IBM Systems Management solutions for Power Servers

IBM has announced Systems Director for Power Systems will be withdrawn from marketing effective January 2016. IBM Systems Director for Power Systems will be continued to be supported through its normal software lifecycle which will end in April 2018. For complete withdraw details of individual Systems Director offerings, refer to the complete announcement.

The following charts provide information on replacement products for IBM Systems Director for Power Systems.

Replace base IBM Systems Director for Power Systems functions

Function Old component IBM replacement Open source or other solutions
Monitoring & Automation Base Systems Director IBM Tivoli Monitoring, HMC, PowerVP, PowerVM VIOS Performance Adivsor, IBM i Navigator, nmon  
Compliance Base Systems Director IBM BigFix, PowerSC, IBM i Navigator Tripwire
Discovery and asset inventory Base Systems Director IBM BigFix, HMC, System Planning tool hmc Scanner
Patch Management Base Systems Director IBM BigFix, NIM, PowerSC, SUMA, IBM i Navigator, HMC Linux RHEL Satellite, SUSE Manager, Ubuntu Landscape
Basic Virtualization Management Base Systems Director HMC, PowerVM VIOS Performance Advisor, PowerVC, IBM Tivoli Monitoring Nagios, Ganglia

Replace plug-ins to IBM Systems Director for Power Systems

Function Old component Replacement
Centralized AIX system setting controls AIX Profile Manager Systems Director Plug-in Custom scripts or lab services tools
Image Deployment & Management VMControl PowerVC, Cloud Manager with Openstack
PowerHA Systems Management PowerHA Systems Director Plug-in PowerHA console, smit  
WPAR Systems Management WPAR Systems Director Plug-in smit or cmdline
Energy Management Active Energy Manager Systems Director Plug-in HMC, CIM interface
Advanced Virtualization Management VMControl PowerVC, IBM Tivoli Monitoring

For further details on replacement products, refer to the white paper on Power Systems Management Strategies.


PowerVC transition entitlement

  • Clients that have current software maintenance on Systems Director Standard or Enterprise VMControl or Systems Director Standard or Enterprise Edition can transition to PowerVC with no additional license cost.
  • Clients that have Flex System Managers with current maintenance can transition to PowerVC with no license cost.

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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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