IBM Power 520 Technical Overview

An IBM Redpaper publication

Note: This is publication is now archived. For reference only.

Published 19 May 2009, updated 02 April 2010

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ISBN-10: 073845124X
ISBN-13: 9780738451244
IBM Form #: REDP-4403-00
(218 pages)

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Authors: Scott Vetter, Giuliano Anselmi, YoungHoon Cho, Jim Cook, Gregor Linzmeier, Marcos Quezada, John T Schmidt, Guido Somers


This IBM Redpaper publication is a comprehensive guide covering the IBM Power 520 server, machine type model 8203-E4A. The goal of this paper is to introduce this innovative server that includes IBM System i and IBM System p and new hardware technologies. The major hardware offerings include:
- The POWER6 processor, available at frequencies of 4.2 GHz and 4.7 GHz.
- Specialized POWER6 DDR2 memory that provides greater bandwidth, capacity, and reliability.
- The 1 Gb or 10 Gb Integrated Virtual Ethernet adapter that brings native hardware virtualization to this server.
- EnergyScale technology that provides features such as power trending, power-saving, capping of power, and thermal measurement.
- PowerVM virtualization technology.
- Mainframe continuous availability brought to the entry server environment.

This Redpaper expands the current set of IBM Power System documentation by providing a desktop reference that offers a detailed technical description of the Power 520 system.

This Redpaper does not replace the latest marketing materials and tools. It is intended as an additional source of information that, together with existing sources, can be used to enhance your knowledge of IBM server solutions.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. General description
Chapter 2. Architecture and technical overview
Chapter 3. Virtualization
Chapter 4. Continuous availability and manageability

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