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Last month, IBM announced a new on-premises offering called IBM Cloud Private. An innovative and revolutionary platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering, IBM Cloud Private incorporates the best of open source tools, including Kubernetes container orchestration, with the unique IBM values that enterprises need to be confident in a secure, compliant and performant private cloud platform.

With native support for IBM Power Systems, Cloud Private further sets itself apart from the competition. This combination is critical for several reasons:

  • Developers can create blazing-fast apps by deploying cognitive services on hardware optimized for the work at hand, for higher container density and better throughput.
  • Apps that integrate new cloud-native apps and services with core business data on enterprise systems can be co-located with near-zero latency.
  • Data center administrators can deploy Cloud Private on their choice of Power servers including the IBM Hyperconverged Systems powered by Nutanix, LC servers and enterprise servers with PowerVM.

Let’s take a closer look.

Want to accelerate the speed of your apps? Our optimized hardware puts you in the driver’s seat with higher container density and better throughput.

A properly configured cloud environment delivers efficiency–a huge benefit to any business, especially when delivered by platform performance. Optimized for cognitive services, Power Systems can deliver insights faster. How? Because of fewer systems and improved horizontal and vertical scalability.  The IBM POWER9-based AC922 delivers 3.8 times the reduction in AI model training times[1].  Other Power System servers deliver similar performance gains, all leading to faster and more accurate results for next generation deep learning workloads.

And with multi-architecture support for Docker containers, developers can easily control and automate which platform to deploy specific containers to for best results.

Integrate modernized cloud-native apps and services with core business data

Top enterprises use Power Systems for their most critical business data. Frequently, industry or government regulations are forcing them to find ways to make data more accessible while maintaining their required data security and availability. IBM Cloud Private on IBM Power Systems enables enterprises to create or modernize applications while providing tight integration with the critical data that applications require. By co-locating apps and data, clients will see near-zero latency when integrating with data stores managed in Linux, AIX, or IBM i environments.

Deploy new cloud native apps on choice of infrastructure, including IBM Hyperconverged Systems powered by Nutanix

IBM Cloud Private runs across the entire IBM Power Systems portfolio, POWER8 or above, requiring a little endian partition running any flavor of Linux. Clients wishing to leverage existing systems or skills can deploy Cloud Private into PowerVM LPARs. Clients looking to maximize performance for AI or data scientist workloads can opt for bare metal support on OpenPOWER systems. And clients looking to build out new infrastructure in support of new services can get the fastest time-to-value with minimal effort using IBM Hyperconverged Systems powered by Nutanix.

IBM Cloud Private for Power Systems Starter Kits makes it quick and easy to get started.  These kits offer implementation guidance that helps organizations to get up and running quickly on their choice of Power Systems infrastructure: OpenPOWER scale-out, enterprise servers, or hyperconverged. When ready, clients can leverage a choice of service-optimized Power Packs, which are Reference Architectures to expand compute capacity and deploy production-ready HA clusters.

Click here to learn more about IBM Cloud Private and try the software, or click here to learn more about cloud solutions like IBM Cloud Private on IBM Power Systems and download a solution brief.

If you would like to hear about how to speed up the modernization of your applications, join us for the following live webcast:

Bring the Changes Your Customers Want: application modernization and agility with IBM Cloud Private on Power Systems

Time and Date:  11:00 AM EST, January 11, 2018

Register here. https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/1560084/CF1B4670D48B2BAD72B54C8CD25C8A83

[1] •Results are based IBM Internal Measurements running 1000 iterations of Enlarged GoogleNet model (mini-batch size=5) on Enlarged Imagenet Dataset (2240×2240) .

  • Power AC922; 40 cores (2 x 20c chips), POWER9 with NVLink 2.0; 2.25 GHz, 1024 GB memory, 4xTesla V100 GPU ; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 for Power Little Endian (POWER9) with CUDA 9.1/ CUDNN 7;. Competitive stack: 2x Xeon E5-2640 v4; 20 cores (2 x 10c chips) /  40 threads; Intel Xeon E5-2640 v4;  2.4 GHz; 1024 GB memory, 4xTesla V100 GPU, Ubuntu 16.04. with CUDA .9.0/ CUDNN 7 .
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