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IBM’s LinuxONE Emperor 4 Next-Gen Server Aims to Lower Energy Usage
September 21, 2022 News


Written by: Izzat Najmi, Journalist, AOPG.

At a recent media briefing, IBM introduced their next-generation LinuxONE server, named, LinuxONE Emperor 4, whose name was “inspired” by the tallest and largest bird in Antarctica, the Emperor Penguin. The server is a Linux and Kubernetes-based platform built to give the scalability to support thousands of workloads in the footprint of a single system.

According to IBM, clients’ energy use can be lowered thanks to the features of IBM LinuxOne Emperor 4, which is available now. Consolidating Linux workloads onto five IBM LinuxOne Emperor 4 systems, as opposed to operating them on equivalent x86 servers under comparable conditions, can cut energy usage by 75%, space utilisation by 50%, and CO2 emissions by nearly 85 metric tonnes yearly, just to name a few savings.

A survey conducted by IBM IBV found that nearly half of CEOs across a variety of sectors ranked sustainability improvement among their top goals for the next two to three years. However, in the same period of time, 51% also say that sustainability is one of their major issues due to factors such as a lack of data insights, unclear return on investment, and technological impediments. One of the obstacles to reaching sustainability goals for these CEOs is frequently the expansion of their business with contemporary infrastructure.

“Data centres are energy intensive, and they can account for a large portion of an organisation’s energy use. But data and technology can help companies turn sustainability ambition into action,” said Marvel Mitran, IBM Fellow, CTO of Cloud Platform, IBM LinuxONE. Mitran elaborates by noting that cutting down on energy use in data centres is a concrete approach to lessen an organisation’s impact on the environment. Migrating to IBM LinuxONE is intended to aid customers in accomplishing their desired levels of scalability, security, and long-term viability in the context of their digital business.

Respond to Unpredictable Demand Without Compromising Security

Volatility has been fuelled by changes in the global economy, necessitating adaptability in both operational and technical decision-making. The next-generation LinuxONE provides cloud-like elasticity in addition to the security, scalability, and reliability that have always been IBM infrastructure’s hallmark. Workloads can scale up and out dynamically with no downtime using a system designed for rebalancing resources in conjunction with on-demand capacity.

In addition, IBM shared that clients in highly regulated sectors, such as financial services, place a premium on the new LinuxONE system’s comprehensive encryption, which safeguards data both at rest and in transit. IBM LinuxONE Emperor 4 safeguards data in use and provides end-to-end encryption, building on IBM’s cloud security leadership in confidential computing. A company’s existing and future cyber security policies can be built upon the foundation provided by this detailed data protection profile.

One of the clients is Citibank (Citi), whose sustainability policy is motivated by the bank’s desire to promote approaches that mitigate climate change and facilitate the shift to a low-carbon economy. Through its operations, Citi is working to lessen its impact on the environment by, among other things, increasing hosting density while decreasing energy usage. Citi is using IBM LinuxONE to host MongoDB due to the platform’s security, reliability, and scalability, which allows it to accommodate spikes in demand.

Hybrid Cloud Platform for Cloud and On-Prem Workloads

Organisations in today’s hybrid and multi-cloud setups need to deploy workloads to the cloud provider that best suits their specific use-cases. For workloads that must process private information, IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Virtual Servers offer a public cloud environment in which the cloud tenant has full administrative control over Linux-based virtual servers. This service, which is powered by IBM LinuxONE and hosted in IBM Cloud, gives clients full control over their encrypted data, workloads, and encryption keys. Not even IBM, the cloud provider, has access to this information.

Data serving, core banking, and digital asset management are just some of the Linux and Red Hat OpenShift-certified workloads that IBM LinuxONE Emperor 4 can handle – backed by IBM Ecosystem partners that include Illmuio, METACO, MongoDB, NGINX, Nth Exception, Fujitsu Limited, Pennant, SQ Solution, Sysdig, Inc., and Temenos.

Among its biggest benefits is that cloud-native development on LinuxONE allows development teams to rapidly deploy solutions without requiring them to learn a new operating system. Managers in the IT sector require a system that can be set up quickly, works with standard software, and lays the groundwork for development. Instead of worrying about balancing complexity over a large number of servers, administrators can put their attention where it belongs: On delivering innovative services thanks to LinuxONE. Open standards and an ecosystem featuring cutting-edge DevSecOps and cloud-native tools are advantageous for all users of Linux and Kubernetes-based systems.

The LinuxONE Emperor 4 server