By: Ralph Nissler. If your company is an IBM Business Partner or if you are an IBM employee, this might interest you. No-cost remote access to POWER5, POWER6 and POWER7 will also still be provided:
Today the Virtual Loaner Program (VLP) is announcing support for IBM's latest Power Systems hardware using the POWER7+ processor. Standard reservations can now be processed on systems using the new POWER7+ processor.
In addition, several OS images have been updated to the latest OS support levels. Currently provided OSs and releases for the POWER7+ systems are AIX 7.1 TL2SP2, RHEL 6.4 and SUSE 11 SP2. Images saved from these OS releases are supported on previous hardware levels as well, however system images saved prior to this announce will not restore on the POWER7+ systems.
For access to these new systems, please go the VLP web site at http://ibm.com//systems/vlp
For more information about IBM Power7+ Systems - http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power