Why PowerLinux? Why from IBM? Why not?

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I love living in a time where people are collaborating more and more every day. Collaboration, in any of its many forms — for business or pleasure, for altruistic or selfish objectives — is creating an open, highly connected and integrated world where people are collectively getting smarter. And smarter communities, companies and markets who are made by such people are very dynamic in adapting to and welcoming change. When we accept change and THINK about our options, we might as well do better, evolve and optimize.

So when people ask me “why PowerLinux, why from IBM?” my short answer is “Why not?”

But since that might not satisfy everyone, let me expand a bit on what from my understanding are two key aspects of PowerLinux: It’s all about having the right tool for the job and optimization.

And what do I mean by the vague and overused marketing catch-phrase of “having the right tool for the job”?

In plain terms, I mean that, while there are plenty of excellent tools to help us solve generic business problems, the combination we are offering with PowerLinux is very compelling for helping solve a specific set of those problems.

Linux is undoubtedly a great success story – much of that success being a direct outcome of its ability to quickly and openly adapt to new uses, new environments and problems, and do so in a sustainable and, why not, profitable way for its community.

And the POWER architecture, with its long tradition of processors and systems made with a business use in mind from the beginning, will add its notorious reliability, performance and best in class support to the mix.

This combination forms the ideal platform where new tools and workloads can thrive in a dynamic business environment, such as:

  • Big Data Analytics – Analyzing and collecting useful business insights from massive amounts of unstructured data is a relatively new way to exercise computational, disk and networking resources. PowerLinux brings together the power to harness Hadoop with the ability to do so in a reliable, sustainable way proper to a business environment.

  • OpenSource SoftwareStack – Optimized solutions using the latest and greatest in terms of open source software. Easy maintenance, better reliability and throughput per server than commodity x86 servers.

  • Industryspecific applications – Leverage PowerLinux abilities such as enhanced security, resiliency and adaptability to deliver industry-specific services faster and in an optimal way.

And what about the “optimization” part?

In a way, especially for small or large businesses, using the best solution available is only half of the story. Some people will be quick to point out that there needs to be a good balance between benefits and costs of every solution. Smarter people from this time will point out that this equation needs to be ‘optimized’, since inefficiencies are nowadays better understood and thus much more targeted as the difference between success and failure of business in all industries.

And that is why PowerLinux offerings have an optimal pricing when combining software, hardware, virtualization and support, delivering better total cost of acquisition (TCA) than comparable x86 and VMware customized solutions.

Beside the ‘7R1’ and ‘7R2’ rack-mount versions, PowerLinux is also available in IBM PureSystems as the ‘IBM FlexSystem p24L ComputeNode’, which we will be describing on following blog posts in how PowerLinux can take additional benefit from the unified management paradigm, easy and flexible provisioning and systems management, integrated storage and efficient use of energy and floor space that are characteristic to the highly integrated IBM Flex System. Stay tuned!

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Klaus Kiwi

About Klaus Kiwi

Klaus Kiwi is a manager for the PowerLinux Performance Benchmarks team at the IBM Linux Technology Center. His team's mission is in delivering performance analysis, optimization, documentation and competitive benchmarks in support of development and marketing activities of the latest IBM Power Systems offerings and solutions. KLAUS also manages engineers working on Security, IO device drivers and and embedded OS development. Having a Computer Engineering degree from State University of Campinas (Unicamp, Brazil), KLAUS has much of his background centered around Software Engineering, Open-Source and Operating Systems development. His experience includes leading development projects in Cryptography, Migration and Software Development Toolkits as well maintaining Open-Source projects.