IBM Power8 E Series Comparison Chart

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The IBM Power 8 E Series is made up of three servers:

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The Power E850 server (8408-E8E) is designed primarily for private clouds in midrange and large enterprises.

Power E850 8408-E8E

Power E850 8408-E8E

The OpenStack cloud controller functionality (IBM calls it PowerVC), that links to PowerVM Enterprise is optional on this variation.
This server gets PowerVM rather than the PowerKVM that runs on the Linux only LC series.

The IBM Power 870 Server (9119-MME) is true Enterprise Level computing.
It is a high performing, secure, number crunching server.
It maxes out at 80 processors and 4tb DDR3 CDIMM memory.
The Power E870 is meant to handle large databases and the analyzing that goes with that.

The IBM Power E880 server (9119-MHE) is a scalable big iron server that provides the highest levels of world-class enterprise level reliability, availability, flexibility and performance.
It essentially replaces the Power 795 in the IBM Power Systems product line and can scale from one to four nodes.
The E880 currently maxes out at 192 cores at 4.02 GHz, but can also do 4.19 and 4.35 GHz.
With the maximum 32 TB memory, it’s designed for in-memory processing and will handle the most complex, mission-critical business needs.

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For our comparisons on other Power8 Systems, see these blog articles.

IBM P8 E Series Comparison

SpecificationsPower E850Power E870Power E880
Machine type - model 8408-E8E 9119-MME 9119-MHE
System package 4U, 19 inch rack 5U / node, 19 inch rack 5U / node, 19 inch rack
Number of system nodes 1 2U system control unit 2U system control unit
# of processor sockets 2, 3 or 4 1 or 2 1, 2, 3 or 4
POWER8 Processor Options GHz : # of cores (#EPV4) 3.02 GHz : 24, 36 or 48 cores 4 or 8 cores 4, 8, 12 or 16 cores
(#EPV6) 3.35 GHz :20, 30 or 40 cores (#EPBA) 4.02 GHz : 32 or 64 cores (#EPBB) 4.35 GHz : 32,64, 96, or 128 cores
(#EPV2)3.72 GHz: 16, 24 or 32 cores (#EPBC) 4.19 GHz : 40 or 80 cores (#EPBS) 4.19 GHz : 40, 80, 120 or 160 cores
Min 16, 20 or 24 (50% of max) cores active Min 8 cores active (#EPBD) 4.02 GHz: 48, 96, 144, 192 Min 8 cores active
Min - Max memory (min % active) 128 GB Min & Active 256 GB - 16 TB (50%) 256 GB - 32 TB (50%)
2 TB Max (50% active) Max 4TB SoD Max 8TB per system node Max 8TB per system node
(#EM86) 16 GB CDIMM, 1600 MHz DDR3 DRAM (#EM8J) 64GB (4X16GB CDIMMs) 1600 MHz, 4GBIT DDR3 DRAM (#EM8J) 64GB (4X16GB CDIMMs) 1600 MHz, 4GBIT DDR3 DRAM
(#EM87) 32 GB CDIMM, 1600 MHz DDR3 DRAM (#EM8K) 128GB (4X32GB CDIMMs) 1600 MHz, 4GBIT DDR3 DRAM (#EM8K) 128GB (4X32GB CDIMMs) 1600 MHz, 4GBIT DDR3 DRAM
(#EM88) 64 GB CDIMM, 1600 MHz DDR3 DRAM (#EM8L) 256GB (4X64GB CDIMMs) 1600 MHz, 4GBIT DDR3 DRAM (#EM8L) 256GB (4X64GB CDIMMs) 1600 MHz, 4GBIT DDR3 DRAM
(#EM8S) 128 GB CDIMM, 1600 MHz DDR4 DRAM (#EM8M) 512GB (4X128GB CDIMMs) 1600 MHz, 4GBIT DDR3 DRAM (#EM8M) 512GB (4X128GB CDIMMs) 1600 MHz, 4GBIT DDR3 DRAM
(#EM8U) 64 GB DDR4 Memory (4x16GB CDIMMs) (#EM8Y) 1024GB (4x256GB CDIMMs) 1600 MHz, 4GBIT, DDR4 DRAM
(#EM8V) 128 GB DDR4 Memory (4x32GB CDIMMs)
(#EM8W) 256 GB DDR4 Memory (4x64GB CDIMMs)
(#EM8X) 512 GB DDR4 Memory (4x128GB CDIMMs)
(#EM8Y) 1024GB DDR4 Memory (4x256GB CDIMMs)
System node disk/SSD bays 8 SFF (2.5”) + 4 SSD (1.8”) N/A - Use EXP24S or SAN N/A - Use EXP24S or SAN
System node Gen3 PCIe x16 slots Up to 11 slots: 16 slots with two nodes 8 per node 32 slots with four nodes 8 per node
3x8 slots & up to 8x16 slots
Max PCI3 Gen3 I/O drws 4 (1 per socket) 8 (4 per node) 16 (4 per node)
Max PCIe slots: System node plus drawers 51 96 (all in I/O drawer) 192 (all in I/O drawer)
Max EXP24S storage drawers 64 128 168
Max SAS bays for disk or SSD 1536 3072 4032
Max total system TB with 1.8 TB drives 2,779 TB 5,529 TB 7,257 TB
AIX rPerf Range (32-core to max core) 593.8 - 746.9 674 - 1,711 716 - 3,905.8
IBM i CPW Range (32-core to max core) N/A 359,000 - 911,000 381,000 - 2,069,000
Capacity on Demand options CUoD, Elastic, Utility, Trial CUoD, Elastic, Utility, Trial for processor & memory CUoD, Elastic, Utility, Trial for processor & memory, Block elastic days offered at no-charge with initial order
COD for processor & memory
Power Enterprise Pools No Yes, with mobile activations on Power 770 (9117-MMD) and/or other Power E870 Yes, with mobile activations on Power 770 (9117-MMD) and/or other Power E870
Power Integrated Facility for Linux Yes Yes Yes
Max partitions 960 1000 1000
IBM i level N/A 7.1, 7.2 * 7.1, 7.2 *
AIX level 6.1, 7.1, 7.2 6.1, 7.1, 7.2 * 6.1, 7.1, 7.2 *
Linux support RHEL 7.1 (BE, LE) RHEL 6.5 * SLES 11 * RHEL 6.5 * SLES 11 *
6.6 (BE)
SLES 11 (BE)
SLES 12 (LE)
Ubuntu 15.04 (LE)
PowerVM Enterprise Optional Standard Standard



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