IBM launches integrated PowerLinux systems

Summary:Two new Linux systems support either Red Hat or SUSE, use Power7 chips and have IBM's virtualization technology.

IBM on Wednesday rolled out new PowerLinux systems that run on the company’s Power7 processors and run Red Hat and SUSE.

The additions are designed to crunch big data and plug into IBM's Pure Systems family. Specifically, IBM introduced two Linux specific servers---one system for the IBM PureFlex System and one stand-alone for the mid-market. Linux-based Power Systems use IBM's PowerVM virtualization technology. The two systems break down like this:

  • IBM Flex System p24L Compute Node: A Linux system with a two socket server designed for the IBM PureFlex System, which has 12 or 16 Power7 processors. Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server are the options.
  • IBM PowerLinux 7R2 System: A two socket rack server that has 16 Power7 chips. Red Hat and SUSE are the options.

IBM will offer integrated PowerLinux systems to target three workloads. The workloads include:

  • Big data analytics. PowerLinux systems are used to crunch information sets with Hadoop. Fixstars, an IBM partner, will deliver a Hadoop based appliance based on PowerLinux for SMBs in 2012.
  • SAP applications. IBM's PowerLinux will be tailored for SAP apps and delivered to midsized companies. Third party vendors are developing SAP specific uses.
  • Infrastructure. PowerSystems will also be used to cut server sprawl.


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Topics: Operating Systems, Hardware, IBM, Linux, Open Source, Servers, Software


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