IBM delivers hardware enhancements for selected IBM Power technology-based servers

IBM Europe Hardware Announcement ZG22-0053
May 3, 2022

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OverviewOverviewTechnical informationTechnical information
Key requirementsKey requirementsTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
Planned availability datePlanned availability datePricesPrices
Product numberProduct numberRegional availabilityRegional availability
PublicationsPublications


At a glance

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Hardware enhancements are available for the IBM® Power9 scale-out family of servers, including:

  • A new generation of Enterprise solid-state drive (SSD) Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) U.2 module that provides 800 GB, 1.6 TB, 3.2 TB, or 6.4 TB capacity points

In addition, selected IBM Power® servers with Power9 and IBM Power10 technology-based processors now provide support for the IBM i 7.5 feature indicator.



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Overview

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The Power9 scale-out server family offers Enterprise SSD NVMe U.2 hardware enhancements.

Enterprise SSD PCIe4 NVMe U.2 module

The Enterprise NVMe small form factor (SFF) U.2 15 mm SSD is a Peripheral Component Interconnect® Express (PCIe) generation 4 (Gen4) drive. The SSD employs NVMe and can be used in any U.2 15 mm NVMe slot in the system. NVMe is a high-performance architecture and command protocol that can read and write flash memory. Compared to a serial-attached SCSI (SAS) SSD or a Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) SSD, the NVMe SSD provides more read and write input/output operations per second (IOPS) and larger throughput (GB/sec).

This Enterprise SSD is rated at 3 Drive Writes Per Day (DWPD) calculated over a five-year period for 100% (4K bytes or larger) random write workloads. Use for workloads within this rating is fully supported and will maintain high reliability and mean time between failures (MTBF).

The nature of the workload has a great impact on the maximum write capacity. If a high percentage of more sequentially oriented writes is used instead of random writes, the maximum write capacity will be larger. Writes past the SSD's maximum write capacity will continue to work for some period of time, but they will perform much more slowly. Whether the application uses sequential or random reads from the device does not affect the life of the device. A Predictive Failure Analysis message will indicate that it is time to replace the SSD if enabled by the operating system (OS) and system administrator. IBM recommends that you monitor SMART log critical information through the appropriate OS utility to observe drive life remaining information. IBM NVMe SSD failures will be replaced during the standard warranty and maintenance period for SSDs that have not reached the maximum number of write cycles. SSDs that reach this limit may fail to operate according to specifications and must be replaced at the client's expense. The adapter supports boot on Power with Fcode. Data redundancy on a failed SSD may be provided by OS mirroring or software RAID wherever applicable.

This PCIe4 NVMe device can have 64 namespaces per device.

Multi-OS server feature numbers

Enterprise SSD NVMe U.2 Power9 servers
800 GB #ES3A1
1.6 TB #ES3C1 and #ES3B2
3.72 TB #ES3E1 and #ES3D2
6.4 TB #ES3G1 and #ES3F2

Software requirements, assuming the server supports this software level:

  • AIX® supported.
  • Linux® supported.
  • IBM i - See the Feature description section of the Sales Manual for specific software requirements.

IBM i 7.5 Indicator (#EB75)

Selected Power servers with Power10 and Power9 technology-based processors now support the IBM i 7.5 indicator feature. IBM i 7.5 contains enhancements to many base operating system components and to the Licensed Program Products in the IBM i Portfolio. For technical details for IBM i enhancements delivered with IBM i 7.5, see the IBM i Technology Updates wiki.

1 IBM i supported

2 IBM AIX, Linux, and VIOS supported



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Key requirements

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Not applicable



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Planned availability date

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  • May 27, 2022, except for feature EB75 and feature AJPA
  • May 10, 2022, for feature EB75
  • May 20, 2022, for feature AJPA

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.



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Reference information

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For additional information about IBM i 7.5, see ZP22-0088, dated May 3, 2022.



