IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux


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IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux

  1. 1. IBM Systems and Technology Solution Brief IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux A lightweight Java Platform leveraging the performance of Power and economics of Linux Highlights ●● ● ● Harness the strength of IBM’s hardware and software for a complete, optimized runtime environment ●● ● ● Improve profitability by reducing time to market through accelerated application development with IBM WAS Liberty Profile ●● ● ● Exceptional reliability, availability, security and performance with IBM® POWER7+™ technology ●● ● ● Compelling economics to reduce IT costs Mobile and web-based application development continues to grow at astronomical rates. With increasingly better infrastructure and the advent of smart phones and tablets, every year more of the world’s population is becoming accessible. And more businesses worldwide are racing to develop mobile and web applications that allow them to reach consumers and drive more business. For many companies developing web and mobile-based applications, a robust, feature rich, heavier-weight enterprise application server may be overkill. Whether it’s a growing business, a small company or even a large enterprise developing simple web applications, many organizations need a simple application server environment that: ●● ● Enables rapid mobile and web application creation ●● ● Provides ease of acquisition ●● ● Is simple to configure and administrator ●● ● Has a small footprint ●● ● Offer fast restarts At the same time they don’t want to sacrifice reliability, availability and security. This is where IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux offers significant value.
  2. 2. 2 Solution Brief IBM Systems and Technology IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux is the ideal Java platform for IT organizations wanting a lightweight, dynamic solution for rapid development and deployment of mobile and web applications. IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux leverages the WebSphere® Application Server Liberty Profile. WAS Liberty Profile delivers a lightweight, simple to use and powerful application server for increased developer productivity and for use as a lightweight production server for application workloads. Extremely fast restart times coupled with its small size and ease of use make WAS Liberty Profile a great option for building web, mobile and OSGi applications. It is also a great option for production servers where minimizing resource utilization is a primary requirement. The powerful combination of PowerLinux and WAS Liberty Profile means minimal up front development cost, flexibility in deployment options, and minimal TCO and support for application servers. Built on the proven WebSphere Application Server leadership, an organization can start with the lightweight Liberty Profile with the option of expanding to other enterprise level WebSphere Application Server solutions as needed. WAS Liberty profile delivers an efficient and low cost develop- ment experience, enabling customers to maintain consistency throughout the development cycle including development, test, deployment, and operations. IBM PowerLinux reliability IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux runs on the IBM PowerLinux 7R1 and 7R2 servers. Both are highly secure, resilient Linux optimized systems, enabling faster time-to-delivery. The IBM PowerLinux 7R1 server is a 1-socket server supporting 4, 6 or 8 POWER7+ cores in an energy efficient, 2U rack-optimized form factor. The IBM PowerLinux 7R2 server is a 2-socket server supporting 8 or 16 POWER7+ cores in an energy efficient, 2U rack-optimized form factor. Both the 7R1 and the 7R2 offer large memory capacity, superior performance1 of the POWER7+ processor, highly efficient and industrial-strength virtualization and workload-optimizing capabilities for Java application servers.
