IBM Power Systems for Service Providers


Built to make service providers more competitive

Businesses are striving to leverage their IT infrastructure so they can extract business insights from an overwhelming amount of data, support business processes that require quicker responses while constantly changing, and drive revenue by providing services to employees and customers through their chosen devices. As businesses struggle to keep up, they are increasingly turning to service providers to manage the cost and complexity of their infrastructure, help the business provide new services, and manage changing resource demands.

Better economics means better customer experience

IBM Power Systems provide economic advantages for service providers facing these challenges through an ideal combination of hardware, software, and services.

Service providers can choose from a range of systems. Power Systems Enterprise servers provide flexible computing resources for scale-up environments that deliver economic benefits for workload consolidation with capabilities like Power Enterprise Pools, Power Integrated Facility for Linux, and Capacity on Demand. Power Systems Scale-Out servers provide the ideal foundation for scale-out data and cloud environments that deliver the performance-for-price advantages and security service providers need to confidently move data-centric applications to the cloud. With over twice the bandwidth from prior generation servers, these new systems allow open infrastructures to scale out intelligently, with less hardware, power and cooling requirements, and better economics.

Usage-based pricing options offer service providers the flexibility they need to limit upfront investments while matching capacity with demand as their business grows. These options can be combined with Capacity on Demand for IBM Power Systems, a feature that allows the service provider to pay only when they activate dormant processor and memory resources within the system to meet expected peaks in demand. They can also save money by moving IBM i core entitlements from the customer to the service provider through the IBM i entitlement relocation offer.

Whether your infrastructure is scale-up or scale-out, IBM makes it easy to get started. Power Systems offer several quick-start, one-button cloud reference configurations with a choice of Power Systems and software that can be ordered pre-configured by IBM, and includes options for Lab Services assistance to ensure your installation goes smoothly. You can add or change options such as additional software, new or additional storage and networking options.

Designed for big data and the cloud

Businesses need to extract value from all of their data and Power Systems, designed for big data, offer faster computing power than commodity systems, with more cores and twice the number of simultaneous threads per core. Broad pathways move data in and out of systems with world-leading I/O and massive memory to process data faster with lower latency. As analytics and big data are services often requested by customers, service providers can expand their business by providing these capabilities on Power Systems with confidence that they will perform well.

Similarly, customers are increasingly relying on mobile devices to access business services, so businesses need to extend the delivery of their services to include these new devices. IBM provides solutions on Power Systems to tie these new mobile systems of engagement to the systems of record and existing services.

Cloud service providers will value the flexibility of cloud solutions from IBM running on Power Systems, built on OpenStack, and ranging from virtualization on Power Systems through basic cloud tools to advanced cloud solutions supporting provisioning and orchestration. Additionally, Power Systems offer the flexibility and performance advantages of IBM POWER8™ architecture with the cost savings of open source support from Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Ubuntu Linux, plus monitoring and self-service, and the usability advantages of IBM PowerKVM.

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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.

To draw insights and make better decisions, businesses rely on the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems. Built with the first processor designed for big data workloads, the design of Power Systems combines the computing power, memory bandwidth and I/O in ways that are easier to consume and manage, building on strong resiliency, availability and security.

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.

Transform your business with Systems Software that enables virtualization, high availability, flexibility, security and compliance on Power Systems™. IBM’s integrated approach to developing Systems and Systems Software together delivers optimized results with Power Systems.

As an open innovation platform, Power Systems is optimized for big data and analytics performance and to deliver scale-out economics and security for the cloud. IBM and IBM Business Partner solutions exploit key capabilities in IBM Power Systems.

Over the last five years thousands of clients have migrated to IBM Power Systems for choice and flexibility. Learn how Power Systems has helped them revolutionise the way IT is developed and delivered, optimise for big data and analytics, and support private, public and hybrid offerings for scale-out or scale-up implementations all while improving business performance, reducing risk, and establishing a platform for growth.

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