IBM PowerLinux Open Source Infrastructure Services

Affordable end-to-end infrastructure applications solution for midsize businesses


Businesses demand IT solutions that are relevant, reliable and faster than ever. Infrastructure and business-specific workloads proliferate as companies grow and address new market needs. The result for data centers is increased server acquisition, expanded storage, new databases, increased floor space and more power consumption. IT costs continue to grow, yet companies are forced to find ways to reduce expenses.

Linux has proven that open source applications are as robust as software developed in traditional ways. As a result, Linux is becoming the open standards choice for deploying new workloads that are flexible, secure, and cost effective.

Organizations are transforming their IT infrastructures to Linux and open source applications to manage their business. By 2016, it is estimated that open source software will be included in mission-critical software portfolios in 99 percent of Global 2000 enterprises.1

To offset IT software costs, companies are replacing more expensive infrastructure applications with robust open source offerings running on Linux. Open source applications bring savings and flexibility but they can be daunting for companies to deploy and manage. Assembling a solution with components and technology from multiple open source community projects or vendors can result in a complex, hard to manage environment. Small IT organizations in particular do not have the bandwidth to architect or maintain their own solutions. These companies are looking for affordable, ready-to-deploy, end-to-end infrastructure solutions.

To reduce IT hardware costs, companies are leveraging virtualized environments to consolidate workloads on to fewer physical servers. With virtualization, IT organizations are able to lower their x86 server sprawl (less floor space and energy consumption, and fewer servers to manage) but are also faced with new challenges such as virtualization system overhead, and high virtualization software costs. IT staff are looking for a more affordable, efficient virtualization solution.

IBM PowerLinux™ Open Source Infrastructure Services is an ideal platform for fast delivery of essential email, web serving, file/print, and other infrastructure workloads. It provides all the components—key open source infrastructure workloads, Industry standards-based Linux, IBM PowerVM virtualization technology, and IBM POWER7 performance optimized for Linux in an end-to-end solution ready for you to deploy. IBM PowerLinux Open Source Infrastructure Services uses open source applications such as:

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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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