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IBM Power System S812 server offers solid foundation for critical workloads in departmental scale-out environments

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At a Glance

The IBM® Power® System S812 server is a powerful 1-socket server that ships with one or four activated cores and I/O configuration flexibility to meet small businesses' processing needs. The server features:

  • The IBM POWER8® processor module configurations:
    • 1-core 3.026 GHz for IBM i
    • 4-core 3.026 GHz for AIX®
  • Up to 64 GB of memory for 1-core S812 or up to 128 GB of memory for 4-core S812
  • Choice of integrated storage backplane features:
    • Eight SFF-3 bays, DVD bay, and dual SAS controller with write cache
    • Twelve SFF-3 bays, DVD bay, and single SAS controller
    • Twelve SFF-3 bays, DVD bay, and split backplane two SAS controllers
  • Expansion capabilities for the EXP24SX or EXP12SX Drawer for the 4-core S812
  • Six low-profile, hot-swap PCIe Gen3 slots
  • Integrated:
    • Service processor
    • EnergyScale™ technology
    • Hot-swap and redundant cooling
    • USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports
    • One system port with RJ45 connector
  • Two hot-plug, redundant power supplies
  • 19-inch rack-mounting hardware (2U)
  • For IBM i, a maximum of 25 IBM i user entitlements



The Power System S812 server brings robust and solid business transaction processing with proven infrastructure for AIX and IBM i operating system environments. The S812 is a 1-socket, 2U system designed to meet compute demands of larger deployments, for example, in retail space and as an entry point for noncompute-intense workloads that require high reliability and stability.

This 1-socket system can be ordered with one core for IBM i (up to 25 users) and up to four cores for AIX. The S812 provides the benefits of great performance per core and per socket, utilizing the POWER8 processor. It also provides resilient I/O capabilities, internal storage, and hot-plug PCI capabilities, along with greater reliability, availability, and serviceability.

Other benefits include:

  • A foundation to core workloads in small footprints at a very competitive price point
  • Right fit for small businesses and scale-out deployments
  • Energy efficient and easy to manage by utilizing advanced energy control

The Power System S812 supports one processor socket, offering 1-core with IBM i or 4-core with AIX 3.026 GHz POWER8 configurations in a 19-inch rack-mount, 2U (EIA units) drawer configuration.

The Power S812 server supports a maximum of 64 GB DDR4 memory for IBM i workloads and a maximum of 128 GB DDR4 memory for AIX workloads. Memory features supported are 16 GB and 32 GB and run at speeds of 1600 Mbps.

I/O and system attributes in the system unit include:

  • Six PCIe Gen3 Low Profile (LP) Slots (all hot pluggable)
  • CAPI capable on two PCIe x16 slots (AIX)
  • Twelve or eight 2.5-in. SAS SFF-3 bays for HDD or SSD (all hot pluggable)
    • Eight bays available for IBM i
    • Eight or twelve bays for AIX, depending on backplane
  • Multiple RAID options supported
  • One DVD
  • Two front USB 3.0 and two rear USB 2.0 ports
  • One system port (rear)
  • Service processor
  • 1+1 Redundant hot-swap AC power supplies
  • 19-inch rack-mount 2U configuration
  • AIX 6.1, 7.1, 7.2, or later, operating system support
  • IBM i 7.3 TR2, 7.2 TR6, or later, operating system support with a maximum of 25 IBM i user entitlements

Find out more here.

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