IBM Power Bolsters Digital Transformations

IBM announced that it is committed to continuing to strategically invest in three operating environments on IBM Power: AIX, IBM i, and Linux.

For example, IBM just rolled out the availability of Hyper Protect Crypto Services for AIX and Linux on Power Virtual Server.

IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Crypto Services is a 3-in-1 solution that provides enterprises with the following:

  • A single-tenant, hybrid cloud key management service
  • A Hardware Security Module (HSM) in the cloud
  • Multicloud key orchestration with Unified Key Orchestrator (a part of Hyper Protect Crypto Services)

IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Crypto Services enables clients to control their cloud data encryption keys (DEKs) and Cloud Hardware Security Module. Built on LinuxONE technology, the service runs on a secured enclave so that no one—including cloud administrators—can access another user’s keys.

Separately, to help small-to-midsize clients running core workloads on Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 (SE2) maximize their investments, IBM is rolling out a 24-core dual chip module on IBM Power S1014.

With the S1014 running Oracle Database SE2, clients can take advantage of best-in-class reliability and security, and reduce total application cost per database instance.

IBM Power continues to excel in running SAP HANA workloads greater than 6TB for clients’ infrastructure needs. To support small- and medium-sized businesses, in particular, IBM is growing its SAP HANA on Power10 offering by now making high-performance, scalable 2-6 TB bundles available, along with added-value services to address our clients’ workload requirements.

The entire Power10 portfolio—all of which is now supported for SAP HANA, including its 2-socket and mid-range servers—now also includes Live Partition Mobility with virtual persistent memory. This feature is designed to reduce downtime by dynamically moving SAP workloads between systems while also enabling fast SAP HANA restart. 

To further support clients’ modernization journey with hybrid cloud and drive increased productivity and agility, IBM is partnering with IBM Consulting to offer services to update, migrate and operate Temenos Transact core banking on IBM Power with Red Hat OpenShift as a SaaS-like OPEX solution on-premises for clients.

As the skills gap continues to leave IT teams short-staffed, IBM is implementing modern development practices and tools to the overall IBM Power application lifecycle.

To offer businesses more flexibility, IBM’s application development and modernization tool IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration (Merlin) is now available as a subscription offering to help streamline ERP.

When building applications on IBM i with Merlin, developers can access automated conversion of fixed-format to free-format RPG, built-in security protocols, and modern development processes and widely available industry tools such as Git and Jenkins.

Merlin lays the foundation for faster provisioning, modernized applications, reduced time to market and a single DevOps pipeline.

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