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 data center (DC) space, power, cooling, network cabling, data storage and administrative resources. Such complexity leads to inefficiency. The answer is virtualization, which allows organisations to consolidate multiple operating systems (OS) and software stacks on a single platform.
IBM® PowerVM provides the industrial-strength virtualization solution for IBM Power Systems servers and blades. Based on more than a decade of evolution and innovation, PowerVM represents the state of the art (SOTA) in enterprise virtualization and is broadly deployed in production environments worldwide by most Power Systems owners.
The IBM Power Systems family of servers includes proven1 workload consolidation platforms that help clients control costs while improving overall performance, availability and energy efficiency. With these servers and IBM PowerVM virtualization solutions, an organisation can consolidate large numbers of applications and servers, fully virtualize its system resources, and provide a more flexible, dynamic IT infrastructure. In other words, IBM Power Systems with PowerVM deliver the benefits of virtualization without limits.
PowerVM provides industrial-strength virtualization for AIX, IBM i and Linux® environments on IBM POWER processor-based systems. IBM Power Systems servers integrated with PowerVM technology are designed to allow clients to build a dynamic infrastructure that will help them to reduce costs, manage risk and improve service levels.
PowerVM also offers a secure and resilient virtualization environment, built on the advanced reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features, extreme scalability and leadership performance2 of the IBM Power Systems platform, based on the outstanding POWER7 processors.
1 PowerVM Case Studies: ibm.com/systems/power/success/index.html (US)
2 Power Systems benchmark results: ibm.com/systems/power/hardware/benchmarks/index.html (US)
|Dynamic Logical Partitioning|
|Shared Processor Pools|
|Shared Storage Pools|
|Integrated Virtualization Manager|
|Active Memory Sharing|
|Active Memory Deduplication|
|System Planning Tool|
|VIOS Performance Advisor|
|PowerVP Virtualization Performance Monitor*|
*Available on systems with 7.7 firmware and above