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IBM PowerVM Pros

MK
Chief Information Officer at a paper AND forest products with 1,001-5,000 employees
A valuable feature of PowerVM is a feature that is used for higher availability plus stream for posting, which is very useful. There's a flash copy feature which we are using. PowerVM itself, I know, helps us to control and manage our Oracle licensing compliance, since it is our hardware partitioning. This is very important. If you use VMware, there will be a licensing issue. This PowerVM is a hardware partitioner, which is very important for license compliance. We are happy with this solution.
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MN
IT Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Technical support is great.
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AN
Chief Information Officer and Program Lead at Gatron Industries Ltd
Active Memory Sharing dynamically reallocates memory of running partitions based on changing workload demands. The memory for the pool is carved out from Physical memory and is made logical memory. The said memory is not available to be assigned to partitions as dedicated memory. A min, max and desired as well as weight is assigned to the memory of each lpar to help hypervisor make a decision in case a condition where priority is to be given to a certain lapr to use the memory form shared pool.
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KH
Data Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's scalable. Whenever we buy another product other than hardware, it's easily integrated into the virtualization software that we download.
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AS
IT Specialist at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features in this solution are you do not get degradation in the performance like you could get in other solutions. There is a physical adapter that is better than a virtual one and you can assign adapters to a VM.
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System Engineer at Unistar
The most valuable feature is the flexibility in terms of managing the hardware resources such as RAM, CPU, and the network.
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Unix Team Lead at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It's in English, so its exceptional qualities make the control environment more flexible, easier, more stable, and easy to recover after issues.
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Technical Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The case fileserver on the web server is the most valuable feature.
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AS
System Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The stability is the most valuable aspect of this solution. IBM is the most powerful and stable platform.
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IBM PowerVM Cons

MK
Chief Information Officer at a paper AND forest products with 1,001-5,000 employees
I don't know whether this has been trialed already, but IBM should give us an alert when we reach seven or eight failovers so that we can automatically switch it to manual mode. That would be great because if we cross the 10-day licensing limit, we have to pay a hefty license cost to Oracle. If IBM could view that feature, it would be helpful in license compliance.
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MN
IT Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The licensing could be better.
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AN
Chief Information Officer and Program Lead at Gatron Industries Ltd
A GUI version of VIOS would be a great plus for people moving from Intel-based hypervisors.
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Learn what your peers think about IBM PowerVM. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2022.
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KH
Data Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
If it could actually virtualize the entire platform it might be better. If you're having more than one virtualization technology, maybe there's a way to actually have less - one technology to run the data center and maybe one special virtualization for power. If it integrated with other platforms more effectively it might be better.
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AS
IT Specialist at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution is lacking the ability to have servers act as a cluster, such as in VMware. IBM has come out with a feature similar to VMware's vCenter but it is not as mature. They need to add LPM shared-nothing feature, such as in vMotion.
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System Engineer at Unistar
The interface is not user-friendly in places, so it could use some improvement.
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Unix Team Lead at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I would like for IBM to be more focuses on the cloud.
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Technical Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The performance should be improved.
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AS
System Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
To make it a ten, I would like for them to add automation and configuration tools in order to help use the manager.
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Learn what your peers think about IBM PowerVM. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2022.
563,148 professionals have used our research since 2012.