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IBM Power 520 and Power 550 (POWER6) System Builder

An IBM Redbooks publication

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


Published on 14 July 2009, updated 30 November 2009

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ISBN-10: 0738432938
ISBN-13: 9780738432939
IBM Form #: SG24-7765-00

Authors: Bart Jacob, Lukasz Dyjakon, Gun Woo Kim and Rohit Sood

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    In 2008, the IBM® System i® and IBM System p® platforms unified the value of their servers into a single, powerful lineup of servers based on industry-leading POWER6™ processor technology with support for the IBM AIX® , IBM i (formerly known as i5/OS® ), and Linux® operating systems. This new, single portfolio of IBM Power Systems™ servers offers industry-leading technology, continued IBM innovation, and the flexibility to deploy the operating system that your business requires—all in the small and medium business environment.

    The Power 570 and Power 595 models announced in April 2008 were announced as fully converged and unified at that time. The Power 520 and Power 550 models announced in January 2008 and the announcements in April 2008 brought these models very close to complete convergence. The October 2008 announcements, together with system firmware made available in November 2008, brought full unification for the Power 520 and Power 550 systems.

    This IBM Redbooks® publication covers the POWER6 520 and 550 unified models 8203-E4A and 8204-E8A as of May 2009. It is intended for professionals who want to acquire a better understanding of IBM Power Systems products, including:

    - Clients

    - Sales and marketing professionals

    - Technical support professionals

    - IBM Business Partners

    This book provides a large set of features, including hardware-focused processor, memory, and I/O support feature descriptions supported by the POWER6 Power 520 and Power 550 servers consolidated into a single document.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction to the IBM Power 520 and Power 550 servers

    Chapter 2. IBM Power 520 (MTM 8203-E4A)

    Chapter 3. IBM Power 550 (MTM 8204-E8A)

    Chapter 4. Adapter feature descriptions and related information

    Chapter 5. EXP24 Disk Enclosures

    Chapter 6. EXP 12S SAS Disk Enclosure

    Chapter 7. PCIe 12X I/O Drawer (#5802)

    Chapter 8. Integrated Virtual Ethernet

    Chapter 9. Feature Code to CCIN cross-reference

    Chapter 10. IBM System i schematics for supported expansion units and towers

    Chapter 11. Tape and optical storage attachment summary

    Chapter 12. RIO-2, 12X, SPCN, line cord, SAS, and communication cables for Power 520 and Power 550 systems

    Appendix A. IBM AIX operating system and release level summary

    Appendix B. IBM i operating system and licensed program release level summary

    Appendix C. RAID history and definitions summary

    Appendix D. Solid state disk (SSD) drives

    Appendix E. Upgrades to Power 520 and 550

    Appendix F. PowerVM and Management Edition for AIX

    Appendix G. IBM i user license entitlement summary

    Appendix H. IBM I/O adapters that require an IOP summary

    Appendix I. Processor feature numbers, system performance, and IBM i QPRCFEAT system value

    Appendix J. POWER6 reliability, availability, and serviceability summary