Linux – Extending the value of POWER to industry-standard Linux
Red Hat (RHEL), SUSE (SLES), and Canonical (Ubuntu) Linux run natively on POWER processor-based systems, offering a scalable Linux alternative for open source applications. Reducing server sprawl through consolidation and virtualization is a key priority for many companies today and Linux provides a scalable, optimized, and cost competitive alternative to running Linux on commodity x86 servers.
Linux is the low cost deployment platform of choice for vital solutions like big data & analytics, cloud environments, mobile enablement platforms, and social media collaboration services. Power Systems for Linux like the Power S812L and S822L are optimized for Linux environments, and priced to compete with 1 and 2 socket x86 Linux solutions. In addition to enabling lower cost deployments of industry-standard Linux, these systems offer more efficient server virtualization versus x86 commodity server alternatives:
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 An open standards–based UNIX operating system, IBM AIX software exploits decades of IBM technology innovation. According to ITIC’s 2013 survey, the IBM AIX operating system delivered the highest reliability scores among different server operating system platforms, including Linux and other UNIX operating systems.1
AIX technology offers deep integration and optimization with PowerVM virtualization, PowerHA high availability software, PowerSC security and compliance software as well as optimization through IBM’s broader middleware and software stack, including IBM DB2® software, IBM WebSphere® Application Server software and IBM Rational compilers and development tools.
The latest AIX 7.1 release features cluster-aware integration with PowerHA, as well the ability to run AIX 5.2 and AIX 5.3 Workload Partitions to facilitate application migration and reuse. The AIX operating system is available in three editions for a range of capability and flexibility for both mid-sized and large enterprises.
AIX 7 and the previous release, AIX 6, are binary compatible with previous versions of AIX including AIX 5L™. This means that applications that ran on earlier versions will continue to run on AIX 7 or 6—guaranteed.2
IBM i – A system designed for business
IBM i 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.
More than 150,000 midsize businesses rely on the simplicity, resiliency and cost-effectiveness of IBM i to run thousands of applications from ISVs serving virtually every industry. Its reputation for security, resiliency and ease of use derives from the integration of IBM i with its built-in DB2 database, web services, networking and storage management capabilities.
The IBM i 7.2 release brings significant value to clients with more granular security options for critical business data, additional system management functionality as well as many other enhancement designed with performance and usability in mind. IBM i clients will be able to run IBM i 7.2 on POWER7/7+ and POWER8 systems, providing the key reliability, availability, scalability and performance characteristics to which they are accustomed.
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.
The best high availability and disaster recovery plans involve an integrated approach to resiliency spanning across applications, operating systems, servers and storage. That’s why PowerHA software offers deep integration and optimization between PowerHA SystemMirror software and AIX and IBM i. The PowerHA solution is optimized for IBM System Storage devices, such as the Storwize V7000 system for businesses.
PowerSC – Designed to protect virtualized data centers
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. IBM offers solutions to protect data from threats and unauthorized access on Power Systems servers running AIX, IBM i and Linux workloads. Security is integrated and built into every layer of the hardware and software on Power systems not as an afterthought add-on. Data encryption capabilities to protect file systems, data and backup are integral to securing business information.
IBM solutions provide intuitive administration that helps you to define, enforce and audit your business security policy. IBM PowerSC software provides a security and compliance solution optimized for virtualized environments on Power Systems servers running PowerVM, AIX and Linux software. Enhance compliance management and demonstration of compliance through PowerSC industry profiles and policy-based security compliance reporting with real-time alerts for compliance violations. Compliance automation features include prebuilt system proﬁles that facilitate compliance with a variety of industry standards, such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. Additional PowerSC functionality includes compliance monitoring for network segregation, system trust status and system patch policy compliance and protection of audit logs.
IBM services and financing for your Smarter Computing projects
From online self-evaluation tools and workshops to comprehensive assessments and complete migration services, IBM Business Partner and IBM Lab Services experts around the world can help you determine where to begin or how to make the most of your current Power Systems solutions.
Work with IBM Global Finance to explore the financing options most appropriate for your business. For more information on great rates, flexible payment plans and loans, and asset buyback and disposal, visit: ibm.com/financing
1 IDC Quarterly Server Tracker Q210 release, August 2010
2 More information on the binary compatibility of AIX can be found at ibm.com/systems/power/software/aix/compatibility/guarantee/index.html