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IBM United States Hardware Announcement116-104, dated October 11, 2016IBM Power System E850C server delivers fasterprocessors, more scalability, and new levels ofintegration for deploying commercial applicationsreliably in virtualized, private cloud environmentsTable of contents145527OverviewKey prerequisitesPlanned availability dateDescriptionProduct number383944506768PublicationsTechnical informationTerms and conditionsPricesOrder nowCorrectionsAt a glanceThe IBM Power E850C server (8408-44E) is an enhanced 4-socket, 4U server thatTMprovides a significant enhancement to IBM Power Systems 4-socket servers forcloud and classic computing environments. It brings new levels of price/performanceto Power clients compared to the existing Power E850 server (8408-E8E):(R) (R)IBM POWER8(R)processor modules with 8, 10, or 12 POWER8 processor cores–8-core processor modules provide up to 32 cores per system at 4.22 GHz–10-core processor modules provide up to 40 cores per system at 3.95 GHz–12-core processor modules provide up to 48 cores per system at 3.65 GHz Up to 4 TB high-performance double data rate (DDR4) memory Built-in PowerVM Enterprise Edition license entitlementElastic capacity on demand for both cores and memory (R)Private cloud management–IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager (OpenStack-based)–Cloud-based HMC Apps as a Service–Open source cloud automation and configuration toolingHybrid cloud infrastructure management tools––IBM's API Connect and IBM WebSphere Connect to securely connect to cloudnative applicationsIBM Cloud Starter Pack, with entitlement to IBM Cloud (IBM Softlayer)(R) Power to Cloud Rewards Support for IBM AIX and Linux operating systemsPower E850C Solution Edition for SAP HANA Power E850C Solution Edition for Healthcare(R)TMOverviewIBM Power Systems Servers are designed to provide the highest levels of reliability,availability, flexibility, and performance in order to bring you a world-class enterpriseprivate and hybrid cloud infrastructure.IBM United States Hardware Announcement 116-104IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation1

The Power E850C server (8408-44E) is the latest enhancement to the Power Systemportfolio. It offers an improved 4-socket 4U system that delivers faster POWER8processors up to 4.22 GHz, with up to 4TB of DDR4 memory, built-in IBM PowerVMvirtualization, and Capacity on Demand. It integrates cloud management to helpclients deploy scalable, mission-critical business applications in virtualized, privatecloud infrastructures.Like its predecessor Power E850 server, which was launched in 2015, the new PowerE850C server utilizes 8-core, 10-core, or 12-core POWER8 processor modules. Butthe E850C processors are 13% - 20% faster and deliver a system with up to 32cores at 4.22 GHz, up to 40 cores at 3.95 GHz, or up to 48 cores at 3.65 GHz andutilize DDR4 memory. A minimum of two processor modules must be installed ineach system, with a minimum quantity of one processor module's cores activated.In addition to extensive hardware configuration flexibility, the Power E850C serversupports AIX or Linux operating systems, and includes PowerVM Enterprise Editionlicense entitlement for all active cores on a system.PowerVM virtualization is deeply integrated into the Power E850C system andprovides a comprehensive set function designed to fully exploit the POWER8architecture. PowerVM enables efficient resource sharing through virtualization toenable workload consolidation and secure workload isolation, as well as the flexibilityto redeploy resources dynamically. Live Partition Mobility enables the movement ofa running AIX or Linux Logical Partition from one physical server to another withTMno downtime, and PowerVP Virtualization Performance monitor provides realtime monitoring of a virtualized system showing the mapping of VMs to physicalhardware.Cloud computing, in its many forms (public, private, or hybrid) is quickly becomingboth the delivery and consumption models for IT. However, getting the right mixbetween traditional IT, private cloud, and public cloud can be a challenge. Thenew Power E850C server and IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager can enable clients toaccelerate the transformation of their IT infrastructure for cloud while providingtremendous flexibility during the transition.Cloud PowerVC Manager provides OpenStack-based cloud management to accelerateand simplify cloud deployment by providing fast and automated VM deployments,prebuilt image templates, and self-service capabilities, all with an intuitive and userfriendly interface. PowerVC management upwardly integrates into a variety of thirdparty hybrid cloud orchestration products, including IBM Cloud Orchestrator, VMwarevRealize, and others. Clients can simply manage both their private cloud VMs andtheir public cloud VMs from a single, integrated management tool.Each Power E850C server includes the following additional software and services toassist with clients' move to the cloud: Cloud-based HMC Apps as a Service.The new HMC Apps as a Service is an offering that provides clients the capabilityto aggregate Power Systems performance and inventory data from across theirenterprise, removing the burden of manual collection and aggregation of systeminformation. These IBM-developed applications are hosted in a secure cloud andwill provide health state, geo tagging, and threshold alerts that can be accessedthrough a secure portal from clients' mobile devices. When clients purchase anew Power E850C server, they are entitled to this new service offering at noadditional charge.The performance and inventory applications are initially scheduled to be offeredin a technology preview in 2016 and to be followed by a full general availabilityoffering with more applications in 2017. Open source cloud automation and configuration tooling for AIX.IBM has expanded its commitment to keep key open source cloud managementpackages updated and to provide timely security fixes in order to enable clientsto leverage open source skills. Power E850C server clients are well positioned toIBM United States Hardware Announcement 116-104IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation2

