PowerVM is a combination of hardware, firmware, and software that provides CPU, network, and disk virtualization. These are the main virtualization technologies:
POWER7, POWER6, and POWER5 hardware
Virtual I/O Server
Though the PowerVM brand includes partitioning, management software, and other offerings, this publication focuses on the virtualization technologies that are part of the PowerVM Standard and Enterprise Editions.
This publication is also designed to be an introduction guide for system administrators, providing instructions for these tasks:
Configuration and creation of partitions and resources on the HMC
Installation and configuration of the Virtual I/O Server
Creation and installation of virtualized partitions
Examples using AIX, IBM i, and Linux
This edition has been updated with the latest updates available and an improved content organization.
IBM® Service Delivery Manager addresses this problem domain. Delivered as a set of appliances, it automates provisioning, deprovisioning, metering, and management of an IT platform, and the services it provides. It addresses the needs of both IT management and service users.
This IBM Redbooks® publication is intended for technical professionals who want to understand and deploy IBM ISDM Cloud on a Power platform.
The Virtual I/O Server provides a virtual SCSI target, N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) target, and Shared Ethernet Adapter (SEA) virtual I/O function to client LPARs.
The Virtual I/O Server has the capability of a hardware management function, the Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM). IVM is a simplified hardware management solution that inherits most of the Hardware Management Console (HMC) features. The console manages a single server, avoiding the need of a dedicated personal computer. This device is designed to provide a solution that enables the administrator to reduce system setup time and to make hardware management easier, at a lower cost.
IVM provides a management model for a single system. Although it does not offer all of the HMC capabilities, it enables the exploitation of PowerVM technology. IVM targets the small and medium systems that are best suited for this product.
IVM provides the following functions:
- Shared Storage Pool
- IBM Active MemoryTM Sharing (AMS)
- Live Partition Mobility (LPM)
- Task manager monitor for long-running tasks
- Security additions such as viosecure and firewall, and other improvements
There are many environments where there is the need for small partitioned systems, either for test reasons or for specific requirements, for which the HMC solution is not ideal. A sample situation is where there are small partitioned systems that cannot share a common HMC because they are in multiple locations. In these cases, IVM works.
Using IVM, companies can more cost-effectively consolidate multiple partitions onto a single server. With its intuitive, browser-based interface, the IVM is easy to use and significantly reduces the time and effort that is required to manage virtual devices and partitions.
This IBM RedpaperTM publication provides an introduction to IVM by describing its architecture and showing how to install and configure a partitioned server by using its capabilities. This document is intended for IT personnel who have a complete understanding of partitioning before reading this document.
The major functions that the HMC provides are Power Systems server hardware management and virtualization (partition) management. You can find information about virtualization management in the following documents:
- A Practical Guide for Resource Monitoring and Control (RMC), SG24-6615
- IBM PowerVM Virtualization Introduction and Configuration, SG24-7940
- Implementing IBM Systems Director 6.1, SG24-7694
- Hardware Management Console V7 Handbook, SG24-7491
- IBM PowerVM Live Partition Mobility, SG24-7460
- IBM PowerVM Virtualization Managing and Monitoring, SG24-7590
- Converting Hardware Management Console (HMC) 7042-CR6 or 7042-CR7 Models to RAID1, REDP-4909
The following topics are described:
- Plan to implement the HMC
- Configure the HMC
- Operate the HMC
- Manage software levels on the HMC
- Use service functions on the HMC
- Update firmware of managed systems
- Use IBM System Planning Tool deployments
In addition, there is an explanation on how to use the new HMC graphical user interface and the new HMC commands that are available with HMC Version 7, Release 7, modification 60.
The new IBM POWER8TM processor, which is available at frequencies of 3.42 GHz, and 3.89 GHz
Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches
Two integrated memory controllers with improved latency and bandwidth
Integrated I/O subsystem and hot-pluggable PCIe Gen3 I/O slots
Improved reliability, serviceability, and availability (RAS) functions
IBM EnergyScaleTM technology that provides features such as power trending, power-saving, capping of power, and thermal measurement
This publication is for professionals who want to acquire a better understanding of IBM Power SystemsTM products.
This paper expands the current set of IBM Power Systems documentation by providing a desktop reference that offers a detailed technical description of the Power S822 system.
This paper does not replace the latest marketing materials and configuration tools. It is intended as an additional source of information that, together with existing sources, can be used to enhance your knowledge of IBM server solutions.
By deploying PowerVM virtualization and IBM Power Systems, you can take advantage of the following benefits:
Lower energy costs through server consolidation
Reduced cost of your existing infrastructure
Better management of the growth, complexity, and risk of your infrastructure
This IBM RedpaperTM publication is a quick start guide to help you install and configure a complete PowerVM virtualization solution on IBM Power Systems. It highlights how to use the following management console interfaces to configure PowerVM:
Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM)
Hardware Management Console (HMC)
Systems Director Management Console (SDMC)
This paper also highlights advanced configuration of a dual Virtual I/O Server setup.
This paper targets new customers who need assistance with quickly and easily installing, configuring, and starting a new PowerVM server in a virtualized environment.
This book helps AIX 5L professionals seeking a comprehensive and task-oriented guide for developing the knowledge and skills required for the certification. It is designed to provide a combination of theory and practical experience needed for a general understanding of the subject matter.
This book does not replace practical experience you should have, but is an effective tool that, when combined with education activities and experience, should prove to be a very useful preparation guide for the exam. Due to the practical nature of the certification content, this publication can also be used as a desk-side reference. So, whether you are planning to take the eServer p5 and pSeries Administration and Support for AIX 5L Version 5.3 certification exam, or if you just want to validate your AIX 5L skills, this book is for you.
PowerVM is a combination of hardware, PowerVM Hypervisor, and software, which includes other virtualization features, such as the Virtual I/O Server.
This publication is intended for experienced IT specialists and IT architects who want to learn about PowerVM best practices, and focuses on the following topics:
Planning and general best practices
Installation, migration, and configuration
Administration and maintenance
Storage and networking
PowerVM advanced features
This publication is written by a group of seven PowerVM experts from different countries around the world. These experts came together to bring their broad IT skills, depth of knowledge, and experiences from thousands of installations and configurations in different IBM client sites.
AIX Version 7.1 introduces many new features, including:
- Domain Role Based Access Control
- Workload Partition enhancements
- Topas performance tool enhancements
- Terabyte segment support
- Cluster Aware AIX functionality
AIX Version 7.1 offers many other new enhancements, and you can explore them all in this publication.
For clients who are not familiar with the enhancements of AIX through Version 5.3, a companion publication, AIX Version 6.1 Differences Guide, SG24-7559, is available.
Please note: The contents of this publication has been updated and migrated to the following publications. The material in this PDF should no longer be considered accurate.
An introduction to PowerVM that includes basic installation and set up:
IBM PowerVM Virtualization Introduction and Configuration
A deep dive into how to manage PowerVM virtualization 24x7:
IBM PowerVM Virtualization Managing and Monitoring
The enhancements that were added in 2013, including a chapter on mobility:
IBM PowerVM Enhancements What is new in 2013