IBM PowerVM and IBM PowerVC are enhanced with additional virtualization capabilities

IBM United States Software Announcement 221-297
September 8, 2021

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IBM® PowerVM® 3.1.3

IBM PowerVM 3.1.3, which delivers industrial-strength enterprise virtualization for IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux® environments on IBM Power® processor-based systems, is enhanced with additional capabilities.

PowerVM 3.1.3 includes:

  • Power10 support
  • Live Partition Mobility (LPM) optimized support for virtual optical devices
  • Auto selection of best Mover Service Partition (MSP) network adapter for LPM

PowerVM VIOS 3.1.3 includes:

  • Power8, Power9, and Power10 support
  • Linux virtual network interface card (vNIC) performance improvements
  • Hybrid network virtualization (HNV) support for Linux
  • VIOS maintenance tool to provide backup and restore; verify redundancy of dual VIOS and VIOS setup
  • User experience enhancements, including control over client visibility of VIOS
  • Shared Storage Pool (SSP) enhancements, including dynamic thickening of devices
  • Ansible® collection for VIOS included with Red Hat® Ansible Automation Platform

IBM PowerVC 2.0.2

PowerVC 2.0.2 includes:

  • Power10 support
  • Updated to OpenStack Wallaby release
  • IBM Spectrum® Virtualize (SVC) HyperSwap® support
  • Thin provisioning with thresholds to help manage physical capacity of a pool
  • Standalone backup node for import and export
  • IBM Cloud® Object Storage integration for import and export of images
  • Display of additional storage and pool properties for overprovisioning and threshold
  • Use of OpenStack Placement for scheduling
  • Unused private flavors are periodically deleted

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  • IBM PowerVM Linux Edition (5765-VL3): IBM POWER8®, or later, technology-based server
  • IBM PowerVM Standard Edition (5765-VS3): POWER8 technology-based server
  • IBM PowerVM Enterprise Edition (5765-VE3): POWER8, or later, technology-based server


  • IBM PowerVC (5765-VCS): POWER8, or later, technology-based server
  • IBM PowerVC for Private Cloud (5765-VCC): POWER8, or later, technology-based server

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September 10, 2021

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Program number VRM Program name
5765-VL3 3.1.3 IBM PowerVM Linux Edition
5765-VS3 3.1.3 IBM PowerVM Standard Edition
5765-VE3 3.1.3 IBM PowerVM Enterprise Edition
5765-VS2 2.0.2 IBM PowerVC
5765-VC2 2.0.2 IBM PowerVC for Private Cloud

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