PowerVC V1.2.1 adds support for POWER8, PowerVM Shared Storage Pools and the PowerKVM hypervisor

PowerVC version 1.2.1 was announced today includes significant enhancements for current and new clients.

The enhancements include:PowerVC_Square100x100

  • Support for PowerVM Shared Storage Pools (SSP)
  • Support for POWER8 processor-based systems
  • PowerVC has now been translated and localized for multiple languages including simplified and traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Support to manage PowerKVM virtualized environments including support for:
    • PowerKVM hypervisor
    • Local storage, iSCSI data volumes, NFS
    • VM relocation, packing and striping scheduler policies
    • Image Import/Export
    • Open vswitch network virtualization support
  • Support for the CloudInit activation engine for Linux clients
  • PowerVC 1.2.1 is based on the Icehouse release of OpenStack

Support for Shared Storage Pools is one of the key enhancements for our existing clients. As many of you know, the availability of OpenStack drivers for fiber channel storage devices has been one of key challenges. Shared Storage Pools provides an alternative support path for storage devices not currently supported by OpenStack and PowerVC.

IBM also announced today that it is introducing the KVM hypervisor for Power Systems. PowerVC 1.2.1 will include the capability to manage PowerKVM based systems such as the POWER8 processor-based S812L and S822L Linux only scale out systems. PowerKVM is intended to enable exploitation of Power Systems hardware capabilities while leveraging the Open Source community and Linux virtualization administration skills.

PowerVC 1.2.1 also introduces the CloudInit activation engine (currently only for Linux clients). CloudInit is an emerging Open Source project focused on the initial configuration of the virtual machine after deployment. The Virtual System Activation Engine will remain the default, but clients using PowerVC to deploy Linux can start leveraging CloudInit.

The management platform for PowerVC 1.2.1 is supported on RHEL 6.4 and 6.5 on Power or X86 hardware.

PowerVC 1.2.1 planned availability date is  June 10, 2014

Full details are in the announcement letter at http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=877&letternum=ENUSZP14-0167

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About Jay Kruemcke

Jay Kruemcke is passionate about helping customers and partners achieve their goals. Jay is a currently a Senior Product Manager at SUSE. Jay is responsible for the SUSE Linux for High-Performance Computing, Linux for Arm, and Linux for Power servers. Jay released the first commercially supported Linux distribution for Arm in 2016. Jay completely restructured SUSE’s HPC offerings in 2017 to add support for Arm systems, provide longer term support, and continue to enhance the HPC Module. The HPC Module provides support for open software such as slurm as part of the SUSE HPC subscription. 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. Prior to joining SUSE, Jay had a long career at IBM including many roles in the Power and Cloud Engineering and Offering teams. 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 @mr_sles and @phastflyer
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