take advantage of key packages recently provided to enable cloud automation,including: chef automation for configuration, deployment, and management. IBM iscollaborating along with clients in this community to provide useful resources forusing chef with AIX systems.yum package management is now available with repository access from bothftp and https protocols. rpm is also updated to enable automatic dependencydiscovery.cloud-init and all dependencies are now available in the repository and includessupport for licensed AIX users. For more information, see the AIX Toolbox forLinux Applications website.Securely connect system-of-record workloads and data to cloud nativeapplications.IBM's API Connect and IBM WebSphere Connect provide secure connectivityto cloud-based applications, giving clients the ability to rapidly develop newapplications and services, thereby accelerating their time to value. IBM'sPower to Cloud services can help clients get started with these solutions and in(R)designing new applications that leverage IBM Bluemix . Bluemix enables clientsto rapidly build, deploy, and manage their cloud applications, while tapping agrowing ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks. IBM Cloud Starter Pack.To assist clients with a hybrid cloud infrastructure, the Power E850C offeringincludes entitlement to six months of a POWER8 Linux bare metal system in the(R)IBM Cloud (SoftLayer ). IBM Power to Cloud Rewards Program.The IBM Power to Cloud Rewards Program helps clients design, build, anddeliver cloud platforms on Power Systems. Clients purchasing a Power E850Cserver earn 5,000 IBM Power to Cloud Rewards Program points per system.IBM Power to Cloud Rewards points can be used for a range of services totransform traditional IT platforms to private and hybrid cloud platforms. Powerto Cloud Rewards Program services offerings leverage the proven expertise ofIBM Systems Lab Services consultants. Contact your IBM representative, IBMBusiness Partner, or ibmsls@us.ibm.com for full program details.Power System E850C hardware componentsThe Power E850C system delivers exceptional throughput, with simultaneous multithreading of up to eight threads per core (SMT8). Each Power E850C system'sPOWER8 dual-chip module has two on-chip memory controllers and may utilize upto 128 GB off-chip eDRAM L4 cache to deliver 192 GB/sec of memory bandwidth(R)per socket. I/O bandwidth is also dramatically increased over IBM POWER7predecessor systems through PCIe Gen3 I/O controllers that are directly integratedinto the processors to further reduce latency. In fact, the new 48-core PowerE850C server with 3.65GHz POWER8 processors can deliver over 40% more systemthroughput than a 48-core Power 770 with 4.22GHz POWER7 processors. Thisenables clients to move to the latest POWER8 technology while realizing operationalsavings and increasing data center efficiency.A Power E850C server can utilize 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB DDR4 CDIMMs(up to 8 CDIMMs per socket) to enable a maximum configuration of 4 TB. Aminimum of 50% of installed memory must be activated. The DDR4 technologyprovides the same performance as the Power E850 DDR3 technology, but with lowerenergy/heat.The PCIe and internal storage I/O capabilities are similar to the current Power E850server, which provides two PCIe Gen3 x16 slots per installed processor module plusan additional three PCIe Gen3 x8 slots per system. PCIe slots support concurrentmaintenance (hot plug). Additional PCIe adapters can be attached through up tofour PCIe I/O Expansion Drawers, providing up to 40 additional PCIe Gen3 slots.IBM United States Hardware Announcement 116-104IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation3

