IBM Power Systems advantages

Power is the ultimate platform for compute intensive workloads

AIX – The future of UNIX

According to IDC, the IBM Power Systems platform with AIX technology is the leader in worldwide UNIX server revenue share.1 The introduction of the POWER7 and recent POWER7+ processors has helped accelerate migrations to the Power Systems and AIX platform from Oracle Solaris and HP-UX. An open standards–based UNIX operating system, IBM AIX software exploits decades of IBM technology innovation. According to ITIC’s 2010-2011 survey, the IBM AIX operating system delivered the highest reliability scores among 19 different server operating system platforms, including Linux and other UNIX operating systems.2

IBM i – A system designed for business

IBM i running on an IBM Power Systems server offers an integrated, simple-to-manage platform for business applications with a proven reputation for exceptional resilience and low operational costs. Running applications based on IBM i has helped companies over many years to focus on innovation and on delivering new value to their business, and to lower the costs of managing their IT operations.

PowerLinux – Industry standard, solutions tuned to the task

Both Red Hat and SUSE Linux run natively on POWER processor-based systems, offering a scalable PowerLinux alternative for open source applications. Reducing server sprawl through consolidation and virtualization is a key priority for many companies today and PowerLinux with PowerVM provides a scalable, optimized, and cost competitive alternative to running Linux on commodity x86 servers.

PowerHA – Resiliency without downtime

Smarter computing by nature requires businesses to raise their services delivery levels, fueling 24×7 high availability demands for their applications and IT infrastructure. PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX and IBM i is a high availability clustering solution for both data center and multisite resiliency. PowerHA is designed to protect business applications from outages of virtually any kind, helping ensure round-the-clock business operations.

PowerSC – Security and compliance: trusted and automated

Security and compliance are intrinsic to today’s business processes, development and daily operations and should be factored in to the initial design of any IT or critical infrastructure solution, not added after the fact. By building security and compliance into the overall design of a system, application or cloud infrastructure, businesses are better able to deploy innovative solutions that reduce risk while cost-effectively addressing audit requirements.

IBM Active Energy Manager – Sustainable IT infrastructure

Many companies are running into facilities management and energy challenges in their data center due to the explosion in data and growth in IT applications. Analysts have projected that up to 70 percent of large enterprises will face the need for major changes to their data centers in the next few years. It is becoming critical for these companies to begin to create a more sustainable and cost efficient IT infrastructure. In addition, being socially responsible yields real business benefits. The POWER processor-based systems are highly energy efficient, often enabling enterprises to expand their IT capability without expanding their floor space or energy consumption.

IBM Systems Director – Management with automation

With platform management technologies on Power Systems servers, businesses not only get a complete picture of their systems and how well they are operating, but also the tools to deploy, optimize and maintain these systems at maximum effectiveness and efficiency. The result is optimized workload performance, energy efficiency and cost control. On Power Systems servers, server virtualization management is integrated with network and storage management for complete resource control.

IBM services and financing for your smarter computing projects

From online self-evaluation tools and workshops to comprehensive assessments and complete migration services, IBM services teams and IBM Business Partner experts around the world can help you determine where to begin or how to make the most of your current Power Systems solutions.

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Next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing are providing unprecedented insights into opportunities, threats and efficiencies. IBM Power Systems is at the forefront of delivering solutions to gain faster insights from analyzing both structured information and unstructured big data. With the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems plus solutions and software, organizations can outpace their competitors by delivering faster services, providing differentiated offerings and turning operational cost into investment opportunity.

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.

IBM Power Systems deliver flexibility and choice of operating systems to enable your business to support the next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing that are transforming how organizations work today. Whether running 1, 2, or all 3 - coupled with PowerVM, they maximize the benefit of Power Systems in your business.

IBM's integrated approach to developing Systems and Systems Software stacks together delivers a platform that supports next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing on an open platform for choice while providing maximum utilization, availability, and flexibility to help you deliver new advantages to your business.

IBM and IBM Business Partner solutions exploit key benefits in IBM Power Systems’ unique design combined with systems software to provide support for next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing to providing unprecedented insights into opportunities, threats and efficiencies to your organization.


Over the last five years thousands of clients have migrated to IBM Power Systems. Learn how Power Systems has helped them support next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing on an open platform for choice while improving business performance, reducing risk, and establishing a platform for growth.


  • There is no upside to downtime

    IBM Power Systems keeps your business and your cloud up

  • Your virtualization platform matters

    Lower costs, less risk, higher densities and quality with PowerVM

  • PowerVM

    PowerVM takes on VMware

    Edison Group - PowerVM delivers up to 525% better performance

  • AIX beats x86 operating systems

    Achieving satisfied users, lower costs, and higher quality

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