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    Online.net Deploys IBM Power Systems for Bare Metal Cloud Environment


    Leading French managed service provider Online today announced it is incorporating IBM Power Systems S822L servers into its bare metal cloud environment. Designed specifically to handle massive amounts of data, the Power Systems servers, according to Online, enable increased levels of service to clients seeking an alternative to x86 servers on a dedicated cloud platform.


    Online, a leading managed service provider (MSP), has selected IBM Power Systems™ to extend its service capabilities to Internet clients who want to increase the performance of their bare metal servers in the cloud.

    A bare metal server is one delivered over the cloud and dedicated completely to a single customer.

    Online, a member of the Iliad Group, is using IBM POWER8® S822L servers in its data center in a campaign to attract new clients looking for a variety of services, from web domains to Internet hosting. Online offers clients dedicated infrastructures in order to provide powerful outcomes for a variety of applications and end uses including virtual private servers, databases and high performance computing.

    “With IBMs POWER8-based servers, we can increase our levels of service to clients seeking a dedicated cloud platform alternative to x86 servers,” said Sébastien Cassier, Team Leader, Online. “We wanted to approach the business differently than in the past. The dedicated bare metal Power Systems running Linux differentiate us from other service providers because we can now say that our clients have the opportunity to run the most powerful servers in the world in a native environment for their business needs.”

    The IBM POWER8-based servers to be used at Online are based on the first open server platform(1) and the first processor designed for Big Data(2). The bare metal, dedicated systems will be equipped with Power KVM, an open-source virtualization solution used to manage Linux systems, allowing clients the ability to standardize their clouds with a single open-source virtualization technology. The Power Systems S822L servers benefit directly from innovations co-developed by members of the OpenPOWER Foundation – a 150-member global organization of leading technology suppliers and users supporting and contributing to open development on top of POWER’s open architecture.

    With Power Systems incorporated into its bare metal environment, Online can have the ability to support more users at a lower cost. For example, when compared to a similarly configured x86-based server, a Power S822L server can support 1.87 times more MariaDB transactions per minute per core at 40% lower cost(3).

    “Today’s cloud service providers require systems that will increase the performance for their existing clients as well as attract new clients with alternatives to x86,” said Doug Balog, General Manager, IBM Power Systems. “Power Systems can give MSPs like Online a more cost effective and powerful solution than an x86 environment for customers analyzing and managing massive amounts of data in the cloud.”

    Deploying IBM Power System S822L servers, Online will look to attract larger enterprise-class clients by offering a dedicated physical POWER8-based server to effectively manage and meet the demands of the staggering amounts of data that clients, large and small, face each day. With the help of IBM POWER8 dedicated servers, Online clients will have the ability to gain fast insights to data, in a security-rich cloud environment.

    To order or find out more about Online’s Power Systems bare metal offering, visit: http://www.online.net/en/dedicated-s...dedibox-power8 .

    About Online

    Since 1999, Online has provided hosting services for Internet stakeholders of all sizes, worldwide. Today they are one of the leading Web hosting providers, hosting several hundred thousand Interface sites in three datacenters. Online offers a range of services including domain names, Web hosting, dedicated servers and hosting in datacenters.

    (1) By “first open server platform" , this means that the IBM POWER server is the first server that has made its systems, processor, and chip design and architecture fully available to an open development alliance, the OpenPOWER Foundation, for comprehensive licensing and collaborative design allowing third parties to co-innovate.

    (2) By Big Data, IBM means handling both extraordinary large volumes of structured (relational databases) and unstructured (noSQL, Map Reduce) data from which customers derive analytics and insight. The POWER 8 processor is the first processor with differentiated capabilities designed to handle both structured and unstructured data. Such capabilities include:

    the CAPI (Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface) Architecture with key data capabilities e.g.: a). CAPI Flash Access Efficiency, b). Storage reduction via CAPI Attached Compression Accelerator, and c). Throughput and latency advantage of CAPI Attached Mellanox RDMA Fabric.
    DBMA (dynamic balanced memory architecture) in the form of key capabilities, e.g. a). Internal Processor Data Flow b). Memory Bandwidth advantage c). Cache capacity advantage

    (3) Results are based on IBM internal testing of comparatively configured single system image systems running Sysbench OLTP version.05 @ 32M and are current as of May 29, 2015. Performance improvement figures are based on multiple G2 processes running a 32 million record workload . Individual results will vary depending on individual workloads, configurations and conditions. IBM Power System S822L; 20 cores / 160 threads, POWER8; 3.4GHz, 128 GB memory, MariaDB 10.1, RHEL 7.1, RHEV compared to an Intel x86 system with 20 cores / 40 threads; Intel E5-2660 v3; 2.6 GHz; 128 GB; , MariaDB 10.1, RHEL 7.1, RHEV
    http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pr...ease/47681.wss

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    Online livre une Dedibox Power8 IBM

    La Dedibox Power8 est un serveur dédié surpuissant, mais aussi très cher. Une offre extrême, pour la virtualisation massive et l’analytique Big Data.

