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IBM PowerLinux Industry Application Solution Editions

  1. 1. IBM Systems and Technology Power SystemsSolution Brief IBM PowerLinux Industry Application Solution Editions Optimized business solutions from IBM, OEMs, ISVs and SIs More companies are relying on business applications designed for their Highlights industry and tuned for specific business needs. Localization is key to busi- ness success for both multi-national and regional companies. Interactions Deliver industry-specific services faster ●● ● ● with clients, supply chain partners and other departments must be in the with IBM® PowerLinux™ workload optimized solutions native language, use the local currency, and adhere to country-specific regulations. Large global software houses provide localized applications ●● ● ● Apply trusted IBM and local expertise in for most every size operation. For midsize businesses, the optimal IT business and technology to help create value in your organization solutions are often industry-specific applications from regional software providers and systems integrators. ●● ● ● Exploit resiliency and security provided by POWER7® and PowerVM® for critical industry applications Platform selection is typically determined by the combination of what the firm has used in the past and the software architect’s hardware recom- Simplify operations and lower acquisition ●● ● ● costs mendation. This can result in inefficient use of server and system software resources. IBM has teamed with global and regional software providers to deliver localized industry solutions designed to maximize the return on invest- ment of the total solution, with built-in efficiency and simplicity. IBM PowerLinux Industry Application Solution Editions are complete systems, optimized by leading global and regional independent software vendors (ISVs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and systems integrators (SIs) in partnership with IBM.
  2. 2. IBM Systems and Technology Power SystemsSolution BriefBuilt on POWER7 technology, and leveraging IBM experience Simplified server configurations for an industry solution canin Linux and virtualization, these workload-optimized systems be achieved through full exploitation of IBM PowerVM—oftenhelp midsize IT organizations focus on delivering the applica- to a single server. A PowerLinux server can support to up totions’ business value rather than managing the system 160 virtual machines with near linear virtual machine scaling.environment. Studies show that the the greater the number of virtual machines used, the more throughput can be obtained1. TheFaster time to value system resources including processors, memory, I/O andIBM PowerLinux technology provides a feature-rich and network adapters can all be virtualized. PowerVM’s dynamicresilient stack that is optimized for data-intensive industries resource management can add and remove them from runningsuch as manufacturing, healthcare, government and research virtual machines as each workload’s demands fluctuate. Thisand development. Industry Application Solutions Editions allows workloads small and large, compute and I/O intensive,leverage this foundation to help companies realize the solution transactional and batch, to co-exist on a single server with eachvalue more quickly through being allocated exactly the resources it needs, when it needs them. A single server environment can be quickly and easily●● ● pre-integration, testing and optimization of the complete deployed and managed. hardware and software stack●● ● server landscape simplification via exploitation of The IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP Applications IBM PowerVM for IBM PowerLinux virtualization is an example of a simple, single server environment for midsize●● ● rapid high quality implementation by industry and IT companies. Supporting up to 500 SAP ERP users, the skilled OEMs and cohesive teams of IBM Business Partners virtualized solution can be configured with virtual machines supporting a multi-tier SAP ERP landscape:IBM provides Industry Application Solution software providerswith rich enablement and optimization support to help them,in turn, provide well-tuned solutions to clients. This supportincludes tools, programs and personal assistance. For example,IBM optimizing compilers and the IBM Advance Toolchain forPowerLinux are key performance improving technologies. TheIBM Chiphopper™ offering helps ISVs build their applicationsto open Linux standards creating a single source code tree forbetter portability and customer support.Systems integrators may build custom solutions for particularindustries and markets. For example, RAMEC-VS providesa system optimized for the Russian market, including theIBM PowerLinux 7R2 rack server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux,IBM PowerVM for IBM PowerLinux, IBM DB2® UniversalDatabase, and several local ISV applications. 2
  3. 3. IBM Systems and Technology Power SystemsSolution Brief●● ● SAP ERP production environment POWER7 processors provide the foundation for designing●● ● SAP ERP development environment optimized systems in conjunction with software and expert●● ● IBM DB2 database software domain knowledge. POWER7 workload-optimizing technolo-●● ● SAP Solution Monitor gies such as Intelligent Threads enable PowerLinux solutions to execute faster than on x86 based systems. With up to fourPowerLinux Industry Application Solution Editions are Intelligent Threads per core—x86 processors only have twodelivered by skilled solution providers which help bring the “non-intelligent” ones—the technology dynamically switchessolutions’ value to the business quickly with IBM assistance. the processor threading mode to deliver optimal performance for different workloads. Emerging applications such as big data●● ● Optional RHEL or SLES operating system factory pre-load analytics are scale-out, thread intensive workloads and software●● ● IBM Installation Toolkit for PowerLinux for fast installation providers like Fixstars in Japan are taking notice. With and optimized default configuration parameters PowerLinux servers, Fixstars clients can gain new industry-●● ● PowerVM Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM) to sim- specific insights faster to help outpace their competition. plify virtual machine creation and management—a browser- based tool designed specifically for midsize businesses.