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.