Closing 2015 with a high for scale-out Power servers

This is my last post of 2015, and I believe the best way to end this year is to give you a round up on the latest related to scale-out Power servers, my karmbhoomi.

The momentum continued around IBM Power8 servers with new hardware releases, additional operating system options, availability of cloud native computing stack and new benchmark comparisons data among other things. Here is a brief summary of the latest around IBM Power8 servers:

Announcement of new Power8 servers from OpenPower partners – TN71-BP012 (Habanero) system from TyanBarrelEye servers from Rackspace.

IBM also announced a new Power8 server line – S822LC, targeting cloud. Read more details on S822LC here.

Close on the heels of new hardware releases, there were also new and updated operating system options.

Announcement of new PowerKVM little-endian release with support for cpu and memory hotplug, support for new server hardware and new and updated guest operating systems. For full details refer here. The new release of PowerKVM also makes available a development kit for PowerKVM, providing compilers, build tools, version control tools etc. This allows developers to build applications for PowerKVM.

Availability of CentOS on Power8 servers was a major ask by many customers, and now CentOS is available on Power8. CentOS 7  is available for both big-endian and little-endian version of Power. You can download the ISOs from the following link.

PowerPC little-endian(LE) is now an official architecture for Debian starting with Debian 8 (Jessie). More details are available here.

There were updated releases of Ubuntu, SuSE and RHEL as well.

One of the hottest technologies of 2015, Docker, is also available on Power. Refer here for more information on Docker for Power. You can use Mesos, Kubernetes, Swarm or OpenStack to manage Docker containers on Power platform.

To end 2015 on a high note, there are some very good benchmark numbers against Intel available here.

Hope these will help you to objectively evaluate Power8 for your cloud workloads in the coming year.

Wishing all my readers a very happy 2016. Stay Blessed !!

Pradipta Kumar Banerjee

I'm a Cloud and Linux/ OpenSource enthusiast, with 16 years of industry experience at IBM. You can find more details about me here - Linkedin

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