IBM Unveils New POWER7 Systems To Manage Increasingly Data-Intensive Services

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new POWER7™ systems designed to manage the most demanding emerging applications, ranging from smart electrical grids to real-time analytics for financial markets.  The new systems incorporate a number of industry-unique technologies for the specialized demands of new applications and services that rely on processing an enormous number of concurrent transactions and data while analyzing that information in real time.
In addition, the new systems enable clients to manage current applications and services at less cost with technology breakthroughs in virtualization, energy savings, more cost-efficient use of memory, and better price performance. 
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IBM's new POWER7 systems, which build on the company's 12-point revenue share gains since 2004 in the $14 billion UNIX market (1)can manage millions of transactions in real time and analyze the associated volumes of data typical of emerging applications. A smart electrical grid requires per-the-minute data to deliver electricity where it is needed most, in real time, while helping customers monitor their energy consumption in real time to avoid or reduce usage during the most expensive peaks each day.  A major U.S. utility moving to a smart grid pilot is moving from processing less than one million meter reads per day in a traditional grid, to more than 85 million reads per day in a smart grid.  The utility needs to collect, analyze, and present all that information to its nearly five million customers in real time versus the overnight batch processing of a traditional electrical grid which delivers monthly billing statements. 
For example, eMeter, a leading maker of software that runs e-grids, uses IBM Power Systems™ to process the extreme amount of data that comes in from millions of smart meters while analyzing that information on the fly.
"eMeter ran a successful benchmark on IBM POWER6 systems for more than 20 million smart meters -- more than four-times scale of any other utilities industry benchmark," said Scott Smith, client business manager, eMeter. "We know that there are already markets in the world that are scaling significantly. Combining eMeter and IBM's POWER7 we are confident we can hit much higher numbers to meet their needs. 
POWER7 systems can also offer industry-leading return on investment though dramatic improvements in price/performance, energy savings and virtualization for server consolidation.The new systems can deliver four times the performance and four times the virtualization capability for the same price -- and are three to four times more energy efficient.(2) Additionally, the total cost of acquisition and ownership can be better than competitive systems.  For instance, the new IBM Power 750 Express currently delivers 71 percent better price for performance than Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server and more than 280 percent better than Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 and M4000 servers. And the IBM Power 750 Express delivers more than 400 percent better price for performance than the HP Integrity rx7640 or the rx6600 servers. (3) 
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Four New Power Systems
The new systems and management software include: 
 The Power 750 Express and 755  planned volume ship date is February 19 and the Power 770 and 780  planned volume availability is March 16. The IBM Systems Director Editions, supporting both POWER7 and POWER6 models, planned availability is March 5.    
IBM Power 755
Systems Optimized for Workload Performance and Maximum ROI
IBM has vastly increased the parallel processing capabilities of POWER7 systems -- integrated across hardware and software -- a key requirement for managing millions of concurrent transactions. As expected, the new Power Systems continue the history of IBM industry-leading transaction processing speed, optimized for database workloads, and also deliver a leap forward to “throughput” computing, optimized for running massive Internet workloads. 
These two computing methods, combined with superior analytics capabilities, are ideal for emerging business models where large amounts of data from sensors in electric grids, roads, or the supply chain, for example, can be connected to pools of POWER7 systems optimized for Internet workloads, then analyzed with analytics systems.  The three modes -- massive parallel processing, "throughput" computing, and analytics capabilities -- are all integrated and managed consistently with IBM Systems Director software.  The overall system can then manage other systems, storage and networking not only on POWER6 and POWER7 systems but also on IBM mainframes and x86-based System x servers -- providing a complete management framework including the advanced virtualization management of VMControl. 
IBM also dramatically increased the parallel processing capabilities of its middleware software, such as WebSphere®, DB2®, InfoSphere Warehouse and Cognos for managing Internet, data, transactions, and analytics to support POWER7 systems  -- with no need for clients or application providers to rewrite existing applications to exploit POWER7 advanced technologies. 
Innovative, Workload-Optimized Features
To manage the demands of emerging applications, and better manage traditional applications, the new POWER7 systems -- comprised of innovative and integrated hardware and software -- are designed with workload-optimizing technologies, such as: 
IBM Global Financing, the lending and leasing arm of IBM can help new and existing Power Systems users step up to the new POWER7 technology with flexible financing offerings that  include the upgrade, take-out and disposal of existing leased and owned servers regardless of manufacturer. For more information, visit: