April 23, 2014 | Written by: Alise Spence
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Today we are in the midst of a technology shift that is driving growth and innovation. Cloud, analytics, mobile and social business are remaking and transforming businesses. These shifts are creating exponential growth of unstructured and structured data and the need to store and manage this data.
Meanwhile, the explosion in the number of smart phones and other mobile devices is reshaping how companies and businesses interface with their customers, their partners and their employees and is creating demand for a whole new class of applications optimized for these new consumption models.
All of this is placing even more demand on the already thinly stretched resources of most IT organizations. It is leading to a need for much higher IT efficiencies in order for organizations to maintain their traditional systems while also freeing up physical and human resources to deliver on new innovations and new applications in the analytics, social and mobile domains. The cloud delivery model and virtualization in general are all about efficiency, containing costs and freeing up precious resources so that investment can be made in these new innovations.
(Related: IBM Tackles Big Data Challenges with Open Server Innovation Model)
Cloud delivery model
A cloud delivery model can drive profound efficiencies into an organization. These efficiencies are applicable to organizations that deploy cloud delivery privately, within the confines of their data centers and fire walls, or for Cloud Service Providers who make resources available to others. However, what is becoming the most common approach is an optimized balance between both private and public cloud models or what is more commonly called a hybrid cloud. As organizations look to implement cloud to improve efficiency and increase cost savings, a hybrid cloud strategy is proving to be the best approach to get the most advantages of cloud.
Power Systems delivers
So, where does the open platform for cloud come in? Whether considering private cloud, public cloud or hybrid cloud solution, IBM Power Systems deliver advantages that are unique in the industry and provide accelerated innovation for cloud. Here are five Power Systems advantages for cloud delivery:
• Exceptional reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) – and performance
No matter what workload you are delivering through the cloud, reliability and availability are critical. In Power Systems mid-range and high-end systems, we see mean time between failures in the range of 70 to 100 years. This equates to 99.997 percent availability. Power Systems also have features to help manage virtual machine availability and elasticity such as Live Partition Mobility and dynamic resource allocation. Additionally, with the announcement of POWER8 systems, Power Systems have upped the performance customers can get from scale-out servers built on POWER8 technology. With twice the memory bandwidth, 12 processor cores per socket and the new Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI), POWER8 systems are takingperformance to all new levels.
• Leadership virtualization
Power Systems with PowerVM have one of the industries most resilient and flexible hypervisors, supporting virtual machines (VMs) running in as small as one-twentieth of a core or up to 256 cores. PowerVM provides exceptional VM isolation. With the statistical multiplexing on the high-end systems, Power is optimized to run a large number of workloads per server with system utilization in the 70 to 80 percent range. High density and high virtualization help lower total cost of ownership and simplify management with consolidated resources. Power is now available with the open source hypervisor, PowerKVM, for a lighter weight management stack and common management tools.
• Certified security
When it comes to the operating systems, AIX and IBM i have established security records which are extraordinary when compared to other operating systems in the industry, and this too decreases risk and the need for patching. Also, IBM PowerSC helps enforce conformance to industry and legal requirements, and reduces the effort to track and report compliance for audits.
• Growing ecosystem and strong economics
Power Systems recently announced a billion dollar investment for Linux which is quickly resulting in an expanding ecosystem of applications optimized to run on Linux on Power. We have announced the Power Developer Platform which will provide an environment that our Partner and ISVs can leverage to easily port their applications and solutions to Power. In addition to IBM development tools for Power such as Power Linux SDK, Image Composition and Construction Tool, IBM WorkLight SmartCloud Orchestrator and SmartCloud Application Services, there is also a growing number of open source development and automation tools available for Power cloud including Chef, Puppet, OpenStack Heat and Ubuntu JuJu.
And with the announcement of POWER8, the exceptional advantages of the newest Power platform are now available 1 and 2 socket offerings designed for scale-out environments and competitively priced against comparable x86 offerings and leveraging the simplified administration of Linux on Power.
IBM also just recently announced that SoftLayer is integrating Power Systems into their cloud infrastructure. See the announcement here: IBM to Infuse Power Systems into SoftLayer, Bolstering Big Data in the Cloud for more information.
• Open platform for choice
A number of industry leaders including IBM, Google, Melanox, NVIDIA and Tyan have come together to drive new levels of innovation on Power Systems through the OpenPOWER Foundation. With the collective leadership and vision of IBM and partners, we will deliver significant innovation to the marketplace and our clients. This innovation will come in the form of hardware systems, firmware, system management, development tools, accelerators, network interface adapters, fabrics and more.
With the new POWER8 platform, and the addition of two new 1 and 2 socket Linux based scale-out servers, Power is positioned to deliver performance and reliability advantages for next generation open applications and developer tools. There is a broad and growing population of open source applications, operating systems and tools available for Power,
And finally, Power Systems is committed to open management. With simplified and consistent management built on the open sourced OpenStack platform, we are creating a flexible and interoperable platform which will provide long term investment protection for our clients, a foundation for the emerging Software Defined Environments and seamless transitions between cloud delivery tools.
The choice you make in your cloud infrastructure can make a big difference in not just being able to easily and cost effectively deliver solutions today, but it matters as you look towards building a resilient and adaptable platform to carry your organization into the future.
For more information and details, see the recorded presentation 5 Reasons to Choose an Open Platform for Cloud.
And, come join us April 28 for our Open Innovation to Put Data to Work webcast. You’ll hear the latest updates on how Power Systems is delivering superior cloud economics and updates on our solutions around Watson, SoftLayer and much more.
I have given you a lot of information on how and why Power Systems is the ideal open platform for cloud, I welcome your comments on how Power Systems can help you to grow your business and be your platform of choice for cloud delivery of your solutions.