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.

IBM PowerKVM is an open source server virtualization choice based on the POWER8™ technology. This solution includes the Linux open source technology of KVM virtualization, and is designed to complement the performance, scalability and security qualities of Linux.

This book describes the concepts of IBM PowerKVM and how you can deploy your virtual machines with the software stack included in the product. This book also helps you install and configure IBM PowerKVM on your Power system. It includes guidance for managing the supported virtualization features using Web interface and CLI.

This publication targets professionals who want to acquire a better understanding of IBM PowerKVM virtualization technology in order to optimize Linux workload consolidation and exploit the new POWER8 processor features. The intended audience also includes:

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

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 virtualization solutions.

Before reading this paper, you must be familiar with the general concepts of KVM, Linux, and 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 CLI
Chapter 5. Processor and memory virtualization
Chapter 6. I/O Virtualization
Chapter 7. Advanced topics


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.


Last Update
18 July 2014

Planned Publish Date
31 July 2014

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