"Virtualization" is the concept of executing software in an environment that minimizes or eliminates the software's dependence on the hardware on which it runs. This is a critical IT concept that can be leveraged to satisfy today's demand for managing dynamic workloads, optimizing computing resource, and quickly responding to requests for additional computing capacity. By using this technology, you can virtualize one or more of the resources used to build your IT infrastructure, resulting in a wide range of benefits for both the provider and consumers. Virtualization of resources is a prerequisite for building a successful cloud infrastructure, and the effective management of a vitalized environment has become critical in the pursuit of maximum benefits.
The IBM i™ operating system (OS) has always been known for its innovative technology to run multiple applications in a single environment, virtualize storage with its single level storage, and to integrate security, DB2 for i, and other middleware. In addition, IBM i network install and virtual media support provide unbeatable hands off install and save capabilities. The combination of IBM i and IBM PowerVM™ deliver powerful virtualization technologies and together with IBM Power™ Systems offer an integrated solution for managing unpredictable growth.
Further extend your virtualization capabilities with IBM PowerVC™ Virtualization Center. It provides a powerful yet simple way to further virtualize your IT infrastructure by enabling you to quickly add additional IBM i OS instances into the environment using virtual appliance technology. IBM PowerVC can also optimize resources by adjusting allocations across a mixed environment or suspending individual IBM i environments during quiet times.