IBM PowerKVM Configuration and Use

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents the new IBM PowerKVM virtualization for scale-out Linux systems.

PowerKVM is open source server virtualization that is based on the IBM POWER8™ technology. It includes the Linux open source technology of KVM virtualization, and it complements the performance, scalability, and security qualities of Linux.

This book describes the concepts of PowerKVM and how you can deploy your virtual machines with the software stack included in the product. It helps you install and configure PowerKVM on your Power System server and provides guidance for managing the supported virtualization features by using the Web interface and command-line interface (CLI).

This information for professionals who want to acquire a better understanding of PowerKVM virtualization technology to optimize Linux workload consolidation and use the new POWER8 processor features. The intended audience also includes people in these roles:

  • Clients
  • Sales and marketing professionals
  • Technical support professionals
  • IBM Business Partners
  • Independent software vendors
  • Open source community
  • IBM OpenPower™ partners

It 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 virtualization solutions.

Before you start reading, you must be familiar with the general concepts of kernel-based virtual machine (KVM), Linux, and IBM Power architecture.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Host installation and configuration
Chapter 3. Managing guests from a web interface
Chapter 4. Managing guests from a command-line interface
Chapter 5. Processor and memory virtualization
Chapter 6. I/O virtualization
Chapter 7. Advanced topics
Chapter 8. PowerKVM Development Toolkit


These pages are Web versions of IBM Redbooks- and Redpapers-in-progress. They are published here for those who need the information now and may contain spelling, layout and grammatical errors.

This material has not been submitted to any formal IBM test and is published AS IS. It has not been the subject of rigorous review. Your feedback is welcomed to improve the usefulness of the material to others.

IBM assumes no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness. The use of this information or the implementation of any of these techniques is a customer responsibility and depends upon the customer's ability to evaluate and integrate them into the customer's operational environment.

Contact an IBM Sales Specialist


Last Update
27 January 2016

Planned Publish Date
31 December 2015

Rating: Not yet rated




IBM Form Number

Number of pages