Highlights

  • Reduce operating costs through x86 server consolidation and deployment of Linux workloads.
  • Simplify systems management through familiar interfaces to enable a single cross platform virtualization.
  • Accelerate cloud deployments by seamlessly working with OpenStack.
  • Run your Linux workloads on the most trusted, scalable, available, and secure platforms – IBM z Systems and IBM LinuxONE.
  • Meet changing server demands with automatic provisioning of computing resources.
  • Gain high virtualization and consolidation for price performance advantage, scalability on demand, security, and extreme consistent availability.

Features and benefits

  • Coexists with z/VM virtualization environments, Linux on IBM z Systems, LinuxONE, z/OS, zVSE and zTPF.
  • Supports multiple type of workloads and is optimized for z Systems and LinuxONE architecture, multitenancy, and capacity on demand.
  • Integrates easily into existing cloud environments and accelerate cloud deployments by seamlessly working with OpenStack.
  • Uses standard virtualization management tooling through OpenStack interfaces to increase operational efficiencies.
  • Enables higher-level virtualization functions so that critical workloads receive resources and priority based on goals you establish.
  • Allows business applications to remain active while the workload is relocated for either load balancing or scheduled downtime.
  • Supports new analytic workloads with Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) for competitive advantage.
  • Delivers higher compute capacity with support for Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT) to meet new business requirements.
  • RAS support enhanced for problem determination and high availability setup to reduce down time and quickly react to business needs.
  • Secures and protects business data with Crypto exploitation that leverages hardware acceleration for cryptographic functions.
  • Provides choices for flexibility based upon protocol environments.
  • Unattended installation of the KVM hypervisor simplifies administration.
  • Support for Canonical Ubuntu Linux distribution in addition to SUSE for KVM on IBM z Systems and IBM LinuxONE.
  • Boot Guest from Virtual CD/DVD simplifies the installation of guest operating system.
  • Guest CPU Hotplug dynamically add virtual CPUs (vCPUs) to a running guest.
  • IBM License Metric Tool Support (ILMT) enablement, which is a no-charge utility, that helps clients process value units licensing requirements.
  • Web Browser Based Installer is a new tool that simplifies the installation of the KVM hypervisor.
  • Text based installer enhancements broaden support for additional installation protocols enables dynamically adding DASD, and enhanced security by supporting encrypted page volumes.
  • Installer Enhancements broaden support for additional installation protocols enables dynamically adding DASD, and enhanced security by supporting encrypted page volumes.
  • User Interface for Guest Management virtual machine manager (virt-manger) provides users of x86 KVM the same tool to configure and manage virtual servers.
  • Support for Pacemaker and Corosynch ensures high availability of critical resources.
  • Kimchi Support provides a user management and system module management that provides an easy on-ramp for those who would like to start using KVM but are concerned they don’t have the experience.

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