IBM Systems Virtualization: Servers, Storage, and Software

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Published 02 April 2008, updated 01 May 2008

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IBM Form #: REDP-4396-00
(96 pages)

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Authors: Shannon Meier


Businesses are moving forward with server and storage virtualization projects and realizing the benefits. IBM® offers the industry's broadest set of virtualization capabilities. The cross-platform virtualization, automation, and systems management solutions available from IBM enable customers to access and manage resources simply and dynamically for better asset utilization and reduced operating costs.

This paper serves as both an introduction to virtualization, as well as an overview of pertinent IBM hardware and software virtualization offerings. We first introduce the concepts of virtualization and the benefits of virtualizing your systems. We then describe virtualization options for each of the IBM Systems platforms as well as software and storage technologies that are used to implement virtualization.

This paper is suitable for people who want to expand their knowledge of virtualization and what IBM can offer with its systems and software.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Executive overview
Chapter 2. Virtualization benefits
Chapter 3. Consolidation using virtualization
Chapter 4. Server virtualization techniques
Chapter 5. System z virtualization
Chapter 6. Power Systems virtualization
Chapter 7. System x and BladeCenter Virtualization
Chapter 8. Storage virtualization
Chapter 9. Systems and virtualization management
Chapter 10. Summary

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