Unless you really, I mean really need VIOS, I would not run it. Virtual
Ethernet and other support is so good at IBM i that unless you really need
NPIV support for external storage or Tape of some sort, I'd just use the IBM
I virtualization. It's fast, stupid easy to set up, and just works.

Rob's right you most likely could cut out all but one 4 port Ethernet card,
and depending on the tape you use, either virtualize it or if it's fibre,
then move the card(s) as it makes sense. We have not seen pricing yet so we
have no idea what that extra socket is going to cost.

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects

-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2014 2:38 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Power8 PCI slots

Do you really need all 11 slots? Are some of these numerous fiber or
ethernet cards to support multiple lpars which would be better served being
virtualized via VIOS?

Rob Berendt
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From: "Steinmetz, Paul" <PSteinmetz@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: "'Midrange Systems Technical Discussion'"
Date: 04/28/2014 03:10 PM
Subject: Power8 PCI slots
Sent by: "MIDRANGE-L" <midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

This may a bit early and maybe pre-mature.
Now that the Power8 PCI slots are again "hot swappable" (Power 5 was,
Power 6 and Power7 not).
Current Power7 is configured with 2 loops, (4 5913) each 5913 pair is
split in one of two 5877, in case of drawer and/or loop failure.

If I were to upgrade to a Power8, at some point, I theoretically could
eliminate my two 5877, put all 11 slots in Power8 CEC.
Not only would this eliminate all expansion drawers, but also both GX++
Hardware maintenance would also be reduced.

One negative would be that I'd be maxed, no room for expansion, currently
I have 9 empty slots.

Any other negatives or thoughts from the group.

Thank You
Paul Steinmetz
IBM i Systems Administrator

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