IBM launches fourth-generation LinuxONE servers

IBM has unveiled the next generation of its LinuxONE server, which uses the Telum processor found in the System Z mainframe, promising scalable, scalable performance and much lower power consumption.

Officially dubbed IBM LinuxONE Emperor 4, even though it uses the System Z processor, it only runs Linux-based workloads. The system is designed to meet the needs of Linux workloads in the data center, according to Marcel Mitran, IBM Fellow, CTO of Cloud Platform, IBM LinuxONE.

He says that if a customer has Linux-based workloads running on a Z series, they will be portable to the Emperor server. The server can work Red HatSuSe and Canonical Linux distributions.

The new LinuxOne Emperor 4 system ships in a full-size rack the size of a standard server cabinet. It supports 32 IBM Telum processors with a total of 200 cores and features up to 40 TB of independent memory redundant array, a form of memory with even more advanced error correction than ECC memory.

LinuxONE Emperor 4 is designed to be a scalable system, meaning it can run “tens of thousands of workloads on such a scalable massive shared infrastructure without impacting performance and service levels,” Mitran said.

Mitran says that LinuxOne Emperor 4 offers seven nines of uptime (99.99999%), which translates to just three seconds of downtime per year.

ESG friendly

IBM also boasts on the energy efficiency side. He claims that consolidating Linux workloads onto five IBM LinuxONE Emperor 4 systems instead of running them on comparable x86 servers under similar conditions can reduce power consumption by 75% and floor space by 50%. .

CIOs and CTOs have never had to deal with more, says Mitran. They face aggressive digital transformation roadmaps. They face daily data-intensive AI workloads, cyberattacks and new security threats.

“So it’s no surprise that you include sustainability in the mix there. It doesn’t necessarily get the attention it needs or deserves to succeed, which is why it’s no surprise that 86% of companies have a sustainability strategy and only 35% actually acted accordingly,” he says, citing an IBM study.

One company that took action was Citi, according to Mitran. The banking giant moved its MongoDB database from the x86 infrastructure to LinuxONE. By doing so, he was able to reduce the energy footprint by more than 50% and saw a performance improvement of around 15%. It was also able to achieve sub-second error recovery time for multi-terabyte instances of MongoDB.

“We enable CIOs and CTOs to not only achieve their sustainability goals, but to do so while maintaining and improving performance while providing scalability and simplifying security and compliance along the way,” Mitran said.

The full-size LinuxONE Emperor 4 is generally available worldwide on September 14, with entry-level and mid-range systems to follow in the first half of 2023. They are available on both pricing models based on consumption and outright purchase.

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