Who Is the Power Systems Practice?

Proven Expertise

IBM Power Systems™ offer servers built with open technologies and designed for mission-critical applications. Power Systems servers are designed for optimized big data and can flexibly adapt to changing business demands. The Lab Services Power Systems practice is an experienced group of technical consultants with proven expertise to help clients with all aspects of the design and deployment of Power Systems with Linux, AIX®, and IBM i solutions.

Our Services

Hybrid Cloud

IBM Systems Lab Services helps businesses design and deploy a hybrid cloud infrastructure based on a foundation of PowerVM® or PowerKVM virtualization. We help clients deploy PowerVC for OpenStack-based private cloud management services for Power Systems, storage, and networking. We also provide services for integrating with cloud management and orchestration platforms.


Our PowerVM virtualization services include PowerVM Provisioning Tool that automates and accelerates building virtualized systems frames for POWER8® migration and disaster recovery, a PowerVM Live Partition Mobility Automation Tool that simplifies and improves business controls for live migrations and maintenance of servers with high volumes of partitions, and a VSCSI to NPIV Migration Tool that simplifies I/O migrations with no downtime.

Data for Analytics

Lab Services helps businesses deploy big data open infrastructure for analytics including for Hadoop and Spark featuring Linux on Power®, IBM BigInsights®, and IBM Elastic Storage Server™ solutions. In addition, we provide advisory services for securely integrating structured operational data held on systems of record with analytics and reporting on systems of engagement such as Cognos® and IBM DB2® Web Query.


Lab Services helps clients plan and deploy their SAP HANA solutions with Linux on Power Systems with a tailored data center infrastructure (TDI) strategy. We advise clients on flexible enterprise virtualization, high availability and capacity management options to ensure their server, storage, and networking resources meet business requirements and SAP KPIs. We also advise clients on best practices for data migration to SAP HANA on Power from a variety of database environments and server platforms.

Database and Performance

We monitor and assess the performance and efficiency of application and database environments on Power Systems, recommending and implementing best practices for optimal performance on AIX and IBM i across a full solution stack of DB2 and Oracle databases, server, storage, and virtualization environments.

Operations for IT Service Predictability

Lab Services helps clients assess and improve their high-availability, resiliency, and IT service management capabilities, practices, and procedures based on IBM operations management and resiliency software. Our implementation services practices include PowerHA® clustering technology for AIX and IBM i, leveraging IBM Storage solutions including IBM MetroMirror, GlobalMirror and FlashCopy®.

Security and Compliance

We also help clients assess security and compliance practices and procedures across multiple operating systems, identifying any exposures, recommending the adoption of best practices, and, if necessary, advising on or performing remediation.

Migration Factory

Our IBM Systems Lab Services Migration Factory helps businesses assess and plan migrations from other server and database (including Oracle and SAP HANA) platforms to Power Systems infrastructure. We help clients reduce the costs and risks of migration with a proven process, specialized tools, and many years of migration experience.

Accelerating POWER8 Migration

We also help clients migrate faster between generations of Power Servers with enterprise scale provisioning and live migration automation tools. Our POWER8 server migration services include POWER8 Migration Planning to develop a transition plan for new technologies, POWER8 Migration Validation with an on-site pre-production readiness review to validate migration best practices and performance, and POWER8 Migration Automation services with tools and skills transfer to accelerate provisioning and migration efficiency.

IBM Systems Lab Services

We can help you ...

  • Master hybrid cloud by evolving your IT infrastructure
  • Deploy infrastructure for analytics and mobile services
  • Optimize your operations for IT service predictability
  • Maximize business outcomes from your IT investments

Contact us today to see how IBM Systems Lab Services can help you transform your business: ibmsls@us.ibm.com

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