What’s ahead for PowerVC in 2015


As we move into 2015, we are once again planning on two major releases of PowerVC. This will allow us to quickly respond to new customer requirements and take advantage of the capabilities in the OpenStack releases “Kilo” and “M”.

Some of the enhancements we are considering for PowerVC in 2015 include:

  • Additional storage device support (dependent on community contributions by storage vendors)
  • Multi-disk image capture and deploy
  • Enhanced storage management such as resizing volumes, volume sharing and mirroring
  • Increasing management scalability
  • Improved scheduling including VM affinity/anti-affinity, CPU and memory capacity consideration
  • Networking enhancements
  • Support for multiple shared processor pools
  • Physical host groups to allow segregation of workloads to specific servers
  • Redundent HMC support
  • Dynamic resource rebalancing
  • Exploitation of Power Systems Capacity on Demand
  • Remote restart of Virtual Machines
  • Security and logging enhancements
  • Additional client OS support
  • Customer requested features
  • Exploitation of new PowerVM, PowerKVM and Power Systems hardware capabilities

As always, these plans reflect goals and intentions and are subject to change, but think that you can see that we have a lot of good stuff coming in PowerVC in 2015.


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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2 Responses to What’s ahead for PowerVC in 2015

  1. Volker Haug says:

    Remote Restart is a must functionality

  2. As of PowerVC v1.2.2 I’m really liking the product and what it does for me. I’m looking forward to more innovations as you suggest are on the way for 2015 and later. Thanks and keep up the good work!

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