Once you power on, you will never power off
September 15, 2021

Once you power on, you will never power off

Ertan Mecihan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Modules Used

  • Power System S922
  • Power System S924

Overall Satisfaction with IBM Power

It is being used for business-critical apps and for core banking. Due to high CPU performance and the ability for NPIV, it provides very good performance. Our current core banking database is running on [IBM] Power [System] S924 and its uptime is over 400 days. The ability to patch kernel without restart of AIX is totally [an] enterprise thing. We are using powerHA with twin Power S924s and I don't remember if we ever had any performance issues or any problems with these machines.
  • NPIV providing virtual FC to lpars.
  • 8 parallel processing CPUs is like a monster.
  • Very low latency.
  • Once you power on the machine, you will never power it off it again, very stable.
  • When one of the CPU electric providers is broken, the whole machine stops. There are 2 CPUs that shouldn't affect the whole machine. Not sure if it is possible but would be good.
  • Better performance with HMC, especially on network configuration.
  • Having its own management console or SSH console. So managing without HMC.
  • Only for Oracle DB licenses, we saved up to 50%.
  • When you have a performance machine, you save from application licenses that are based on CPUs.
IBM Power System S924 has a CPU with 8 parallel processing, which is double from power 7 and 8. Also, it has much more performance. By upgrading our IBM Power Machines we saved money from licenses and we got much more performance. Also, IBM Power [System] s924 supports little endian LA, which provides you more OS support.

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For Oracle DB I don't think that there is a better machine that you can use. It saves costs from Oracle licenses and gives you the best performance with it. But, in my country, IBM doesn't provide good support [from my experience]. It is a bit difficult to have machines and not to have good support for enterprise companies.