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

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


Last updated on 04 February 2006

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IBM Form #: SG24-7486-00

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

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    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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