IBM Introduces New Linux Servers for Running Big Data Workloads

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IBM has announced new Linux servers that would perform data analytics workloads faster and cheaper than a comparable x86-based server. This new ‘LC’ line of servers infuse technologies from members of the OpenPOWER Foundation and are part of IBM‘s Power Systems portfolio of servers.

The new Power Systems LC servers were designed based on technologies and development efforts contributed by OpenPOWER Foundation partners – including Canonical, Mellanox, NVIDIA, Tyan and Wistron. The OpenPOWER Foundation, an organization with more than 150 members worldwide, builds solutions on top of the open architecture of IBM’s POWER processor. This open and collaborative model would allow for rapid innovation not currently available using alternative, closed innovation methods.

The LC servers bring the high performance of POWER CPUs to the broad Linux community, in particular to data analytics, cloud, and high performance computing (HPC) workloads.

ibm-servers“Clients need cognitive systems that are reliable, cost effective and capable of ingesting and making sense of incredible amounts of structured and unstructured data,” said Doug Balog, General Manager of IBM Power Systems. “Embracing an open model of innovation has enabled us to build systems that help translate mountains of data into actionable business insight. By collaborating with partners from the OpenPOWER Foundation, our new line of servers provides clients with the performance they need to analyze and act on their data in real time.”

Allegiant Air, a low-cost American airline carrier, is among the clients running Linux on Power Systems to analyze data. The airline is able to immediately analyze customer behavior on its website, looking for trends like price sensitivity in order to adjust quickly and provide on-the-spot promotional marketing offers to help convert a potential customer’s online browse into a purchase.

“All enterprises are facing growing amounts of data,” said Brian O’Neil, Director of Data Architecture, Allegiant Travel. “It’s how you analyze – and what you do with – the results that allows you take the lead. Leveraging Linux on IBM Power Systems, we have been able to immediately glean valuable insights from a number of data sources, enabling us to take action quicker and more efficiently than ever before.”

Three Linux Server Choices

ibm-cloud-2Generally available later this year, the new IBM Power Systems LC line of servers will be offered in three different variations; the Power Systems S812LC, the Power Systems S822LC for commercial computing and the Power Systems S822LC for high performance computing.

The S812LC is a 1-socket 2U system, equipped with up to 10 cores, 1TB of memory, 115GB/sec memory bandwidth, and up to 14 disk drives. The S812LC is a Linux system optimized for workloads that are memory and storage rich, such as Spark and Hadoop to provide immediate insights with “incredible” efficiency.

The 2-socket 2U Power Systems S822LC for commercial computing and high performance computing come similarly configured with up to 20 cores, 1TB of memory and 230GB/sec memory bandwidth. The S822LC for high performance computing also comes with two integrated NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPU accelerators, the flagship offering of the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform.

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