IBM PowerVM Room for Improvement

MN
IT Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Whenever you go to the virtualization, you may experience performance issues. They need to better cater to virtualization with respect to performance. I'm not saying I'm facing any performance issue, however. It's more of a theoretical concern, as people say you have to compromise with respect to the performance whenever you move to virtualization.

The licensing could be better. The pricing and the licensing fees are very high with respect to the number of core licenses. So price factor on the Intel-based architecture is much less compared to IBM, for example. 

We have not confirmed their roadmap with respect to the cloud. Since IBM has acquired Red Hat, they may promote Red Hat for the cloud version. We don't know whether they are introducing AIX for their cloud platform as well or not. That we would love. Otherwise, we need to move to the Linux environment. In any case, they need to be more transparent with their plans for the cloud.

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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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KH
Database Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

Currently, it's working fine. It's not really lacking too much in the way of features.

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.

IBM is a hardware company. They have always had the view of, why implement something in software that I can implement in hardware. The virtualized hardware can do many things whereas these other vendors are software vendors that can only work on hardware. However, this sometimes makes IBM less advanced in terms of software because they rely more on the hardware. That is why they need to look at VMware as a model for advancing their PowerVC offering to match VMware's vCenter. Similar to what Red Hat did. Red Hat Manager is very close to vCenter, they are trying to mimic the options.

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System Engineer at Unistar

The interface is not user-friendly in places, so it could use some improvement.

If PowerVM were cheaper then it would better compete with VMware vCenter.

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Unix Team Lead at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

IBM now makes provides us with quality GUI tools to make the experience easier and successful.

I don't have an issue with the current configuration or with the GUI. I worked on both with the team. 

I would like for IBM to be more focused on the cloud. 

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AP
Head of IT at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

Any improvements that can be made in the interface will go a long way to helping us work better.

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Technical Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The performance should be improved. 

They should reduce the cost to purchase the hardware of the physical server.

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AA
IT Infrastructure Manager at Cloud Technology

I would like to see an improvement in the management of the program.

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AS
System Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

The price is high. 

I would like for them to add more automation features. 

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