At IBM, we measure success in terms of the effect on our clients’ business outcomes, including enabling and managing growth while delivering higher service levels and mitigating risk. With budgets under pressure, businesses must do all this with fewer resources.
PowerLinux servers, software and solutions are built on our Power Systems platform and associated services, and should be the open standard platform of choice for deploying new Linux technology–based applications, offering superior capabilities for big data analytics, industry application solutions, open source infrastructure services, and other emerging workloads.
Like most commodity Linux servers, PowerLinux servers run industry standard Linux from Red Hat and SUSE (among others). Unlike x86, PowerLinux technology offers a broad range of deployment options. Low-cost, two-socket PowerLinux servers and Flex System nodes, based on high-performance POWER7 processors and security-rich PowerVM virtualisation technology, can be ideal for applications that favor a scale-out model—a distributed computing workload model with built-in redundancy and failover capabilities that is popular with Linux technology.
PowerLinux technology can also efficiently scale up by adding additional resources to an existing system. Power Systems servers, PowerLinux technology and PowerVM server virtualisation are highly scalable and offer massive consolidation with up to 1,000 virtual machines per server. This can provide greater return on investment through dramatically reduced costs for server-related footprints, energy, cooling and staffing, in addition to efficiencies gained from the potential for much greater server utilisation rates for virtualised Linux servers as compared to x86 servers.
Whether enterprises need to deploy with a scale-out or scale-up architecture model, PowerLinux technology can provide the foundation for the delivery of Linux services faster, with higher quality and superior economics.