Server virtualisation with IBM PowerVM

The virtualisation platform for UNIX, Linux and IBM i clients

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Highlights

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.

Feature Benefits
PowerVM Hypervisor
Micro-Partitioning
Dynamic Logical Partitioning
Shared Processor Pools
Shared Storage Pools
Integrated Virtualization Manager
LPM
Active Memory Sharing
Active Memory Deduplication
NPIV
System Planning Tool
VIOS Performance Advisor
PowerVP Virtualization Performance Monitor*

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.

Solutions

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.

Advantages

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.