IBM has announced a new PowerLinux offering to make Linux implementations more attractive in the Power space.
This blog is a bit different than my typical entries in that it doesn’t provide the usual hints and tips, but instead shares some exciting news from IBM in the PowerLinux space.
On Monday, IBM announced a new offering to help Power customers leverage Linux workloads. The Power Integrated Facility for Linux (Power IFL) helps customers leverage the performance, reliability, and scalability of their enterprise-class servers to reduce the cost of managing the Linux ecosystem. Power IFL includes a new capacity on demand option that gives customers a more affordable way to allocate and manage system resources that are deployed exclusively to support Linux on Power applications and infrastructure.
Power IFL will be available as a Capacity Upgrade on Demand (CUoD) option for the Power 770, 780, and 795 models. The option consists of a single 4-core activation along with a 32GB memory activation and PowerVM license for the processor activations. The processor, memory, and PowerVM activations acquired with Power IFL must be used exclusively for Linux and, as such, they're attractively priced to compete with Linux in the x86 space. Power IFL lets customers leverage additional capacity on their existing hardware footprints for implementation of Linux-based workloads. This includes transitioning workloads from x86 Linux to PowerLinux (e.g., business application middleware for web/mobile clients, infrastructure and data integration services, new social and mobile applications), multi-tier core business applications with a middle tier currently deployed on x86 Linux (such as web application servers), and new workloads emerging in the Linux and open community space (e.g., big-data analytics, InfoSphere Streams, real-time applications).
In addition to the Power IFL announcement, IBM also announced a new PowerCare offering from IBM Lab Services for customers who purchase Power IFL for their 780 and 795 models. The Power IFL PowerCare offering gives customers a choice of services to help them get started on their PowerLinux implementation. Services include a PowerVM assessment, implementation of hosted infrastructure services (e.g., file serving and network infrastructure services), implementation of high availability and disaster recovery solutions for the Linux environment, and a Linux environment performance assessment.
I'm particularly excited about the new PowerCare offering because I was personally involved in the definition of the offering, and I'm involved in the delivery of the services (which will provide plenty of PowerLinux hints and tips for this blog). If you have any questions about Power IFL or the new PowerCare offering, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.