Server virtualisation with IBM PowerVM

The virtualisation platform for UNIX, Linux and IBM i clients

Power is server virtualisation without limits. Businesses are turning to PowerVM server virtualisation to consolidate multiple workloads onto fewer systems, increasing server utilisation and reducing cost. PowerVM provides a secure and scalable server virtualisation environment for AIX, IBM i and Linux applications built upon the advanced RAS features and leading performance of the Power Systems platform.

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Complexity can work its way into any IT infrastructure, driven by the rollout of new applications and unanticipated change. However, adding servers in response to each demand for new workloads drives the need for more data centre (DC) space, power, cooling, network cabling, data storage and administrative resources. Such complexity leads to inefficiency. The answer is virtualisation, which allows organisations to consolidate multiple operating systems (OS) and software stacks on a single platform.

IBM® PowerVM provides the industrial-strength virtualisation solution for IBM Power Systems servers and blades. Based on more than a decade of evolution and innovation, PowerVM represents the state of the art (SOTA) in enterprise virtualisation and is broadly deployed in production environments worldwide by most Power Systems owners.

The IBM Power Systems family of servers includes proven1 workload consolidation platforms that help clients control costs while improving overall performance, availability and energy efficiency. With these servers and IBM PowerVM virtualisation solutions, an organisation can consolidate large numbers of applications and servers, fully virtualise its system resources, and provide a more flexible, dynamic IT infrastructure. In other words, IBM Power Systems with PowerVM deliver the benefits of virtualisation without limits.

PowerVM provides industrial-strength virtualisation for AIX, IBM i and Linux® environments on IBM POWER processor-based systems. IBM Power Systems servers integrated with PowerVM technology are designed to allow clients to build a dynamic infrastructure that will help them to reduce costs, manage risk and improve service levels.

PowerVM also offers a secure and resilient virtualisation environment, built on the advanced reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features, extreme scalability and leadership performance2 of the IBM Power Systems platform, based on the outstanding POWER7 processors.

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Companies embracing Smarter Computing are implementing IT infrastructure based on the IBM Power Systems platform that is designed for data, tuned to the task and managed with cloud technologies. With Power Systems, businesses can outpace their competitors by delivering services faster, differentiate their offerings by delivering higher quality services, and turn operational cost into investment opportunity by delivering services with superior economics.

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 organisations drive faster business insights with industry leading performance, scalability and virtualisation flexibility.

Operating systems

Power servers deliver flexibility and choice of operating systems to enable your business to select the best applications for your business needs. Whether running 1, 2, or all 3 - coupled with PowerVM, they maximise the benefit of Power Systems in your business.

System software

IBM's integrated approach to developing Systems and Systems Software stacks together delivers maximum utilisation, availability, and flexibility helping you deliver new advantages in your business.


IBM and IBM Business Partner solutions exploit key benefits in Power Systems that help you deliver new capabilities and new competitive advantages to your business.

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Over the last five years thousands of Oracle and HP UNIX clients have migrated to POWER. Learn how Power Systems has helped them improve their business performance, reduce risk, and establish a more secure future.

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