By Rich Ptak
Between the industry chatter about vendors (HP, Oracle) struggling with sagging sales of Linux servers and snide rumors of IBM abandoning some system platforms, the recent announcements from IBM Systems and Technology Group (STG) deliver good news and welcome clarity. As we commented when IBM NeXtScale was revealed, System x remains alive, well and will be fully supported for some time to come. As for IBM Power Systems, IBM’s plan for it is to duplicate its success with Linux-based zEnterprise mainframe.
- IBM BLU Acceleration Solution – Power Systems Edition deliver insights with 8 to 25 times faster reporting and analytics at the greatest moment of impact – improved processes make it simple to acquire, deploy and implement.
- IBM Intelligent Operations Center – Power Systems Edition helps cities make better decisions and optimize resources with advanced analytics, asset management and collaboration tools.
- PowerVM is improved with better VSCSI redundancy, virtualization redundancy and improved elasticity for Shared Storage Pools.
- PowerVP – a performance analyzer with real-time, graphical reporting on virtualized workloads, health management and optimization,
- PowerVC – new advanced management of virtualization that leverages OpenStack to lower costs and speedier response to business needs,
- Integrated Facility for Linux (Power IFL) – is a Power-based virtual server option designed to enable clients to exploit the performance, reliability and scale of enterprise-class Power Systems to improve QoS and to reduce the cost of managing their Linux ecosystem,
- Solution Edition for Service Providers - enables rapid go to market with a pre-configured Power-based cloud solutions includes setup, delivery and utility-based pricing capabilities,
- Enterprise Pools and Mobile CoD (Capacity on Demand) – flexible resource allocation allows clients to dynamically adjust and move processor and memory activations within system pools for optimal management and utilization to minimize costs.