IBM PowerVC Version 2.0 Introduction and Configuration

A draft IBM Redbooks publication

Updated 10 May 2021

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IBM Form #: SG24-8477-00
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Authors: Scott Vetter, Sachin P. Deshmukh, Thierry Huché, Stephen Lutz, Ahmed Mashhour, Christopher Emefiene Osiegbu, Borislav Ivanov Stoymirski


IBM® Power Virtualization Center (IBM® PowerVC™) is an advanced, enterprise
virtualization management offering for IBM Power Systems. This IBM Redbooks® publication
introduces IBM PowerVC and helps you understand its functions, planning, installation, and
setup. It also shows how IBM PowerVC can integrate with systems management tools like
Ansible or Terraform and that it also fits very good into a OpenShift container environment.

IBM PowerVC Version 2.0.0 supports both large and small deployments, either by managing
IBM PowerVM® that is controlled by the Hardware Management Console (HMC), or by IBM
PowerVM NovaLink. With this capability, IBM PowerVC can manage IBM AIX®, IBM i, and
Linux workloads that run on IBM POWER® hardware.

IBM PowerVC is available as a Standard Edition, or as a Private Cloud Edition.

IBM PowerVC includes the following features and benefits:

  • Virtual image capture, import, export, deployment, and management
  • Policy-based virtual machine (VM) placement to improve server usage
  • Snapshots and cloning of VMs or volumes for backup or testing purposes
  • Support of advanced storage capabilities such as IBM SVC vdisk mirroring of IBM Global
  • Management of real-time optimization and VM resilience to increase productivity
  • VM Mobility with placement policies to reduce the burden on IT staff in a simple-to-install
    and easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI)
  • Automated Simplified Remote Restart for availability of VMs in case of a host is down
  • Role-based security policies to ensure a secure environment for common tasks
  • The ability to enable an administrator to enable Dynamic Resource Optimization on a

IBM PowerVC Private Cloud Edition includes all of the IBM PowerVC Standard Edition

    features and adds:
  • A self-service portal that allows the provisioning of new VMs without direct system
    administrator intervention. There is an option for policy approvals for the requests that are
    received from the self-service portal.
  • Pre-built deploy templates that are set up by the cloud administrator that simplify the
    deployment of VMs by the cloud user.
  • Cloud management policies that simplify management of cloud deployments.
  • Metering data that can be used for chargeback.

This publication 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 publication refers to IBM PowerVC Version 2.0.0.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. IBM PowerVC introduction
Chapter 2. IBM PowerVC planning
Chapter 3. IBM PowerVC installation
Chapter 4. IBM PowerVC for managing PowerVM
Chapter 5. IBM PowerVC for Private Cloud
Chapter 6. IBM PowerVC integration with Terraform and Ansible
Chapter 7. IBM PowerVC in the Hybird Cloud
Appendix A. Useful commands and scripts

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