Each Power E850 server has eight SFF (2.5 in.) SAS bays for HDDs or SSDs, plusfour 1.8-inch SSD bays. Two integrated SAS controllers support these SAS bays. Oneof these SAS controller options must be selected: A pair of controllers with no write cache A pair of controllers with write cache A split backplane with two controllers (no write cache)All SAS bays support concurrent maintenance (hot plug). Additional HDD or SSDdrives can be attached through EXP24S expansion drawers and a single, slim-lineoptical SAS bay is also provided to install an optional DVD feature, also supported bythe integrated SAS controllers.Every Power E850C system comes standard with phase-redundant, sparing powerregulators for processors, memory, disk, and I/O. Hot-plug, redundant powerTMsupplies and a hot-plug Time of Day battery are also standard, and Active MemoryMirroring for Hypervisor is available as an option.Solution Edition for SAP HANAThe Power E850C Solution Edition for SAP HANA provides an optimized 48-coresystem configuration using the enhanced 3.65 GHz processors, including 2 TB to 4TB of DDR4 memory and PowerVM Enterprise Edition virtualization for enterpriseclass deployment of SAP HANA database and applications. SAP HANA basic startupinstallation and implementation services are included.Solution Edition for HealthcareThe Power E850C Solution Edition for Healthcare provides tailored, cost-effectivesystem configuration options for medium and large hospitals deploying approvedhealthcare ISV software, such as Epic's Electronic Health Record (EHR) application.Epic is one of the largest providers of EHR systems in the world. The combinationof Power Systems servers and Epic's integrated application suite offers a solidfoundation for hospitals that require systems with a proven track record of reliabilityand performance in the healthcare industryThe Power E850C Solution Edition for Healthcare is enhanced to provide a 48core/512 GB base system configuration using the enhanced 3.65 GHz POWER8processors along with AIX Standard Edition, PowerVM Enterprise Edition, and(R)(R)PowerHA SystemMirror Standard Edition software.These E850C Solution Edition configurations are designed to be customized withadditional capacity and I/O options corresponding to ISV configuration guidelinesand are designed to provide initial system infrastructure at an attractive price, withaffordable and flexible options for growth and expansion.Feature exchangeNot applicable.Key prerequisitesOne of the following operating systems: IBM AIX Linux: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), orUbuntuFor more information, refer to the Hardware requirements and Softwarerequirements sections.IBM United States Hardware Announcement 116-104IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation4

Planned availability date October 28, 2016, for initial Firmware Release 860 November 18, 2016, for Firmware Release 860 Service Pack 1 (860.1)Note: For additional information on features supporting Firmware Release 860Service Pack 1, refer to the Description section.DescriptionSummary of featuresThe following is a summary of Power E850C features: The Power E850C server supports 16 to 48 processor cores with two to fourPOWER8 processor modules:–8-core 4.22 GHz Processor Module (#EPW4)–10-core 3.95 GHz Processor Module (#EPW5)–12-core 3.65 GHz Processor Module (#EPW6)128 GB to 4 TB high-performance DDR4 memory with L4 cache:–16 GB CDIMM Memory (#EM8P)–32 GB CDIMM Memory (#EM8Q)–64 GB CDIMM Memory (#EM8R)–128 GB CDIMM Memory (#EM8S)–Optional Active Memory Expansion (#4798)Choice of three storage backplane features with different integrated SAS RAIDcontroller options. All backplane options have eight SFF-3 SAS bays, four 1.8(R)inch SSD bays, and one DVD bay. All backplane options offer Easy Tier functionfor mixed HDD/SSD arrays.–Dual SAS Controller Backplane, with 7.2 GB write cache (#EPVN)–Dual SAS Controller Backplane, without write cache (#EPVP)–Split Disk Backplane (two single SAS controllers), without write cache (#EPVQ)Up to 11 hot-swap PCIe Gen3 slots in the system unit:–Three adapter slots - x8 Gen3 full height, half length.–Four, six, or eight x16 Gen3 full-height, half-length adapter slots.–With two processor modules, there are seven PCIe slots; with three modules,there are nine PCIe slots; and with four modules, there are eleven PCIe slots inthe system unit.One x8 PCIe slot is used for a LAN adapter.– The PCIe Gen3 I/O Expansion Drawer (#EMX0) expands the number of full-high,hot-swap Gen3 slots:–Up to two PCIe3 drawers with two processor modules (maximum 27 slots onthe server)– Up to three PCIe3 drawers with three processor modules (maximum 39 slotson the server)– Up to four PCIe3 drawers with four processor modules (maximum 51 slots onthe server) Up to 64 EXP24S SFF Gen2-bay Drawers (#5887) can be attached, providing upto 1,536 SAS bays for disks or SSDs. System unit I/O (integrated I/O)–USB ports: four 3.0 (two front/two rear) for general use and 2.0 (rear) forlimited useIBM United States Hardware Announcement 116-104IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation5

