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This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an introduction to PowerVM™ virtualization technologies on Power System servers.
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
Keep in mind that this is Volume 1 of a two volume set. The IBM PowerVM Virtualization Managing and Monitoring IBM Redbooks publication SG24-7590 picks up where this one leaves off with operational considerations for long term sustainable enterprise virtualization solution. Find it here:
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Virtualization technologies on IBM Power Systems
Chapter 3. Setting up virtualization: The basics
Chapter 4. Advanced virtualization configurations
Chapter 5. Configuration scenarios
Appendix A. Recent PowerVM enhancements
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