●● ● Classroom and online technical education, and how-to guides on PowerLinux architecture, PowerVM, and The initial Fixstars Hadoop big data solution architecture, sizing, implementation and tuning. appliances will be optimized for the medical,Most of the tools and services are available at no additional manufacturing and finance industries forcharge to client staffs which choose to deploy the solutions small to mid size organizations. Eachin-house. solution will consist of 3 - 5 PowerLinux 7R2s in a single clustered configuration.Superior economicsThe IBM PowerLinux platform helps lower total solution —Owen Stampflee, Linux Product Manager, Fixstarscosts in several ways. In addition to low purchase prices onhigh-value servers, virtualization software and operating systemsupport, PowerLinux-based solutions can drive more through-put with less overhead than x86 servers running VMware. PowerVM efficiencies contribute to acquisition savings forFewer servers are required to support the same workloads, Industry Application Solution Edition clients. The uniquewhether they require a virtually consolidated or scale-out capabilities of PowerVM enable clients to achieve extremelyconfiguration. Fewer system administrators and management high levels of sustained utilization—80 percent to 90 percenttool licenses are needed to manage fewer servers. With fewer in some cases—for more throughput on fewer servers comparedservers comes additional savings on power, cooling, per-socket to x86 servers with VMware. A recent study shows thesoftware licenses, cabling, networking – and a less complex IBM PureFlex system with POWER7 processor-basedIT environment. 3
  4. 4. IBM Systems and Technology Power SystemsSolution Briefcompute nodes running Linux and PowerVM delivers Less downtime72 percent higher throughput performance than VMware PowerLinux Industry Solution Editions take advantage ofvSphere v5 on x86, running the same workloads on Linux Linux and potentially open source infrastructure services suchacross virtualized resources.2 as the LAMP stack—Linux, the Apache web server, MySQL relational database server, and PHP/Perl/Python scriptingIncremental throughput is also achieved through the use of languages. Through the IBM Linux Technology Center,the IBM Advance Toolchain for GNU compilers and tools, IBM brings decades of experience in mission-critical systemsPost-Link Optimization and IBM Compilers for Power and RAS, virtualization and emerging industry capabilities toSystems™ servers—all designed to exploit IBM Power Linux and open source software, bettering Linux for all. IBM isArchitecture®. The more efficient the pathways through consistently among the top commercial contributors of Linuxthe code and linked programs, the greater performance and code as measured regularly by The Linux Foundation’s “Whothroughput can be attained, freeing cycles for additional writes Linux” series3. Linux continues to be a fundamentalworkloads. A leading regional Information and Communication component of IBM business—embedded deeply in hardware,Technology (ICT) solution provider to the Italian market, software, services and internal deployment.Zucchetti Group’s testing has shown excellent performanceon applications for accountants, employment consultants and A totally integrated approach to the design, development,associations and on their HR and ERP solutions for enterprises. and testing of every PowerLinux server ensures the resiliency required for today’s industry solutions. All POWER7 server models include innovative reliability, availability and serviceabil- ity (RAS) features that help avoid unplanned downtime.The new IBM [PowerLinux] machines IBM RAS engineers optimize server design to help ensureproduce a performance improvement of that IBM PowerLinux servers support high levels of concurrentat least 40 percent compared to Linux error detection, fault isolation, recovery, and availability. High availability software solutions from IBM Tivoli andmachines based on Intel x86 and represent SUSE complement the inherent hardware ideal tool to assure continuity over time,supporting the needs of development and RAS is an imperative to the healthcare industry. IBM Watson isgrowth of applications without the need an optimized system comprised of 90 POWER7 based servers running Linux4. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center andfor further investments. IBM have agreed to collaborate on the development of a pow- erful tool built upon IBM Watson in order to provide medical—Alberto Cazzulani, HR Business Unit Technologies & Services Manager, professionals with improved access to current and comprehen- Zucchetti Group sive cancer data and practices. The resulting decision support tool will help doctors everywhere create individualized cancer diagnostic and treatment recommendations for their patients based on current evidence.5 The ability to use Watson to 4
