Building a SAN-less Private Cloud with IBM PowerVM and IBM PowerVC

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 24 July 2018

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ISBN-10: 0738457035
ISBN-13: 9780738457031
IBM Form #: REDP-5455-02
(124 pages)

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Authors: Scott Vetter, Javier Bazan Lazcano, Stephen Lutz


This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes a software-defined infrastructure (SDI) solution with IBM PowerVC. In IBM PowerVC SDI, you combine scale-out IBM Power Systems™ servers with software that creates the whole stack that is needed to provide virtual machines (VMs) for applications such as open source databases or Hadoop.

The SDI solution uses base IBM Power Systems technologies such as IBM PowerVM® NovaLink and the open source hypervisor kernel-based virtual machine (KVM). The solution combines with sophisticated storage technologies, such as IBM Spectrum™ Scale, and with the powerful networking capabilities that are provided by the Open vSwitch (OVS) technology. IBM PowerVC “hides” much of this software so that it is not apparent to your daily cloud operations. By using IBM PowerVC, you can manage scale-out SDI-based systems along with traditional PowerVM systems.

This publication describes how to install and configure the SDI solution using PowerVM and IBM PowerVC running on the Power Systems platform. This publication also presents the essentials to help existing Power Systems technical specialists use existing "under the covers" disk space to build a cost-effective cloud solution.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Architecture of a software-defined infrastructure solution with IBM Power Systems servers and IBM PowerVC
Chapter 2. Planning and implementing an IBM PowerVC software-defined infrastructure environment
Chapter 3. Implementing software-defined storage in IBM PowerVC
Chapter 4. Software-defined networking
Chapter 5. Maintenance in a software-defined infrastructure environment

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