Enabling IBM Power Systems for SDE with PowerVC


PowerVCIBM Power Virtualization Center (PowerVC) is one of the new tools IBM recently announced to simplify virtualization management and extend the capabilities of IBM Power Systems. PowerVC unleashes the strengths of IBM Power Systems core platform virtualization through IBM’s collaboration with OpenStack.

The technologies and broad ecosystem that OpenStack brings are driven by a large community of commercial companies and developers with the mission to provide a ubiquitous Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud management platform.

This is a huge step forward that will allow you to increase your utilization of the platform and gain greater agility and responsiveness to the increasing changes and demands being placed on your IT infrastructure.

But wait, there’s more!

PowerVC is also a key enabler for Power Systems within a software defined environment (SDE). Software defined environments represent a significant and important transformation in IT infrastructure virtualization. A software defined environment uses virtualization to express hardware resources as manageable software entities and to control them with advanced programmed automation.

Resource virtualization has reached the point where it applies to all foundational elements of IT infrastructure: servers, storage and network. These elements can be effectively virtualized to present logical projections of the physical resources they represent. They can be dynamically created, destroyed, functionally extended, cataloged, controlled and optimized by management software. This is a powerful notion, one that is central to dramatically improving the overall operational efficiency of IT environments through capabilities such as dynamic resource lifecycle management and workload-aware optimization.

While not exclusive to “born on the cloud” workloads, the flexibility, agility and elasticity provided by software defined environments will be required to support emerging workloads that place demands on the underlying infrastructure which simply can not be accomplished using more traditional management approaches.

The advanced, yet simple and intuitive virtualization management capabilities, alignment and implementation of the OpenStack APIs strengthen IBM Power Systems’ role as a leading platform within software defined environments. PowerVC combines advanced agility and flexibility with the differentiation provided by the IBM Power Systems platform and its leading core virtualization.

PowerVC will be generally available in December of 2013. To learn more about this exciting new product and its capabilities, please refer to PowerVC on ibm.com and PowerVC on Service Management Connect.

Michael Williams is a Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He joined IBM in 1989 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Oswego with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Throughout his career, Mike has had a broad set of client facing and development responsibilities in the area of systems and software. His current focus is software architecture and design for IBM’s next generation systems with an emphasis on software defined environments, cloud and virtualization.

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