IBM System i Overview: Models 515, 525, 550, 570, 595, and More

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Published 19 December 2007, updated 07 July 2008

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IBM Form #: REDP-5052-00
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Authors: Jim Cook, Dick Bresenham, Harold Distler, Dwight Harrison, Henry Matos, Glen McClymont, Yohichi Nakamura, Greg Young


This IBM® Redpaper publication describes the IBM System i™ technology-based hardware and software capabilities that were announced between January 2007 and December 2007. From a System i family hardware coverage viewpoint, this paper also integrates the new hardware information that was announced in 2007 with previously existing System i hardware information.

This paper describes the following hardware and software capabilities announced through December 2007:
Hardware capabilities: System i 570 (POWER6™), System i Models 515 and 525, faster processor (2.3 GHz) on System i Models 595, new support of entry-level tape devices and associated media in DDS/DAT formatted media, new higher performance capacity dual mode disk controllers, support of disks packaged within the SCSI-attached EXP24 Disk Enclosures, and an overview of System i and 3Com IP Telephony capabilities
Software capabilities: Simplified IBM i5/OS V5R4 edition licensing for the Model 570 (POWER6), concurrent user-based licensing on Models 515 and 525, application server i5/OS pricing on IBM System i5™ Models 550, 570, and 595, Secure Perspective for System i, a set of Web-enablement enhancements targeted to get you up and running in an IBM WebSphere® Application Server-based environment as quickly as possible, a new version (V7.0) of WebSphere Development Studio Client for System i, and an overview of the 2007 enhancements that are available for the IBM Systems Workload Estimator for System i model sizings

System i Models 515, 520, 525, 550, 570, 9406-MMA and 595 are summarized in this paper as well as System i Models 800, 810, 825, 870, and 890 (all prior to IBM POWER5™ technology).

Softcopy updates during May 2008 include many updates to the features description and tape storage chapters.

System i Builder and SG24-2155: From a System i system builder perspective, this paper contains hardware-level content that is a superset of the information that was contained in "IBM System i5, eServer i5, and iSeries Systems Builder IBM i5/OS Version 5 Release 4 - January 2006," SG24-2155 . We recommend that you use the information in this paper for hardware content and no longer use the content provided in SG24-2155-12. SG24-2155 was last updated in September 2006 and has since become obsolete.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Overview of this paper
Chapter 2. System i POWER6 Model 570
Chapter 3. System i POWER5-based models
Chapter 4. POWER5, POWER6, and System i Models 800, 810, 825, 870, 890: Features and placement
Chapter 5. EXP24 Disk Enclosures
Chapter 6. Integrated Virtual Ethernet
Chapter 7. System i towers schematics
Chapter 8. Storage and media for IBM System i family models
Chapter 9. Customer Card Identification Numbers cross-reference
Chapter 10. Feature code cross-reference
Chapter 11. Software enhancements
Chapter 12. Software for System i models
Chapter 13. HSL, 12X, SPCN, line cord, and communication cables for the System i family of models
Chapter 14. Withdrawals announced January 2007 through October 2007
Chapter 15. iSeries Model 800, 810, 825, 870, 890 processor features
Chapter 16. System i family upgrades
Appendix A. Product previews, Statements of Direction, and planning statements for 2007

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