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IBM offers the POWER9 series of servers, available in scale-out or scale-up variants.POWER9 Platform ReviewWe 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.,10,As these platforms are rock solid, the ROI is very high as they will run for a lifetime. Hardware and Software support is quick and excellent thus preserving the investment of its useful life. The abundance of software applications available and multiple language support thus extends the ROI on this platform as one could run multiple languages ie: O/S400, AIX on multiple partitions opening up a wide set of possibilities.,The scaling of this platform is very versatile. The platform can be initially configured to meet current load plus a growth margin, then as the processing requirements increase, additional memory, processor cores, DASD (storage) may be added as required. Same for additional communication requirements. If additional ethernet lines are required, a card may be added to supply additional growth. There are also several options to create a new partition at whim if a Dev/Test Area is needed or if a new business function needs to be brought on-line. There is a DB2 database which is used and very manageable.,With the new advancements on the product, we have a POWER9 platform utilizing external storage on the IBM DS8000 units. This provides us several solutions immediately. First, we have a stable storage environment. We have also utilized an HA environment and a remote DR Environment which provides a stable processing environment for the company. The platform can also support LPM, which allows us to move an entire partition from one area to a new area in less than a minute with users still on the system. Finally, it will also support DB2 mirroring which IBM just announced providing another partition copy alternative.,POWER Systems Pros and ConsOur 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,10,IBM POWER Systems allow a better CAPex and lower OPex on SAP HANA deployment. IBM allows migration of certain software licenses between older machines leveraging a company's investment on software. The simplicity of management allows for less IT personnel to monitor daily operations.,On IBM i, the integrated security allows companies to more easily pass audits. AIX and Linux also benefit from the platform's security to protect their data. The POWER VM hypervisor has had no security vulnerabilities.,With today's 24/7 on-demand web services, customers demand uptime. IBM POWER Systems minimize unplanned downtime and the HA solutions for IBM i and AIX allow for even less downtime. The built-in redundancy baked into the Enterprise Servers allows for the best uptime possible.,HPE Proliant ML, HPE ProLiant DL and Lenovo System x Series (formerly IBM System x)Why I love Power9 systemWe 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,8,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.,Existing Power9 system S922 is currently fully utilized. E980 is currently running with 2 CEC and will be providing enough resources for our SAP HANA environment. We are hoping that it will provide the performance we are looking for.,We are using Power9 system for AIX/Oracle and the new E980 will be used for Linux running SAP HANA. We will be testing RedHat Linux on it soon. Power9's capability to run multiple OS is a big deal for us.,Dell PowerEdge R, Nutanix and IBM POWER8 ServersThe best Servers!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,10,Positive effects could be the amazing performance they have and energy savings thanks to the dynamic frequencies of the processor,Our organizations or clients have benefited from this data analysis, since previously they did not know how to measure their business results.,The impact that IBM POWER9 has had in our organizations, is that customers see the great benefits of performance by having the best technologies in processors.,POWER9 RocksWe 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,10,My biggest complaint is when the server reaches the end of initial support contract, support costs go up so much it almost makes more sense to upgrade (i.e. forced obsolescence).,Our organization does not move more than gigabytes across the wire, so we've not touched on the capabilities of the higher-capacity cards yet.,We have some customers running Oracle on their systems, while others use the native Db2.,Built for modern businesses, built to lastWe 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.,9,The IBM POWER9 server allows us to handle many customers' business requirements and helps us have a quicker time to market. We can manage the workload with a team of 4 people supporting the platform with over 1,300 users.,We are working towards that front by building a data warehouse. But up to this point, the data has been spread across the system and not normalized enough for this kind of work.,Because it's a web, database, and development server with built-in security it is easy to install and hit the ground running.,IBM POWER9 Servers ReviewWe 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.,9,More efficiency saves money on the back end. Maintenance included in the upfront price saves money. The efficiency has clients sign on for longer terms.,Yes, we have a few clients that send a ton of data over the wire and the IBM POWER9 system handles this with ease. We are able to add more capacity on demand which is very helpful in a pinch.,We have clients running Mimix HA software and the performance is top notch. Many of our clients have had to get more capacity and we were able to provide it on the fly with no impact on production.,Why you need Power9!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,10,Fast transactions Reliability Availability,Yes, from all of these capabilities.,It's used for financial, database and many other uses.,Recent IBM POWER9 server buyer. Still in testing.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.,9,We expect to get our Return on Investment in about 18 months since these servers are fast and can handle much more workload and partitions than the 750 did.,We bought the IBM POWER9 Servers about 6 months ago and are in the phase of migrating the partitions from the old machine to the new machine. So far, I am loving what I am seeing as far as performance is concerned. I want to stretch to the max extent of the capacity to see how the server reacts.,We have consolidated 6 P750s into 4 P9s and it has helped us save some money there.,IBM Power9 ReviewWe are purchasing Power9 Servers to replace older IBM systems.,Performance, performance, performance Reliability the system just runs,Can be expensive,9,It has allowed us to save software licensing cost as you can run higher workloads on less CPU.,Yes very much so, we are able to push more workload through fewer processors.,We have a wide range of systems running on Power9. Adding in the VIOs and virtualize option also gives us lots of flexibility.,Windows ServerPower 9 RocksWe 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.,9,Standard of operation Supportability Scalability UpgradablePower9 for Opensource DBIBM 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,9,Licensing costs Reduced footprint and workload consolidation,It does offer significant improvement for in-memory databases such as 16 TB memory on E950s compared to x86.,As we deal with open source there is a lot more open-source offerings on Power9 serversIBM Power9 has the PowerHighly 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,10,IBM Support is great and keep TCO down Mobility licenses for Processor is unique and protects hardware investment Hard to beat price & performance on the pSeries,SAP