Virtualization Foundation Solutions
Based on the POWER® processor, Power Systems servers are architected to achieve maximum performance and efficiency for both the system and its virtual machines. Intelligent work-load based resource allocation with dynamic processor thread switching and logical memory expansion deliver optimal performance for critical Cloud services.
Power Systems provide a choice of hypervisor with IBM’s own PowerVM® or the open source PowerKVM. PowerVM makes efficient use of system resources and imposes a negligible impact on performance because PowerVM is built directly into the firmware of all Power Systems, as opposed to x86-based virtualization products which are typically third-party software add-ons. Being part of the firmware also means PowerVM is secure by design, with zero reported Common Vulnerabilities Exposures for the PowerVM hypervisor (versus more than 200 reported for VMware) in the US Government NIST Database.1
PowerKVM presents a choice for customers looking for an open source virtualization solution for Linux on Power Systems built on POWER8 technology. PowerKVM provides support for Red Hat® Enterprise Linux, SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server, and Ubuntu® guests and is optimized for the Power Systems platform with support for processor and memory sharing over-commit for higher utilization, dynamic addition and removal of virtual devices, and live VM migration.
Advanced virtualization management is available with PowerVC (Virtualization Center). Built on OpenStack, it allows Power Systems cloud infrastructure to plug into a broad array of management solutions. It also enables high utilization of Power Systems with its advanced placement algorithms for VMs and easy to use interface that helps administrators quickly react to changing business demands for IBM AIX®, IBM i, or Linux environments.
For truly elastic, pay-per-use cloud like capabilities, Power Systems provide Capacity on Demand which enables additional memory and compute resources to handle temporary spikes in system usage.
With platform management technologies on Power Systems, businesses have the tools to automatically deploy, optimize, and maintain these systems at maximum effectiveness, energy efficiency, and cost control.
Entry Cloud Solutions
IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack is a modular, highly flexible, and easy-to-use solution designed to deliver cloud services for private, public and hybrid clouds, across a choice of heterogeneous infrastructure including Power Systems, System z and x86.
The IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack solution can reduce manual administrative tasks, improve productivity and decrease errors with automated process management and provisioning of standardized images. Cloud administration is simplified through an intuitive interface for managing projects, users, and VMs as well as monitoring heterogeneous workloads and cloud resources. Optional approval policy capabilities enable oversight and the optimal performance of cloud, while workload metering capabilities support a transition to pay-per-use business models. IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack provides an on-ramp to more advanced IBM cloud offerings in support of evolving business needs.
IBM Power Systems Solution Edition for Cloud is a customizable, factory configured system, with pre-built network, compute, storage, and software, so you can get your 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, the Solution Edition for Cloud make it easy to order just the right size and scale for any PowerVM based cloud and 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 Scale Out Cloud is a one or two socket system built on IBM’s latest POWER8 processor technology with superior performance-for-price advantages compared to x86 systems. With the PowerKVM hypervisor and OpenStack cloud management tools and APIs, the Solution Edition for Scale Out Cloud allows open infrastructures to scale out intelligently, requiring less hardware, power and cooling, and with over twice the bandwidth from previous generations for those cloud services that demand exceptional compute power and memory bandwidth such as big data and analytics.
For SAP customers who have virtualized with the Landscape Virtualization Manager (LVM), IBM entry cloud configuration for SAP solutions on Power Systems is a Reference Configuration which provides a proven and prescriptive software configuration and hardware architecture that enables customers to integrate and automate management of their virtualized SAP Landscape Virtualization Management environments with IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack.
Advanced Cloud Solutions
IBM offers advanced cloud capabilities such as rapid and scalable provisioning optimized for service providers, robust workflow orchestration, virtualization lifecycle management and sophisticated billing/chargeback with IBM Cloud Orchestrator. This solution is built on open source solutions and standards including OpenStack, and is designed to reduce the risk associated with software integration and accelerate delivery of advanced cloud computing capabilities.
1 Source: Is your platform secure? Really?; Solitaire Interglobal Ltd (All rights reserved); January 2013