Built to confidently support mission-critical business demands
Businesses today are transforming and seeking new ways to deliver value from IT. This is placing new demands on enterprise IT infrastructure. Cloud, big data, analytics, mobile solutions, and social business aren’t simply remaking computing, they are remaking business and they are helping to revolutionise the way that IT is created and consumed. This new model represents an opportunity for organisations to reshape the value they deliver, but cost, complexity and risk are standing in the way. So how can companies capitalise on this opportunity?
We believe there’s an answer—IBM® Power Systems™—the IT platform with the first processor designed for big data. Its open architecture offers efficiency and superior cloud economics, and is continuously infused with innovation from its open server ecosystem. Power servers offer an ideal architecture to deliver superior security and a stronger customer experience against your competition. With an integrated set of resources that are always available2 and comprehensive data management capabilities, Power servers can align your technology to your business demands, uncover new value in your data to drive innovation, and securely and efficiently deliver business services to help reduce costs.
Designed for the demands of big data and analytics
Businesses are amassing a wealth of data and Power Systems, built with innovation to support today’s data demands, can store it, secure it and, most importantly, extract actionable insight from it. Power Systems are designed for big data. From operational business intelligence and data warehouses to predictive analytics and cognitive Watson solutions, Power servers are optimised for the compute intensive performance demands of database and analytics applications and can flexibly scale to support the demands of rapidly growing data. Power Systems’ open, data-centric design combines computing power, big memory, memory bandwidth, and broad data pathways to process and move data through applications in ways that are easier to consume and manage.
And to resolve the need for security and privacy that comes with highly networked, data-intensive applications, Power offers built-in security competitors can’t match. Real-time data encryption, sophisticated application isolation, and compliance alerts and reporting ensure that data is safe, company and industry compliance standards are met, and costs are minimised.
Optimised to run mission critical workloads in the cloud with confidence
IBM Power Systems enterprise servers are designed for enterprise private and hybrid cloud environments. Through enterprise-class security, efficient virtualisation that drives industry-leading workload density, and dynamic resource allocation and management – Power Systems confidently delivers consistently high service levels across hundreds of virtual workloads on a single system.
As organisation seek to maximise their IT flexibility and drive efficiency by reducing systems management, Power Systems offer an ideal platform. With cloud management solutions that are built on open standards and OpenStack, a choice of leading operating systems, and virtualisation that is built-in for security and efficiency, enterprise servers from IBM Power Systems are built to handle the rigor of managing complex, large-scale, mission-critical applications.
Deliver new capabilities for mobile applications
Core business systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) are crucial elements in responding to market needs. They manage and deliver data and provide the reliability, availability, and security that businesses—and their customers—demand. But increasingly, these Systems of Record are connected to employees and consumers through mobile and social Systems of Engagement designed to improve the user experience and drive competitive advantage. In this increasingly complex environment, mobile applications are now mission-critical and cannot run as isolated applications with their own set of data and demand higher levels of service and improved performance.
Power Systems offers the open technologies required by mobile applications plus the integration, higher qualities of service, improved economics, and security delivered that are characteristic of Power Systems enterprise servers. The computational speed, data bandwidth, low latency, and resiliency required to provide immediate, reliable responses to mobile users when they need it most makes Power an ideal platform for mobile applications. And for Linux-based applications, Power IFL offers integrated operations, improved performance & reliability, and a more secure server combined with scale-out market affordability. Power Systems offers versatility of deployment models so businesses can take advantage of the skills and infrastructure they already have along with the ability to align technology to their business processes. They gain the best of both worlds—combining the advantages of shared IT infrastructure for core systems and extending engagement systems securely and reliably through mobile applications.
Revolutionising the way IT is developed and delivered
POWER® architecture is the heart of the OpenPOWER™ Foundation, a growing community built around an open technology platform to foster new opportunities and design the next generation of applications and technologies. Leveraging open standards, Power Systems provides developers with tools tuned for a platform that boosts productivity and performance by removing constraints imposed by commodity architectures. With an architecture that supports open standards such as Linux and OpenStack—and with community innovation driven through Power Systems Linux Centres, Watson & Power development clouds, and the OpenPOWER Foundation—Power Systems delivers best-of-breed next-generation applications and services and a continuous infusion of innovation.
Optimised for the rigorous demands of enterprise computing
IBM understands that applications and business processes have differing demands and that one size does not fit all. To ensure that technology aligns to business rather than the other way around, IBM offers a full range of Power Systems servers each of which delivers leadership data capabilities, security, performance and scalability in its class. A totally integrated approach to the design, development, and testing of each and every Power server ensures the resiliency required for today’s enterprise IT infrastructure.
All Power Systems server models include innovative reliability, availability and serviceability features that help avoid unplanned downtime. And, with Enterprise Pools, Capacity on Demand, and Active Memory Mirroring for Hypervisor—Power Systems enterprise servers ensure businesses can keep their most important applications available, even as they add capacity to handle new and growing business demands.
IBM offers a full range of IBM Power Systems software technologies that enable businesses to exploit Power Systems servers. Designed and optimised specifically for Power Systems, IBM offerings include IBM PowerVM virtualisation software, PowerKVM the open virtualisation choice for Power Systems, IBM PowerHA® software for high availability, PowerSC™ software for security and compliance, Power VP for intelligent performance management and Power VC for virtualisation management based on OpenStack. IBM’s integrated approach to developing the systems and software together enables high system utilisation, high resiliency, strong security and simplified management. In addition, IBM Power Systems offers thousands of popular industry applications from ISVs running on a choice of AIX®, IBM i and industry-standard Linux operating systems.