IBM recently announced Power Virtualization Center (PowerVC) to simplify virtualization management and extend the capabilities of IBM Power Systems. PowerVC unleashes the strengths of IBM Power Systems core platform virtualization through IBM’s collaboration with OpenStack.
The technologies and broad ecosystem that OpenStack brings are driven by a large community of commercial companies and developers with the mission to provide a ubiquitous Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud management platform. This is a huge step forward that will enable you to increase your utilization of the platform and gain greater agility and responsiveness to the increasing changes and demands being placed on your IT infrastructure.
But Wait, there’s more!
PowerVC is also a key enabler for Power Systems within a Software Defined Environment (SDE). Software defined environments represent a significant and important transformation in IT infrastructure virtualization. A Software Defined Environment uses virtualization to express hardware resources as manageable software entities and to control them with advanced programmed automation.
Resource virtualization has reached the point where it applies to all foundational elements of IT infrastructure: servers, storage and network. These elements can be effectively virtualized to present logical projections of the physical resources they represent. They can be dynamically created, destroyed, functionally extended, cataloged, controlled and optimized by management software. This is a powerful notion, one that is central to dramatically improving the overall operational efficiency of IT environments through capabilities such as dynamic resource lifecycle management and workload-aware optimization.
While not exclusive to “born on the cloud” workloads, the flexibility, agility and elasticity provided by Software Defined Environments will be required to support emerging workloads that place demands on the underlying infrastructure which simply cannot be accomplished using more traditional management approaches.
The advanced, yet simple and intuitive virtualization management capabilities, alignment and implementation of the OpenStack APIs strengthen IBM Power Systems’ role as a leading platform within Software Defined Environments. PowerVC combines advanced agility and flexibility with the differentiation provided by the IBM Power Systems platform and its leading core virtualization.
To learn more about this exciting innovative product and its capabilities, please refer to PowerVC on ibm.com and PowerVC on Service Management Connect. You can also join the conversation with us on Twitter @IBMSDE or @mdwgunx.
Michael D. Williams
IBM Distinguished Engineer
Cloud System Software Development
Member, IBM Academy of Technology