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IBM unveils its first server based on the IBM Power10 CPU, the IBM Power E1080 server, enabling clients to manage a “frictionless and secure” hybrid cloud experience throughout their entire IT infrastructure.

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The IBM Power E1080 server is the first in a new family of servers based on the new IBM Power10 processor. Its engineering makes it one of the most secure server platforms on the market. It is built mainly for hybrid cloud settings.

While IBM designed the IBM, Samsung made it using a 7nm EUV process technology. Now, it’s commercially available for the first time.

The new server will introduce several key features, such as enhancements for hybrid cloud, further hardware-driven performance improvements, innovative security tools designed for hybrid cloud environments, and a robust ecosystem of ISVs, Business Partners, and support.


Organizations worldwide need a platform to deliver apps and insights securely, from anywhere, at any time. The IBM Institute of Business Value asked 3,000 CEOs what they plan to pursue aggressively over the next two to three years.  According to its 2021 CEO Study, 56% of the surveyed CEOs emphasized the need to enhance operational agility and flexibility.

The hybrid cloud computing model combines on-premises resources and cloud-based infrastructure. Thus, it can offer up to 2.5x greater value than a public cloud-only approach. So, the company launched the IBM Power E1080 server at a critical time for IT.

The IBM Power E1080 server can provide up to 30% higher performance per core and over 50% more overall capacity at the socket and system-level than the previous generation IBM Power E980 server, thanks to IBM Power10, says IBM. It also reduces energy consumption by 33% for the same workload compared to the IBM Power E980x. In turn, users can combine workloads while saving on hardware and software expenses.

Dylan Boday, who serves the role of a VP of Product Management for AI and Hybrid Cloud, had this to say:

When we were designing the E1080, we had to be cognizant of how the pandemic was changing not only consumer behavior but also our customer’s behavior and needs from their IT infrastructure. The E1080 is IBM’s first server system designed from the silicon up for hybrid cloud environments, a system tailor-built to serve as the foundation for our vision of a dynamic and secure, frictionless hybrid cloud experience.

The new IBM Power10 also includes additional security features for integrated workloads, such as transparent memory encryption. According to IBM, the Power E1080 has four times more encryption engines per core, accounting for a 2.5x faster performance for AES encryption compared to the previous generation of IBM Power servers.

The IBM Power E1080 is also the first on-premises system that supports metering by the minute for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift. In turn, it will extend the currently available capabilities on the IBM Power Virtual Server, delivering even more outstanding customer control.

Stefanie Chiras, who serves the role of a senior vice president at Platforms Business Group, Red Hat, had this to say:

Red Hat has long been committed to delivering choice to our customers, a critical component in how these organizations approach open hybrid cloud deployments. Our collaboration with IBM on Power10 will serve as a continuation of this commitment to support a broad range of architectures. As an architectural foundation for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift deployments on-premises metering, IBM Power will offer the scale and flexibility to help customers realize the benefits of open hybrid cloud.