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Move customers into the Cognitive Era with IBM’s OpenPOWER LC servers

IBM heralded the dawn of the Cognitive Era. In the Cognitive Era, artificial intelligence and deep learning capabilities can transform ordinary businesses and reshape industries. Harnessing cognitive power now means getting in on the ground floor of a highly disruptive and profitable trend. IDC predicts that cognitive solutions will generate more than USD60 billion by 2025.

As the stewards of the cognitive revolution, IBM developers are introducing high-performance technology that meets the unique demands of the most advanced analytics. A team of leading technology companies in the OpenPOWER Foundation have banded together to build on IBM POWER8 architecture. They have developed servers that answer the need for real-time cognitive insights.

And to speed up this cognitive revolution, IBM is proud to announce three new POWER8 processor-based Linux servers designed to accelerate artificial intelligence, deep learning and advanced analytics. These new servers integrate into your clients’ current infrastructure for a cost-effective solution designed to take on their most data-intensive analytics workloads.

Discover IBM’s OpenPOWER LC Linux servers

  • IBM Power Systems S821LC pushes the physical and virtual boundaries of data center technology with innovations designed for Linux workloads to become faster and more efficient. It handles compute-intensive workloads that will benefit from 2 sockets and up to 20 cores in a 1U form factor. This server delivers the density your clients’ business needs for virtualization, database and HPC deployments.


  • IBM Power Systems S822LC for Big Data is an open standards–based system with 2 sockets and up to 20 cores that provides flexible deployment options for hybrid cloud, big data and business-critical applications. With this breakthrough in performance, customers can expect an average of 80 percent better price-performance on open source databases.[1]


  • IBM Power Systems S822LC for High-Performance Computing features a newly designed processor, the POWER8 with NVIDIA NVLink, a new system that delivers an industry-first innovation available only on the POWER open architecture. This technology removes the PCIe bottleneck and takes a huge step forward in advancing speed for accelerated computing. The tight coupling of IBM and NVIDIA technology enables data flow over 2.5X faster from CPU to GPU than on x86-based systems.[2]

Drive data center efficiency

These new OpenPOWER LC servers offer superior performance while boosting the efficiency of your clients’ entire data centers. With twice the performance of x86 servers, OpenPOWER LC servers reduce server sprawl by doing more with less. They also offer a price advantage over comparatively configured Intel x86-based servers, costing 30 percent less in some configurations.[3] Instead of ripping and replacing current infrastructure, your clients can add OpenPOWER LC servers to handle the challenging workloads they were designed for.

The best of both worlds with the LC Portfolio

Companies need cognitive powers to outthink their competitors using the data pouring in from mobile, social and the Internet of Things. IT leaders are looking to join the cognitive revolution while still maintaining a cost-efficient infrastructure.

So find out more about what the IBM Power Systems LC Portfolio can do for your customers. You can also let me know what you think by using the comments feature below.

Bob Friske (@bobfriske)
Global Channel Marketing Manager, IBM Power Systems



[1] Eighty percent price-performance advantage is based on the average of IBM internal measurements of Power Systems S822LC for Big Data relative to comparable x86 E5-2690v4 (Broadwell) 2-socket offerings across multiple open source databases including MongoDB, EnterpriseDB and MariaDB. Comparisons utilize current pricing as of August 24, 2016. More details can be found at ibm.com/developerworks/linux/perfcol/index.html

[2] Results are based on IBM internal measurements running CUDA H2D Bandwidth Test. Power Systems S822LC for HPC; 20 cores (2 x 10c chips)/160 threads, POWER8; 2.9 GHz, 256 GB memory, 2 x 1 TB SATA 7.2K rpm HDD, 2-port 10 GbEth, NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU; Ubuntu 16.04. Competitive stack: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2640 v4; 20 cores (2 x 10 chips)/40 threads; Intel Xeon E5-2640 v4; 2.4 GHz; 256 GB memory, 1 x 2 TB SATA 7.2K rpm HDD, 2-port 10 GbEth, Device 0 of a Tesla K80 GPU (1 of 2 GK210 chips); Ubuntu 16.04.

[3] Price comparison is based on published Power Systems S822LC for Big Data pricing ibm.com/systems/power/hardware/linux-lc.html, and HP DL380 configurations based on https://h22174.www2.hp.com/SimplifiedConfig/Index.

Bob Friske is the IBM Power Systems Brand Manager for Tech Data. Prior to his role at Tech Data, Mr. Friske was Global Channel Marketing Manager for IBM Power Systems, and has had three decades of experience working with IBM.

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