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Product number

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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 7965, 9009, 9080, and 9223 machine type:

Planned Availability Date May 10, 2022

New Feature

                                                  Machine  Model   Feature
Description                                       type     number  number

IBM i 7.5 Indicator                               9009     22A     EB75 
                                                  9009     22G          
                                                  9009     41A          
                                                  9009     41G          
                                                  9009     42A          
                                                  9009     42G          
                                                  9080     HEX          
                                                  9080     M9S          
                                                  9223     22H          
                                                  9223     22S          
                                                  9223     42H          
                                                  9223     42S          

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 7965, 9009, 9080, and 9223 machine type:

Planned Availability Date May 20, 2022

New Feature

                                                  Machine  Model   Feature
Description                                       type     number  number

ESS 3500 Solution Specify                         7965     S42     AJPA 

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 7965, 9009, 9080, and 9223 machine type:

Planned Availability Date May 27, 2022

New Feature

                                                  Machine  Model   Feature
Description                                       type     number  number

ES3A Load Source Specify (800 GB 4K NVMe U.2 SSD
PCIe4 for IBM i)                                  9009     22G     ELYA 
                                                  9009     41G          
                                                  9009     42G          
ES3C Load Source Specify (1.6 TB 4K NVMe U.2 SSD
PCIe4 for IBM i)                                  9009     22G     ELYC 
                                                  9009     41G          
                                                  9009     42G          
ES3E Load Source Specify (3.2 TB 4K NVMe U.2 SSD
PCIe4 for IBM i)                                  9009     41G     ELYE 
                                                  9009     42G          
ES3G Load Source Specify (6.4 TB 4K NVMe U.2 SSD
PCIe4 for IBM i)                                  9009     41G     ELYG 
                                                  9009     42G          
Enterprise 800GB SSD PCIe4 NVMe U.2 module for
IBM i                                             9009     22G     ES3A 
                                                  9009     41G          
                                                  9009     42G          
                                                  9223     42S          
Enterprise 1.6 TB SSD PCIe4 NVMe U.2 module for
AIX/Linux                                         9009     22G     ES3B 
                                                  9009     41G          
                                                  9009     42G          
                                                  9223     22S          
                                                  9223     42S          
Enterprise 1.6 TB SSD PCIe4 NVMe U.2 module for
IBM i                                             9009     22G     ES3C 
                                                  9009     41G          
                                                  9009     42G          
                                                  9223     42S          
Enterprise 3.2 TB SSD PCIe4 NVMe U.2 module for
AIX/Linux                                         9009     22G     ES3D 
                                                  9009     41G          
                                                  9009     42G          
                                                  9223     22S          
                                                  9223     42S          
Enterprise 3.2 TB SSD PCIe4 NVMe U.2 module for
IBM i                                             9009     41G     ES3E 
                                                  9009     42G          
                                                  9223     42S          
Enterprise 6.4 TB SSD PCIe4 NVMe U.2 module for
AIX/Linux                                         9009     22G     ES3F 
                                                  9009     41G          
                                                  9009     42G          
                                                  9223     22S          
                                                  9223     42S          
Enterprise 6.4 TB SSD PCIe4 NVMe U.2 module for
IBM i                                             9009     41G     ES3G 
                                                  9009     42G          
                                                  9223     42S          



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Publications

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No publications are shipped with the announced products.

To access the IBM Publications Center Portal, go to the IBM Publications Center website.

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded.


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Services

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IBM Systems Lab Services

Systems Lab Services offers infrastructure services to help build hybrid cloud and enterprise IT solutions. From servers to storage systems and software, Systems Lab Services can help deploy the building blocks of a next-generation IT infrastructure to empower a client's business. Systems Lab Services consultants can perform infrastructure services for clients online or onsite, offering deep technical expertise, valuable tools, and successful methodologies. Systems Lab Services is designed to help clients solve business challenges, gain new skills, and apply best practices.

Systems Lab Services offers a wide range of infrastructure services for IBM Power servers, IBM Storage systems, IBM Z®, and IBM LinuxONE. Systems Lab Services has a global presence and can deploy experienced consultants online or onsite around the world.

For assistance, contact Systems Lab Services at ibmsls@us.ibm.com.

To learn more, see the IBM Systems Lab Services website.

IBM Consulting™

As transformation continues across every industry, businesses need a single partner to map their enterprise-wide business strategy and technology infrastructure. IBM Consulting is the business partner to help accelerate change across an organization. IBM specialists can help businesses succeed through finding collaborative ways of working that forge connections across people, technologies, and partner ecosystems. IBM Consulting brings together the business expertise and an ecosystem of technologies that help solve some of the biggest problems faced by organizations. With methods that get results faster, an integrated approach that is grounded in an open and flexible hybrid cloud architecture, and incorporating technology from IBM Research® and IBM Watson® AI, IBM Consulting enables businesses to lead change with confidence and deliver continuous improvement across a business and its bottom line.

