Introduction to PowerVC Standard

PowerVC is designed to simplify the management of virtual resources in your Power Systems environment.

With PowerVC you can register physical hosts, storage providers, and network resources and use them to create a virtual environment. After the resources are registered, you can do the following tasks and more.
  • Create virtual machines by deploying images and then resize and attach volumes to them.
  • Import existing virtual machines and volumes so they can be managed by PowerVC.
  • Create a project, add resources to the project, and assign users unique roles within each project.
  • Monitor the utilization of the resources that are in your environment.
  • Enable the IBM® PowerVC Dynamic Resource Optimizer (DRO) to automatically rebalance host group resources when they are being overused.
  • Migrate virtual machines while they are running (Live Partition Mobility).
  • Capture a running virtual machine that is configured just the way you want it to be. Then, deploy that image elsewhere in your environment.
  • Deploy images quickly to create new virtual machines that meet the demands of your ever-changing business needs.
  • Enable PowerVC to automatically place virtual machines when you deploy or migrate them based on the criteria that you specify.
IBM Power® Virtualization Center Standard provides support for larger enterprises with more complex system configurations. It enables you to maximize the virtualization capabilities of your Power Systems hardware with a powerful yet easy-to-use interface. Its key features include the following:
  • Supports IBM Power Systems hosts that are managed by a Hardware Management Console.
  • Supports storage area networks.
  • Supports multiple Virtual I/O Server virtual machines on each host.
  • Supports shared storage pools
  • Supports host and storage templates to help you consistently and reliably deploy virtual machines across your environment.
  • Supports storage connectivity groups, which enable you to deploy images so they have access to storage that is dedicated to a particular purpose. They also help to ensure that virtual machines have access to the same storage before and after they are migrated.