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IBM steadily expands its reach on virtualization;undercuts VMware's pricing model

You cannot mess with the "Mother-of-all" in the virtualization world.

Anyway, IBM is aiming a new PowerVM Express at SMBs. It can create three partitions and will run $40 a core, a price point that undercuts VMware ESX substantially. Though ESX has more bells and whistles, IBM claims the scalability advantage.

The widgetry also comes in an $850-per-core Standard Edition and a $1,500-per-core Enterprise Edition, both of which can do 10 partitions a socket.

That means they can create a maximum 160 virtual partitions on a single 16-way p server or BladeCenter.

Apparently it can partition below the processor level to one-tenth the processor.

The Enterprise Edition is supposed to do away with planned downtime via its VMware VMotion-like Live Partition Mobility feature, which can move any of PowerVM’s logical partition units (LPARs) from one physical server to another dynamically.

Anyway, this particular brand of virtualization will work for AIX, Linux and System i’s i5/OS, which Blue claims is “the broadest range of operating systems” in the business, pointing out that other people’s solutions – like VMware’s – are, for the most part, limited to supporting Intel servers.

IBM also says nearly 70% of Power6-based System p servers “use PowerVM technology today” so it’s unclear how much growth it expects out of IDC’s promise that virtualization software and services will be worth $15 billion in four years, up from $6.5 billion in 2006.

It’s supposed to be able to cut energy consumption by as much as 80%, reduce TCO by maybe 72% and, well, just manage server growth better.


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