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October 03, 2012

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Can you please expand on your statement that PowerVM 2.2.2 is POWER7+ only? I can understand that the new 20 VMs per core support would require the new processor, but there are a host of other enhancements in PowerVM 2.2.2 that are extremely interesting to those of us with existing investments in POWER7. For example, I've been waiting for two years for shared storage pools to become more than an interesting curiosity. To have that feature require a complete hardware refresh of my environment would be *profoundly* disappointing.

I am sorry I was not more clear, I misunderstood something that I read.

PowerVM 2.2.2 will run on existing models, but some of the new functionality is enabled by running the new version 7.6 firmware.

From a slide deck I have: "This firmware enables the Elastic COD, the Dynamic Platform Optimization, the POWER7+ compression and encryption accelerators, the enhanced Live Partition Mobility scalability and performance, and the 0.05 virtual processor granularity."

The 7.6 firmware is going to run on the 795, and the 770/780 D models. At this time I have not heard of plans to provide 7.6 or later firmware on any of the B or C models or on any of the Power Blades.

I will write more about this topic in the future and will provide more details as I learn them.

Thanks for the feedback..

I can understand that the new 20 VMs per core support would require the new processor, but there are a host of other enhancements in PowerVM 2.2.2 that are extremely interesting to those of us with existing investments in POWER7

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