution.
  • Power 9 does not allow for abstraction of the LPAR ID and Serial number from the VM in order to allow easier LPM of licensed applications.
Power 9 is great for running Unix and Linux workloads from commodity to highly scaled, extremely available enterprise solutions. It provides a platform with a lot of IO capabilities and high thread throughput as well as an industry recognized virtualization technology that can help to reduce licensing costs by per core pricing. The currently available software landscape is somewhat limited in Power vs the x86 platform, and it currently does not support any Windows based workloads either.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use our POWER9 servers in our Innovation Center to showcase the technology and perform Proof of Concepts for solutions. The servers are used by our pre-sales engineers to understand the technology and customer demos. Our services organization also uses the POWER9 servers to maintain their skills and get hands on before customer engagements.
  • superior per core performance over x86 technologies
  • excellent memory scalability in a 2U and 4U space
  • easy to use and ver secure virtualization technology with PowerVM
  • need a more affordable small AIX sandbox option
  • IBMi still tends to be expensive from a SW perspective
POWER9 is excellent for data intensive and highly threaded workloads. Applications that are priced per core will also benefit from POWER9 servers as you require less cores to run the same workload when comparing to other architectures. POWER9 scales near linearly for most of today's applications. POWER9 servers are not appropriate for small applications that do not process a lot of data or need scalability.
Score 10 out of 10
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I am working for a company that sells the Power9 solutions to the client
  • Power9 Servers give the flexibility to add more workload with less cores
  • Power9 Servers reduce the software footprint of the client compared to the software required to run the same workload on Intel servers
  • Power9 has a 99.999% uptime and has the RAS features which cannot be matched by any platform in the market
  • Power VM has no vulnerability since 2003
  • AIX is the operating system with minimum vulnerability compared to any other operating system
  • A Robust patching solution is required
  • Shared processor pool for the production workload for SAP HANA
Power9 Servers are the best fit for the Oracle/DB2 Database workload. Power9 is the best fit for any ERP workload like SAP / SAP HANA / Oracle ERP. Power9 is best suited for mission critical application
Score 9 out of 10
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The Power9 servers are being used as application servers backing Enterprise-wide SAP installations running the business. We use these servers for ERP, CRM, HR, and other key business applications.
  • Application speed and response times
  • Ease of installation and configuration
  • Extremely good reliability
  • Ease of management
  • Configuration and modification to take advantage of new features.
  • Initial Pricing (offset by TCO).
  • Add-on management software can be pricey.
ERP implementations where reliability is key. BW implementations where it is important to stay in a scale-up configuration. Any analytics where I/O is important. Extremely light workloads, unless many of them can be leveraged into a larger system.
Score 10 out of 10
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We are in the process of deploying our first POWER9 servers, for many different use cases. We are using some for IBM Spectrum Protect, some for a major project initiative, and one for general purpose and consolidation. This will let us reduce the number of physical servers we have on the floor, saving cost on hardware and software maintenance.
  • Reliability: We typically purchase enterprise-class servers, and the POWER9's are fully redundant, which helps reduce any unplanned downtime.
  • Performance: We targeted POWER9 servers for a major project, due to its performance and ability to utilize high-bandwidth adapters (100Gb Ethernet), in our case for networking.
  • Virtualization and features: The ability to micro-partition and use features like LPM are crucial for us to maximize uptime for our applications.
  • The ability to update firmware without rebooting the frame; some fixes are concurrent, but some deferred fixes require the frame to be rebooted.
  • I can't think of any other cons!
Given the range of POWER9 products available, I can't really think of any use cases it wouldn't be well suited for.
Score 10 out of 10
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IBM Power Servers are a part of our core offering as an MSP. We leverage this tool for customer workloads and offer additional services on this platform. The Power9 platform is extremely secure, very powerful, and great scalability. I certainly recommend Power9 servers to organizations to run their Linux and IBM-centric work loads.
  • They are very secure and do not have many of the security issues as other platforms
  • They are very powerful and efficient, good for processing large work loads.
  • They are highly scalable and can be easily clustered.
  • I believe that IBM should continue to look for ways to find additional work loads to run on the Power platform for larger adoption.
  • IBM should invest heavily in making Power Servers easier to learn/use for new adoption.
  • IBM should make the servers easier to license/manage for the MSP model
Larger Linux environments run much better on Power than X86.
Score 9 out of 10
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We are using Power9 for Watson AI Analytics and critical ERP applications.
  • Scalability
  • High performance
  • Reliability
  • Virtualization
  • Cost a bit higher but a good trade off for performance and scalability
  • Need more support from big Cloud providers
Well suited for Mission critical applications such as SAP, SAP HANA. Also an enterprise scale platform for AI and Analytics.

What is IBM POWER9 Servers?

The vendor states Power Systems™ are built for the most demanding, data-intensive, computing on earth. IBMinfrastructure servers are designed to manage the most data-intensive workloads imaginable, while keeping the business protected.

IBM offers the POWER9 series of servers, available in scale-out or scale-up variants.

The vendor promises the following benefits and differentiators:

Delivered with security

Power Systems™ have security built in at all layers, from the processor to the OS to deliver an integrated end-to-end security solution

Enterprise cloud-ready
Power Systems™ easily integrate into your organization’s private or hybrid cloud strategy to handle flexible consumption models and changing customer needs.

No. 1 in reliability by ITIC
Ranked No. 1 in every major reliability category by ITIC*, IBM Power Systems deliver the most reliable on-premises infrastructure to meet around-the-clock customer demands.

Industry-leading value and performance
With Power Systems, clients can take advantage of superior core performance and memory bandwidth to deliver both performance and price-performance advantages.

IBM POWER9 Servers Features

  • Supported: Gain insights faster from your data with up to 4TB memory
  • Supported: Live partition mobility capabilities help you migrate from previous Power Systems
  • Supported: Designed for security, reliability and performance to face current and future security threats
  • Supported: Save on licensing cost with the strongest per core performance in the industry
  • Supported: Delivers superior price performance for mission critical workloads

IBM POWER9 Servers Competitors

  • Dell PowerEdge R740
  • HPE ProLiant DL380
  • Supermicro Superserver 6029P-TR

IBM POWER9 Servers Pricing

IBM POWER9 Servers Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsLinux, AIX, IBM i
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

What is IBM POWER9 Servers?

IBM offers the POWER9 series of servers, available in scale-out or scale-up variants.

Who uses IBM POWER9 Servers?

The most common users of IBM POWER9 Servers are from Enterprises and the Information Technology & Services industry.