IBM Power Systems based on POWER8 processors supports the open source (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) KVM hypervisor. IBM PowerKVM is a hypervisor based on a set open source technologies, as Linux, Qemu and many other tools.
With IBM PowerKVM hypervisor, it is possible to run guest operating system using different endianess, which enables a big set of software to run on these guests. At the moment of this writing, the following operating system run on the following endianess:
For more information about how to install these operating systems, check the distro documentation. For more information about how to manage the IBM PowerKVM hypervisor, check the IBM PowerKVM Configuration and Use Redbook.