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Introduction to IBM PowerVM

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


Last updated on 15 December 2022

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IBM Form #: SG24-8535-00

Authors: Turgut Genc, Ivaylo Bozhinov, Muhammad Mahmood, Ahmed Mashhour, Ayman Mostafa, Vivek Shukla and Prerna Upmanyu

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    Virtualization plays an important role in resource efficiency, optimizing performance, reducing costs, and improving business continuity. IBM® PowerVM® provides a secure and scalable server virtualization environment for IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux applications. PowerVM is built upon the advanced RAS features and leading performance of the IBM Power®.

    This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces IBM PowerVM virtualization technologies on Power servers. This publication targets clients who are new to Power servers and introduces the currently available capabilities of the PowerVM platform. It includes the following chapters:

    • Chapter 1, "PowerVM overview" is designed to introduce PowerVM and provide a high-level overview of the capabilities and benefits of the platform.
    • Chapter 2, "PowerVM features in details" provides a more in-depth review of PowerVM, capabilities for system administrators and architects to familiarize themselves with its features.
    • Chapter 3, "Planning for PowerVM" is intended to provide planning guidance on PowerVM to prepare for the implementation of the solution.
    • Chapter 4, "Implementing PowerVM" describes and details configuration steps to implement PowerVM starting from implementing the Virtual I/O Server to storage and network I/O virtualization configurations.
    • Chapter 5, "Managing the PowerVM environment" focuses on systems management, day-to-day operations, monitoring, and maintenance.
    • Chapter 6, "Automation on IBM Power" explains available techniques, utilities, and benefits of modern automation solutions.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. PowerVM overview

    Chapter 2. PowerVM features in details

    Chapter 3. Planning for PowerVM

    Chapter 4. Implementing PowerVM

    Chapter 5. Managing the PowerVM environment

    Chapter 6. Automation on IBM Power


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