IBM PowerLinux solutions

Why PowerLinux solutions

IBM’s PowerLinux solutions are tuned to extend the performance of POWER to key emerging workloads running on industry-standard Linux.

With PowerLinux, IBM brings four big things to the table that are good for Linux: competition, commitment, code, and cool technology.


Jim Zemlin, Executive Director
The Linux Foundation

Big data analytics

Deliver actionable insights faster - PowerLinux big data solutions are optimized for analytics on data-in-motion and data-at-rest.

Less than 1/2 the time

A Hadoop cluster built with PowerLinux technology can sort through a terabyte of data in less than half the time as one built with commodity x86 hardware.*

Application Services

Reduce acquisition costs - deploying application services on PowerLinux combines value priced POWER servers with critical infrastructure applications.

30% less expensive

The University of Hamburg reduced their acquisition costs 30% by choosing a PowerLinux solution over commodity x86 hardware.

Industry application solutions

Differentiate in a crowded market - applications deployed on PowerLinux can be customized to your needs, and hardened against failures.

43% less downtime

SAP deployments built on IBM PowerLinux have 43% less downtime than similar deployments on Windows.

PowerLinux servers

PowerLinux 7R1
A Linux-only one-socket server supporting a single four-, six-, or eight-core POWER7+ processor modules in a dense, 2U rack-
optimized form factor.
PowerLinux 7R2
A Linux-only two-socket server supporting 16 POWER7+ cores in a dense, 2U rack-
optimized form factor.
PowerLinux 7R4
A Linux-only four-socket server that supports up to 32 cores with in a 5U rack-optimized form factor.

PowerLinux systems software – built on POWER

IBM PowerLinux Solution Editions are built on POWER, and include PowerVM server virtualization and Systems Director VMControl virtual server management. They deliver trusted, state of the art technology at the small, mid, and enterprise computing levels, and are broadly deployed in production environments worldwide. These value-priced servers compete with x86 servers on cost, while delivering greater performance, higher utilization, and superior availability.

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.

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"The POWER architecture brings choice to customers, a core value proposition from Red Hat."

Jim Totton, VP and GM of Platform Business Unit, Red Hat


"The time for PowerLinux is now."

Michael Miller, VP Global Alliances and Marketing, SUSE

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