  3. 3. 3 Solution Brief IBM Systems and Technology IBM PowerLinux rack servers are designed to allow more work to be processed with less operational disruption.2 Reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) capabilities include recovery from intermittent errors or failover to redundant components, detection and reporting of failures and impending failures, and self-healing hardware that automatically initiates actions to effect error correction, repair or component replacement. In addition, the Processor Instruction Retry feature provides for the continuous monitoring of processor status with the capability to restart a processor if certain errors are detected. If required, workloads are redirected to alternate processors, all without disruption to application execution. And, with the Live Partition Mobility feature of PowerVM®, IBM PowerLinux rack server workloads can be moved between servers, while still running, to eliminate planned downtime. IBM PowerLinux rack servers provide a secure and reliable environment. In contrast to other architectures and virtualiza- tion solutions, IBM is known for its unique architecture that delivers the virtualized environment from bare metal through the hypervisor. IBM PowerVM is certified at an Evaluated Assurance Level 4+.3 Zero vulnerabilities have been reported against PowerVM4 making it a secure, stable environment for essential infrastructure workloads. Higher hardware utilization IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux exploits industrial-strength PowerVM technology to fully utilize the system. IBM PowerVM for IBM PowerLinux is available exclusively for the IBM PowerLinux rack server. This is a new edition of PowerVM that provides enterprise- level functionality with comparable pricing to x86 virtualization solutions. IBM PowerVM for IBM PowerLinux provides the capability to dynamically adjust system resources to partitions based on workload demands, and allows virtual machines (VMs) to access the maximum amount of memory and CPU cores available in the server. PowerVM features such as Multiple Shared Processor Pools, Shared Dedicated Capacity and Active Memory Sharing enable workloads peeks, whether anticipated or unanticipated, to be handled efficiently by the system’s resources. The result is greater throughput per server.5 The virtualization efficiencies of IBM PowerVM for IBM PowerLinux enable consolidation of single workload servers in a scale-out environment to fewer servers, thus reducing server sprawl, simplifying server management, and decreasing IT costs.
  4. 4. 4 Solution Brief IBM Systems and Technology Lower cost per workload IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux helps IT centers reduce costs. WAS Liberty Profile on a Linux-optimized, proven enterprise-level platform deliver the advantage of POWER7+ industry leading perfor- mance, reliability, availability and serviceability capabilities that save planned and unplanned outage time, fewer repair actions and higher server utilization. IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux lowers cost per workload with: ●● ● Four intelligent threads per core for thread intensive applications, resulting in fewer cores per application ●● ● High performance per core for greater aggregate throughput, resulting in fewer cores per application ●● ● Eight higher frequency cores per socket, enabling more workloads to be supported per server ●● ● PowerVM micro-partitioning at 1/10th of a core, allowing up to 160 unique virtual machines on a single server ●● ● Active Memory Sharing requires less memory for each workload, resulting in the need for less memory per server ●● ● Fewer disruptions for planned and unplanned outages ●● ● High server utilization through virtualization ●● ● Less floor space and energy consumption resulting from server sprawl ●● ● Greater server throughput by taking advantage of virtualized system resource utilization efficiencies ●● ● Competitive licensing and support subscriptions with comparable x86 solutions ●● ● Easy maintenance and support through a single point of contact for the solution ●● ● Affordable financing terms POWER7+ performance, reliability and security in the IBM PowerLinux 7R1 and 7R2 servers provide an affordable, high quality platform for businesses. Workloads that previously relied on x86 based servers due to cost constraints can now benefit from the advantages IBM Power Architecture® has brought to enterprises. Industry standard Linux, solution tuned to the task IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux integrates Linux, WAS Liberty Profile, virtualization software and Linux-optimized hardware into a tuned solution for infrastructure workloads. Linux is an industry-standard operating system that runs on the IBM PowerLinux server and exploits the advanced hardware and software capabilities of IBM Power Systems™. More companies are choosing Linux for their Power platform OS because it offers the advantages of Power scalability, RAS, performance and virtualization features with the benefits of Linux—choice of open source code, simple maintenance, and reduced acquisition and support costs. With IBM Solution for
