IBM Power Systems deliver advantages that are unique in the industry and provide accelerated innovation for cloud. Whether it’s private cloud, public cloud or a hybrid cloud solution, Power Systems offer a flexible, open, and powerful platform for cloud workloads. Here are five effective Power Systems’ advantages for the cloud:
1) Exceptional Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) – and performance
Reliability and availability are critical for workloads delivered through the cloud. In Power Systems mid-range and high-end systems, we see mean time between failures in the range of 70 to 100 years. This equates to 99.997 percent availability. Power Systems also have features to help manage virtual machine availability and elasticity such as Live Partition Mobility and dynamic resource allocation. Moreover, with the latest announcement of POWER8 systems, Power Systems have upped the performance customers can get from scale-out servers built on POWER8 technology.
2) Leadership virtualization
Power Systems with PowerVM have one of the industry’s most resilient and flexible hypervisors, supporting virtual machines (VMs) running in as small as one-twentieth of a core or up to 256 cores. PowerVM provides extraordinary VM isolation. High density and high virtualization help lower total cost of ownership and simplify management with consolidated resources. Power is now available with PowerKVM, the open source hypervisor for a lighter weight management stack and common management tools.
3) Certified security
AIX and IBM i operating systems have established security records which are exceptional when compared to other operating systems in the industry, and this also decreases risk and the need for patching. Furthermore, IBM PowerSC helps enforce conformance to industry and legal requirements, and reduces the effort to track and report compliance for audits.
4) Growing ecosystem and strong economics
Power Systems recently announced a billion dollar investment for Linux which is quickly resulting in an expanding ecosystem of applications optimized to run on Linux on Power. We have announced the Power Developer Platform which will provide an environment that our Partner and ISVs can leverage to easily port their applications and solutions to Power. In addition to IBM development tools for Power such as Power Linux SDK, Image Composition and Construction Tool, IBM WorkLight SmartCloud Orchestrator and SmartCloud Application Services, there is also a growing number of open source development and automation tools available for Power cloud including Chef, Puppet, OpenStack Heat and Ubuntu JuJu.
And with the announcement of POWER8, the exceptional advantages of the newest Power platform are now available 1 and 2 socket offerings designed for scale-out environments and competitively priced against comparable x86 offerings and leveraging the simplified administration of Linux on Power. IBM also recently announced that SoftLayer is integrating Power Systems into their cloud infrastructure. You can check the announcement here for more information.
5) Open platform of choice
A number of industry leaders including IBM, Google, Melanox, NVIDIA and Tyan have come together to drive new levels of innovation on Power Systems through the OpenPOWER Foundation. With the collective leadership and vision of IBM and partners, we will deliver significant innovation to the marketplace and our clients. This innovation will come in the form of hardware systems, firmware, system management, development tools, accelerators, network interface adapters, fabrics and more.
With the new POWER8 platform, and the addition of two new 1 and 2 socket Linux based scale-out servers, Power is positioned to deliver performance and reliability advantages for next generation open applications and developer tools. There is a broad and growing population of open source applications, operating systems and tools available for Power,
And finally, Power Systems is committed to open management. With simplified and consistent management built on the open sourced OpenStack platform, we are creating a flexible and interoperable platform which will provide long term investment protection for our clients, a foundation for the emerging Software Defined Environments and seamless transitions between cloud delivery tools.
The choice you make in your cloud infrastructure can make a big difference in not just being able to easily and cost effectively deliver solutions today, but it matters as you look towards building a resilient and adaptable platform to carry your organization into the future. For more information and details, see the recorded presentation 5 Reasons to Choose an Open Platform for Cloud.
Join us today, April 28th for our Open Innovation to Put Data to Work webcast. You’ll hear the latest updates on how Power Systems is delivering superior cloud economics and updates on our solutions around Watson, SoftLayer and much more.
I believe I have given you a lot of information on how and why Power Systems is the ideal open platform for cloud. I invite your thoughts and comments on how Power Systems can help you to grow your business and be your platform of choice for cloud delivery of your solutions. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me on Twitter @alisespence.
Product Manager – Power Cloud Solutions
IBM Systems & Technology Group