They are here! IBM announced the POWER9 servers for small enterprises, which will be available later this quarter.
IBM announced six new servers but the IBM POWER Systems H922 and H924 are of particular interest to SAP HANA customers. These two systems were designed and optimized for Linux running demanding applications like SAP HANA.
The H922 is a 2U system with up to nine PCIe slots. The H924 is a 4U system with 11 PCIe slots. Both systems will support up to 4 x 400 GB M.2 form factor NVMe devices. These systems are excellent choices for customer scale out SAP HANA workloads and provide the kind of performance and reliability customers expect from IBM and SUSE.
SUSE already delivered POWER9 support including NVMe enablement in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 3 (SLES 12 SP3), back in September 2017, so you don’t need to worry about getting started with SUSE on POWER9.
SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP3 is currently the only Linux that can run in native POWER9 mode on these new servers.
SLES 12 Service Pack 3 also included support for up to 512 TB virtual address space on Power. This ensures memory intensive applications like SAP HANA can fully use the capabilities of these new POWER9 systems.
Because SUSE has thousands of customers running SAP HANA on Power, you benefit from the experience of the market leader for SAP HANA.
SLES for SAP Applications includes many strong features that provide the reliability, performance, and ease of use that customers need when they deploy applications like SAP HANA.
We recently added a new product, Live Patching support for POWER, to provide an even higher level of reliability by allowing customers to avoid planned downtime.
You can manage all of your SUSE Linux on Power environments with SUSE Manager server, that now runs natively on POWER so there is no need to mix architectures just to manage your SAP HANA environment.
We have all been waiting a long time for POWER9, and we are very happy that the latest generation of IBM Power systems will be available for our customers in just a few days.
Come talk to us about SUSE solutions for SAP HANA on Power at the IBM Think conference in Las Vegas in March!