IBM System i5 Handbook IBM i5/OS Version 5 Release 4 January 2006

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Updated 04 February 2006

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Authors: Susan Powers, Dick Bresenham, Harold Distler, Glen McClymont, Gerd Reinhardt, Jerry Watson


Attention: Before reviewing this publication you should first review IBM Redbooks® Technote TIPS0637 - Where to Find Today and Yesterday's System i Technical Marketing Deliverables

The latest models of the IBM System i Family is here. The new models extend the IBM System i family as the first servers in the industry based on the leading-edge IBM POWER5 64-bit microprocessor. The latest IBM System i models continue to provide the flexibility to move from one generation of technology to another without disrupting a company’s business. IBM i5/OS Version 5 Release 4 features support for multiple operating systems and application environments on a single, simplified platform. IBM i Systems do more with less.

This first edition of the IBM i5 System Handbook is distributed to support the latest System i announcements of 31 January 2006. This IBM Redbooks publication provides a product and feature overview of the newest i5 520, 550, 570, and 595 models, as well as the newest release of operating system software, i5/OS V5R4. Information is featured to present all aspects of today’s IBM System i models, from the architectural foundation to performance considerations.

This Handbook is written for IBM System Specialists, Marketing Representatives, Business Partners, and Clients to answer first-level questions. It offers a comprehensive guide to the System i models, associated hardware, and i5/OS-related software currently marketed by IBM representatives.

Readers who require the latest iSeries information need to refer to the IBM Redbooks® publications: IBM System i Overview: Models 515, 525, 570, 595, and More, REDP-5052, and IBM System i5 V5R4 Technical Overview book, SG24-7271

Table of contents

Chapter 1. The System i5 arrives
Chapter 2. System i5 architecture: Fundamental strength of the IBM System i5
Chapter 3. Workload, capacity, and performance
Chapter 4. System i5 direction
Chapter 5. Today's System i5 summary
Chapter 6. IBM System i5 Model 520+
Chapter 7. System i5 Model 550+
Chapter 8. System i5 Model 570+
Chapter 9. eServer i5 Model 595
Chapter 10. Towers, racks, mirroring packages, high-speed link, and i5/OS on p5
Chapter 11. System i5 I/O adapters and controllers
Chapter 12. Upgrades to IBM System i5 and i5/OS V5R4
Chapter 13. Internal storage
Chapter 14. External storage and SAN
Chapter 15. I/O devices and other components
Chapter 16. i5/OS: Architecture
Chapter 17. i5/OS (5722-SS1): Operating system licensed products
Chapter 18. Software terms
Chapter 19. IBM licensed programs: Database accessories
Chapter 20. System i5 PCI and PCI-X I/O processors
Chapter 21. Lotus products for System i5
Chapter 22. IBM Application Development Licensed Program Products
Chapter 23. IBM Networking and communications licensed program products
Chapter 24. IBM eServer iSeries Access products
Chapter 25. IBM System management services and licensed programs
Chapter 26. Web collaboration and WebSphere
Chapter 27. IBM licensed programs: Printing and document handling products
Chapter 28. AS/400, AS/400e, and iSeries model summary
Appendix A. Referenced lists

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