Differences between Power and x86 VMs

Because of differences between Power A particular type of CPU that supports AIX and Linux in Skytap Cloud. and x86 The most common type of CPU for Windows and Linux VMs in Skytap Cloud. hardware and hypervisor, some of the capabilities between Power and x86 VMs are different.

Power states for Power VMs

Power VMs can’t be suspended. This affects the way you might use some Skytap Cloud features, like copying an environment or saving an environment as a template. For more information, see Suspend isn’t supported for Power VMs.

Power VM hardware settings

Some of the settings that are available through the VMware hypervisor aren’t implemented in Power hardware or are implemented differently.

Power VM networking

  • Change NIC hardware – Power VMs support only one NIC type: Default. You can add additional network adapters but they are all of the Default type.
  • Edit the MAC address – The MAC address of a Power VM can’t be changed.
  • Enable promiscuous modePromiscuous mode isn’t supported for Power VMs.

Connecting to Power VMs

  • Connect with SmartRDP – You can access Power VMs with the SRA client, with a published service (using SSH or telnet), or with a sharing portal. SmartRDP isn’t supported for Power VMs.
  • SRA client – Because SRA client access is to the Power VM shell only, the SRA client toolbar doesn’t include the fit to window (Fit to Window) or change resolution (Change Resolution) options. Additionally, the clipboard (Clipboard) option is available only for SSH-connected SRA browser sessions.

Using containers on Power VMs

  • Enable containers – Power VMs don’t support Docker containers or the Skytap Cloud VM Agent.