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POWER on IBM Cloud: Your AIX and IBM i Workloads, When and Where you Want Them

IBM Cloud
We’re happy to share that the quickest, easiest way to spin up (and out) IBM Power Systems servers in the cloud is officially here. IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers on IBM Cloud —now available in the IBM Cloud Catalog—deliver IBM POWER9 virtual machines with AIX or IBM i on the IBM Cloud public infrastructure-as-a-Service platform. It’s the best of IBM POWER and the best of IBM Cloud in one, convenient, economical, self-managed, pay-as-you-use environment. This news is also a welcomed expansion to our existing portfolio of POWER-based solutions including PowerAI on IBM Cloud, SAP HANA on Power Systems on IBM Cloud, and IBM Cloud for Skytap Solutions.

The Hybrid Intent
Nearly 80% of the Fortune 100 have IBM Power Systems running their most mission-critical workloads. For years, those AIX and IBM i clients that wanted to expand their Power IT resources and reach by deploying both on-premises and off-premises, didn’t have a direct route to do so. 
The hybrid intent was there; however, a cost-effective and “cloud-y” option was not. Expanding our POWER-as-a-Service footprint to deploy the raw performance of POWER9 in the cloud recognizes our enterprise clients’ needs to build a hybrid cloud decision framework that meets their specific workload needs. 

In Action: Iptor Supply Chain Systems 
One of the most valuable, long-term benefits of IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers on IBM Cloud is direct access to the “disruptive edge.” Applications can leverage virtual server APIs for the latest technology in AI, blockchain, containers, and other cloud-native microservices. And enterprise clients can deliver new and old applications using an extensible platform. The payback delivers peak load scalability, resilience, and security.
In 2018, Iptor Supply Chain Systems(Iptor)—a leader in supply chain management—teamed up with IBM to extend their services and cloud offerings. Since then we got to work designing and building a custom IBM Power on IBM Cloud solution for their Copenhagen facilities. While chatting with Christopher Catterfeld, Chief Product & Marketing Officer for Iptor, he noted they just stood up an IBM Watson AI chat bot for the first time—continuing on to say, “Without having that reach into the cloud, it’s much more difficult to use the cloud services we want. We like being connected to those additional drops of value that IBM Watson and IBM Blockchain have to offer.”

Iptor stood up 300 of their top enterprise clients into our Power on IBM Cloud solution, while maintaining the on-premises workloads they required. Their plan is to take full advantage of today’s solution once it reaches EU.
 
“For us, the added benefit of having an IBM Power Systems offering on the IBM Cloud is really all about the efficiency of what we can do with and for our customers. Along with our Power Cloud integration platform aperīo, it’s now a powerful and scalable answer to spinning up and adding on customer workloads when required — by the meter. That’s huge.” 
 
Practical, Not Radical
The release of IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers on IBM Cloud gives our AIX and IBM i community extremely practical and logical solutions for cloud-based partitions. For example, clients can start with non-production tasks in development, test, customer support, backup environments. 
·       Development: Projects can begin without waiting for capital budget approvals, server deployment and other obstacles. Multiple development environments can be deployed when needed and scaled as required.
·       Test:IT can build automated, full-scale environments that spin on-command to accommodate the transient nature of the environment. Test times get reduced, multiple tests can run in parallel, etc. 
·       Customer support: Dev teams can troubleshoot, replicate, and resolve issues faster by using a virtually unlimited supply of LPARs for staging.
·       Disaster recovery:Provides flexibility to move workloads easily when emergency backup is needed.

The Blue on Blue Benefit
The release of IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers on IBM Cloud extends the same, quality, cloud-hosted resources to the AIX and IBM i communities that our IBM Cloud virtual server communities have trusted for years. 

·       A premium, reliable network that’s 100% owned and operated by IBM Cloud
·       Modern and global data centers with first-rate power, on-site staff and infrastructure
·       Physical and virtual server infrastructure provisioning in one place
·       Configuration variety in system, cores, storage, network, OS, and management 
·       Fast provisioning to get workloads up and running on-demand 
·       Essential, cost-free 24-7 customer support in chat, on the phone and in our online development communities 

In my opinion, one of the most valuable long-term benefits of IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers on IBM Cloud is direct access to the “disruptive edge.” Applications can leverage virtual server APIs for the latest technology in artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, containers, and other cloud native microservices. Enterprise clients in several industries can deliver new and existing applications using an extensible platform. The payback delivers peak load scalability, resilience, and security. 

Practical, Not Radical
The truth is, there is no one cloud fits all computing strategy. As an industry leading cloud provider, it’s our duty to meet our clients wherever they stand in their IT journey – in a place that’s most practical for their TCO and operational needs.  
The release of IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers on IBM Cloud gives our AIX and IBM i community extremely practical and logical solutions for cloud-based partitions. For example, clients can start with non-production tasks in development, test, customer support, backup environments. 

Development: Projects can begin without waiting for capital budget approvals, server deployment and other obstacles. Multiple development environments can be deployed when needed and scaled as required.
Test: IT can build automated, full-scale environments that spin on-command to accommodate the transient nature of the environment. Test times get reduced, multiple tests can run in parallel, etc. 
Customer support: Dev teams can troubleshoot, replicate, and resolve issues faster by using a virtually unlimited supply of LPARs for staging
Disaster recovery:Provides flexibility to move workloads easily when emergency backup is needed

Workload-Based Customization Examples
With IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers on IBM Cloud, you can select your system and customize cores, storage, network, OS, and more. Let us fully manage it for you, or opt for a self-service 
model. Below are some of the more popular configurations we’ve seen during our BETA program of Power on IBM Cloud over the past few months. 
 
IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud: AIX Development LPAR 
1 core, S922 shared processor
8 GB RAM
250 GB (tier 3/HDD)
AIX OS
Ideal for small workloads, starter LPAR to try cloud
Starting at USD 234.00/month 
 
IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud: IBM i Production LPAR 
.5 cores, S922 shared processor cores 
8 GB RAM
500 GB (tier 3/HDD)
IBM i OS
Ideal for IBM i workloads where CPW requirement is less than 1 P9 core
Starting at USD 886.00/month 
 
IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud: AIX Enterprise Production LPAR 
2 cores, S922 dedicated processor cores
48 GB RAM
750 GB (tier 1/SSD)
AIXOS
Ideal for AIX workloads when software licensing requires dedicated processor cores
Starting at USD 2,046.00/month
 
Getting Started 
IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers on IBM Cloud are currently available in Washington, D.C. and Dallas, TX IBM Cloud data centers to AIX and IBM i clientsin the IBM Cloud Catalog. To learn more about customization options, pricing, and on-boarding opportunities—or to chat with one of our experts—visit us online.
 

Harish Grama is the general manager of IBM Public Cloud.





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