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Power Systems deliver software-defined technologies in the cloud with Cisco ACI
Building on IBM and Cisco’s longstanding relationship, our collaborations are deepening to help ensure ease of use for our customers using IBM Power Systems and Cisco ACI. This collaborative effort will give clients access to leading-edge innovations in hardware infrastructure with the simplicity and rapid application deployment of software-defined networks (SDN).
It is evident that the cloud has fundamentally changed the way businesses develop and deliver new applications. Leading businesses are adopting new advanced cloud technologies such as containers to develop cloud-native applications — which in turn require a virtualized network.
IBM and Cisco innovate together
IBM and Cisco continue to cooperate to bring the best solutions to our shared clients as they move to new deployment models like cloud and new servers based on the POWER8 processor. Software-defined networking is one of the key components in a security-rich, scalable and flexible deployment model that allows network tenants to be deployed in significantly less time. The combination of IBM Power Systems servers, PowerVM virtualization and Cisco ACI software-defined capabilities brings best-of-breed products together for robust performance, flexibility and control in an enterprise-level cloud deployment. Software-defined networks provide the overall benefit of faster provisioning and agility, better security and control and improved control over traffic in the network. These capabilities are focused on deploying resources quickly and securely to enable applications for superior business in the cloud.
Recently IBM and Cisco concluded joint interoperability testing of Power Systems with PowerVM and AIX with Cisco ACI and the APIC controller at the Poughkeepsie Client Center. Many of our largest clients can move forward with their ACI SDN implementations with the knowledge that their Power Systems can work seamlessly in this new environment. This will provide an increased level of agility while reducing operating expenses (OPEX) even further. Details of the interoperability testing and best practices can be found here.
In addition to conducting interoperability testing, the IBM Poughkeepsie Client Center is uniquely positioned to offer our clients access to a broad range of expertise and capabilities. The center can provide demonstrations, proofs of concept, proofs of technology, benchmarks and briefings to showcase software-defined infrastructure using Cisco ACI with Power Systems, IBM z Systems, IBM Storage and x86 architectures. The Client Center team can provide insights on configuration, installation, operations management and business value. IBM is unique amongst Cisco partners in offering this capability. To engage the Client Center, reach out to us by clicking here.
 For the workloads compared, the Power environment must have specific Cisco hardware (Cisco ACI, Nexus 9000) in specific configuration, and must be setup for SDN (ACI mode).