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- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Bullet proof mission critical hardware platform.
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
- 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.
- 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 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 is the best fit for any ERP workload like SAP / SAP HANA / Oracle ERP. Power9 is best suited for mission critical application
- 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.
- 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!
- 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
Also an enterprise scale platform for AI and Analytics.
- Unmatched virtualization leading to extreme flexibility and ease of use
- Legendary availability, we never ever (in 25 years) had an power server that failed totally
- Able to run multiple workloads not sacrificing performance
- Easier initial setup in simple environments
IBM POWER9 Servers Scorecard Summary
About IBM POWER9 Servers
IBM offers the POWER9 series of servers, available in scale-out or scale-up variants.
The vendor promises the following benefits and differentiators:
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.
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