Director – Power Systems
At Edge 2016 in Las Vegas, IBM announced the availability of Power Systems specifically oriented for private and hybrid cloud environment needs. These models are based on the IBM Enterprise Systems models 870 and 880 (and, I would presume they have an 850 coming soon).
Based on the vertical scale capabilities, as well as the capacity on demand support in the IBM Enterprise systems, these new offering should prove very attractive to customers who are investing in cloud deployments, and would like an option that supports AIX, IBM i, and Linux on Power-based solutions.
While the new models have a strong resemblance to the existing 870 and 880 systems in capacity, performance, options, and support, the new cloud models have a new machine type and model number, and are offered at a lower price with additional options.
Those options include:
- Inclusion of IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager for Provisioning (based on OpenStack)
- The new HMC Apps as a Service
- Introduction of IBM Power to Clouds Rewards
- IBM Cloud Starter Pack
Additionally, DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) is offered as well, a no charge one-year access to Power Linux in IBM’s Softlayer Cloud. This environment can also be managed by VMware vRealize for a consistent interface for cloud applications across x86 and Power Systems.
Customers, who are Power Systems users today, should investigate these new cloud-focused systems as they plan and strategize on how to enter the cloud environment.
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