Is PowerVC HOT enough for you?

PowerVC_Square100x100In my previous blog post “A New Hope”, I mentioned that the engineers working on PowerVC have a relentless focus on making it quick and easy to use.

One of the methods we use to calibrate how well we are meeting this goal is through a process called interactive Hands On Test (iHOT). During the iHOT process, we bring in a small number of clients and observe them as they use PowerVC to accomplish a number of management tasks.

Each client will run through several real-life scenarios over one and a half days. The tasks might include installing and configuring PowerVC, capturing and deploying virtual machines/LPARs, creating storage templates, relocating virtual machines from one host to another, and other common tasks. We provide a controlled environment inside our lab for the iHOT process to provide a consistent experience for each client.

During the iHOT process, we observe how the clients use PowerVC functionality to accomplish the tasks, capture the areas where they have problems, and gather feedback and suggestions for future improvements.

Our User Experience team took a small group of clients through the iHOT process for our first release of PowerVC earlier this year. That process resulted in a number of changes and enhancements that will be included in PowerVC Version 1.2 when it becomes available next month.

Next week we will be starting our next iHOT process with four different clients. They will have a chance to work with PowerVC Version 1.2 in a number of scenarios. The results of this process will drive changes and enhancements for future PowerVC releases.

I know that a number of you are chomping at the bit to get your hands on PowerVC, but you are just going to have to be patient for a little longer until the general availability of PowerVC Version 1.2 on December 6th.



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About Jay Kruemcke

Jay Kruemcke is passionate about helping customers and partners achieve their goals. Jay is the Linux product line manager at Wind River Systems, responsible for embedded Linux operating system products including Wind River Linux and Wind River Linux Distro. Prior to Wind River, Jay was responsible for the SUSE Linux for High-Performance Computing, SUSE Linux for Arm, and SUSE Linux for Power servers. Jay released the first commercially supported Linux distribution for Arm in 2016. Jay has built an extensive career in product management based on being a bridge between customers and engineering teams. He has extensive experience in many areas including product positioning, driving future product directions, using social media for client collaboration, and evangelizing the capabilities and future directions of enterprise products. Jay had a long career at IBM including many roles in the Power and Cloud Engineering and Offering teams including being the product management owner for the AIX Unix operating system. In addition to his product management experience, Jay has held a variety of technology roles at including product marketing, manager of a technical architecture team, briefing center staff, SAP systems management consultant, and as a system programmer and administrator Jay also volunteers with the Boy Scouts in multiple roles and with ProductCamp Austin. 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 @smollinux and @phastflyer
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