In the past, the only option to provide redundant Ethernet on dedicated network adapters for IBM i was a VIRTUALIP ‘interface’. Starting with IBM i 7.1 TR3, there is a new feature called Link aggregation. It is much better and much easier for implementation than VIPA.
Few hours ago IBM has released the firmware which enables the SR-IOV functionality on E870/E880 servers.
October 6th IBM introduced two new enterprise servers. Let me briefly highlight the most important features.