I recently attended the IBM Power Systems Technical University at Enterprise2013 conference. The IBM PowerVC (Power Virtualization Center) was a popular topic. Everyone was interested in a tool that is simple to use and can easily manage a virtualized environment.
IBM Power Virtualization Center (PowerVC) is the new advanced virtualization management offering, built on OpenStack, that delivers simplified virtualization management for IBM POWER Systems.
What it does:
Register physical hosts, a storage system, and network resources and use them to create a virtual environment.
Create, resize, and attach volumes to virtual machines.
Monitor the utilization of the resources that are in your environment.
Migrate virtual machines while they are running (hot migration).
Capture a running virtual machine that is configured just the way you want it to be. When you capture the virtual machine, an image is created that can be deployed multiple times in your environment.
Deploy images quickly to create new virtual machines that meet the demands of your ever-changing business needs.
Why you should have it:
PowerVC enables clients to improve resource utilization, reduce capital expense and power consumption, increase their agility to quickly respond to changing business requirements, manage scalability without adding complexity and dynamically adjust workloads to ease burden on systems management.
PowerVC is currently available in two editions and can manage Linux on Power and AIX, running on
Power hardware including Flex System POWER compute nodes. It currently supports IBM storage subsystem V7000.
Other external storage is supported via SVC.
- PowerVM Express edition; basic function - to manage through IVM
- PowerVM Standard edition; full function - to manage through HMC
I worked with the IBM PowerVC development team to create a PowerVC hosting environment at the IBM Innovation Center Silicon Valley located in Foster City California. The environment can be accessed by IBM business partners and customers. Please refer to the following link for more information and how to request for a test drive.