For additional information, see the IBM Consulting website.

IBM Technology Support Services (TSS)

Get preventive maintenance, onsite and remote support, and gain actionable insights into critical business applications and IT systems. Speed developer innovation with support for over 240 open-source packages. Leverage powerful IBM analytics and AI-enabled tools to enable client teams to manage IT problems before they become emergencies.

TSS offers extensive IT maintenance and support services that cover more than one niche of a client's environment. TSS covers products from IBM and OEMs, including servers, storage, network, appliances, and software, to help clients ensure high availability across their data center and hybrid cloud environment.

For details on available services, see the Technology support for hybrid cloud environments website.

IBM Expert Labs

Expert Labs can help clients accelerate their projects and optimize value by leveraging their deep technical skills and knowledge. With more than 20 years of industry experience, these specialists know how to overcome the biggest challenges to deliver business results that can have an immediate impact.

Expert Labs' deep alignment with IBM product development allows for a strategic advantage as they are often the first in line to get access to new products, features, and early visibility into roadmaps. This connection with the development enables them to deliver First of a Kind implementations to address unique needs or expand a client's business with a flexible approach that works best for their organization.

For additional information, see the IBM Expert Labs website.

IBM Security® Expert Labs

With extensive consultative expertise on IBM Security software solutions, Security Expert Labs helps clients and partners modernize the security of their applications, data, and workforce. With an extensive portfolio of consulting and learning services, Expert Labs provides project-based and premier support service subscriptions.

These services can help clients deploy and integrate IBM Security software, extend their team resources, and help guide and accelerate successful hybrid cloud solutions, including critical strategies such as zero trust. Remote and on-premises software deployment assistance is available for IBM Cloud Pak® for Security, IBM Security QRadar®/QRoC, IBM Security SOAR/Resilient®, IBM i2®, IBM Security Verify, IBM Security Guardium®, and IBM Security MaaS360®.

For more information, contact Security Expert Labs at sel@us.ibm.com.

For additional information, see the IBM Security Expert Labs website.



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IBM support

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For installation and technical support information, see the IBM Support Portal.



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Additional support

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IBM Client Engineering for Systems

Client Engineering for Systems is a framework for accelerating digital transformation. It helps you generate innovative ideas and equips you with the practices, technologies, and expertise to turn those ideas into business value in weeks. When you work with Client Engineering for Systems, you bring pain points into focus. You empower your team to take manageable risks, adopt leading technologies, speed up solution development, and measure the value of everything you do. Client Engineering for Systems has experts and services to address a broad array of use cases, including capabilities for business transformation, hybrid cloud, analytics and AI, infrastructure systems, security, and more. Contact Client Engineering at sysgarage@ibm.com.



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Technical information

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Planning information

Cable orders

No cables are required.

Security, auditability, and control

The client is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.



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Terms and conditions

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Field-installable feature

Yes


Warranty period

To obtain copies of the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, contact your reseller or IBM. An IBM part or feature installed during the initial installation of an IBM machine is subject to the full warranty period specified by IBM. An IBM part or feature that replaces a previously installed part or feature assumes the remainder of the warranty period for the replaced part or feature. An IBM part or feature added to a machine without replacing a previously installed part or feature is subject to a full warranty. Unless specified otherwise, the warranty period, type of warranty service, and service level of a part or feature are the same as those for the machine in which it is installed.

IBM Solid State Drive (SSD) and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) devices identified in this document may have a maximum number of write cycles. IBM SDD and NMVe device failures will be replaced during standard warranty and maintenance period for devices that have not reached the maximum number of write cycles. Devices that reach this limit may fail to operate according to specifications and must be replaced at the client's expense. Individual service life may vary and can be monitored using an operating system command.


Customer setup

Yes


Machine code

The same license terms and conditions as the base machine apply.



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Prices

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For all local charges, contact your IBM representative.



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Regional availability

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Europe: Aland Islands, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bouvet Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, Bulgaria, Comoros, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Holy See (Vatican City State), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of North Macedonia, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Norway, Pitcairn, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Helena Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Saint Martin (French Part), Saint Pierre and Miquelon, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Spain, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna

Middle East and Africa: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, State of Palestine, Qatar, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

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