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.
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.
More on SME virtualisation: