IBM PowerVC Version 1.2.1 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 technology. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces and positions PowerVC and helps you understand its positioning, planning, installation, and set up.

PowerVC is available in two editions, Express Edition to manage small deployments through IVM and Standard Edition to manage larger deployments either with PowerVM® under HMC control, or with PowerKVM. PowerVC can manage Linux on Power and AIX®, running on POWER® hardware including Flex System POWER compute nodes..

PowerVC editions include the following features and benefits:

  • Virtual Image capture, deployment, and management
  • Policy-based Virtual Machine (VM) placement to improve utilization
  • Managing 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 enables you to adapt as you need and runs in parallel with existing infrastructure, preserving your investment
  • A management system that manages existing PowerVM deployments

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

This IBM Redbooks publication is intended for experienced IBM PowerVM® and other virtualization solutions users wanting to understand and implement the next generation of enterprise virtualization management for Power Systems™.

Unless otherwise mentioned, the content of this book refers to version 1.2.1 of IBM PowerVC.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. IBM PowerVC introduction
Chapter 2. IBM PowerVC installation planning
Chapter 3. IBM PowerVC installation
Chapter 4. PowerVC Standard Edition managing PowerVM
Chapter 5. PowerVC Standard Edition managing PowerKVM
Chapter 6. IBM PowerVC Express Edition
Chapter 7. PowerVC lab environment


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Last Update
24 July 2014

Planned Publish Date
31 July 2014

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