Migrating P6 and P7 Workloads to IBM Power Systems Virtual Server

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No longer is the discussion for the average business about whether they should modernize their infrastructure. Instead, it's become a matter of when and how. 

The average enterprise business has 5+ clouds to straddle, 1,000+ cloud and SaaS applications to assimilate, and 20+ data sources for analysis. They need to make sure they're up and running all the time, and they have to be concerned with keeping up to date as well as keeping costs low.  

Modernize with IBM Power Systems Virtual Server

Now, more than ever, clients are taking a hybrid approach and exploring options to allow them to modernize at their price point and in their own timeline. For our clients that have workloads running on Power 6 and Power 7 boxes, this offering provides the opportunity to modernize their environment and computing without needing to make large scale investments in on-premises hardware. Use our flexible capacity to improve the hardware on which your workloads are running. 

Historically, clients have relied on IBM Power Systems to support their infrastructure and to keep them up and running in a secure environment. To help clients succeed in today’s reality, IBM has expanded the IBM POWER9 platform with the IBM Power Systems Virtual Server. As the offering reaches a year of being in the market, it is available globally and now in six data centers across the geos (with more coming).  

About Power Systems Virtual Server

IBM Power Systems Virtual Server has seen traction and interest in banking, healthcare, insurance, and retail; some of the highest-risk environments that are looking for low-risk infrastructure. Current AIX and IBM i clients can use IBM Power Systems Virtual Server for a number of workload scenarios, including disaster recovery, dev/test environments, and partial IT infrastructure moves. 

Our clients can stay competitive with the scaling of their infrastructure and stay flexible with the management and capacity of their workloads both on- and off-premises by taking advantage of the "pay-as-you-consume" Power VS infrastructure. The infrastructure layer is identical to what our clients are accustomed to, so system administrators who run on-premises AIX and IBM i systems today can use their same tools, processes, workflows, and enhancements in the cloud. Clients can rely on the support they've known from Power Systems on-premises and experience the same support in with Power Systems Virtual Server. 

Your workload—where you want, when you want

We know many of our enterprise clients are still in the early phases of their modernization journey. The IBM Power Systems Virtual Server gives our clients more options to upgrade and expand—both on-premises and off-premises—all with on-demand ease from the IBM Cloud catalog. Clients choose and control the OS and choose and control their billing options. IBM manages the setup and OS deployment. Like any other IBM Cloud IaaS component, clients can provision their Power systems with easy consumption and “as-a-service” billing experiences.

How it can work for you

Moving an older version of AIX or IBM i from Power 6/Power 7 boxes takes a few considerations:

  • OS version: The Power Virtual Server environment is built out of Power 8 and Power 9 boxes. When moving a workload into the environment, a client needs to make sure that their OS is compatible with either Power 8 or Power 9 boxes. More information can be found here. The client can use the Power VS environment to upgrade their workload themselves or lean on one of our partners or internal management teams (GTS or Lab Services) to help facilitate the upgrade.
  • Application SW: Some applications are closely tied to the OS version they are  running on. Make sure to close out around the restrictions of your software. Sometimes updating the OS will also force an application upgrade. 
  • Networking considerations: Now that your workload is running in Power VS, think about how data flows to and from the Power VS site. Pieces like latency and endpoints need to be figured out by your technical team.
  • Migration time: Running a mission critical workload while also migrating it could be a tough thing to multi-task. Make sure you've clearly understood the time it takes to migrate (the larger the data set, the longer the migration time) and can manage keeping your business running efficiently while you make that migration. 

Review the more detailed considerations for either AIX or IBM i versions in Power VS.

Learn more about IBM Power Systems Virtual Server.

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