The IBM pSeries 660 Model 6H0 is a rugged, high-performance rack-mounted mid-range UNIX server with superior availability and expandability for growing e-business applications. It is part of the IBM product lineadvanced servers that can help lower costs, improve efficiency and speed e-business transformation.
The pSeries 660 Model 6H0 can run many Web-enabled e-business applicationsincluding enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, customer relationship management and other database applicationsto effectively integrate suppliers, business partners and customers for improved efficiency and customer service. The Model 6H0 offers a better price/performance than previous IBM UNIX mid-range servers.
The combination of excellent price/performance, compliance with carrier-grade standards such as Network Equipment Building System (NEBS) Level 3, and ample peripheral attachment capability make the Model 6H0 particularly well-suited for the complex demands of telecommunications providers or other companies requiring Web farms, including Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or Application Service Providers (ASPs).
The Model 6H0 offers large memory capacity and up to four advanced 64-bit RS64 IV microprocessors running at 750 MHz for high levels of performance and price/performance. For applications with less demanding performance requirements, the Model 6H0 also offers one-, two- and four-way 64-bit RS64 IV microprocessors running at 600 MHz. The processors utilize innovative copper and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology. The result is high performance with less power consumption and lower heat generation for higher levels of reliability and system availability.
The base 256MB of main memory can be expanded to 32GB for enhanced performance and exploitation of 64-bit addressing used in large database and enterprise applications. The entry-level, one-way system has either a 600 MHz microprocessor with 2MB of Level 2 (L2) cache (a special memory subsystem in which frequently used data values are duplicated for quick access) or 750 MHz with 8MB of L2 cache. Larger configurations with two- or four-way processors at up to 750 MHz and with 8MB of L2 cache per processor are available to help meet growth needs.
The rack-drawer design of the Model 6H0 provides ease of growth in processor as well as I/O and memory capacity. It includes a standard rack-mounted processor drawer and an I/O drawer with 14 hot-plug PCI slots for configuration flexibility. Up to two I/O drawers may be installed for a total of 28 PCI slots. Integrated 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, SCSI-2 F/W and Ultra2 SCSI controllers are standard in each I/O drawer, leaving all slots available for additional use.
In its maximum configuration, the Model 6H0 features one processor drawer with four 750 MHz processors and two I/O drawers for a total of 15 EIA units (15U) of rack space. Depending on the number of attached I/O drawers, up to three pSeries 660 systems can be installed in an IBM 7014-T00 (36U) or up to four in a 7014-T42 (42U) rack. As a result, customers benefit from significant power and capacity while saving valuable floor space.
The Model 6H0 is targeted at large departments and small- to medium- size businesses running workgroup database applications. With powerful processors, memory and data storage capacity and expandability, it is an excellent application server for enterprise resource planning systems. Along with NEBS Level 3 standards compliance, the Model 6H0 offers other features that are of special value to telecommunications service providers, including redundant power supplies and -48v DC.
For larger application needs, IBM offers other mid-range rack servers such as the pSeries 660 Model 6H1 and the pSeries 660 Model 6M1 with added performance and scalability. The Model 6H0 cannot be upgraded to the Model 6H1.
The Model 6H0 fully supports accepted open industry standards that are critical for e-business. Used as either a standalone, multi-user application or database server, it is designed to participate in most installed UNIX and PC networks, thus helping to leverage existing applications.
Clustering enables multiple servers to be interconnected into a single computing resource for improved availability, scalability, manageability and performance. With the IBM Cluster 1600 and AIX operating system, companies can mix or match up to 128 nodes and servers (512 via special order) including up to 64 Model 6H0 systems.
Designed to save money and deliver the right amount of performance, the Cluster 1600 provides cluster management from a single point-of-control, continuous access to business-critical data and applications, and investment protection through the co-existence of old and new technology. The Cluster 1600 is especially suited for business intelligence environments with large databases and server consolidation where diverse workloads are more easily managed.
It is also an excellent choice for environments requiring horizontal growth, which involves replicating the same application across multiple servers as business grows. The Cluster 1600 offers a highly scalable and reliable platform for hosting large and growing corporate data warehouses, or simplifying management of IT infrastructure and reducing total cost of ownership.
To help ensure that strategic applications remain available 24x7, the Model 6H0 features an integrated service processora computer within a computerthat constantly monitors the system’s vital signs. In the event of a malfunction, the service processor is capable of "calling home" by automatically dialing out to an IBM service center often before any problem is apparent to users or system administrators. In this fashion, the service technician may be able to correct the problem and restore system function remotely without interruption or downtime.
To maximize system availability, the Model 6H0 server has built-in fault and error correction functions. For the main memory, Chipkill memory technologydeveloped by IBM for the S/390® mainframe serverdetects multiple bit errors and corrects most of them transparently. If the error rate exceeds the critical threshold, a maintenance action is initiated automatically by the system, to be resolved at the customer’s convenience. IBM studies indicate that systems with Chipkill memory are up to 100 times less likely to experience an outage due to memory failure1.
