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IBM Power Systems unveils new systems and services for the cloud

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In today’s market, industries are going through massive transformation as software and cloud services enable businesses to accelerate value delivered to customers.  In response to this opportunity, companies are often turning to some form of cloud computing to help them be more agile and responsive.

Cloud has fundamentally changed the way we access and consume compute resources and run applications. IT executives are looking for solutions that streamline and reduce operational costs and accelerate their ability to develop new applications. They want more flexibility in how they acquire compute capacity with a shift toward operational expense compared to large capital expense projects. But they also still need computing solutions that provide leading performance, always-on availability, reliability and flexible scalability for their core business application and data workloads.

IBM Power Systems has announced a new breed of enterprise-class servers designed for the cloud and created for end-to-end hybrid cloud solutions. The new IBM Power Systems E880C and E870C can help your business to transform traditional infrastructure to cloud with automation, self-service and elastic consumption models in any cloud environment. Maximize the benefits of cloud with secure, rapid access to compute services in the IBM Cloud with API integration. These new systems and cloud deployment services are designed to reduce operating costs by as much as 50 percent.[1]

With the IBM Power Systems enterprise cloud, you will have access to:

  • Built-in OpenStack-based cloud management (PowerVC) for DevOps and production.
  • Cross-data center inventory and performance monitoring with the IBM Cloud.
  • Top-of-the-line disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).
  • 12 complimentary months of IBM SoftLayer Cloud starter pack. [2]
  • Cloud deployment services to help clients get started in the design, build and delivery of a private or hybrid cloud infrastructure at no additional cost.

As mentioned above, one of the most compelling features of the Power Systems enterprise cloud solution is 12 months complimentary access to IBM SoftLayer Cloud on POWER8. With an E880C or E870C, clients can securely extend their enterprise workloads to the cloud. The flexibility to run capacity on premises or off premises allows clients to choose the best environment to support their growing business demands.

Accelerate the transformation of your IT infrastructure for the cloud and gain improved economics by upgrading to POWER8 and get rewards for trading-in old capacity and hardware with enhanced Capacity on Demand and Trade-in/Financing programs.

The benefits are clear. With IBM POWER8 and enterprise-class cloud technology, customers can expect:

  • Cut operating costs by up to 50 percent [3] by modernizing your infrastructure for the cloud
  • 1.7 times performance guarantee[4] per core when compared to POWER7
  • The most reliable platform[5] year to year

The integration of new-era cloud technologies with core systems will result in enterprise innovation. IBM Power Systems is here to help you with this transformation.  Learn more about how POWER8 can accelerate insights, cut complexity and costs, and empower your organization to seize new opportunities faster with the latest cloud technologies.


[1] Calculated over 5 years; compares what a client would pay for hardware and software maintenance over 5 years on earlier POWER technology to what they will pay for POWER8 technology over the same 5-year period after migration to E870C or E880C.

[2] With the purchase of an IBM Power Systems Enterprise Server for the Cloud (models E880C and E870C) you can access 12 complimentary months of POWER8 bare-metal servers running Ubuntu Linux in SoftLayer’s Dallas data center.

[3] Calculated over 5 years; compares what a client would pay for hardware and software maintenance over 5 years on earlier POWER technology to what they will pay for POWER8 technology over the same 5-year period after migration to E870C or E880C.

[4] Performance Guarantee: POWER8 E880 (4.35 GHz) and E870 (4.19 GHz) systems delivers at least 72% Greater Per Core Performance Vs POWER7 and POWER6 systems. 72% Greater Per Core Performance means that an application will run with substantially similar performance on an Eligible Machine with less than or equal to 58% of the number of cores on the Compared Machine. The enhanced performance of POWER8 E880 and E870 systems is designed to lower infrastructure (e.g. hardware, space, energy) and software licensing costs and provide capacity for new workloads. Compensation: IBM will provide additional performance optimization and tuning services consistent with IBM Best Practices. If unable to reach guaranteed level of performance, IBM will provide additional hardware (core activations) and Operating Systems licenses to reach the guaranteed level of performance.

[5] Source: ITIC 2016 Global Server Hardware Server OS Reliability Results, Updated January 2016

Vice President, Power Systems Offering Management

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