Why Lab Services for Power Systems?

With IBM Power Systems and software, including AIX, IBM i, Linux, PowerVM and PowerHA, Lab Services helps you deploy the building blocks of a next-generation IT infrastructure that empowers your business.

Services

Cloud

Our Power technical consultants help you design and build cloud infrastructures based on a foundation of PowerVM or KVM virtualization. Or we can help you implement PowerVC as a foundation for OpenStack-based private cloud management services for IBM® Power Systems servers. We also provide services for integrating with a variety of cloud management and orchestration platforms, including IBM Cloud Private (PDF, 118 KB), RedHat OpenShift Container Platform, Nutanix and VMware vRealize.

Virtualization

Preparing for migration and disaster recovery with the PowerVM Provisioning Toolkit that automates and accelerates building virtualized systems frames for POWER9 migrations and disaster recovery becomes simpler when you use Power technical consultants. We also use the PowerVM Live Partition Mobility Automation Tool to simplify and improve business controls for live migrations and firmware and software maintenance of servers with high volumes of partitions. We also use the PowerDraw tool which helps clients visualize, document and explore system virtualization design.

AI and deep learning

The faster you deploy a fully optimized and supported platform for machine learning and deep learning, the smarter your business becomes. We help clients deploy and optimize training performance for deep learning solutions with the PowerAI platform, which includes the most popular open frameworks and their dependencies, and is built for simple and rapid deployment.

Big data and analytics

Power Systems Services can help you build open infrastructure for big data analytics, including for Hortonworks, Hadoop, and Spark with IBM Spectrum Scale storage solutions. In addition, we provide advisory services for securely integrating structured operational data held on systems of record with analytics and reporting on systems of engagement such as Cognos and IBM Db2 Web Query solutions.

Service resiliency

We help you assess and improve your high-availability, resiliency and IT service management capabilities. Our implementation services practices include PowerHA clustering  and VM Recovery Manager, and leveraging IBM Storage solutions including IBM MetroMirror, GlobalMirror and FlashCopy.

Database migration and optimization

We help clients plan and assess server and workload migrations to IBM platforms from legacy environments including Solaris, HP-UX, Linux and x86 servers. We also help clients with Oracle, Informix, Sybase and Db2 databases migrate to IBM platforms with minimal downtime and reduced risk.  And if you’re running Oracle database solutions on Power, we can show you how to optimize performance and workload placement for license cost management. We also can help with design options for open-source databases, including MongoDB, EnterpriseDB, and MariaDB for new applications or Oracle replacement. Finally, we monitor and assess the performance and efficiency of application and database environments on Power Systems, recommending and implementing best practices for optimal performance across a full solution stack.

SAP HANA

We tailor data center infrastructure strategy to help you build and optimize SAP HANA solutions with Linux on Power Systems. We advise on design options for flexible virtualization and capacity management to ensure your server, storage and networking resources meet business requirements and SAP KPIs. We also provide best practices for data migration from a variety of database environments and server platforms to Power servers running SAP HANA.

Security

Your IT platform is the key to your data security.  That’s why we help you assess security and compliance practices and procedures across multiple operating systems.  We identify any exposures, recommend the adoption of best practices, including PowerSC and, if necessary, advise on or perform remediation.

POWER9 Migration

Migrate faster between generations of IBM Power Systems with enterprise scale provisioning and live migration automation tools. Our POWER9™ server migration services include developing a transition plan for new technologies, POWER9 Migration Validation with an onsite pre-production readiness review to validate migration best practices and performance, and POWER9 Migration Automation services with tools and skills transfer to accelerate provisioning and migration efficiency.

High Performance Computing

We help clients build Power Systems scale-out clusters for accelerated high performance computing (HPC) applications, including planning, integrating and verifying compute, storage, network, software and workload requirements. We also implement and optimize IBM Spectrum Computing’s policy-driven resource management solutions and parallel file systems for HPC.

 

Ranked No. 1 in every major reliability category by ITIC, IBM Power Systems deliver reliable on-premises infrastructure 24/7. And IBM Power Lab Services can help you design, deploy, and implement IBM Power Systems to help you manage your data-intensive workloads.

1 & 2

the world’s top supercomputers running on POWER9™ technology.

10-fold

data volume increase by 2025 that POWER9 technology can help you manage.