IBM launches AIX-to-cloud app migration program

IBM has launched the Power Private Cloud (PPC) Rack solution a converged infrastructure fruit that migrates on-premises apps running on its POWER9/AIX methods to the cloud.

The solution consists of three POWER System S922 servers with 20 CPU cores 256GB of RAM and 3.2TB of NVMe local storage plus a new storage fence the FlashSystem 5200 with a minimum of 9.6TB and a pair of SAN24B-6 switches with 24 Fibre Channel ports.

On the software side the bundle comes with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 IBM PowerVM Enterprise Edition IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (OCP) and Red Hat OpenShift OpenShift Container Storage (OCS).

The confidence on OpenShift makes perception as OpenShift is very common and used by all the major cloud vendors and IBM didnt bestow $34 billion on Red Hat for nothing.

The solution combines an optimized stack of hardware and software to facilitate the deployment of cloud-native apps in a special cloud environment.

The PPC Rack solution comes in two deployment sizes: PPC Rack for new deployments described over and PPC Rack starter deployment a single-node shape with Network File System (NFS) storage only and RHEL 8 PowerVM PowerVC and Red Hat OCP software.

IBM claims these bundles mean "transmitted eight-week deployment is condensed to eight hours" through automation. It also as claims twice as much accomplishment per calculate node and 3.2 times greater container density per core as compared to x86 architectures.

Through integration of existing AIX and IBM i (its preceding OS/400 operating method) workloads with new cloud-native apps IBM says PPC "protects past investments with a seamless integration of existing applications with new cloud-native technologies." It also suggests using this hardware to migrate i applications to cloud-native environments.

In a nutshell what IBM has done with PPC is propose a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) correspondent to what HPE Dell Lenovo VMware and Nutanix propose: container-centric converged or hyperconverged machines. Its just that IBM is proposeing it for POWER9/AIX/i users looking to migrate to OpenStack.