The Model 6H0 also uses ECC (error checking and correcting) memory technology to enhance reliability and error correction of L1 data cache and L2 cache memory, as well as main memory. This approach has significant advantages over the industry-standard parity memory technology. ECC technology can detect single and double errors and correct all single bit errors. Parity memory can only detect, but not correct, single bit errors. Thus double bit errors may be missed altogether, which can lead to a complete system shutdown. The use of these advanced memory technologies, Chipkill and ECC helps protect the server from memory failures that can cause costly, unscheduled downtime.
Another unique availability feature of the Model 6H0 is Dynamic Processor Deallocation. In the unlikely event that a processor indicates an impending failure, this featureworking with the AIX operating system and service processoris designed to dynamically take the processor offline. Its workload is reassigned automatically to other processors, and replacement can be scheduled during normal service to minimize system and application downtime.
Reliability and availability features also include redundant hot-plug cooling fans (standard) and power supplies (optional), which may be easily replaced without affecting system operations. Also available is a temperature monitoring capability that increases the fan speed in response to above-normal temperatures. For near continuous availability, two Model 6H0 servers can be clustered in a single rack with High Availability Cluster Multiprocessing (HACMP), UNIX disaster recovery software from IBM. This clustering solution minimizes downtime of systems and applications for both planned and unplanned outages and provides a superior base for high availability, an essential ingredient for e-commerce.
To help organizations deal effectively with increased complexity, IBM announced the Autonomic Computing Projecta blueprint for self-managing systems. Its goal is to create an intelligent IT infrastructure that responds to unexpected capacity demands or to system failures. By using technology to minimize human intervention, businesses can react faster to changing circumstances while at the same time controlling spiraling pressure on critical skills, software and service/support costs.
The Model 6H0 incorporates many leading self-managing system capabilities from across the IBM product line. Examples include the service processor, Dynamic Processor Deallocation and Chipkill memory.
The Model 6H0 system is matched with AIX, the advanced UNIX operating system from IBM. Providing real value in reliability, availability and security, AIX is tuned for e-business application performance and is widely recognized as state-of-the-art in systems and network management2.
AIX delivers Java technology, Web performance and scalability enhancements for managing large, complex e-business installations. Web-based remote management tools control the system and monitor key resources such as network availability, file system status and processor workload. AIX incorporates Workload Manager, which can help ensure that critical applications remain responsive even during periods of peak system demand. AIX runs across all pSeries and RS/6000 servers for greater compatibility and investment protection.
The latest release of AIX, AIX 5L Version 5.1, adds new functionality to further improve security and system availability to enhance Workload Manager and improve Java scalability and performance. In fact, the system management and Internet / Web-application services of AIX 5L rank as industry leaders2.
The Linux operating system is available for the Model 6H0 from one or more major Linux distributors. These distributors can provide a full complement of Open Source tools and applications. Linux runs natively on the Model 6H0 and does not require the use of AIX. Full service and support for Linux is available from IBM Global Services or a Linux distributor.
The IBM product line is about uncompromising flexibility in selecting, building and deploying the applications a business needs. Toward that end, IBM offers one of the industry’s broadest range of platforms and operating systems. IBM is committed to industry-standard, cross-platform technologiessuch as Java, XML, HTML, SOAP and UDDIthat are at the heart of a flexible e-business infrastructure.
Support for these standards in our key middlewareincluding DB2 Universal Database, WebSphere Application Server and MQSeriesmeans that companies won’t be locked into a single platform as their businesses grow. As a result, they always have the flexibility to deploy applications in a cost-effective way.
The Model 6H0 represents the IBM product line commitment to true application flexibility through open standards. In addition to including enhanced Java scalability and performance, AIX 5L provides integrated Linux system-compatible Application Program Interfaces that allow popular Linux and Open Source applications to run on AIX with a simple recompilation. The AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications (distributed "AS IS" with AIX 5L) provides compilers, utilities, editors, debuggers and other application development tools to aid in this recompilation.
The Model 6H0 is supported by a comprehensive suite of offerings and resources that provide value at every stage of IT implementation. These tools can help customers test possible solutions, obtain financing, plan and implement applications and middleware, manage capacity and availability, improve performance, and obtain technical support across the entire infrastructure.
The result is an easier way to handle the complexities and rapid growth of e-business. In addition, North American Systems International experts can help with business and IT consulting, business transformation and total systems management services, as well as customized e-business solutions.
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Model 6M1 - Features rack-mount packaging for flexibility, and ease-of-growth. Targeted to meet the critical requirements of e-business infrastructures, like enterprise resource planning and business intelligence solutions
Model 6H1 - Rugged, rack-mounted mid-range server with outstanding performance, mainframe reliability and availability for a great price
|p660-6M1||7026-6M1 (8-Way)||7026-6H1 (6-Way)||7026-6H0 (4-Way)|
|Processor Speed||750 MHz||750 MHz||750 MHz|
|Number of Processors||8-Way||6-Way||4-Way|
|L2 Cache||8 MB||8 MB||8 MB|
|Internal Storage||N/A||I/O Drawer||I/O Drawer|
|Main Memory||2 GB||16 GB||8 GB|