IBM PowerVM for IBM PowerLinux

Virtualization without limits

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  • Deliver services with superior economics by more efficient virtualization of Linux workloads
  • Deliver services faster by automating deployment of virtual machines and storage
  • Dynamically optimize utilization of server and storage resources to control cost and boost ROI
  • Flexibly scale your virtualized deployments without impacting performance and throughput
  • Eliminate scheduled downtime by deploying live application mobility between servers
  • Deliver higher quality services by optimizing virtual resource management and eliminating security vulnerabilities

Complexity can work its way into any IT infrastructure, driven by the rollout of new applications and unanticipated change. However, adding servers in response to each demand for new workloads drives the need for more datacenter space, power, cooling, network cabling, data storage and administrative resources. Such complexity leads to inefficiency. The answer is virtualization, which allows organizations to combine multiple potentially disparate workloads on a single platform.

IBM PowerVM® for IBM PowerLinux™ provides the industrial-strength virtualization solution for IBM PowerLinux servers. Based on more than a decade of evolution and innovation, PowerVM represents the state of the art in enterprise virtualization and is broadly deployed in production environments worldwide by most Power Systems owners.

The IBM PowerLinux family of servers is optimized for scale-out Linux computing, maximizing flexibility and reliability when compared to traditional Linux servers. With these servers and IBM PowerVM virtualization, an organization can more efficiently virtualize all server resources and reduce server sprawl by driving higher utilization per core and more throughput per server. This efficiency results in significantly reduced costs, with improved service levels and security.

PowerVM also offers a reliable and resilient virtualization environment, built on the advanced RAS (reliability, availability and serviceability) features, extreme scalability and leadership performance1 of the IBM Power Systems platform, based on the outstanding POWER7® processors. In addition, IBM PowerLinux servers with PowerVM offer midsize businesses a cloud-ready infrastructure that combines the flexibility of virtualization without limits and Linux economics.

IBM Power Systems hardware is at the heart of enabling major business and industry transformations fueled by the explosive growth of big data and analytics. Power Systems help organizations drive faster business insights with industry leading performance, scalability and virtualization flexibility.

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

IBM's integrated approach to developing Systems and Systems Software stacks together delivers maximum utilisation, availability, and flexibility helping you deliver new advantages in your business.


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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