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Build a Strong Foundation: Upgrade to IBM POWER9
IBM POWER9 servers bring SAP HANA, artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning and machine learning to the next level. Upgrading to a POWER9 server adds:

Twice the performance per core on POWER9 versus x86

Up to 4.6x better performance per core versus previous generations

50 percent total savings in total cost of ownership in three to five years

Additional benefits of server options include providing a future-forward and cloud-ready infrastructure, security and reliability. The POWER9 platform simplifies data, applications and services over a hybrid cloud environment to bring instant cloud enablement—no matter the data’s intensity. IBM PowerVM* virtualization is built into every POWER9 system to stay ahead of the game. Security is also built at every layer of the system.


The IBM Power Systems Family
The IBM Power Systems platform is designed to take on the most data-intensive computing imaginable. The POWER9 processor features an enhanced core and chip architecture for future workloads. It’s also the only processor with I/O subsystem technology, including next-generation NVIDIA NVLink, PCIe Gen4 and OpenCAPI. IBM has a POWER9 system for every need:

ENTERPRISE. Cloud enable workloads and build a cloud designed for the most data-intensive workloads with this scale-up infrastructure.

AIX & IBM i. Stay flexible with a scale-out infrastructure that grows with your work. Scale-out servers are cloud enabled with built-in virtualization. The AIX and IBM I OSes are secure from the start, arriving with pre-loaded firmware and OS security patches, which thwart Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

LINUX. These servers lean future-forward, easily integrating into cloud and cognitive strategy. The Linux infrastructure strives for quality performance when dealing with mission-critical workloads.

SAP HANA. Meet the demands of data-intense in-memory workloads with built-in virtualization and capacity on demand. A platform designed for big data, you’ll grow your database capacity and the size of your SAP HANA environment without needing an additional server.

ENTERPRISE AI, DEEP LEARNING AND MACHINE LEARNING. These workloads are optimal for POWER9 servers when in need of a fast and simple way to deploy deep learning and AI frameworks. The enterprise-class support expands new thinking and capabilities across your organization.


IBM Power Systems: POWER9 Benefits and Planning Checklist
The POWER9 processor is a firm IT structure foundation for organizations looking to advance ahead of today’s challenges and stay there. The benefits of switching to POWER9 include increased performance and value, industry-leading reliability, data security, enhanced cloud capabilities and future-forward AI capabilities.

Before upgrading to POWER9, ensure your infrastructure strategy is aligned to your needs. Use the checklist below to help avoid capability shortfalls:

  1. Determine current and future capacity requirements
  2. Assess operational efficiencies and identify opportunities to improve service levels
  3. Create a detailed inventory or servers across your entire IT infrastructure
  4. Test your high availability and disaster recovery strategy to confirm it meets all regulations
  5. Identify all dependencies for major database platforms
  6. Understand current and future data center environmental requirements
  7. Identify requirements for on and off-premise cloud strategy
  8. Prove how proposed investments align by moving to the cloud
  9. Determine future application requirements, especially around big data and analytics


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