Server virtualisation with IBM PowerVM

The virtualisation platform for UNIX, Linux and IBM i clients

Using IBM PowerVM® Editions can help simplify and optimise your IT infrastructure. Available on Power™ Systems servers and supported by the AIX®, Linux® and IBM i operating systems, this set of comprehensive systems technologies and services are designed to enable you to aggregate and manage resources via a consolidated, logical view.

 Choose the Edition that's right for you
Features Express Standard Enterprise
Maximum VMs 3 / Server 1000 / Server 1000 / Server
Management VMControl, IVM VMControl, IVM*, HMC VMControl, IVM*, HMC
Virtual I/O Server Yes Yes(Dual) Yes(Dual)
Suspend/Resume   Yes Yes
NPIV Yes Yes Yes
Shared Processor Pools   Yes Yes
Shared Storage Pools   Yes Yes
Thin Provisioning   Yes Yes
Active Memory Sharing
Live Partition Mobility
* IVM only supports a single Virtual I/O Server

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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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