IBM PowerVC Version 1.2.3: Introduction and Configuration

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


IBM® Power Virtualization Center (PowerVC) is an advanced enterprise virtualization management offering for IBM Power Systems™, based on the OpenStack framework. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces PowerVC and helps you understand its functions, planning, installation, and setup.

Starting with PowerVC Version 1.2.2, the Express Edition offering is no longer available and only Standard Edition is the only offering. PowerVC supports both large and small deployments, either managing PowerVM that are controlled with HMC or managing PowerKVM directly. PowerVC can manage IBM AIX, IBM i and Linux workloads running on POWER hardware which includes IBM PurePower systems.

PowerVC editions include the following features and benefits:

  • Virtual Image capture, deployment, and management
  • Policy-based Virtual Machine (VM) placement to improve use
  • Management of real-time optimization and VM resilience to increase productivity
  • Managing real-time optimization and VM resilience to increase productivity
  • VM mobility with placement policies to reduce burden on IT staff in a simple-to-install and easy-to-use GUI
  • An open and extensible PowerVM management system that you can adapt as you need and runs in parallel with existing infrastructure, preserving your investment
  • A management system for existing PowerVM deployments

You will also find all the details about how we set up the lab environment used in this book.

You will also find all the details about how we set up the lab environment used in this book.
This book is for experienced users of IBM PowerVM and other virtualization solutions who want to understand and implement the next generation of enterprise virtualization management for Power Systems.

Unless stated otherwise, the content of this book refers to versions 1.2.2 and 1.2.3 of IBM PowerVC Version 1.2.3 Introduction and Configuration IBM PowerVC.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. PowerVC introduction
Chapter 2. PowerVC versions and releases
Chapter 3. PowerVC installation planning
Chapter 4. PowerVC installation
Chapter 5. PowerVC Standard Edition for managing PowerVM
Chapter 6. PowerVC Standard Edition for managing PowerKVM
Chapter 7. PowerVC lab environment


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Last Update
02 September 2015

Planned Publish Date
31 December 2015

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