    L’hébergeur Online (filiale d’Iliad/Free) ajoute des serveurs Power8 à son catalogue. La société a opté pour des IBM Power Systems S822L, des machines surpuissantes, mais également louées au prix fort : 1599,99 euros HT par mois et 1500 euros HT de frais d’installation !

    La puissance est toutefois au rendez-vous de la Dedibox Power8, avec la présence de deux processeurs cadencés à 3,026 GHz, soit 24 cœurs physiques (192 threads). De quoi lancer un très grand nombre de machines virtuelles simultanément. Et le reste est à l’avenant : 512 Go de DDR3 ECC, épaulés par 192 Mo de cache L3, 2 SSD de 400 Go et 6 disques SAS 10K de 1,2 To en RAID 5.

    Côté connectivité, la machine propose quatre ports Ethernet Gigabit. Online fournit pour sa part 1 Gb/s de bande passante garantie avec ce serveur extrême. Contre toute attente, et malgré son prix, cette solution semble trouver preneur. Online affichait un stock de 5 Dedibox Power8 vendredi, pour 3 ce lundi matin.

    Pour DB2, SAP et la virtualisation

    « Outre leur excellence dans les charges de travail commerciales telles que la base de données DB2 et les applications SAP, la technologie de processeur Power fait également partie des meilleurs superordinateurs d’aujourd’hui », rappelle Online. Cette technologie est en effet présente des produits grand public, comme des consoles de jeux, jusqu’à des supercalculateurs, via l’offre BlueGene d’IBM.

    La Dedibox Power8 fonctionne sous PowerKVM, un OS Linux dédié spécifiquement à la virtualisation. C’est donc avant tout le domaine de la consolidation des charges de travail au travers de la virtualisation massive qui est visé ici. À bien des égards, c’est également le moyen le plus simple de justifier le prix d’un tel serveur. Reste à déterminer si les 24 cœurs / 192 threads à 3 GHz de cette machine peuvent aller concurrencer cinq Dedibox WOPR 2015 Gen2, affichant 100 cœurs / 200 threads Xeon E5 v3 à 2,6 GHz.

    En plus de la virtualisation, la Dedibox Power8 devrait trouver des débouchés dans des secteurs plus classiques, applications SAP en tête, mais également sur de nouveaux workloads. Rappelons en effet que la large bande passante de ce serveur lui permet d’aborder sereinement des marchés comme le Big Data. Les solutions analytiques pourraient également profiter de la technologie Watson, laquelle s’appuie sur des puces Power.

    Un concurrent… pour OVH

    Avec cette offre, Online emboîte le pas à OVH. Ce dernier propose en effet des Power8 en location depuis près d’un an déjà via sa filiale RunAbove. Les utilisateurs peuvent utiliser des machines virtuelles disposant d’un cœur (8 threads, 4 Go de RAM, 10 Go de disque en Raid) pour 32 dollars par mois, ou un serveur complet (22 cœurs, 176 threads, 48 Go de RAM, 480 Go de disque en Raid) pour 700 dollars par mois.

    Les deux plus gros hébergeurs français affichent donc maintenant du Power8 dans leur catalogue. Online garde toutefois une tête d’avance à la course à l’innovation, en proposant également des serveurs ARM, via l’offre Scaleway.

    http://www.silicon.fr/online-livre-d...bm-126878.html

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    Dedibox® POWER8

    Characteristics


    Manufacturer IBM
    Processor 2x IBM Power 8
    Architecture 24 cores 2x @3.026 GHz
    cache L3 24x8MB - ppc64le
    Memory 512 GB DDR3 ECC
    Hardware KVM over IP sim
    Storage 2x 400 GB SSD
    +
    6x 1.20 TB SAS 10K
    RAID Hardware IBM PCI-E IPR SAS Adapter
    RAID 5 HARD
    Hot-swappable hard drives sim
    HardwareWatch® Proactive Supervision sim
    Datacenter Datacenter DC3 2N
    Certified Tier III