  5. 5. 5 Solution Brief IBM Systems and Technology WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux businesses are able to leverage the benefits of an open source OS yet still leverage Power specific features, thus lowering acquisition and ongoing infrastructure costs. IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux leverages industry prominent Linux distributors Red Hat and SUSE for the latest enterprise Linux server code. WAS Liberty Profile is optimized and tuned for PowerLinux. These components are included with commercial Linux distri- butions from Red Hat and SUSE, and supported by Red Hat, SUSE or IBM. WAS Liberty Profile can be installed and configured in IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux by using the IBM Installation Toolkit. The Installation Toolkit simplifies the setup of infrastructure workloads by stepping users through their configuration for quick deployment. With Linux-optimized POWER7+ processors, workload opti- mizing technologies, and advanced virtualization capabilities at competitive pricing, businesses can run Linux applications like WAS Liberty Profile quickly, efficiently, and affordably. IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux offers a compelling economic model for infra- structure services that gets the most out of your investment. Why IBM? Since 2000, IBM has embraced Linux as strategic to its systems strategy, starting with investing over US$1 billion to back the Linux movement. IBM’s support of the Linux community grabbed the attention of CEOs and CIOs around the globe and—in partnership with companies like Red Hat and SUSE— has helped Linux become accepted as a new standard for the business world. Through IBM developer participation in Linux communities, IBM contributes to the development and optimization of Linux.6 IBM knows that involvement with Linux relies on collaboration and influence, not on control, and has benefited greatly from the wisdom of the crowds. And, contributions made by IBM are recognized and valued by the Linux commu- nity. In 2011, readers of the Linux Journal selected IBM as the winner of the “Best Linux Server Vendor” category in its 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards.7 Today, Linux is a fundamental component of IBM’s business— deeply embedded in hardware like POWER7+ servers, highly optimized with Linux software built on open source projects like Samba, Apache Hadoop, and broadly supported by Linux architects on IBM’s services teams. IBM has completed tens of thousands of Linux customer engagements, and facilitated thousands of migrations to Linux. We offer the widest range of hardware, middleware, and services products for Linux in the industry. We support Linux on all modern IBM Systems. And we back IBM PowerLinux solutions with a full line of implementation, support and migration services.
  6. 6. For more information To learn more about IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux, please contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit the following website: Additionally, IBM Global Financing can help you acquire the IT solutions that your business needs in the most cost-effective and strategic way possible. We’ll partner with credit-qualified clients to customize an IT financing solution to suit your busi- ness goals, enable effective cash management, and improve your total cost of ownership. IBM Global Financing is your smartest choice to fund critical IT investments and propel your business forward. For more information, visit: © Copyright IBM Corporation 2013 IBM Corporation Systems and Technology Group Route 100 Somers, NY 10589 Produced in the United States of America February 2013 IBM, the IBM logo,, Power Systems, PowerLinux, and WebSphere are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries or both. If these and other IBM trademarked terms are marked on their first occurrence in this information with a trademark symbol (® or TM), these symbols indicate U.S. registered or common law trademarks owned by IBM at the time this information was published. Such trademarks may also be registered or common law trademarks in other countries. A current list of IBM trademarks is available on the web at “Copyright and trademark information” at PowerLinux uses the registered trademark Linux pursuant to a sublicense from LMI, the exclusive licensee of Linus Torvalds, owner of the Linux mark on a world-wide basis. Java and all Java-based trademarks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other company, product or service names may be trademarks or service marks of others. This document is current as of the initial date of publication and may be changed by IBM at any time. Not all offerings are available in every country in which IBM operates. The performance data discussed herein is presented as derived under specific operating conditions. Actual results may vary. It is the user’s responsibility to evaluate and verify the operation of any other products or programs with IBM products and programs. THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF NON-INFRINGEMENT. IBM products are warranted according to the terms and conditions of the agreements under which they are provided. Please Recycle 1 and hardware/reports/system_perf.html 2 Server Availability: ITIC 2011 Global Server Hardware & Server OS Reliability Survey Results 12/ibm-stratus-microsoft-score-high-marks-in-itic-fall-2011-global- reliabillitty-survey/ 3 PowerVM security source: 4 Zero vulnerabilities reported against PowerVM by US CERT or by MITRE Corporation 5 IBM PowerVM Virtualization Technology on IBM POWER7 Systems. A Comparison of PowerVM and VMware vSphere (4.1 & 5.0). Virtualization Performance powerlinux/claims.html 6 “Linux Kernel Development: How fast it is going, who is doing it, what they are doing, and who is sponsoring it”, March 2012. 879kf/ 221839922 7 Linux Journal 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards, “Best Linux Server Vendor”, December 1, 2011 slideshow/readers-choice-2011 POS03112-USEN-00