IBM is bringing its Power6 chip technology to small and medium-sized customers, combining it with a new virtualisation platform to help them consolidate server capacity, save energy and manage IT costs more effectively.
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The new platform, PowerVM, provides virtualisation solutions for operating systems including AIX, Linux and i5/OS for System i customers.
Virtualisation technology allows users to run services and applications on fewer servers.
Used in conjunction with the new System p servers and BladeCenter servers, which have been designed for SMEs, PowerVM will let users create up to 160 virtual partitions in a single system, dramatically improving server utilisation.
Formerly known as Advanced Power Virtualisation (APV), PowerVM software is available in Express, Standard and Enterprise Editions.
All three editions allow System p servers to run Linux x86 binary applications unmodified without recompilation, in addition to Unix and Linux on Power applications.
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