Customers will now receive the next generation of Power Systems servers with Power8 processors. IBM tests have shown that they are up to 82 times faster than comparably configured, x86-based systems can perform big data analysis.
IBM is now shipping the next generation of Power Systems PowerServer servers to customers. They are specially designed for big data tasks. Companies can also license the processor for their own developments via the OpenPower Foundation. In addition, IBM announces the availability of PowerKVM
The development of the Power8-based power systems took three years and cost IBM about 2.4 billion dollars. In internal tests, they achieved speeds 82 times faster than comparably configured x86-based systems.
Combinations of Linux, IBM AIX, or IBM i operating systems can run on three out of four servers created for scale-out computing environments. The fourth model, the Power S822L, runs on Linux.
For IBM, Linux is regarded as a driving force for innovation. Last year, it invested $ 1 billion in new Linux and open source technologies for the Power Systems servers. Investments include new product development, a growing network of five Power Systems Linux Centers worldwide, and the Power Development Platform.
The latest versions of Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu OpenStack and Canonical Juju cloud orchestration tools are also available for the Power Systems. Ubuntu for Power Systems also enables migration from existing Linux applications to power for cloud deployment, delivering big data and mobile software applications, and increasing the performance of existing applications across all cloud platforms.
IBM has also released PowerKVM. It is a Power Systems compatible version of the KVM Linux-based virtualization platform for all Linux-only systems. Since kernel version 2.6.20 of 2007 it is part of the operating system. It facilitates virtualization by using virtual machines (VM) on Intel or AMD processors with the virtualization extensions Intel VT and AMD-V. KVM does not work on other chips.
IBM has been working since 2011 on a port for its own power architecture. Red Hat and SUSE plan to integrate PowerKVM into the enterprise Linux distributions Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES).
The new power systems are designed to improve the economics of data centers by increasing the load capacity while maintaining the same quality. The goal is to reduce the need for data center space and reduce energy costs for operating and cooling the equipment.
In addition to IBM, other IT companies are also investing in new search architectures. HP has presented ” The Machine ” at their Discover in Las Vegas inauguration this week . It’s a concept for a new computing architecture that, according to CEO Meg Whitman, should be the answer to the flood of data through “cloud computing, the Internet of Things, mobile networks, and machine-to-machine computing.” Whitman said that a new computing architecture is needed to handle the accumulated “vast and unmanageable” data sets. However, the new architecture should not be available to a larger audience until the end of the decade. For today’s needs, HP unveiled the HPC Apollo system suite this week .