workloads benefits enormously from IBM Power due to its reliability and TCO. With the IBM Power technology's 99.99% uptime, SLAs are actually achievable.,Sure, Redhat , Ubuntu and AIX are all able to run in the same Power Server simultaneously. This alone creates great flexibility to accommodate many workloads. Logical Partition Mobility also allows easy migrations when refreshing hardware.,Oracle Sun Storage 6000 Arrays,VMware ESXiPower9 is the best.We are using Power9 for AIX as well as Linux on Power.,Micro partitioning Performance No downtime for Firmware Upgrades Small footprint,Migration from Power6,10,Positive impact, getting better performance,Yes, we did got benefits out of [the high bandwidth],We now don’t need a whole lot of downtime as we used to. Power 9 and AIX7.2 [are a] perfect combination.,IBM POWER8 Servers,IBM AIX, IBM PowerVM, IBM Virtual ServersEPIC & ECP SolutionI 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,9,First... haven't had any downtime related to hardware failure Second.... PowerHA improved over the years and now it works significantly better.,High bandwidth and capacity really helped to increase foot print of our EPIC Database which help growth of our EPIC application seamlessly.,On test E950... we implemented PowerVM for our ECP and EPIC test workloads, which provides greater flexibility for code testing and rollout of new features in production.POWER9 Runs Your Business ReliablyWe 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,10,It allows us to develop new software with as few staff as possible We have confidence in its security when we configure it properly.,IBM PowerVM, IBM PowerHA SystemMirrorThe best, most stable, most capable server you can ownIBM 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),10,It helps keep our operating expenses low It provides a platform to generate revenue with our customers,IBM NotesHow Power 9 consolidated and condensed our NIX workloadsPower 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.,10,Power 9 has reduced our data center footprint for our Unix workloads by a factor of 4. Power 9 allows us to consolidate our IBM and AIX workloads to reduce overall investment in hardware and data center resources. Combined with PowerVC, our Power 9 servers have accelerated our VM deployments from weeks to minutes to be able to stand up a new VM in an environment.,We have been able to deploy servers faster using Power 9 as well as migrate them from host to host in less time than any previous platform we have deployed. Using the higher bandwidth capabilities, we are able to reduce cabling and network complexity of our server deployments as well as prove out that a single VM in the Power 9 ecosystem can push over 10 times the IO requirements of one of our biggest workloads over just a single storage path.,We have been able to consolidate our IBM and AIX workloads to the same platform and are working on bringing Linux workloads to the platform as well. This will allow us to provide larger Linux VMs than the traditional ones that we provide to our business units or additional performance characteristics that could benefit our workloads.,,Dell PowerEdge RIBM POWER9 - A Clear LeaderWe 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,10,We need less POWER9 servers than x86 to provide similar performance. Applications also perform faster on POWER9. The TCO of POWER9 is much better compared to x86. Our datacenter has limited power and cooling, using less POWER9 servers than other architectures allows us to meet our computing needs.,We have demonstrated the isolation of running multiple LPARs on the same physical machine using PowerVM with no security vulnerabilities for our environment. Moving workloads dynamically to a second POWER9 server also has not experiences any security exposures. We also use PowerSC software to maintain integrity of the LPARs in or environment.,Our POWER9 servers have not had any reliability issues so far. It is very important to maintain availiability of our servers because we have 80-100 users of our systems across the country. If our systems are down we lose the ability to provide SW and technology demos to our customers and maintain skills for our services teams.,HPE ProLiant DL, Cisco UCS C-Series and Dell PowerEdge RBest platform for the mission critical workload IBM POWER9I 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,10,Better ROI when looking at database workload Ease of management,,IBM PowerVM, IBM AC922/LC922, IBM Analytics EnginePower9 helps keep our teams small and agile.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.,9,It has allowed us to continue to manage the same server set with a small team. Ease of configuration allows us to save money on consulting and implementation hours. Server reliability has allowed us to get scheduled downtime to a minimum.,These features have allowed us to cable the system once and allowed us to configure, balance and migrate the workloads so that it benefits the business immediately. The high bandwidth configuration options allow us to minimize port counts and focus on delivering servers as quickly as possible. Our organization benefited from these features within days of putting the servers online.,I can mix workloads on Power9 servers, so each application has a dedicated set of resources. This separation helps us in troubleshooting, configuration and capacity management. Being able to resize a workload (up and down) helps us during peak times to better serve each application and right the environment for everyone's needs.,My Experience with IBM POWER9 ServersWe 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!,10,POWER9 servers are still relatively new in our environment, so we have not been able to realize any ROI just yet. Consolidation of older servers will definitely provide us ROI, but I'm not in a position that can quantify that.,POWER9 is still relatively new in our environment. We are still running non-prod environments for now, but are targeting production workloads later this year.,The ability to micro-partition is very beneficial for us, as we will be able to manage a lot of different workloads on fewer physical systems.,IBM POWER8 Servers,IBM PowerVM, IBM AIXPower 9 for large workloadsIBM 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,10,The TCO of a Power Server is low considering the efficiency of the device, as it takes us less space in the datacenter (per compute power) and is a very stable platform (low percent of HW failure). These are also very secure, so it reduces the cost to secure/maintain.,,Windows Server, Suse Linux, Windows Server Failover ClusteringGreat platform for enterprise mission critical applications.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,9,Meeting business requirements Allow path to expand to future technology to protect current investment, i.e long cycle of asset depreciation vs short cycle or technology changes,My quarter century with Power systemsWe design and implement solutions based on power servers for our customers. Solutions range from in-house developed applications over SAP and newly AI environments. Power servers have shown their leading reliability, performance and ease of use characteristics in all environments. We also offer power servers as IaaS in our own data center, offering services from hosting to disaster recovery.,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,10,Requires much less administrators TCO is far better than Intel Allows for easy entry in AI era,IBM i, IBM PowerVM, IBM Spectrum Virtualize, IBM Spectrum Protect
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May 02, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers: "POWER9 Platform Review"

