IBM Power Systems advantages

Power architecture:

POWER processor technology is a reduced instruction-set computing (RISC) architecture that spans applications from consumer electronics to supercomputers. POWER processor technology is built on an open architecture, making it an open ecosystem that supports freedom of design. Learn more about the world of POWER at

POWER processors provide the foundation for designing workload optimized systems in conjunction with software and expert domain knowledge. To achieve maximum performance, processor-based systems are designed with workload optimizing technologies. For example, Intelligent Threads technology dynamically switches the processor threading mode to deliver optimal performance for different workloads. TurboCore mode also offers the option to optimize the system for frequency and cache utilization delivering the maximum per core performance for database and transaction workloads. Active Memory™ Expansion helps reduce memory costs by enabling physical memory to be logically expanded up to 100 percent for some workloads—such as SAP.

Select Power Systems servers now feature the latest POWER7+™ processor technology, and the ultimate in scalable system performance, availability and IT efficiency. The new technology is perfect for customers who desire extraordinarily high levels of performance and reliability, but also require flexibility and non-disruptive growth for highly available workloads.

Integrated design and development

A totally integrated approach to the design, development, and testing of each and every Power server ensures the resiliency required for today’s IT infrastructure. All Power Systems server models include innovative reliability, availability and serviceability features that help you avoid unplanned downtime. And, with Capacity on Demand, Hot-Node Add and Active Memory Expansion—Power Systems enterprise servers ensure you can keep your most important applications available, even as you add capacity to handle new business demands.

Power Systems are also optimized with the ability to securely run multiple applications on AIX, IBM i and Linux operating systems on a single server—so you can manage fewer systems with lower cost and higher utilization. No longer do you need to manage complex and inefficient server farms with each server dedicated to a single application or operating environment. Now you can consolidate workloads and significantly reduce costs throughout your infrastructure, while dramatically improving your ability to meet changing processing demands.

Power Systems Software™ options enable you to manage both physical and virtual environments, including the capability to control data center energy usage and orchestrate processing resources to better meet business goals. And Power solutions are designed to provide you with a road map to continuous availability of mission-critical applications—even when an expected or unexpected interruption occurs.

Today's Power Systems servers combine industry-leading performance, scalability and modularity to enable you to get the most from your investment and build a flexible, responsive infrastructure that easily adapts and grows based on your business needs. With a virtualization hypervisor built into every Power System, all performance benchmarks are achieved in a virtualized environment, unlike competitive systems that can be subject to lower performance when using third-party virtualization software.

These systems also leverage IBM’s mainframe heritage and experience in building the most available UNIX, IBM i and Linux systems in the industry. POWER processor-based systems have long been known for mainframe-inspired reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features such as First Failure Data Capture. We extended that capability to include Processor Instruction Retry, Alternate Processor Recovery, Partition Availability priority, Live Application Mobility, and Live Partition Mobility. These features are designed to help enable you to eliminate systems related planned and unplanned outages.