    Network
    Connectivity 4 x 1 Gbit/s
    architecture wirespeed G 2N
    Internal bandwidth 1 Gbit/s
    Internet bandwidth guaranteed Premium 750 Mbits
    Traffic Unmetered
    IPv4 adresses 1 adresse IPv4
    IPv6 adresses Bloc /48

    €1,599.99 / month

    Set-up fees: 1,500.00 €



    https://www.online.net/en/dedicated-...dedibox-power8

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    IBM/OpenPOWER Seek Traction in Cloud Infrastructure

    More is always better when building an ecosystem and the recent selection of an IBM POWER8 system (S822L) by French hosting and services provider Online to put into its bare metal cloud environment is more evidence of OpenPOWER and IBM ambitions to gain (NYSE: IBM) traction in the cloud provider space.

    Online, a member the Iliad Group (ILD:PA), says it is using IBM POWER servers in its data center in a campaign to attract new clients looking for a variety of services, from web domains to Internet hosting. Online offers clients dedicated infrastructures in order to provide powerful outcomes for a variety of applications and end uses including virtual private servers, databases and high performance computing.

    “One key thing here is we’re continuing to drive POWER towards cloud infrastructure providers and if you look through their perspective, their clients don’t care what kind of server they are running on. You just have to provide the best TCO,” said Sumit Gupta, VP, HPC & OpenPOWER Operations, IBM.

    To the extent HPC activities also migrate to the cloud this is interesting as OpenPOWER foundation leaders IBM, NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA), and Mellanox (NASDAQ: MLNX) position the platform as both high performance and low cost. Obviously winning market share against x86 dominance is a daunting challenge. That said the OpenPOWER foundation, now 150-plus strong, seems to be gathering steam.

    “We can increase our levels of service to clients seeking a dedicated cloud platform alternative to x86 servers,” said Sébastien Cassier, Team Leader, Online. “We wanted to approach the business differently than in the past. The dedicated bare metal Power Systems running Linux differentiate us from other service providers.”

    IBM reports the system deployed by Online into its bare metal environment can support more users at a lower cost than comparable x86 systems. For example, when compared to a similarly configured x86-based server, a Power S822L server can support 1.87 times more MariaDB transactions per minute per core at 40% lower cost, reports IBM.

    These are admittedly results based on IBM internal testing of “comparatively configured single system image systems running Sysbench OLTP version.05 @ 32M and are current as of May 29, 2015. Performance improvement figures are based on multiple G2 processes running a 32 million record workload. Individual results will vary depending on individual workloads, configurations and conditions. IBM Power System S822L; 20 cores / 160 threads, POWER8; 3.4GHz, 128 GB memory, MariaDB 10.1, RHEL 7.1, RHEV compared to an Intel x86 system with 20 cores / 40 threads; Intel E5-2660 v3; 2.6 GHz; 128 GB; MariaDB 10.1, RHEL 7.1, RHEV.”

    Like everyone, IBM sees the rise of big data throughout computing, and has positioned the OpenPOWER architecture well suited for those workloads. By big data, “IBM means handling both extraordinary large volumes of structured (relational databases) and unstructured (noSQL, Map Reduce) data from which customers derive analytics and insight,” according to the release announcing the Online deal.

    IBM also insists POWER8 is the “first processor with differentiated capabilities designed to handle both structured and unstructured data.” Cited capabilities include:

    1. CAPI (Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface) Architecture with key data capabilities e.g.: a). CAPI Flash Access Efficiency, b). Storage reduction via CAPI Attached Compression Accelerator, and c). Throughput and latency advantage of CAPI Attached Mellanox RDMA Fabric.
    2. DBMA (dynamic balanced memory architecture) in the form of key capabilities, e.g. a). Internal Processor Data Flow b). Memory Bandwidth advantage c). Cache capacity advantage


    Given the growth in membership, the OpenPOWER foundation is shifting emphasis to driving new products based on the architecture rather than member recruitment, said Gupta. “We’re seeing a lot of innovation around CAPI and a number of startups beginning to take advantage of the CAPI interface (to accelerators) to build tightly integrated accelerated analytics.”

    http://www.hpcwire.com/2015/09/23/ib...nfrastructure/

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    How Can IBM Power8 Win Deals Away From Intel Xeon?

    There are ten workloads that IBM tested within the SparkBench suite. There are two outlined in the chart below, showing the relative performance of the Power8 system in a single-node compared to a single Xeon E5 v3 node. (The Xeon performance is the red line, normalized to 1.)


    Artigo completo:
    http://www.theplatform.net/2015/09/0...om-intel-xeon/

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