Partitioning your system is similar to partitioning a hard disk drive. When you partition a hard disk drive, you divide a single physical hard drive so that the operating system recognizes it as a number of separate logical hard drives.

You have the option of dividing the system's resources by using the Hardware Management Console (HMC) to partition your system. On each of these divisions, called partitions, you can install an operating system and use each partition as you would a separate physical system.