PowerLinux Helps Businesses Gain New Insights From Big Data

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-04-24 Print this article Print

PowerLinux also helps businesses gain new insights from big data with IBM solutions that incorporate Hadoop, such as IBM InfoSphere BigInsights software that enables organizations to analyze data-at-rest. InfoSphere BigInsights, which runs 37 percent faster on PowerLinux than the best publicly available x86 Hadoop results for sorting 1 terabyte of data, will be generally available for PowerLinux Systems on June 15. IBM InfoSphere Streams software for PowerLinux, which analyzes data-in-motion, is now available.

IBM officials said the deep integration and optimization of analytics workload performance on PowerLinux enables businesses to run thousands of tasks in parallel to deliver analytics services faster, for example, analyzing historical credit card data to improve real-time fraud detection or examining social media in real time to better understand brand sentiment among customers and take action.

IBM also introduced the IBM PowerLinux Industry Application Solution. PowerLinux provides a secure, resilient platform stack for industry applications, providing smoother implementation enabling faster time-to-delivery for new services with less downtime.

With offerings like the IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP Applications, midsize IT shops can deliver these services at a lower cost per workload with higher quality, compared with x86 commodity servers running Windows or Linux. Additional ISVs like Zucchetti Group are planning to provide pre-integrated, tested and validated solutions tailored for their local regions across a variety of industries.

Meanwhile, the new IBM PowerLinux Open-Source Infrastructure Services Solution offers cost-effective control over server and virtual image sprawl with the addition of the new PowerVM for PowerLinux virtualization technology. With fewer servers to manage, businesses can deliver services such as Web, email and social business collaboration more cost effectively by using PowerLinux as the foundation for flexible open-source-based software delivery. Integrated, tuned and tested so everything works together, PowerLinux offers more secure and scalable virtualization of business infrastructure services than VMware running on x86 with savings on total cost of acquisition of up to 33 percent.

€œAs CIOs seek to transform their IT department from a cost center to a strategic asset, many have a misconception that deploying Linux on x86 servers equipped with VMware software is their only option for taking advantage of open-source applications,€ said Colin Parris, general manager of IBM Power Systems, in a statement. €œWith IBM PowerLinux System, customers now have a powerful, cost-effective alternative, as well as a broad ecosystem of support from our global partners to get the right solution€”hardware, software and services€”for virtually any business requirement.€

IBM is working with customers across a number of industries and geographies to improve the performance of their Linux-based applications and services, including the University of Hamburg. As a participant in PHYsnet.org, the worldwide scientific data exchange, the University of Hamburg wanted to improve the performance levels of its existing PHYSnet servers without investing in large numbers of physical servers for its physics research lab.

By implementing a virtual distributed configuration for its OpenAFS file system using two IBM PowerLinux 7R2 systems running 10 virtual Linux servers using the new IBM PowerVM for PowerLinux, the university was able to improve file-serving performance by 50 percent at 30 percent less cost than the competing Intel x86-based systems option.

€œIBM PowerLinux is the best option for running OpenAFS as it can handle the high I/O requirements of the system and delivers the throughput needed to quickly access files,€ said Bodo Krause-Kyora, head of systems and deputy director of PHYSnet for the University of Hamburg, in a statement. €œWe would have needed to purchase significantly more Intel-based systems to achieve the same levels of file-serving performance that we do with just two IBM PowerLinux servers.€


Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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