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Preparing for IBM Power7 Going End-of-Service-Life (EOSL)

Perhaps you were fully expecting the End-of-Service-Life (EOSL) announcement for your POWER6 units; you bought them back in 2007, so it makes sense that IBM would already be starting the process of sunsetting them. What you might not have been expecting was the EOSL announcement to include your 8202-E4C POWER7s when these servers still work well in your environments. So, what are your options? 1.     Upgrade and Replace IBM Power7 Going EOSL: The IBM POWER9 IBM made its POWER6 and POWER7 announcements in preparation for a new generation of systems based on IBM’s Nimbus and Cumulus POWER9 chips. Fundamentally, POWER9 was built for data-intensive workloads with its optimized silicon, I/O subsystem technology, NVIDIA NVLink accelerators, PCIe Gen4, and OpenCAPI standards. POWER9 promises to accelerate bandwidth and compute options as well [...]

FixIT: v3700 v2 Direct Attach Compatibility Issue with IBM Power7

Here at CentricsIT, we are your IT experts. When any IT maintenance issue arises in your data center, we are here to help. If there is an error code you can't fix, let us assist you in our monthly FixIT column. This month, we're focusing on the v3700 v2 Direct Attach Compatibility Issue with IBM Power7 running AIX. This issue occurs when the end user would like to directly attach 8Gb Fiber Channel FC 5735 on Power7 machine to 16Gb internal Fiber Channel adapters on v3700 v2 controller. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to direct attach to the controller as-is. The Problem with the Configuration? The 8Gb Fiber Channel card FC 5735 does not support direct attach whatsoever, even though it seems that, logically, it should work. So, How Do You [...]

How We See IT: IBM Power7 Systems

At CentricsIT, we are your IT experts, and here is what we have to say about some of our best selling servers: IBM’s Power7 Servers p710, p720, p730, p740, p750, and p770. Your Needs: 1. Integrated Analytics 2. High Level of Quality Performance 3. Reduced/Controlled Power Consumption How We See IT: A consistent problem in the Information Technology world is data centers trying to support an environment that is becoming increasingly data-intensive with an IT infrastructure that is nearing its limits in terms of performance, scalability, and energy consumption. Inefficiencies in these particular areas can result in a waste of both CPU resources and energy. IBM’s Power7 family of IT servers contain more efficient, virtualized processors that make better use of infrastructure resources and enable IT professionals to consolidate the [...]