IBM Power Virtual Server Expands Hybrid Cloud and AI Adoption

IBM is augmenting IBM Power with IBM Power Virtual Server, helping enterprises by providing a flexible, scalable, and secured platform to run mission-critical workloads, including AI, that extends on-premises environments to the cloud.

With a flexible-as-a-service offering, IBM is helping clients with frictionless workload migration and modernization from on-premises to the cloud. This is possible because of architectural parity between IBM Power and IBM Cloud that helps our clients achieve growth while adopting innovative AI and hybrid cloud technologies.

Power Virtual Servers delivers a virtual machine as a service on Power architecture, engineered to run mission critical applications. With the same architecture on premises and on cloud, workload migration does not require re-platforming to move it to other clouds.

The advancements made to the onboarding and user experience of Power Virtual Server are aimed at helping clients enhance usability, reduce costs, and minimize risk:

  • Backup-aaS: Clients can replace repetitive, complex backup administration with intelligent automation providing enterprise class data protection and cyber resiliency for Oracle, SAP and DB2 workloads running on Power AIX and Linux.
  • Disaster recovery: IBM Power Virtual Server now enables business continuity for cloud-to-cloud workloads with the Global Replication Services (GRS) across 16 of its 20 data centers and provides automated services (built using GRS) to setup and manage the replication-enabled volumes.
  • Cloud security and compliance: IBM’s enterprise cloud platform includes innovative confidential computing capabilities and “Keep Your Own Key” (KYOK) encryption.
  • Migration: Designed so that workloads can be migrated quickly with step-by-step automated migration for IBM AIX and IBM i. For larger workloads, such as those up to 10TB, data transfer can be accelerated with high-speed network and IBM Aspera or by utilizing an appliance-based model for data transfer. This solution accommodates both options.
  • SAP Installation: We have implemented a deployable architecture that streamlines the Power Virtual Server SAP installation process, which can help reduce the installation time.
  • Network: To simplify network configuration, IBM implemented Power Edge Router (PER) to integrate into IBM Cloud to make the user experience seamless. We have also provided a suite of automation templates compatible with Terraform and IBM Cloud Schematics to reduce the complexity and investment in time required to deploy IBM Cloud VPN connectivity into a Power Virtual Server workspace.

IBM is also introducing the IBM Power Virtual Server Center of Excellence (CoE), further accelerating clients’ IT transformations by providing additional support during the onboarding experience.

Additionally, now with 21 datacenters worldwide, IBM continues to expand with the new availability of IBM Power Virtual Server in Chennai, India.

IBM Power Virtual Server will offer businesses in India a flexible, scalable, and secured platform for running mission-critical workloads, including AI, that extends on-premises environments to the cloud.

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