Installed racks of the IBM Power E1080 server. (Source:: IBM)

IBM recently announced the new IBM Power E1080 server, its first-ever Power10-based processor designed for hybrid cloud environments. 

It is among the secure server platforms engineered to help clients operate a frictionless hybrid cloud experience across their entire IT infrastructure, which is very apt amid the unpredictable changes caused by the pandemic.

The IBM Power E1080 server combines on-premises resources with cloud-based infrastructure and can offer up to 2.5x greater value than a public cloud-only approach. 

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IBM Power E1080 top-down view. (Source: IBM)

The new IBM E1080 comes with several key features, including: 

  • Enhancements for hybrid cloud-like planned industry-first, by the minute metering of Red Hat software including Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, 4.1x greater OpenShift containerized throughput per core vs. x86-based servers, and architectural consistency and cloud-like flexibility across the entire hybrid cloud environment to drive agility and improve costs without application refactoring.
  • New hardware-driven performance improvements that deliver up to 50% more performance and scalability than its predecessor the IBM Power E980, while also reducing energy use and carbon footprint of the E980, allowing customers to do more with less. The E1080 also features four matrix math accelerators per core, enabling 5x faster inference performance as compared to the E980.
  • New security tools designed for hybrid cloud environments including transparent memory encryption so there is no additional management setup, 4x the encryption engines per core, allowing for 2.5x faster AES encryption as compared to the IBM Power E980, and security software for every level of the system stack.
  • A robust ecosystem of ISVs, Business Partners, and support to broaden the capabilities of the IBM Power E1080 and how customers can build their hybrid cloud environment, including record-setting performance for SAP applications in an 8-socket system. IBM is also launching a new tiered Power Expert Care service to help clients protect their systems against the latest cybersecurity threats while also providing hardware and software coherence and higher systems availability.

The IBM Power E1080 is available for order and is expected to ship by the end of the month. For more information about this product, visit IBM’s official site here.

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