If you are an IBM Business Partner or IBM employee who needed remote access to Power Systems servers in the past, you might have come across the Virtual Loaner Program (VLP). The VLP is gone now, but not to worry, it has been replaced by the Power Development Platform (PDP).
In addition to the name change, the program added new features and comes with an improved web interface. As did the VLP, the PDP focuses on bringing ISVs, other Business Partners and IBM employees worldwide remote access to IBM POWER processor-based servers on the IBM AIX, IBM i and Linux operating systems. The PDP brings the latest in IBM Power Systems hardware for porting, testing, certifying and demonstrating applications.
Outside of a new Linux porting image with IBM DB2 10.x and IBM WebSphere 8.5.5., which will especially interest the PowerLinux community members, the other enhancements include areas such as improved reservation navigation, the capability to allow expansion beyond Virtual Server Access and deeper social media integration to provide users with more news and information.
So, check out the PDP site at ibm.com/partnerworld/pdp and see it for yourselves. Please note that you need to be a PartnerWorld member or an IBM employee to reserve a virtual system.