IBM Power System E850C Technical Overview and Introduction

A draft IBM Redpaper publication


This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide covering the IBM Power System E850C (8408-44E) server that support IBM AIX®, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power E850C offerings and their relevant functions.

The Power E850C server (8408-44E) is the latest enhancement to the Power System portfolio. It offers an improved 4-socket 4U system that delivers faster POWER8® processors up to 4.22 GHz, with up to 4 TB of DDR4 memory, built-in IBM PowerVM® virtualization, capacity on demand, and integrates cloud management to help clients deploy scalable, mission-critical business applications in virtualized, private cloud infrastructures.

Like its predecessor Power E850 server, which was launched in 2015, the new Power E850C server utilizes 8-core, 10-core, or 12-core POWER8 processor modules. But the Power E850C cores are 13%-20% faster and deliver a system with up to 32 cores at 4.22 GHz, up to 40 cores at 3.95 GHz, or up to 48 cores at 3.65 GHz and utilize DDR4 memory. A minimum of two processor modules must be installed in each system, with a minimum quantity of one processor module's cores activated.

Cloud computing, in its many forms (public, private, or hybrid) is quickly becoming both the delivery and consumption models for IT. However, getting the right mix between traditional IT, private cloud, and public cloud can be a challenge. The new Power E850C server and IBM Cloud PowerVC manager can enable clients to accelerate the transformation of their IT infrastructure for cloud while providing tremendous flexibility during the transition.

IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager provides OpenStack-based cloud management to accelerate and simplify cloud deployment by providing fast and automated VM deployments, prebuilt image templates and self-service capabilities all with an intuitive and user-friendly interface. PowerVC management upwardly integrates into a variety of third-party hybrid cloud orchestration products, including IBM Cloud Orchestrator, VMware vRealize, and others. Clients can simply manage both their private cloud VMs and their public cloud VMs from a single, integrated management tool.

Power Systems™ are designed to provide the highest levels of reliability, availability, flexibility, and performance in order to bring you a world-class enterprise private and hybrid cloud infrastructure. Through enterprise-class security, efficient built-in virtualization that drives industry-leading workload density, and dynamic resource allocation and management, the server consistently delivers the highest levels of service across hundreds of virtual workloads on a single system.

The Power E850C server includes the cloud management software and services to assist with clients’ move to the cloud, both private and hybrid. Those additional capabilities include the following:

  • Private cloud management with IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager, Cloud-based HMC Apps as a service, and Open source cloud automation and configuration tooling for AIX
  • Hybrid cloud support
  • Hybrid infrastructure management tools
  • Securely connect system of record workloads and data to cloud native applications
  • IBM Cloud Starter Pack
  • Flexible capacity on demand
  • Power to Cloud Services

This publication is for professionals who want to acquire a better understanding of IBM Power Systems™ products. The intended audience includes the following roles:

  • Clients
  • Sales and marketing professionals
  • Technical support professionals
  • IBM Business Partners
  • Independent software vendors

This paper expands the current set of IBM Power Systems documentation by providing a desktop reference that offers a detailed technical description of the Power E850C system.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. General description
Chapter 2. Architecture and technical overview
Chapter 3. Private and Hybrid Cloud Features
Chapter 4. Reliability, availability, and serviceability


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Last Update
20 October 2016

Planned Publish Date
31 December 2016

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