  5. 5. IBM Systems and Technology Power SystemsSolution Brief industrial-strength PowerVM for PowerLinux and unique workload optimizations, the PowerLinux 7R2 is the ideal server foundation for tuned to the task solutions for analytics, infrastructure and industry applications. The IBM PureFlex System combines compute, storage, networking, virtualization and management into a single infrastructure system that is expert at sensing and anticipating resource needs to optimize IT infrastructures. The IBM Flex System™ p24L Compute Node is a 12-core or 16-core POWER7 based server architected for virtualization, performance and extraordinary efficiency. The compute node supports Linux operating environments and is designed to run a wide variety of workloads in a PureFlex System. IBM PowerVM for IBM PowerLinux The IBM PowerLinux family of servers is optimized for scale- out Linux computing, maximizing flexibility and reliabilityanswer complex questions posed in natural language with speed, when compared to traditional Linux servers. With these serversaccuracy and confidence has enormous potential to improve and IBM PowerVM virtualization, an organization can moredecision making across a variety of industries from health care, efficiently virtualize all server resources and reduce serverto retail, telecommunications and financial services. sprawl by driving higher utilization per core and more through- put per server. This efficiency results in significantly reducedIBM PowerLinux servers costs, with improved service levels and security. IBM PowerVMPowerLinux Industry Application Solution Editions are built on for IBM PowerLinux provides the industrial strength virtualiza-world-class IBM PowerLinux servers equipped with two sockets tion solution for IBM PowerLinux servers—offering moreand up to 16 cores, running the Linux operating system. These capabilities at lower prices than VMware vSphere v5.value-priced servers have been designed to go head-to-headwith x86 servers on cost, while delivering greater performance, Why IBM?higher utilization, and superior availability. PowerLinux servers IBM embeds domain knowledge learned in over 100 years ofenable organizations to realize higher value from their solution experience as a world’s premier information technology com-deployment. pany, into PowerLinux offerings. The Linux user community at large recognizes the enterprise-class value IBM brings to LinuxThe IBM PowerLinux 7R2 server is a two-socket server and Linux servers such as PowerLinux—and bringing that valueoffering with 16 POWER7 cores in a dense, 2U rack-optimized to companies of all sizes. We’re proud that in December 2011form factor. It is a high-performance, energy-efficient and readers of the Linux Journal selected IBM as the winner in thereliable server fueled by the outstanding performance of “Best Linux Server Vendor” category in the Journal’s 2011the POWER7 processor supporting a choice of Linux Readers’ Choice Awards.6operating systems from Red Hat or SUSE. Combined with 5
  6. 6. IBM’s deep understanding of clients’ business challenges andemerging opportunities across multiple industries, has earnedus the honor of being a trusted partner to global and regionalindustry application providers around the world. With presencein 208 countries, clients and industry software firms alike bene-fit from global fulfillment of hardware and systems software, as © Copyright IBM Corporation 2012well as renowned IBM services and support. Systems and Technology Group Route 100 Somers, NY 10589IBM facilitates OEM business relationships through programsthat bring together IBM Business Partners with industry solu- Produced in the United States of America April 2012tion providers. This program helps them develop integratedproducts and solutions based on IBM technologies such as IBM, the IBM logo,, POWER7, PowerVM, Power Systems, and PowerLinux are trademarks of International Business MachinesPowerLinux and bring these solutions to market quickly Corporation in the United States, other countries or both. If theseand cost-effectively. The established IBM Business Partner and other IBM trademarked terms are marked on their first occurrenceecosystem is ready and trained to help size and implement the in this information with a trademark symbol (® or ™), these symbols indicate U.S. registered or common law trademarks owned by IBM atPowerLinux foundational aspects of the solution, allowing the the time this information was published. Such trademarks may also beindustry solution provider’s experts to customize the application registered or common law trademarks in other countries. A current listand train end users to meet requirements of your business. of IBM trademarks is available on the web at “Copyright and trademark information” at more information PowerLinux uses the registered trademark Linux pursuant to a sublicense from LMI, the exclusive licensee of Linus Torvalds, owner of the LinuxTo learn more about IBM PowerLinux Industry Application mark on a world-wide basis.”Solution Editions, please contact your IBM representative Other company, product or service names may be trademarks or serviceor IBM Business Partner, or visit the following website: marks of 1 “IBM PowerVM Virtualization Technology on IBM POWER7 Systems”, January, 2012., IBM Global Financing can help you acquire the 2 “Virtualization Performance on the IBM PureFlex System”, April 2012.IT solutions that your business needs in the most cost-effective strategic way possible. We’ll partner with credit-qualified 3 “Linux Kernel Development: How fast it is going, who is doing it, whatclients to customize an IT financing solution to suit your busi- they are doing, and who is sponsoring it”, March 2012. http://ness goals, enable effective cash management, and improve your cost of ownership. IBM Global Financing is your smartest 4 “System Administration of the IBM Watson Supercomputer”, April 2012.choice to fund critical IT investments and propel your business 5 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, IBM to Collaborate in Applyingforward. For more information, visit: Watson Technology to Help Oncologists, March 22, 2012. us/en/pressrelease/37235.wss 6 Linux Journal 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards, “Best Linux Server Vendor”, December 1, 2011. Please Recycle POS03100-USEN-00