IBM PowerLinux solutions

Why PowerLinux solutions

IBM’s PowerLinux solutions are tuned to extend the performance of POWER to key emerging workloads running on industry-standard Linux.

With PowerLinux, IBM brings four big things to the table that are good for Linux: competition, commitment, code, and cool technology.


Jim Zemlin, Executive Director
The Linux Foundation

Linux Journal. 2013 Readers´ Choice.

IBM and Linux

A winning combination

Big data

Deliver actionable insights faster - PowerLinux big data solutions are optimized for analytics on data-in-motion and data-at-rest.

Less than 1/2 the time

A Hadoop cluster built with PowerLinux technology can sort through a terabyte of data in less than half the time as one built with commodity x86 hardware.*

Application Services

Reduce acquisition costs - deploying application services on PowerLinux combines value priced POWER servers with critical infrastructure applications.

30% less expensive

The University of Hamburg reduced their acquisition costs 30% by choosing a PowerLinux solution over commodity x86 hardware.

Industry application solutions

Differentiate in a crowded market - applications deployed on PowerLinux can be customized to your needs, and hardened against failures.

43% less downtime

SAP deployments built on IBM PowerLinux have 43% less downtime than similar deployments on Windows.

PowerLinux servers

PowerLinux 7R1
A Linux-only one-socket server supporting a single four-, six-, or eight-core POWER7+ processor modules in a dense, 2U rack-
optimized form factor.
PowerLinux 7R2
A Linux-only two-socket server supporting 16 POWER7+ cores
in a dense, 2U rack-optimized
form factor.
PowerLinux 7R4
A Linux-only four-socket server that supports up to 32 cores with in a 5U rack-optimized form factor.

PowerLinux systems software – built on POWER

IBM PowerLinux Solution Editions are built on POWER, and include PowerVM server virtualization and Systems Director VMControl virtual server management. They deliver trusted, state of the art technology at the small, mid, and enterprise computing levels, and are broadly deployed in production environments worldwide. These value-priced servers compete with x86 servers on cost, while delivering greater performance, higher utilization, and superior availability.

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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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"The POWER architecture brings choice to customers, a core value proposition from Red Hat."

Jim Totton, VP and GM of Platform Business Unit, Red Hat


"The time for PowerLinux is now."

Michael Miller, VP Global Alliances and Marketing, SUSE

IBM Business Partners