The IBM p5 servers with POWER5 technology provide leading-edge virtualization capabilities, and enable highly adaptive and efficient operations to help businesses excel in an on demand world. With the flexibility to support an extensive range of applications without compromising system responsiveness, flexibility, and affordability, the p5 servers allow clients to use technology to innovate business, capture new value, and improve productivity.
At the core of the p5 servers are the operating systems and partitioning capabilities, which provide a streamlined framework for server consolidation. With the availability of IBM i5/OS V5R3 on selected p5 servers, clients who wish to consolidate onto a UNIX platform now have options for running AIX, Linux, and i5/OS.
While many clients have taken steps towards simplifying their environments by consolidating servers into fewer physical boxes, the ability to run i5/OS on selected p5 servers is the next step beyond systems consolidation in the pursuit of infrastructure simplification.
IBM i5/OS on p5 servers is intended for clients with a relatively small amount of i5/OS applications, whose focus and IT strategy are centered on UNIX.
This IBM Redbook provides an introduction to i5/OS, and explains the technical requirements for implementing IBM i5/OS partitions on IBM p5 servers. It is intended for AIX administrators with minimal i5/OS experience, who are familiar with partitioning, and have a general understanding of virtualization concepts.