IBM unveils virtualization platform for SMBs

IBM offers inexpensive virtual software for small and midsize companies, migrates Linux workloads.

IBM Tuesday introduced a virtualization platform Big Blue says will help small and midsize customers consolidate server capacity and increase resource utilization.

Priced at just US$40 per core, PowerVM Express software enables customers to create three virtual server partitions per physical server and works with AIX, Linux and i5/OS, IBM's System i operating system. The software includes a feature that enables System p servers to run Linux x86 binary applications, which IBM says will help customers consolidate Unix and Linux workloads on System p servers. The technology, PowerVM Lx86, lets customers create a virtual environment to run x86 Linux applications on a System p server with a Linux on Power operating system.

"This technology allows Linux that would run on Intel and AMD servers to run on a Power server," said Scott Handy, vice president of marketing and strategy of IBM Power Systems, on a press conference call.

IBM also updated PowerVM technologies for larger environments. Formerly known as Advanced Power Virtualization (APV), PowerVM software is also available in Standard and Enterprise Editions. Standard Edition enables customers to create 10 virtual server images per core processor and adds support for multiple shared processor pools. The Enterprise Edition includes all the features of the standard offering as well as a virtualization feature that enables a Power6 processor-based server to move the "entire operating system and its workloads from one server to another while the systems are running," IBM says.

PowerVM Express is priced at US$40 per core; the standard edition costs about US$800 per core; and the enterprise version costs US$1,500 per core. IBM says the live partition capability is available now, and other software upgrades are scheduled to become available in February.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Denise Dubie

Network World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?