IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - January 2018 - 15
Capacity on Demand on IBM
Marketplace fulfills both criteria.
If the business needs additional
compute capacity for the holiday
season or if a developer needs
capacity for a new project,
the infrastructure operations
team can purchase and turn on
processors in minutes, not days
or weeks. Like IBM's Capacity on
Demand capability, the hardware
infrastructure is on-premises,
but clients only pay for what they
use. "That's really exciting for our
clients," Sibley says.
Open management is the
foundation for cloud deployment.
That's why OpenStack-based
management capability is
incorporated into PowerVC. IBM is committed to the
support of open-source deployment and delivery
modules such as Chef, Ansible, Cloud-Init and Yum.
Moreover, IBM ensures that those key VM execution
modules are current on Power Systems and secure
from a vulnerability standpoint, Sibley says.
Finally, open source is at the heart of
microservices and how new applications are
developed and deployed. "Openness is really
driving our cloud strategy and direction for IBM
as a whole and for Power Systems," Sibley notes.
IBM's commitment to open source encompasses the
full adoption of the Linux* stack, the capabilities
of deploying KVM on POWER, little endian Linux,
and the OpenPOWER Foundation, which now has
340-plus members backing POWER architecture in
an open environment.
Powering the Cloud
A common misconception in the market place is
that cloud is synonymous with x86. That simply
isn't the case, notes Sibley.
"All of the things that you
can do on a cloud in an Intel*
environment, you can do on a
POWER environment," he says.
The Power Systems platform
runs workloads, particularly
data-oriented workloads, twice
as fast as Intel and needs half the
infrastructure required for an
Whether a client is just
beginning with cloud or was
an early adopter, IBM provides
comprehensive solutions for their
unique business requirements.
And as cloud deployments
continue to evolve, IBM's
offerings will keep transforming
to put clients' needs at the
forefront of innovation.
ibmsystemsmag.com JANUARY 2018 // 15