- Optimized, open source infrastructure workloads solution for faster services
- Exceptional reliability and security with IBM® POWER7® technology and IBM PowerVM® virtualization
- More throughput per server than x86 commodity servers
- Compelling economics to reduce IT costs
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:
- Mail serving: Includes industry-leading open source mail serving applications such as Postfix, Dovecot, Cyrus, Fetchmail, Procmail and SpamAssassin.
- Web serving: Leverages the LAMP architecture for open source web serving functions with Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl scripts
- File/print serving: Using Samba this solution allows file and print sharing between computers based on PowerLinux, Linux x86, Microsoft Windows and UNIX operating systems.
- Network infrastructure serving: Manages network traffic with advanced capabilities like virtual networking (virtio and vhost-net), next generation internet protocol, IPv6, and load-balancing with the BIND DNS server and Squid web caching server.
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1 Gartner, open source code in Global enterprises http://www.gartner.com/technology/cio-priorities/open-source-software.jsp (link resides outside of ibm.com)
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