IBM Power Systems advantages

Power is virtualization without limits

Mid-sized companies are needlessly reeling under high IT management costs, low server utilization, and high energy usage. As a result, consolidation, virtualization and IT management tools and services can transform an IT infrastructure to become a powerful enabler of business growth.

As mid-sized businesses plan projects to transform the costs of their IT infrastructure, they turn to PowerVM virtualization to consolidate multiple workloads onto fewer systems—increasing server utilization and reducing cost. PowerVM provides a secure and scalable virtualization environment for AIX, i and Linux applications built upon the advanced resiliency features and leading performance of the Power Systems platform.

PowerVM offers Micro-Partitioning® with the ability to run up to 10 partitions per processor core and to dynamically move processor, memory, and I/O resources between partitions to support changing workload requirements. PowerVM Live Partition Mobility enables active partitions to be moved between servers virtually eliminating planned downtime. Live partition mobility can also be used to upgrade workloads between POWER6® and POWER7 processor-based servers without an application outage.

VMControl™ provides additional virtualization management capability that helps mid-sized companies that choose to use both PowerVM to virtualize Power Systems and VMware to virtualize their x86 applications. VMControl enables a system administrator to simply monitor and manage virtual machines hosted by PowerVM and VMware from the same screen.

AIX: the future of UNIX

AIX exploits decades of IBM technology innovation and is designed to provide the highest level of performance and reliability of any UNIX® operating system. According to ITIC’s 2010 survey, AIX scored the highest reliability ratings among 15 different server operating system platforms.1

AIX is an open standards-based UNIX operating system designed to comply with the Open Group’s Single UNIX Specification Version 3.

The latest AIX 7.1 release features new cluster-aware integration with PowerHA, as well the ability to run AIX 5.2 Workload Partitions to facilitate application migration and reuse. The AIX operating system is available in three Editions for a range of capability and flexibility for both mid-sized and large enterprises.

AIX 7 and the previous release, AIX 6, are binary compatible with previous versions of AIX including AIX 5L™. This means that applications that ran on earlier versions will continue to run on AIX 7 or 6—guaranteed.2

IBM i: total integration

IBM i is an integrated operating environment with a more than 20-year reputation for exceptional cost effectiveness, security and business resilience. IBM i integrates a trusted combination of relational DB2® database, security, web services, networking and storage management capabilities. ITG reports that costs to use Power Systems and IBM i 6.1 average 41 percent less than x86 servers and Microsoft® Windows®.3

The latest IBM i 7.1 release includes enhanced DB2 support for XML and column-level encryption, automatic movement of hot data to solid-state drives, enhancements to RPG to extend applications to mobile devices and web services, plus enhanced virtualization and resiliency options.

IBM i 6.1 included expanded options for virtualization, upgraded storage and availability management, breakthrough Java™ performance, support for POWER7 and POWER6 and BladeCenter®, and a broad range of middleware and tools to help drive application transformation.

Linux: scalable, ready for x86 consolidation

Reducing the number of underutilized x86 servers through consolidation and virtualization is a key priority for many mid-sized companies today as they look to reduce infrastructure costs. Linux on Power Systems with PowerVM provide a scalable virtualized alternative to running Windows and Linux on x86 servers. Both Red Hat and Novell SUSE Linux run natively on Power Systems offering a scalable alternative for a wide variety of open source applications.

PowerVM Lx86 cross-platform virtualization technology also enables x86 Linux workloads to run without recompilation and take advantage of the scalability of Power Systems. That makes it even easier to take advantage of the latest Linux applications.

Power is resiliency without downtime

Power Systems solutions benefit from decades of IBM experience in designing and deploying high availability hardware and software. PowerHA SystemMirror disk clustering solutions are available to help keep your systems—and your business—running 24×7×365.

PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX and IBM i Editions are data center and multi-site resiliency solutions designed to help protect critical business applications from outages: planned or unplanned. PowerHA is integrated with cluster aware capabilities in both the AIX and IBM i operating environments.

Power is data protection and compliance

Managing data protection and compliance is vital for mid-sized companies to avoid legal and financial exposures owing to the loss of private customer or key financial data. IBM offers tools to protect data from threats and unauthorized access on Power servers running AIX, i and Linux workloads. Data encryption capabilities to protect file systems, data and backup are an integral part of the AIX and IBM i operating systems, both of which also support role-based access control. Whether you want to manage the security of your Power servers or include other elements in your infrastructure—IBM solutions provide intuitive administration that helps you to define, enforce and audit your business security and compliance policies.

Power is management with automation

With the simple-to-deploy infrastructure management technologies on Power Systems, mid-sized businesses not only get a complete picture of their systems and how well they are operating but also the tools to deploy, optimize and maintain these systems at maximum effectiveness and efficiency. The benefits include optimized performance, energy efficiency and cost control but, most importantly, better management tools free up IT staff that mid-sized companies rely on to deliver higher value services to support business growth initiatives.

IBM System Director Editions for Power are sized for every data center. It is now simpler than ever for a single operator to manage both physical assets and virtual resources. IBM Systems Director offers a unified systems management solution to improve service delivery across Power and x86 applications.

Power is sustainable IT infrastructure

Being socially responsible yields real business benefits. With the high energy demands of server rooms and datacenters, many mid-sized companies want to make sure that they are making progress towards a more sustainable and cost efficient IT infrastructure. Efficiencies in space, power, costs, and labor as well as the potential for new market opportunities await the mid-sized company that focuses on building a more sustainable business and IT infrastructure. Enable the sustainability of your business by improving the efficiency of operations, assets and people while reducing costs, improving your public image and opening the door to new opportunities.

Power Systems energy management solutions monitor and control energy usage to help you manage energy efficiency in your server room or data center. Each Power server has EnergyScale™ technology built into the POWER7 processor. And with IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™, you can identify trends in your energy usage and thermal profile plus track environmental data from applications used to monitor air conditioning units and Uninterruptible Power Supplies.

To draw insights and make better decisions, businesses rely on the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems. Built with the first processor designed for big data workloads, the design of Power Systems combines the computing power, memory bandwidth and I/O in ways that are easier to consume and manage, building on strong resiliency, availability and security.

IBM Power Systems deliver flexibility and choice of operating systems to enable your business to support the next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing that are transforming how organizations work today. Whether running 1, 2, or all 3 - coupled with PowerVM, they maximize the benefit of Power Systems in your business.

System software

Transform your business with Systems Software that enables virtualization, high availability, flexibility, security and compliance on Power Systems™. IBM’s integrated approach to developing Systems and Systems Software together delivers optimized results with Power Systems.

As an open innovation platform, Power Systems is optimized for big data and analytics performance and to deliver scale-out economics and security for the cloud. IBM and IBM Business Partner solutions exploit key capabilities in IBM Power Systems.

Migrate to Power

Over the last five years thousands of Oracle and HP UNIX clients have migrated to POWER. Learn how Power Systems has helped them improve their business performance, reduce risk, and establish a more secure future.

Next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing are providing unprecedented insights into opportunities, threats and efficiencies. IBM Power Systems is at the forefront of delivering solutions to gain faster insights from analyzing both structured information and unstructured big data. With the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems plus solutions and software, organizations can outpace their competitors by delivering faster services, providing differentiated offerings and turning operational cost into investment opportunity.