Power Systems E870C and E880C Technical Overview and Introduction

A draft IBM Redpaper publication


This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide covering the IBM Power System E870C (9080-MME) and IBM Power System E880C (9080-MHE) servers that support IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power E870C and Power E880C offerings and their relevant functions.

The new Power E870C and Power E880C servers with OpenStack-based cloud management and open source automation enables clients to accelerate the transformation of their IT infrastructure for cloud while providing tremendous flexibility during the transition. In addition, the Power E870C and Power E880C models provides clients increased security, high availability, rapid scalability, simplified maintenance, and management, all while enabling business growth and dramatically reducing costs.

The systems management capability of the Power E870 and Power E880 servers speeds up and simplifies cloud deployment by providing fast and automated VM deployments, prebuilt image templates and self-service capabilities all with an intuitive and user-friendly interface.

Both enterprise servers 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 E870C and Power E880C 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 E870C and Power E880C systems.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. General description
Chapter 2. Architecture and technical overview
Chapter 3. Private and Hybrid Cloud Features
Chapter 4. Virtualization
Chapter 5. Reliability, availability, and serviceability


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Last Update
29 September 2016

Planned Publish Date
31 December 2016

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