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At IBM, we measure success in terms of the effect on our clients’ business outcomes, including enabling and managing growth while delivering higher service levels and mitigating risk. With budgets under pressure, businesses must do all this with fewer resources.

PowerLinux servers, software and solutions are built on our Power Systems platform and associated services, and should be the open standard platform of choice for deploying new Linux technology–based applications, offering superior capabilities for big data analytics, industry application solutions, open source infrastructure services, and other emerging workloads.

Like most commodity Linux servers, PowerLinux servers run industry standard Linux from Red Hat and SUSE (among others). Unlike x86, PowerLinux technology offers a broad range of deployment options. Low-cost, two-socket PowerLinux servers and Flex System nodes, based on high-performance POWER7 processors and security-rich PowerVM virtualization technology, can be ideal for applications that favor a scale-out model—a distributed computing workload model with built-in redundancy and failover capabilities that is popular with Linux technology.

PowerLinux technology can also efficiently scale up by adding additional resources to an existing system. Power Systems servers, PowerLinux technology and PowerVM server virtualization are highly scalable and offer massive consolidation with up to 1,000 virtual machines per server. This can provide greater return on investment through dramatically reduced costs for server-related footprints, energy, cooling and staffing, in addition to efficiencies gained from the potential for much greater server utilization rates for virtualized Linux servers as compared to x86 servers.

Whether enterprises need to deploy with a scale-out or scale-up architecture model, PowerLinux technology can provide the foundation for the delivery of Linux services faster, with higher quality and superior economics.

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.

Operating systems

Power servers deliver flexibility and choice of operating systems to enable your business to select the best applications for your business needs. Whether running 1, 2, or all 3 - coupled with PowerVM, they maximise 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.


IBM and IBM Business Partner solutions exploit key benefits in Power Systems that help you deliver new capabilities and new competitive advantages to your business.

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.


Companies embracing Smarter Computing are implementing IT infrastructure based on the IBM Power Systems platform that is designed for data, tuned to the task and managed with cloud technologies. With Power Systems, businesses can outpace their competitors by delivering services faster, differentiate their offerings by delivering higher quality services, and turn operational cost into investment opportunity by delivering services with superior economics.

PowerLinux servers

PowerLinux solutions