Building a Software-Defined Cloud with IBM PowerVM Systems

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 10 August 2017, updated 29 September 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738456330
ISBN-13: 9780738456331
IBM Form #: REDP-5455-00
(28 pages)

Authors: Drew Thorstensen, Shyama Venugopal


The aim of this document is to provide the reader with a concrete example and implementation details to build out a fully software-defined cloud on IBM® Power Systems™. This guide uses the following technologies to build this cloud:

  • IBM Power System S822: At least one server, but three or more are preferred. Provides the hardware for cloud compute, storage, and networking.
  • IBM PowerVM®: A hypervisor that runs Linux, AIX®, and IBM i operating systems.
  • IBM Spectrum™ Scale: Software-defined storage software that is built for scale and high performance.
  • IBM PowerVC: Cloud management software built on top of OpenStack. It manages PowerVM and integrates software-defined networking and IBM Spectrum Scale™.

With these components, the reader is able to build a fully functional cloud, scalable from one server to hundreds.

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