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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.
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May 13, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "POWER Systems Pros and Cons"

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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.
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May 02, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "Why I love Power9 system"

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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.
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May 01, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "The best Servers!"

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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.
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May 13, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "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.
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May 06, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "Built for modern businesses, built to last"

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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.
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May 06, 2019

"IBM POWER9 Servers Review"

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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.
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May 02, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "Why you need Power9!"

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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.
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May 02, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "Recent IBM POWER9 server buyer. Still in testing."

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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.
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May 02, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers: "IBM Power9 Review"

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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.
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May 01, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "Power 9 Rocks"

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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.
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May 01, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "Power9 for Opensource DB"

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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
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May 01, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "IBM Power9 has the Power"

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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
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May 01, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "Power9 is the best."

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We are using Power9 for AIX as well as Linux on Power.
  • Micro partitioning
  • Performance
  • No downtime for Firmware Upgrades
  • Small footprint
  • Migration from Power6
It's the best Power Server ever built
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May 01, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "EPIC & ECP Solution"

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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.
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February 14, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "POWER9 Runs Your Business Reliably"

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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.
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February 13, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "The best, most stable, most capable server you can own"

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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.
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April 30, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "How Power 9 consolidated and condensed our NIX workloads"

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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.
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May 28, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "IBM POWER9 - A Clear Leader"

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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.
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May 10, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "Best platform for the mission critical workload IBM POWER9"

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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
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May 01, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "Power9 helps keep our teams small and agile."

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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.
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April 30, 2019

User Review: "My Experience with IBM POWER9 Servers"

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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.
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February 14, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "Power 9 for large workloads"

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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.
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February 14, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "Great platform for enterprise mission critical applications."

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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.
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February 14, 2019

IBM POWER9 Servers Review: "My quarter century with Power systems"

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We design and implement solutions based on power servers for our customers. Solutions range from in-house developed applications over SAP and newly AI environments. Power servers have shown their leading reliability, performance and ease of use characteristics in all environments. We also offer power servers as IaaS in our own data center, offering services from hosting to disaster recovery.
  • 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
Best Linux server. Excellent in SAP environments.
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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:

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 Competitors

Dell PowerEdge R940, HPE ProLiant DL560, Supermicro Superserver 4029GP-TRT

IBM POWER9 Servers Technical Details

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