IBM PowerKVM – open virtualization

PowerKVM – the open virtualization choice for Power scale-out Linux Systems

Feature Benefits
PowerKVM Hypervisor
  • Supports running multiple disparate Linux instances on a single system
Processor sharing
  • Supports sharing of CPU resources by VM
Memory virtualization and Kernel same-page Merging (KSM)
  • Enables memory over commitment and higher workload density
  • KSM optimizes real memory utilization by sharing duplicate memory pages
I/O virtualization
  • Enables sharing of physical I/O adapters to enable better utilization
PCI Passthrough I/O
  • Enables dedicated devices per VM for complete control and superior performance
Live VM migration
  • Live VM migration enabling workload migration without outages
Dynamic addition and deletion of virtual devices
  • Eliminates downtime to modify device configurations for VMs
Hot plugging of disk devices
  • Allows new real devices to be added without host downtime
Thin provisioned VMs
  • Copy on write virtual disks save on storage by not needing full disk until used
Energy optimization policies
  • Optimizes energy consumption based on PowerKVM policy
System planning tool
  • Simplifies the planning and installation of scale-out Linux servers with PowerKVM

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