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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.

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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.

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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