Virtualization Foundation Solutions
Based on the POWER processor, Power Systems servers are architected to achieve maximum performance and efficiency for both the system and its virtual machines (VM). Intelligent work-load based resource allocation with dynamic processor thread switching and logical memory expansion deliver optimal performance for critical Cloud services.
Power Systems provide a choice of hypervisor with IBM’s own PowerVM or the open source PowerKVM. PowerVM makes efficient use of system resources and imposes a negligible impact on performance because PowerVM is built directly into the firmware of all Power Systems, as opposed to x86-based virtualization products which are typically third-party software add-ons. Being part of the firmware also means PowerVM is secure by design, with zero reported Common Vulnerabilities Exposures for the PowerVM hypervisor (versus more than 200 reported for VMware) in the US Government National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Database.1
PowerKVM presents a choice for customers looking for a low cost, open source virtualization solution for Linux® on Power Systems built on the POWER8 architecture. PowerKVM provides support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Ubuntu guests and is optimized for the Power Systems platform with support for processor and memory sharing over-commit for higher utilizations, dynamic addition and removal of virtual devices and live VM migration.
Advanced virtualization management is available by PowerVC (Virtualization Center). Built on OpenStack, it allows Power Systems cloud infrastructure to plug into a broad array of management solutions. It also enables high utilization of Power Systems with its advanced placement algorithms for VMs and easy to use interface that helps administrators quickly react to changing business demands for IBM AIX, IBM i, or Linux environments.
For truly elastic, pay per use cloud like capabilities, Power Systems provide Capacity on Demand (CoD) which enables instant activation and utilization tracking for additional memory and compute resources to handle temporary spikes in system usage; Pay-as-You-Grow financing options are also available.
With platform management technologies on Power Systems, businesses have the tools to automatically deploy, optimize and maintain these systems at maximum effectiveness, energy efficiency and cost control.
Entry Cloud Solutions
IBM SmartCloud Entry for Power Systems, built on OpenStack, is a modular, highly flexible and easy-to-use solution designed to deliver cloud services for private or public clouds, across a choice of heterogeneous infrastructure including Power Systems and x86.
The SmartCloud Entry for Power Systems solution can reduce manual administrative tasks, improve productivity and decrease errors with automated process management and provisioning of standardized images. Cloud administration is simplified through an intuitive interface for managing projects, users and appliances as well as monitoring heterogeneous workloads and cloud resources. Optional approval policy capabilities enable you to maintain oversight and the optimal performance of your cloud, while workload metering capabilities support a transition to pay-per-use business models. Plus SmartCloud Entry provides an on-ramp to more advanced IBM cloud offerings in support of evolving business needs.
IBM Power Systems Solution Edition for Cloud is a customizable, factory configured system, with pre-built network, compute, storage and software, so you can get your cloud up and running and adding value quickly. Customers can choose from a variety of system configurations to suit their business and workload needs: from entry to enterprise, the Solution Edition for Cloud make it easy to order just the right size and scale for any PowerVM based cloud and helps customers achieve cloud service deployments with the enterprise system qualities of service, highest scale and superb IT economics.
IBM Power Systems Solution Edition for Scale Out Cloud is a small scale, one or two socket system built on IBM’s latest POWER8 processor technology with superb performance-for-price advantages. With the PowerKVM hypervisor and OpenStack cloud management tools and application program interface (APIs), the Solution Edition for Scale Out Cloud allows open infrastructures to scale out intelligently, with less hardware, power and cooling requirements and better economics leveraging over twice the bandwidth from previous generations. This is also an advantage for those cloud services that demand exceptional compute power and memory bandwidth such as big data and analytics.
For SAP customers who have virtualized with the LandScape Virtualization Manager (LVM), IBM entry cloud configuration for SAP solutions on Power Systems is a Reference Configuration which provides a proven and prescriptive software configuration and hardware architecture that enables customers to integrate and automate management of their virtualized SAP Landscape Virtualization Management environments with SmartCloud Entry.
Advanced Cloud Solutions
IBM offers solutions to deliver advanced cloud capabilities such as rapid and scalable provisioning optimized for service providers, robust workflow orchestration, virtualization lifecycle management and sophisticated billing/chargeback with SmartCloud Provisioning and SmartCloud Orchestration. These solutions, built on open source solutions including OpenStack and Chef, are designed to reduce the risk associated with software integration and accelerate delivery of advanced cloud computing capabilities.
1 Source: Is your platform secure? Really?; Solitaire Interglobal Ltd (All rights reserved); January 2013