PowerVC Release Content

PowerVC Version 1.2.2 (Announced October 2014)

Key Features

  • New Storage Support
    • Classic vSCSI
    • XIV Storage
    • Cisco SAN
    • EMC VMAX Storage
    • EMC VNX Storage
    • Image Export/Import PowerVM® images
    • Multiple I/O Group support for SVC and V7000
  • New Client supported
    • IBM i client (PowerVM®)
    • SLES 12 (PowerKVM®)
    • Ubuntu V14 (PowerKVM®)
  • One-Click System Evacuation (aka Maintenance Mode)
  • IP pools
  • Add/Remove Virtual Network Interface (VNIC) post VM deployment
  • Enhanced Auditing
  • Third party supported OpenStack Cinder driver support
  • Based on the Juno OpenStack release

PowerVC Version 1.2.1 (Announced April 2014)

Key Features

  • PowerVM® Shared Storage Pools
  • Globalization
    • Chinese simplified and traditional, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Platform currency – POWER8™, AIX®, Linux, OpenStack
  • PowerKVM hypervisor support
    • Local storage, iSCSI data volumes, NFS
    • VM relocation, packing and striping scheduler policies
    • Image Import/Export
    • Open vswitch networking
  • CloudInit activation engine added for Linux clients(VSAE will still be default)

PowerVC Version 1.2 (Announced October 2013)

Key Features

  • Foundation Capabilities
    • Management server backup and restore
    • On-boarding for existing servers and VMs
    • Manage through HMC (PowerVC Standard)
    • Manage through IVM (PowerVC Express)
    • Manage PureFlex® Power ITEs via standalone HMC
    • Multiple redundant VIOS pairs for storage and network
    • Power Systems™ specific processor and memory attributes
    • Based on OpenStack EE Havana Release
    • Manage from RHEL 6.4 Power and x86
    • Scale to 400 VMs
  • Managed System
    • Manage to POWER7® / POWER7+™ and POWER6®
    • Storage: SVC or V7000 via NPIV (HMC only)
    • Brocade FC switch zone management (HMC only)
    • Multiple redundant VIOS pairs with MPIO for storage
    • Local disk (IVM only)
  • Network
    • VLAN Provisioning
    • Multiple redundant VIOS parts with MPIO for network
    • Multiple virtual network interfaces per VM
  • Security
    • SSL support
    • Encryption for persistent passwords
  • Image Management
    • Image Capture and Deploy with NPIV attached storage
    • Image Capture and Deploy for Linux and AIX® guests
    • Targeted VM placement for Deploy
  • Mobility and Optimization
    • VM Mobility (LPM) Improvement
    • Placement policies for live mobility

PowerVC Content Themes

These themes influence the overall functional content for PowerVC

Simplified Virtualization Management

  • Simplified and intuitive Web based graphical user interface
  • Visibility to resource, health, status and allocations
  • Rapid image based provisioning
  • Virtual machine capture and catalog
  • Virtual machine management
  • Storage volume management
  • Policy based virtual machine placement

Time to Value

  • Rapid time to value, install and configure in less than an hour, little to no training required
  • Improve resource utilization
  • Reduce burden on IT staff
  • Increase user productivity

Support for Open Ecosystem

  • Support for OpenStack REST API
  • Maintain currency with the OpenStack releases

High Level plans for PowerVC releases for the next 12 to 18 months

All statements regarding IBM's future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only.

  • Two releases planned per year
  • OpenStack currency
  • IBM i client support
  • Additional Storage Driver Support based on OpenStack Drivers
    • Vendor contribution dependent
  • User interface enhancements
  • Image import and management enhancements
  • Maintenance mode system evacuation
  • VM restart
  • Power Systems™ platform currency
  • PowerKVM currency and expansion
  • IPV6 support
  • Multiple Shared Processor Pools
  • Active Directory security repository
  • Increase managed client scaling

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