IBM Power S922 makes our DBA and users happy
December 04, 2020

IBM Power S922 makes our DBA and users happy

Eric van Ingen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Modules Used

  • Power System S922

Overall Satisfaction with IBM Power

We have 2 Power S922 to run our ERP workload. One S922 is at our DR site. The production S922 server runs a total of 5 regular LPARs and 2 VIO servers. Our S922 servers have 16 cores and 256GB of RAM and provide ERP and BI services to over 700 users and manage over 15TB or databases. Workload includes Lawson/Infor, ERP, Oracle OLTP and OLAP, Websphere, and NIM.

Pros

  • High performance and I/O density in a 2U form factor.
  • Very reliable, only 1 HBA failure in 10 years for 6 servers, which is less than HPE Proliant o Synergy in our environment.

Cons

  • It would be nice to not require the separate Hardware Management Module, as this is always a bit tricky to set up.
  • The upgrade from P740 to S922 reduced our nightly batch processes from 9 to 6 hours.
We did our due diligence and did sizings for Proliant DL580 and Synergy 480. Our evaluations took into consideration that on the HPE servers we needed to run Vmware hypervisor and Windows server for the guests.
The performance numbers for the best cases got to 70% of the S922 numbers and worst case to 50%. Our ERP vendor, Lawson/Infor, and our administrators prefer to run their large database on AIX instead of Windows or Suse Linux. Considering all factors, it was easy to decide to purchase the IBM S922 servers.
Oracle Database, VMware ESXi, SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (npm), Lansweeper, PDQ Deploy, Domo
I like to use the IBM Power series for medium size projects where I need a good amount of CPU and I/O spread over several Lpars. This way, the servers can take advantage of the 40GB shared backplane for ethernet and can share unused CPU and memory resources. It is not possible to run Windows workloads.

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