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IBM puts the I back into Power servers

by on04 May 2022

First upgrade in a while

Biggish Blue has updated the "I" operating system it offers for its Power servers for the first time in a while.

i 7.5, which will debut on May 10, supersedes the version 7.4 that appeared in April 2019.

While the Tame Apple Press thinks that its favourite company invented iOS, IBM has used the term for years. It runs only on Power 10 or Power 9 hardware.

The new release improves scalability to a maximum of 48 processors per partition in SMT8 mode. That change lets servers packing Power 10 or 9 to run up to 384 threads.

It provides easier access to the ZLIB algorithm to compress data and provides users with more details about the quantity of data being restored during such operations, and a time estimate for when boxes will become available;

There is some better password handling and DB2 for i provides additional functions for HTTP requests to publish or consume web services. IBM has made lots of changes to the REST API, including the ability to handle 248 parameters. The older releases could only manage seven on a good day.

Another change to the Power ecosystem revealed today is the introduction of a module that allows the use of U.2 15mm NVMe solid state disks. Power 9 and 10 boxes can now run such disks with capacity of 800GB, 1.6TB, 3.2TB, or 6.4TB.


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