IBM Cranks Out Power Systems i Redbooks
July 20, 2009 Timothy Prickett Morgan
If you are one of the many OS/400, i5/OS, and i shops that are considering a move to Power-based blade servers, here’s a little reading assignment for you. In fact, there’s some homework that just about every i shop can do to brush up on the current Power Systems line, thanks to IBM‘s Redbook technical publishing unit.
On the blade front, IBM just published the BladeCenter JS23 and JS43 Implementation Guide on July 2 (with some updates last week already), which is a tutorial explaining how to set up i 6.1, AIX, Linux and the Virtual I/O Server to run on the new Power6+ JS23 and JS43 blade servers. The first lesson: pay a reseller to do it for you, and pay for the service. But if you have to go the do-it-yourself route for budgetary reasons, then read this Redbook before you commit to blades, just so you know what you are getting into ahead of time. You can get the JS23 and JS43 Redbook here.
IBM has also updated its Power 520 and Power 550 System Builder, a Redbook detailing all the feeds and speeds and issues you need to cope with as you configure one of these Power Systems boxes. The new update, which came out on July 14, includes specifications for solid state drives and other features, such as the Power6+ processors, that were announced earlier this year for these boxes. You can check it out here. (The companion Power 570 and Power 595 System Builder, which was updated on April 3, is here.
You can get our coverage of the Power6+ server announcements in the Related Stories section below, by the way.
Big Blue has also updated its Redbook on IBM i and Midrange External Storage, which as the name suggests, covers how you use IBM’s DS3400, DS4700, and DS4800 midrange disk arrays in conjunction with Power Systems i boxes with or without Virtual I/O Server. You can check out the updated disk array guide, which came out on July 7, at this link.