Cloud on Power Systems

Virtualization foundation solutions

Power Systems enables the next generation of data-related applications, leveraging IBM’s leadership in performance, virtualization, resiliency, and security. Power Systems leverages the POWER7+™ processor-based systems and is designed to achieve maximum performance for both the system and its virtual machines, enabling optimization of IT resources and increasing flexibility which are key for efficient cloud computing.

Advanced virtualization is fundamental for cloud computing and Power is virtualization without limits. It enables unprecedented consolidation of workloads onto fewer systems, increased server utilization and reduced cost all while providing the enterprise QOS capabilities needed for enabling mission-critical applications and compute intensive workloads to run in the cloud. IBM PowerVM® virtualization solutions enable you to virtualize processor, memory, and I/O resources to increase asset utilization and reduce infrastructure costs.

Automated management and provisioning of resources enable cloud environments to reduce IT cycle times, improve service delivery and lower management costs. IBM Systems Director Enterprise Edition for Power provides advanced physical and virtual server platform management with automated management tools, including the cross-platform virtualization management capability of IBM Systems Director VMControl™, and selected Tivoli® enterprise service management tools. VMControl complements PowerVM by providing automated virtualization management that minimizes time to provision virtual machine images and allows for the management of pools of systems. PowerVC (Virtualization Center) delivers advanced virtualization management for IBM AIX and Linux environments on IBM POWER processor-based systems, providing Virtual Machine capture, policy based deployment, start/stop capabilities, resizing of memory, CPU and storage resources and monitoring of VMs.

Entry cloud solutions

IBM SmartCloud® Entry for Power Systems provides a cost-competitive entry-level cloud solution that helps speed time to value for your service deployments. The SmartCloud Entry solution, built on OpenStack, is a modular, highly flexible, and easy-to-manage solution designed to work with your existing infrastructure allowing heterogeneous cloud management across both Power and System x® environments. Published implementation guides delivered as Reference Configurations are available for IBM PowerVM to accelerate infrastructure delivery and speed deployments enabling quick response to changing business needs.

The SmartCloud Entry for Power Systems solution can help reduce administrative tasks and improve productivity through automated provisioning of requests from authorized users. It can also help improve compliance and reduce errors through standardized deployments and configurations. Cloud administration is simplified through an intuitive interface for managing projects, users, and appliances as well as monitoring heterogeneous workloads and cloud resources. SmartCloud Entry maintains high availability for virtual machines and offers flexible management options that address workload priority and batch workload deployments. Optional approval policy capabilities enable you to maintain oversight and the optimal performance of your cloud, while workload metering capabilities support a transition to pay-per-use business models. Users and Administrators now have a choice of device, with browser support on the Apple iPad. Moreover, the SmartCloud Entry solution provides an on-ramp to more advanced IBM cloud offerings in support of evolving business needs.

The SmartCloud Entry for Power bundle includes SmartCloud Entry and the Systems Director/PowerVC pre-requisites in an easily orderable and discounted package enabling all Power clients to quickly and easily start the transition to a cloud-based infrastructure and prove the benefits of a cloud delivery model.

IBM PureSystems™ combine the flexibility of a general purpose system, the elasticity of cloud and the simplicity of an appliance. Expert integrated systems have the ability to transform the IT lifecycle.

The IBM PureFlex™ System provides an expert integrated system ready for virtualization and cloud by combining servers, enterprise storage, networking, and management into a single structure. Built-in expertise enables organizations to easily manage and flexibly deploy integrated patterns of virtual and hardware resources through unified management.

The PureFlex System is available in three pre-integrated configurations to support compute, storage and networking requirements: PureFlex System Express, PureFlex System Standard and PureFlex System Enterprise. Clients select from these configurations, which are designed for key client initiatives and help simplify the ordering and configuration of PureFlex Systems. As a result, the three expert integrated infrastructure offerings help cut the cost, time, and complexity of system deployments.

IBM SmartCloud Entry is included with the Standard and Enterprise versions of the PureFlex System and can be easily added to the PureFlex Express enabling customers to quickly create and deploy a private cloud with simple self-service and cloud administration.

The IBM PureApplication™ System, now available with POWER7+ is a workload-aware, expert integrated flexible platform designed to be easy to deploy, customize, safeguard and manage. Optimized for cloud environments, the PureApplication Systems’ expertise utilizes IBM’s unique Patterns of Expertise for infrastructure, platforms and applications to deliver a truly simplified cloud deployment and IT lifecycle management.

The IBM entry cloud configuration for SAP solutions on Power provides an easy first step to implement a self-managed SAP environment within a cloud. This solution provides a proven and prescriptive software configuration and hardware architecture that enables customers to quickly and easily execute basic scenarios, such as SAP instant provisioning, SAP rename and SAP post processing. The configuration brings together the benefits of the Power virtualization foundation, the entry cloud capabilities of IBM SmartCloud Entry, the database and storage cloning of Tivoli® FlashCopy® Manager, along with the management capabilities provided by IBM Systems Director VMControl and SAP Landscape Virtualization Manager. This solution provides an easy entry point for starting an SAP private cloud environment.

IBM Power Systems Solution Edition for Cloud is a customizable, factory configured system with network, compute, storage, software, and services pre-built and pre-installed so you can get your entry cloud up and running and adding value quickly. Customers can choose from a variety of system configurations to suit their business and workload needs; from entry to enterprise, AIX to Linux, so it is easy to order just the right size and scale for any entry cloud. No matter the platform, the Solution Edition for Cloud helps customers achieve cloud service deployments with the enterprise system qualities of service, highest scale, and superior IT economics.

IBM Power Systems Solution Edition for Service Providers allows service providers the flexibility to choose from a variety of system configurations to best suit their business and workload needs and to get their cloud implementation up and running and adding value quickly. It is easy to order the cloud solution of just right size and scale to meet all types of service level agreements. The Solution Edition for Service Providers helps customers achieve cloud service deployments with the enterprise system qualities of high availability, multi-tenant security, and superior IT economics. Pair this solution with IBM's MSP Utility Pricing Offer to get started with a low up-front investment and payments based on a tenants' usage and/or turn your up-front price into lease payments by taking advantage of IBM Global Financing options. This solution is a customizable and factory-configured with network, compute, storage, software, and services pre-built and pre-installed, providing service providers with a robust, virtualized cloud foundation.

Advanced cloud solutions

IBM offers solutions to deliver advanced cloud capabilities such as workflow orchestration, workflow construction, process automation, and sophisticated billing/chargeback. IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator is an integrated service management offering designed to reduce the risk associated with software integration and accelerate delivery of advanced cloud computing capabilities. It provides a self-service user interface for improved responsiveness and efficiency to service requests and automated IT resource deployment to maximize efficiency and address fluctuating business requirements.

Customers looking to leverage the open interoperability of OpenStack can manage to their Power Systems with SmartCloud Provisioning and SmartCloud Orchestration. Providing super fast and scalable provisioning optimized for service providers, robust workflow orchestration and complete virtualization lifecycle management, these advanced cloud solutions are powerful cloud delivery tools for heterogeneous environments.

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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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