Server virtualization with IBM PowerVM

PowerVM delivers virtualization without limits, providing the foundation for cloud computing on IBM Power Systems platforms. Enterprises use PowerVM to efficiently share resources among applications, consolidate multiple workloads, and provide the application mobility that is essential for a multi-cloud infrastructure. The result is increased resource utilization, reduced operating costs and a more agile environment for deploying essential AIX, IBM i and Linux applications that benefit from the leading performance, security and scalability of IBM Power Systems.

IBM PowerVM virtualization data sheet (PDF, 237 KB)

PowerVM

Highlights

  • Scale out or scale up your virtualized deployments without paying underlying performance penalties
  • Eliminate scheduled downtime by deploying live mobility between servers
  • Deliver higher quality services by improving virtual resource management
  • Deliver services with superior economics by consolidating virtualized workloads
  • Deliver services built for the cloud faster by automating deployment of virtual machines (VMs) and storage
  • Optimize utilization of server and storage resources to control cost and boost return on investment (ROI)
  • Transparently accelerate AIX, IBM i, and Linux applications with centrally managed flash caching

See how PowerVM can benefit your business

Supports multiple operating systems on one system

Enables up to 20 VMs per processor core

Resources dynamically shared between VMs

Shared processor pools thus reducing licensing costs

PowerVM provides optimum resource utilization

Editions

Available on IBM Power Systems™ servers and supported by the IBM AIX®, Linux® and IBM i operating systems, IBM PowerVM® Editions helps you to aggregate and manage resources through a consolidated, logical view.

Which edition is right for you?

Features Standard Enterprise
Maximum VMs 1000 / Server 1000 / Server
Management IVM*, HMC**, PowerVC** IVM*, HMC**, PowerVC**
Virtual I/O Server (Dual) (Dual)
Suspend/Resume
NPIV
Shared Processor Pools
Shared Storage Pools
Thin Provisioning
Active Memory Sharing Video (00:02:07)
Live Partition Mobility Video (00:02:07)
PowerVP Performance Monitor
SR-IOV

PowerVM Standard Edition

IBM PowerVM® Standard Edition provides complete virtualization functionality for AIX®, IBM i and Linux® operating systems. Supported on IBM Power Systems™ servers, it includes features to increase system use while helping ensure applications get the resources they need.

Features
Micro-partitioning support Reduce costs by allowing the system to be finely tuned to consolidate multiple independent workloads.
Integrated Virtualization Manager Point, click and consolidate workloads with an easy to use browser-based interface.
Virtual I/O server Reduce costs by eliminating the need for dedicated network adapters, disk adapters and disk drives.
Shared dedicated capacity Use spare CPU cycles designed for dedicated processor partitions to be used by the shared pool, increasing overall system performance.
Multiple shared processor pools Assign priorities to partitions and let the Hypervisor allocate processing power as needed by your applications, resulting in increased throughput and the potential to reduce processor-based software licensing costs.
N Port ID virtualization Gain direct access to Fibre Channel adapters from multiple client partitions, simplifying the management of Fibre Channel SAN environments.
Virtual tape Use two virtualization methods for handling tape devices on IBM POWER8®, IBM POWER7® and IBM POWER6® processor-based servers, simplifying backup and restore operations.
Single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) Optimize I/O virtualization within the hardware of the network I/O adapter to improve performance and enhance control of quality of service.

PowerVM Enterprise Edition

IBM PowerVM® Enterprise Edition includes all the features of PowerVM Standard Edition plus two new industry-leading capabilities, active memory sharing and live partition mobility.

Features
Micro-partitioning support Reduce costs by allowing the system to be finely tuned to consolidate multiple independent workloads.
Integrated Virtualization Manager Point, click and consolidate workloads with an easy to use browser-based interface.
Virtual I/O server Reduce costs by eliminating the need for dedicated network adapters, disk adapters and disk drives.
Shared dedicated capacity Use spare CPU cycles designed for dedicated processor partitions to be used by the shared pool, increasing overall system performance.
Multiple shared processor pools Assign priorities to partitions and let the Hypervisor allocate processing power as needed by your applications, resulting in increased throughput and the potential to reduce processor-based software licensing costs.
N Port ID virtualization Gain direct access to Fibre Channel adapters from multiple client partitions, simplifying the management of Fibre Channel SAN environments.
Virtual tape Use two virtualization methods for handling tape devices on IBM POWER8®, IBM POWER7® and IBM POWER6® processor-based servers, simplifying backup and restore operations.
Live partition mobility Move a running AIX or Linux or IBM i partition from one physical Power Systems server to another without application downtime.
Active memory sharing Reallocate memory to running virtual partitions based on changing workload demands.
PowerVP Performance Virtualization Monitoring Allows optimization of systems by mapping virtualized workloads to physical resources thus highlighting performance bottlenecks and shows a simple color coded performance health view.
Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) Support provides optimized I/O virtualization within the hardware of the network I/O adapter which improves performance and enhances control of quality of service.

Resources

PowerVM Introduction and Configuration

An introduction guide for system administrators

Virtualization without limits

Reduced cost and increased flexibility through PowerVM

IBM Integrated Virtualization Manager

Lowering the cost of entry into PowerVM Virtualization

PowerVM LinkedIn

Join the conversation on PowerVM

IBM PowerVP

Secure and scalable server virtualization environment for AIX, IBM i and Linux applications

IBM PowerVC

Advanced virtualization management and cloud management for Power Systems™

Availability of PowerVM features by Power Systems models

Power S814 Power S822 Power S824 Power E850 Power E870 Power E880
Standard Edition
Enterprise Edition
Micro-partitioning
VIOS
IVM
NPIV
LivePartitionMobility
Active Memory Sharing
Shared Processor Pools
Shared Storage Pools
HMC
SR-IOV
IFL
Remote VM Restart
LE Linux Support