–HMC ports: two 1 GbE RJ45–System (serial) port: one RJ45 Four hot-plug and redundant power supplies 2000W (200-240 VAC) (#EB3M) RAS features:–Second-generation service processor–Hot-plug SAS bays and PCIe slots–Redundant and hot-plug power supplies–Redundant cooling fans–Optional Active Memory Mirroring for Hypervisor (#EM81)–Highly resilient power regulator architecture System unit only 4U in a 19-inch rack-mount hardware Primary operating systems:–AIX (#2146) (small tier licensing)–Linux (#2147): RHEL, SLES, and UbuntuInitial Firmware Release 860 (860.0) provides support for the Power E850C serverwith the exception of the following PowerVM capabilities and new I/O featuresupport, which are planned to be delivered subsequently in Firmware Release 860Service Pack 1 (860.1): Live Partition Mobility Remote Restart Virtual Network Interface Controller (vNIC) Failover Boot Support for feature EC42, EC55, and EC57 NVMe adapters Enhanced RAS for feature EMX0 for Hot-Add of drawer and Cable Card (#EJ0B) Disaster Recovery (cross-site) Remote Restart 3M Copper CXP Cable Pair for feature EMX0 PCIe3 Expansion Drawer (#ECCS) 2U12 LFF and 2U24 SFF 12G JBOD Storage Drawer (#ESLL and #ESLS) 2-port x 100 GbE (#EC3M) Secure Cryptographic adapter (#EJ32) 4 TB SAS LFF 7200RPM 4KN Nearline Drive (#ES62) 8 TB SAS LFF 7200RPM 4KN Nearline Drive (#ES64)Processor modules The Power E850C server supports 16 to 48 processor cores:–8-core 4.22 GHz (#EPW4)–10-core 3.95 GHz (#EPW5)–12-core 3.65 GHz (#EPW6)A minimum of two and a maximum of four processor modules are required foreach system. The third and fourth module can be added to a system at a latertime through an MES order, but will require scheduled downtime to install. Allprocessor modules in one server must be the same gigahertz (same processormodule feature number). They cannot be mixed.Permanent Capacity on Demand (CoD) processor core activations are required forthe first processor module in the configuration and are optional for the second,third, and fourth modules. Specifically:––Two, three, or four 8-core, 4.22 GHz processor modules (#EPW4) require eightprocessor core activations (#EPW7) at a minimum.Two, three, or four 10-core, 3.95 GHz processor modules (#EPW5) require tenprocessor core activations (#EPW8) at a minimum.IBM United States Hardware Announcement 116-104IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation6

– Two, three, or four 12-core, 3.65 GHz processor modules (#EPW6) requiretwelve processor core activations (#EPW9) at a minimum.Temporary CoD capabilities are optionally used for processor cores that are notpermanently activated:–90 Days Elastic CoD Processor Core Enablement (#EP9T).–1 and 100 Processor Day Elastic CoD billing for #EPW4 (#EPKA, #EPKB).–1 and 100 Processor Day Elastic CoD billing for #EPW5 (#EPKD, #EPKE).–1 and 100 Processor Day Elastic CoD billing for #EPV6 (#EPKG, #EPKH).–100 Processor-minutes Utility CoD billing: for #EPW4 (#EPKC), for #EPW5(#EPKF), or for #EPW6 (#EPKJ).An HMC is required for temporary CoD.–System memory 128 GB to 4 TB high-performance 1600 MHz DDR4 ECC memory with L4 cache:–16 GB CDIMM Memory (#EM8P)–32 GB CDIMM Memory (#EM8Q)–64 GB CDIMM Memory (#EM8R)–128 GB CDIMM Memory (#EM8S)As the client memory requirements increase, the system capabilities areincreased as follows:––––With two processor modules installed, 16 CDIMM slots are available; minimummemory is 128 GB.With three modules, 24 CDIMM slots are available; minimum memory is 192GB.With four modules 32 CDIMM slots are available; minimum memory is 256 GB.Four CDIMMs are available per socket.The more CDIMM slots that are filled, the larger the available bandwidthavailable to the server.Permanent CoD memory activations are required for at least 50% of thephysically installed memory or 128 GB of activations, whichever is larger. Use1 GB activation (#EMAA) and 100 GB activation (#EMAB) features to orderpermanent memory activations. Memory is ordered in pairs of the same memory feature. Both CDIMMs of aCDIMM pair must be installed in the slots supporting one processor. Differentsize pairs can be mixed on the same processor module's slots. For optimalperformance, all pairs would be the same size. Also for optimal performance,generally the amount of memory per processor module would be the same orabout the same.Temporary CoD for memory is available for memory capacity that is notpermanently activated:–90 Days Elastic CoD Memory Enablement (#EM9T).–8 GB-Day billing for Elastic CoD memory (#EMJA).–800 GB-Day billing for Elastic CoD memory (#EMJB).–999 GB-Day billing for Elastic CoD memory (#EMJC)–An HMC is required.I/O supportPCIe slotsThe Power E850C server has up to 11 PCIe hot-plug Gen3 slots, providing excellentconfiguration flexibility and expandability. Eight adapter slots are x16 Gen3, andthree adap

IBM Power to Cloud Rewards Program. The IBM Power to Cloud Rewards Program helps clients design, build, and deliver cloud platforms on Power Systems. Clients purchasing a Power E850C server earn 5,000 IBM Power to Cloud Rewards Program points per system. IBM Power to Cloud Rewards points can be used for a range of services to