During Red Hat Summit in June 2013, IBM announced that it will be bringing Linux's built-in Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) to its Linux-only Power servers. You will be glad to know that IBM is all set to turn this promise a reality after being working hard on it since 2011. The Power Systems version of KVM, PowerKVM, will be available on IBM’s next generation Power Systems servers tuned for Linux before the end of this quarter. KVM is a leading open source virtualization technology as well as an important tool in any Linux administrator’s handbook, especially with the increased adoption of cloud technologies such as OpenStack and the need for hypervisors to effectively manage the network, compute and storage resources. According to Jim Wasko, Director of IBM's Linux Technology Center, “IBM has long supported KVM on its x86-based products and with this new capability, users will have greater choice when they adopt Linux-based systems to drive new workloads like cloud, big data, mobile and social computing.
There are two reasons we created a KVM product to exploit the Power Systems’ architecture – beyond its increasing deployment in the open source environment, said Jim in the release featured recently. First, Linux users wanted a "familiar" look-and-feel for virtualization; and second, cloud solutions demand KVM's flexibility, performance, and OpenStack integration. We also recognize that for those who prefer to work in a pure Linux environment, working with KVM is highly desirable, adds Jim. The soon to be available IBM PowerKVM will effectively own these capabilities. Availability of IBM PowerKVM also sets the stage for integrating Power into IBM’s Software Defined Networking for Virtual Environments (SDN VE). This enables SDN VE DOVE (Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet) technology on Power to deploy, control and manage multiple independent and isolated network applications.
At the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit held few weeks ago, KVM was the key topic of discussion amongst the attending member organizations. The discussion was mainly around the use of KVM in conjunction with OpenStack. It’s a perfect example of how KVM as a technology is evolving and act as a foundation for various elements of a data center, network or cloud offerings. This shows KVM will certainly be the talk of the industry in 2014 and IBM with PowerKVM is committed to help its customers take the benefits of KVM technologies in the years to come. To know more, refer The PowerLinux Community or follow @IBMPowerSystems on Twitter.
IBM Systems & Technology Group