Linux on Power Systems: A Full List of ISI Resources

IBM’s new POWER8 server hardware is really demonstrating itself as a force to be reckoned with. We have recently replaced almost a hundred x86 servers with just 4 IBM POWER8 servers for one client here at ISI, reducing their data centre footprint and power draw significantly, but also giving them more raw computing power and options to expand.

With Google and a number of other major players now participating in the OpenPower initiative, Power architecture is here to stay.

But the biggest coup for Power Systems with the launch of the POWER8 Series is the ability to run Linux. This has meant we have a number of clients seriously considering the architecture where it wasn’t feasible to port Linux apps across to AIX on Power in the past.

We’ve pulled together a list of resources we have available on the ISI site now to help you make a better decision about that next hardware upgrade. At the very least, POWER8 should form part of the consideration process.

Linux on Power Systems: ISI Resources

3 Must Read White Papers

Migrating Linux applications from x86 to IBM Power Systems

One of the major consideration points when assessing a move from x86 infrastructure is the software migration cost. Learn how to migrate Linux based workloads across big data analytics and industry applications like SAP with this white paper.

Why your Virtualisation Matters. How real companies maximise the value of their IT platforms

Solitaire Interglobal has done extensive polling and research comparing various virtualisation management infrastructures, including IBM Power Systems, and has detailed how they’re being used, the resources required, costs, performance and a number of other key metrics.

Turbocharged LAMP Stack for Power

The LAMP stack dominates open source application development and delivery. Learn about how a LAMP stack gets turbocharged on Power Systems.


10 Other White Papers and Guides

The IBM Power Scale-out Advantage (Robert Frances Group)

RFG examines the cost and architectural strengths of IBM’s latest Power Systems scale-out solutions POWER8 against the leading Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge competitive platforms for open source and other Linux-based workloads.

Bloor Research – DB2 BLU Acceleration on IBM Power Systems: how it compares

In this paper, Bloor Research considers the relative merits of IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration running on Power Systems as compared to SAP HANA, Oracle Exadata and Microsoft SQL Server running on x86-based platforms.

Innovations to IBM Power Systems for the Virtualisation, Multi-tenancy, and Cloud Demands of the 3rd Platform

IDC expects that with the POWER8 release, IBM will continue to support the types of performance and RAS features that have kept Power Systems at the forefront of platforms supporting mission-critical systems. In addition, with POWER8, IBM is introducing a series of new innovations such as greater multithreading, support for higher VM density and VM mobility, and Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) acceleration to better support 3rd Platform requirements.

IBM DB2 for SAP: A No-Compromise Transactional and Analytic Database Platform

This white paper is written for SAP customers evaluating their infrastructure choices, discussing database technology evolution and options available. It is not easy to put forth a black-and-white choice as the SAP workloads straddle both real-time analytics and extreme transaction processing, and infrastructure choices can now be vast, given technology advancements around in-memory and faster processing speeds.

The Impact of Placing IBM’s Integrated Facility for Linux on IBM Power Systems

Clabby Analytics believes that IBM’s new Power Systems IFLs will be wildly successful for two reasons: 1) historical precedence; and, 2) the need for more powerful enterprise-class Linux servers (servers that can offer more capacity, better throughput, and richer Qualities-of-Service [QoS] than offered by alternative x86 processor/system designs)

Business Impacts on SAP Deployments (Solitaire)

The move to enterprise applications such as SAP has been a prevalent trend for many years. As more organisations implement the integrated enterprise processing and business support, the challenge of selecting the correct platform has increased. The very nature of an ERP system makes the selection of the platform difficult, since the collective processing mixes significantly different types of activities, ranging from OLTP to complex data analysis. The choice has to support the flexible capacity demands that are produced by the combination of layers of diverse users and varied IT activities.

Is your platform secure? Really? (Solitaire)

The introduction of the cloud architecture, with its virtualisation basis, has created new avenues of attack. The challenge of protecting the organizational assets and process, while avoiding adverse impact on service levels, is growing. Although many organizations view security as a simplistic access to assets, the Solitaire Interglobal Ltd. (SIL) view includes a broad reaching view of security.

PowerLinux vs. Windows for SAP Deployments

PowerLinux versus Windows for SAP Deployment, Solitaire has produced a succinct comparison of SAP ERP services (excluding appliance services) running on both Windows and PowerLinux platforms. The data shows clear advantages for PowerLinux in areas such as reliability, efficiency, and staffing needs.

Gabriel Consulting: Linux is the System of Choice

The term ‘Big Data’ is hard to escape these days as more and more enterprises begin to build out their analytic infrastructures, and more and more vendors start to pitch products to fulfill these needs. Gabriel Consulting: Why Linux on is the System of Choice – explores the characteristics of analytics workloads and why infrastructure choice matters when deploying a big data solution. They also take a look at the suitability of IBM Linux on Power solutions for big data workloads.

Bon-Ton Stores: Maximising Peak Capacity; Minimising Stack Costs

In 2013, Bon Ton Stores invested in upgrading IT, continuing to update and expand its eCommerce sites, and launching a new mobile site supporting delivery of promotions and online purchasing. A central aspect of this technology upgrade involved the replacement of an x86 server environment, supporting eCommerce with ten IBM® PowerLinux™ 7R2 servers and IBM PowerVM® running IBM WebSphere® Commerce on SUSE Linux operating systems. This case study highlights of some of the key aspects of this significant migration and its results, including how Bon-Ton IT executives support the business and what they prioritise, why they decided to make this move, what performance and capability resulted, and how it affected full data centre costs and business resilience.