A New Hope

This week IBM hosted the IBM Enterprise2013 conference in Orlando Florida to share our thoughts about future directions for Power Systems, System z and storage. I had the opportunity to share our plans and visions for Software Defined Environment (SDE) on Power Systems using PowerVC.

I spoke to many clients who were genuinely excited at the new direction IBM has chosen for Power Systems virtualization management PowerVC represents a seminal change in our approach to management – a new approach that will leverage our collaboration with the burgeoning OpenStack community. We believe that building on OpenStack will enable our clients to exploit the unique capabilities of Power Systems in their cloud environments and to provide IBM with an extensible platform for the future.

Cloud management on Power Systems is a layered management stack that includes the HMC (and the PowerVM VIOS), PowerVC and SmartCloud offerings.  The foundation layer is a new version of the HMC software that provides REST APIs that work with the latest level of the PowerVM VIOS to provide basic virtualization management such as provisioning new virtual machines and virtual networks. 

Power Systems Cloud Stack

PowerVC provides the next layer in the stack by providing virtual machine image capture and deployment, live mobility, virtual machine monitoring and optimization and virtual machine resilience and availability.

The top levels of the cloud management stack are the SmartCloud products such as SmartCloud Entry. This layer provides for higher-level functions such as self-service provisioning, subscriber and account management and support for deployment of more sophisticated application patterns.

The engineers who are building PowerVC have a relentless focus on making it quick and easy to use. The principal design tenants include simple, fast installation and a configuration designed to get PowerVC up and working in minutes. The design of the graphical user interface focuses on simplicity and progressive revealing of detail for efficient use by new and experienced users. Our user design team has continuously validated our interface design with a select group of early clients to insure that our implementation will meet your expectations.

I am sure that many of you are looking forward to working with PowerVC when it becomes available a little over a month from now. I am excited to be part of the team helping to bring PowerVC and effective cloud management to Power Systems. We are only at the beginning of this journey, but PowerVC will be a new beginning for the cloud on Power Systems.

Links for additional information:

PowerVC announcement  

PowerVC product page

PowerVC on DeveloperWorks 

PowerVC on Facebook

OpenStack Overview



About Jay Kruemcke

Jay has had more than twenty years of experience in the information technology industry. Starting from a rather humble beginning at IBM, Jay became a mainframe systems support programmer. Eventually Jay joined the AIX operating systems development team early in that product's development. Jay leveraged technical skills that he built in systems management to establish himself as a member of the IBM Austin Executive Briefing Center. His expertise in systems management with the SAP ERP system enabled his first product management role, as the owner of the Tivoli management product for SAP. Over the next three years he established that product as a success with the help of a strong development team. Jay returned to AIX in a product management position initially focusing on managing new requirements for the AIX operating system. Jay established himself as a subject manager expert in AIX and Power Systems virtualization and became a frequent guest at conferences around the world. Jay succumbed to the dark side and spent four years in IBM marketing in which he introduced AIX version 6 and AIX version 7 and many product innovations including the first every open beta program for an AIX release and a significant restructuring of the AIX offering structure and prices. Jay was part of the cloud software development organization and and focused on managing development engagements for clients deploying clouds using Power Systems servers with PowerVC and related products. In March of 2016, Jay retired from IBM and started in a new role as a product manager for SUSE, the Open Software company. Jay new focus is on enterprise Linux for POWER and ARM processor based systems. The postings on this site solely reflect the personal views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, positions, strategies or opinions of my employer. Follow me on twitter @mr_sles, @cloudrancher and @chromeaix.
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  1. Pingback: Is PowerVC HOT enough for you? | The secret product manager

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