PowerVC Release Content

PowerVC 1.3.1 (Announced April 2016)

IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager

Cloud PowerVC Manager works with PowerVC Standard to provide an end-to-end cloud solution. Cloud PowerVC Manager allows you to provision workloads and manage virtual images, in addition to all PowerVC Standard functionality.

With Cloud PowerVC Manager, administrators can create deploy templates that include an image, its attached volumes, and all necessary deployment settings. Users can then create a virtual machine from that deploy template with just a few clicks. Administrators can also set policies in projects to control what user actions require administrator approval.

Enhancements to PowerVC Standard Edition:

PowerVM® NovaLink enhanced support

  • NovaLink supports Capacity on Demand operations when using DRO.
  • Virtual machines can use any shared processor pool.
  • Remote restart is supported on NovaLink hosts.

Deprecated support

  • VSAE has been withdrawn from support.
  • Activation engine on IBM i is deprecated.

Functional enhancements


Projects allows you to group resources together. Only users who have authority to a project can view or use the resources in that project.

Schedule Dynamic Resource Optimizer

On each host group, you can set up a weekly schedule that specifies when Dynamic Resource Optimizer (DRO) operations are enabled on the host group.

Select which volumes to delete

When deleting a virtual machine, you can select which volumes should be deleted. You can choose to delete only the boot volumes, all attached volumes, or specify a custom list. However, shared volumes will never be deleted.

PowerVC 1.3.0 (Announced October 2015)

Support for IBM PowerVM® NovaLink

PowerVC can manage systems that are being managed by Hardware Management Console (HMC) or NovaLink. Your environment can be comprised of systems that are managed by both types of management systems.

IBM System Storage® DS8000®

For requirements and restrictions, such as firmware and license requirements, refer to IBM XIV® and DS8000 volume driver.

Deprecated support

  • VSAE deprecation
  • RHEL 5.x deprecation

Functional enhancements

New security roles

With PowerVC Version 1.3 Fixpack 2, new roles were added to allow you to manage your user capabilities with more granularity.

Change between NovaLink and HMC management

With PowerVC Version 1.3 Fixpack 2, if you have a host that was added to PowerVC as HMC managed, you can change it to be NovaLink managed. However, you must ensure that PowerVC recognizes the change and can continue communicating with it.

With PowerVC Version 1.3 Fixpack 2, if you have a host that is NovaLink managed, you can change it to be HMC managed. However, you must ensure that PowerVCrecognizes the change and can continue communicating with it.

Migrate virtual machines regardless of management type

With PowerVC Version 1.3 Fixpack 2, virtual machines can be migrated from hosts that are HMC managed to hosts that are NovaLink managed and the reverse. The normal rules surrounding migration still apply.

Dynamic Resource Optimizer

IBM PowerVC Dynamic Resource Optimizer (DRO) continuously monitors the resource utilization of physical hosts and virtual machines in a cloud environment. When usage imbalances are detected, the PowerVC DRO optimizes the cloud, making adjustments for workloads whose characteristics change over time. Capacity on Demand (CoD) fromIBM Power Systems is a powerful tool that allows you to activate unused cores for a host, giving it more computing power instantly. On eligible systems, the PowerVC DRO works with CoD to relieve overburdened systems. For systems that are not enterprise pool members, the DRO migrates virtual machines to ease the burden on overused hosts.

Add up to 25 fabrics

PowerVC supports adding up to 25 fabrics. They can be redundant, but they do not have to be.

New storage connectivity group settings

New settings have been added to help you control how much fabric redundancy is required in your environment.

AME support

PowerVC Version 1.3 Fixpack 2 supports deploying virtual machines that use Active Memory Expansion (AME).

PowerVC V1.2.3 (Announced May 2015)

Enhanced storage support

  • Multiple disk capture/deploy
  • Description field for captured volumes
  • Shared storage devices for HA solutions
  • SVC Mirroring
  • IBM SDDPCM & EMC PowerPath in VIOS

New clients supported on PowerVM

  • RHEL 7.1 (LE)
  • SLES 12 (LE)
  • Ubuntu V15.04 (LE)
  • Management server RHEL 7.1

New management features

  • Advanced placement capabilities
    • Virtual Machine Affinity and Anti-affinity
    • Host system CPU and memory free capacity
    • Host system CPU utilization
  • Physical server Host Groups
  • Redundant HMC support
  • Manual Remote VM Restart (POWER8 only)
  • CloudInit support for AIX 6 and AIX 7 clients
  • Networking enhancements

Scaling to 30 servers and 3000 VMs

PowerVC Express Edition withdrawn from marketing

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

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