IBM PowerVC version 1.2.1 became available in Jun, 2014 includes significant enhancements for current and new clients.
PowerVC™ is the new advanced virtualization management offering, built on OpenStack, that delivers advanced virtualization management for IBM AIX® and Linux environments on IBM Power® Systems. PowerVC has quick time to value and low total cost of ownership, as the focus of this offering is simplicity and ease of use. IBM Power Systems servers now including POWER8 processors which, along with PowerVC technology are designed to help clients dynamically build an infrastructure that supports a Software Defined Environment or a Cloud infrastructure.
PowerVC enables Power Systems customers to lower their total cost of ownership with simplified ease of use and capabilities, easily deploy and move workloads and maximize resource utilization. PowerVC has been built to require little to no training to get moving on optimizing your Power Systems virtualization, with advanced placement policies and monitoring and management of VMs.
The enhancements include:
- Support for PowerVM Shared Storage Pools (SSP)
- Support for POWER8 processor-based systems
- PowerVC has now been translated and localized for multiple languages including simplified and traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil)
Support to manage PowerKVM virtualized environments including support for:
- PowerKVM hypervisor
- Local storage, iSCSI data volumes, NFS
- VM relocation, packing and striping scheduler policies
- Image Import/Export
- Open vswitch network virtualization support
- Support for the CloudInit activation engine for Linux clients
- PowerVC 1.2.1 is based on the Icehouse release of OpenStack
Support for Shared Storage Pools is one of the key enhancements for our existing clients. As many of you know, the availability of OpenStack drivers for fiber channel storage devices has been one of key challenges. Shared Storage Pools provides an alternative support path for storage devices not currently supported by OpenStack and PowerVC.
PowerVC 1.2.1 will include the capability to manage PowerKVM based systems such as the POWER8 processor-based S812L and S822L Linux only scale out systems. PowerKVM is intended to enable exploitation of Power Systems hardware capabilities while leveraging the Open Source community and Linux virtualization administration skills.
PowerVC 1.2.1 also introduces the CloudInit activation engine (currently only for Linux clients). CloudInit is an emerging Open Source project focused on the initial configuration of the virtual machine after deployment. The Virtual System Activation Engine will remain the default, but clients using PowerVC to deploy Linux can start leveraging CloudInit.
The management platform for PowerVC 1.2.1 is supported on RHEL 6.4 and 6.5 on Power or X86 hardware