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IBM Power Virtual Server: Migrate and Modernize with Hybrid Cloud Flexibility

By Val Besong posted Mon May 22, 2023 11:56 AM


Hybrid cloud is becoming increasingly popular among enterprises worldwide. According to a 2022 report, a whopping 82% of organizations have adopted hybrid cloud1. Hybrid cloud integrates public cloud services, private cloud services and on-premises infrastructure and provides orchestration, management and application portability across all three. With a hybrid cloud solution, organizations get the benefits of both on-premises infrastructure and cloud services, including cost-savings, greater flexibility, and improved security.


In today's fast-paced digital landscape, businesses require agile and reliable infrastructure to meet their ever-changing IT needs. IBM Power Virtual Server is designed to help companies achieve just that, offering a flexible, scalable, and secure platform for running mission-critical workloads. In addition, IBM Power Virtual Server enables businesses to expand to hybrid cloud and seamlessly move and manage their workloads across cloud and on-premises environments.


Expand to hybrid cloud and accelerate digital transformation


Since the 2019 launch of IBM Power® Virtual Server, leading enterprises have used the offering to successfully expand their on-premises servers to modern-day hybrid cloud infrastructures. IBM Power Virtual Server is designed to be an extension of Power Systems on-premises environments and provides a frictionless path to hybrid cloud. It provides access and connectivity to Power Systems in a hosted virtualized environment while maintaining the dependability and reputation Power Systems customers have grown to appreciate on-premises.


The offering is designed for businesses that want to quickly adopt, upgrade or expand their on-premises infrastructures economically in order to competitively differentiate their business. With data centers around the world and by using Pay-As-You-Go, IBM Power Virtual Server provides clients with the convenience required to modernize and protect their on-premises development, test and production environments.


IBM Power Virtual Server clients don’t have to worry about hardware management and maintenance because IBM takes care of that for them. Therefore, they are able to spend extra time focused on scaling and modernizing the capabilities of their workloads with readily available access to services offered by IBM Cloud®, such as Red Hat® OpenShift®. Users leave server, storage and network management to IBM, which provides the same robust level of security and virtualization isolation as on-premises Power Systems deployments by using the industry-leading security of the IBM PowerVM® hypervisor.


Modernize with industry-leading performance, security and resiliency without re-platforming


IBM Power Virtual Server provides access to a stack of enterprise IBM Cloud services and enables application modernization through seamless access to cloud native and platform services.


IBM Power is known for its scalability and performance with the most demanding workloads, superior virtualization and management features for flexibility, security with better isolation and integrated stack, and leading availability.


From top to bottom, IBM Power Systems are designed for security. Security is designed into the processor, hypervisor, operating system (OS), communications, storage, applications, and even hardware (through built-in cryptography). IBM Power Systems have features designed specifically to help users comply with security-related regulatory requirements, including identity and access management (IAM), hardware and software encryption, communication security capabilities, and extensive logging and reporting of security events.


IBM Power Virtual Server is a continuation of our commitment to deliver the security that today’s enterprises need in an ever-demanding online environment. We combined the security and isolation of an on-premises system with a virtualized environment’s reliability and innovation.


IBM Power System Virtual Server is powered by Power S Class and E Class enterprise systems that run IBM PowerVM® server virtualization which gives users the reliability and resilience that they require. The offering enables enterprises to remain operational even during storms and disasters thanks to 16 global data centers across 7 countries, with even more locations coming. By incorporating both reliability and resilience into PowerVM® technology, high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) are on a different level of performance for these virtualized machines.


Leverage cost-effective, flexible compute capacity


Today’s enterprises must stay flexible to competitively meet intensive workload demands. IBM Power Virtual Server enables flexible consumption, allowing you to add capacity to your Power infrastructure on demand and within minutes. The offering also enables you to grow your business at your own pace by allowing you to extend workloads and manage costs with pay-as-you-use billing.


Pay-As-You-Go options allows clients to economically consume capacity across the worldwide data centers. With the Pay-As-You-Go model, clients have no commitments and use IBM Power Virtual Server data center capacity and resources as needed, provisioning virtual machines in the event of seasonal or timely business changes to manage high and low traffic on demand. This provides the ability to add and remove capacity as needed and only pay for what you use, when you use it. This versatility is beneficial when creating developer test environments for workloads. Deprovisioning these virtual machines once testing is complete helps lower costs.


Drive innovation with Oracle, SAP and IBM i workloads


Power Virtual Server offers the best overall value virtual machine for Oracle, SAP and IBM i in the cloud.

For over 35 years, clients have relied on IBM® Power® to deploy their Oracle database and application workloads. The world’s largest banks, pharmaceutical retailers, power providers, industrial companies and US Federal run-on Power. Power delivers up to 50% TCO advantage for customers2. Power Virtual Server is the only fully certified stack providing full Oracle on Power support.

IBM Power Virtual Server is an SAP-certified platform for SAP HANA and SAP NetWeaver applications. Power Virtual Server accelerates SAP ERP modernization, helping businesses improve their competitiveness and reduce costs with the most granular certified SAP instances.  According to a Forrester study, the ROI for SAP on IBM Cloud is 212% over 3 years3.

When clients use IBM Power Virtual Server, they have access to over 
50 SAP-certified production instances. Plus, they can also access customizable instances that can be specifically sized for their environment—encouraging an agile, flexible approach to today’s toughest problems.

Clients can also run SAP HANA workloads on
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) via IBM Power Virtual Server. Together, IBM, Red Hat, and SAP offer a complete hardware and software foundation for SAP HANA workloads. Based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions and IBM Power Systems, this integrated solution delivers the flexibility, resilience, and performance SAP HANA requires.

IBM i provides continuous availability, enhanced security, simplified management and integration with new technologies. IBM i only runs on Power and is difficult to re-platform to x86. IBM i on Power Virtual Server enables clients to lower TCO and increase flexibility with OpEx consumption. Clients are also able to deploy their IT stack as a service with the IBM i System Subscription, thereby lowering costs.


Businesses looking to accelerate digital transformation are embarking on hybrid cloud and moving data, applications and business processes to the cloud. The adoption of hybrid cloud is driven by the benefits these businesses enjoy, which include but are not limited to, better security, cost-saving innovation, accelerated development, broader accessibility and business continuity.

Organizations now have a clear path to hybrid cloud with IBM Power Virtual Server. Leading enterprises across the globe are using IBM Power Virtual Server to successfully expand their on-premises servers to modern-day hybrid cloud infrastructures and accomplish business goals such as business continuity planning, modernization, data center efficiency, operational excellence and cost optimization.

Business continuity planning keeps your business running with reliable failover solutions, including backup, high availability and disaster recovery. Application modernization helps organizations improve their competitiveness, reduce costs, and improve their ability to respond to changing market demands and customer needs. Data center optimization accelerates time to value, business expansion and worldwide growth by optimizing your data center. Operational excellence and cost optimization reduce operational costs, improve service and response times, and ensure off-hours coverage.




1 https://www.itprotoday.com/hybrid-cloud-and-multicloud/cisco-2022-global-hybrid-cloud-trends-report-identifies-broad-adoption


2 IBM IT Economics Consulting & Research, TCO for workloads on Power Hybrid Cloud vs x86 Public Clouds, 9/23/2021

3 www.ibm.com/downloads/cas/4RLB8QVG