Free cloud access to IBM Power servers for Linux Developers
Free IBM Cloud Platform for developers…yeah, that’s a big deal. That platform being based on the latest IBM POWER7 and POWER7+ processor-based servers running Linux, AIX and IBM i operating systems…very big deal indeed!
Big Blue has just announced the IBM Power Development Platform (PDP) which will allow no-charge access, via cloud, to Power Systems servers for building, porting and testing applications. The thought behind it is that Linux developers will be especially interested because most of them need more powerful, more modern servers that can handle the new wave of open, collaborative apps built for Big Data, mobile and social business computing.
The PDP offers users access to the same Power platform that, together with Linux, powers IBM’s Watson and includes a new Linux porting image with IBM DB2 10.x, IBM WebSphere 8.5.5, and the latest Linux development tools for Power.
"The new era of computing upon us requires more from technology infrastructure -- faster insights, greater efficiency, tighter collaboration," said Doug Balog, General Manager of IBM Power Systems. "Now more than ever we're seeing a lot of new, exciting things being done on the Power platform. Our new development cloud will serve as a springboard for innovation from a talented development community. Providing cloud access to Power accelerates the development of applications that deliver even greater business value to our clients."
The Power Development Platform evolved from IBM’s Virtual Loaner Program which allowed limited access to Power Systems technology. After feedback,program especially from the Linux community, IBM dramatically overhauled that program including substantially increased capacity, additional Linux development tools, improved reservation navigation and deeper social media integration to provide users with more news and information. You can access the cloud-based Power Development Platform through IBM's PartnerWorld program at www.ibm.com/partnerworld/pdp. We’d love to hear your feedback on it.
With all the industry talk about the benefits of Linux on Power and all the performance advantages offered by its open architecture, you may be considering a move in that direction. If you are thinking about analytics, big data and cloud computing, you would be right to evaluate Power. The idea of using commodity x86 hardware and replacing it every three years is an outdated cost model. It doesn’t consider the total cost of ownership, and it doesn’t consider the advantage of real processing power, high-availability and multithreading like a demon.
This ebook takes a look at some of the practical applications of the Linux on Power platform and ways you might bring all the performance power of this open architecture to bear for your organization. There are no smoke and mirrors here—just hard, cold, empirical evidence provided by independent sources. I also consider some innovative ways Linux on Power will be used in the future.Get the Guide
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