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Is the IBM LinuxONE right for your workloads?

10/11/2018 by Steve Madonia

IBM announced improvements to the LinuxOne platform this month, adding FCP32 and NVMe connectivity. LinuxOne models scale from one to 170 processors, with industry standard 19-inch rack models as well as larger frames. 

Why should you consider LinuxOne for Linux workloads? Here are just a few reasons:

Higher scalability

You can have more virtual machines per LinuxOne server than under x86 virtualization hypervisors such as VMWare. KVM is supported on LinuxOne, along with z/VM, IBM’s premier hypervisor that is the basis for PR/SM (logical partitioning on IBM servers)

Higher reliability

LinuxOne is designed with no single point of failure in the hardware. System mean-time-between-failure (MTBF) is measured in decades, not months or years.

Your choice of Linux distributions

RedHat, SUSE and Canonical all have Linux distributions for LinuxOne. Other available Linux distributions are ClefOS, Fedora, OpenSuSE and Gentoo. You can always roll-your-own (RYO) as well, since the architectural files are open source from IBM.

Fewer processors required for your workloads

Compared to x86 servers, you can have 1 LinuxOne processor for between 9 and 15 x86 processors, depending on workload. Since most vendors price their software based on the number of cores (with many cores per x86 processors), LinuxOne can provide significant software savings.

KISS principle to the max

By consolidating your workload onto LinuxOne, you simplify your disaster recovery planning. You have a consistent environment between LinuxOne servers, so there are no hardware surprises when you boot your Linux virtual machines at your disaster recovery site.

Private cloud in a box

With the capacity to use up to 90% of the available processor pool (compare that to x86 processor utilizations), you can create and manage your Linux-based private cloud in a single industry-standard 19” rack

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