The Advantages of Linux on Power

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.

Linux on Power 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 and analytics, industry application solutions, open source infrastructure services, and other emerging workloads.

Like most commodity Linux servers, Linux on Power servers run industry standard Linux from Red Hat and SUSE (among others). Unlike x86, Linux on Power 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 virtualization 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.

Linux on Power can also efficiently scale up by adding additional resources to an existing system. Power Systems servers and PowerVM server virtualization 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 utilization rates for virtualized Linux servers as compared to x86 servers.

Whether enterprises need to deploy with a scale-out or scale-up architecture model, Linux on Power can provide the foundation for the delivery of Linux services faster, with higher quality and superior economics.

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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.

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