IBM Power Systems advantages

Power is the ultimate platform for compute intensive workloads


Built for your most critical business priorities

Today’s technology shift is driving growth and innovation and 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 that is designed for data and security, built for efficiency and superb cloud economics and driven by community innovation. Power servers offer an ideal architecture to deliver 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.

Realise the potential of enterprise cloud

More than 70 percent of the typical IT budget is tied up in operations and maintenance. Cloud server technologies can help improve IT operations efficiency to enable companies to invest in business innovation. With higher utilisation than x86 servers plus flexible scale-up and scale-out deployment models, Power Systems offers superb cloud economics. Through its PowerVM virtualisation software (and PowerKVM on selected scale-out models) and choice of leading cloud applications, IBM Power Systems virtualisation provides intelligent, dynamic resource allocation for rapid response to workload demands, enabling consistently high service levels across hundreds of virtual workloads on a single system.

Designed and optimised for big data and analytics

Businesses are amassing a wealth of data and Power Systems, built with innovation that puts data to work, can store it, secure it and most importantly, extract actionable insight from it. Power Systems are designed for Big Data. From operational business intelligence (BI) 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, memory bandwidth and broad data pathways to process and move data through applications in ways that are easier to consume and manage.

To resolve the need for security and privacy that comes with highly networked, data-intensive applications, Power offers built-in security that 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.

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 the data and provide the reliability, availability and security that business, 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 enterprise integration, higher qualities of service, improved economics and security delivered through enterprise-class systems. Along with the computational speed, data bandwidth and resiliency required providing immediate, reliable responses to mobile users when they need it most, this makes Power an ideal platform for mobile applications. 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 architecture. With an architecture that supports open standards such as Linux®, OpenStack, KVM and others – with community innovation driven through Power Systems Linux Centres, Watson & Power development clouds and the OpenPOWER Foundation – Power Systems is ushering in the next generation of applications and infrastructure that dramatically accelerate compute and data-intensive tasks.

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 (RAS) features that help avoid unplanned downtime. With Enterprise Pools, Capacity on Demand (CoD), Hot-Node Add and Active Memory Expansion – 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 for Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) support, IBM PowerHA software for high availability (HA), PowerSC software for security and compliance, PowerVP for intelligent virtualisation management and PowerVC 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 independent software vendors (ISV) running on a choice of AIX, IBM i and industry-standard Linux operating systems (OS).