IBM® PowerVC Virtualization Center is an advanced virtualization management offering, built on OpenStack, that provides simplified virtualization management for IBM AIX®, IBM i and Linux virtual machines (VMs) running on IBM Power Systems™. PowerVC is designed to improve administrator productivity and simplify the management of VMs and LPARs on Power Systems servers. PowerVC provides the foundation for Power Systems scalable cloud management, including integration to higher-level cloud managers based on OpenStack technology.
PowerVC helps Power Systems customers lower their total cost of ownership with a simplified user experience that allows simple deployment and movement of workloads and policies to maximize resource utilization. PowerVC has been built to require little or no training to accelerate virtualization on Power Systems. PowerVC has the capability to manage the existing infrastructure by automatically capturing information, such as existing VM definitions, storage, network and server configuration information.
PowerVC allows clients to capture and manage a library of VM images, enabling IT managers to quickly deploy a VM environment by launching a stored image of that environment, instead of having to manually recreate a particular environment. By saving virtual images and centralizing image management, IT managers and administrators can migrate and move virtual images to available systems to expedite deployment.
PowerVC allows IT managers and administrators to create groups of resources that are needed to support workloads. These can then be quickly leveraged to support workload demands to increase utilization and help lower administrative costs, while making IT more nimble when reacting to business needs and market trends.
The architecture of PowerVC uses the OpenStack platform to provide virtualization management customized for Power Systems. This includes an IBM Power®-specific user interface, and IBM-specific OpenStack drivers for Power Systems management interfaces like the hardware management console (HMC) and integrated virtualization manager (IVM), plus scheduling capabilities. Clients looking for a fully open virtualized infrastructure can use PowerVC to manage their PowerKVM on Power deployments as well.
PowerVC is available in two editions: the IBM PowerVC Express edition and the IBM PowerVC Standard edition. The Express edition is offered to manage systems virtualized by IBM PowerVM® that are currently using IVM—which tends to be small tier servers. The Standard edition is offered to manage systems virtualized by PowerVM that are currently being controlled by the HMC or that are managed directly by PowerKVM.
Additionally, PowerVC offers the following value to clients: