To help clients succeed in today’s hybrid, multicloud reality, the IBM Cloud and IBM Power Systems teams are bringing the IBM POWER9 platform to the cloud with the new IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud.
For existing IBM i, AIX and Linux on IBM Power Systems clients this means they can now use IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud for a number of workload scenarios, including disaster recovery, dev/test environments, and partial IT infrastructure moves. IBM clients can not only stay competitive with the scaling of their infrastructure but also stay flexible with the management and capacity of their workloads both on- and off-premise. And since the infrastructure layer is identical, system administrators who run on-premise AIX and IBM i systems today can use their same tools, workflows, and enhancements in the cloud.
The new IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud is particularly important for multi site IT infrastructures. With IBM i access in the IBM Cloud, these clients will be able to 1) reach new markets with the global IBM Cloud data center footprint, 2) enable core applications in the cloud without migration disruption, 3) leverage IBM leadership in cloud-native services, and 4) rely on IBM’s built-in security for highly sensitive, compliance-heavy data.
Your workload—where you want, when you want
IBM knows many of their enterprise clients are still in the early phases of their cloud journey. The IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud gives thems more options to upgrade and expand—both on-premise and off-premise—all with on-demand ease from the IBM Cloud catalog.
Clients choose and control the OS and choose and control their hourly or monthly billing options. IBM Cloud manages the setup and OS deployment. Like any other IBM Cloud IaaS component, clients will now be able to provision their Power systems with easy consumption and “as-a-service” billing experiences.
What IBM Cloud Virtual Servers can do for your business
IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud at a glance
• Up to 160 cores
• Up to 7 TB RAM
• Choose of AIX or IBM i OS
• Fiber Attached IBM Flash Storage
Expanding IBM POWER9 use cases on IBM Cloud
IDC reports that enterprises in either proofs-of-concept or production systems with AI and deep learning applications have, at some point, hit an “infrastructure wall,” with 77.1% of respondents saying they ran into one or more limitations with their on-premise AI infrastructure. Among cloud users for cognitive workloads, a remarkable 90.3% of organizations ran into such limitations.
The IBM Cloud and IBM Power Systems teams are working hand-in-hand to deploy the raw performance of POWER9-based virtual servers with NVIDIA V100 GPUs on Linux for machine learning and artificial intelligence workloads. In the coming months, IBM clients will have the ideal infrastructure—rapidly scalable and on-demand—to quickly process their most compute-intensive AI workloads, like machine learning and training in the cloud
IBM POWER9 accelerated servers are the same IBM systems powering the world’s fastest supercomputers, including the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sierra and Summit system that analyzes and finds solutions for humanity’s most challenging problems and IBM’s Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System (GRAF) that provides day-ahead weather forecasts for much of the globe.
Additional IBM Cloud offerings based on POWER9 accelerated servers will be available in the coming months. With IBM Power Systems and IBM Cloud working closely together to bring these offerings to life, IBM provide enterprises a true hybrid cloud experience and build on IBM’s existing work to bring cloud flexibility to IBM Power Systems.
Increasing adoption over time
In 2018, IBM began introducing the IBM POWER9ur clients and partners are putting these services to the test. platform in the IBM Cloud with the availability of PowerAI on IBM Cloud and SAP HANA on Power Systems on IBM Cloud.
Whirlpool, the world’s leading major home appliance company, announced plans to leverage the flexibility and scalability of the IBM Cloud to run its SAP HANA environments, including around-the-clock insights into its 70 manufacturing global sites, its distribution and call centers, and other systems to provide worldwide access and increased efficiencies.
Additionally, IBM, NASA, and the SETI Institute collaborated during the NASA Frontier Development Lab to use PowerAI on IBM Cloud, delivered in partnership with Nimbix, to research emerging issues in space weather.
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Sources used: https://www.ibm.com/blogs/bluemix/2019/02/ibm-power9-on-ibm-cloud/ and ibm.com