Using Power VMs in Skytap

Skytap extends its capabilities by adding Power VM Virtual Machine – A virtual computer or server hosted within a data center. A VM runs a full operating system and applications. Each VM has virtual resources, including CPU, RAM, file system storage, CD/DVD drive, and network interfaces. s. Now you can migrate your AIX and Linux on Power workloads, along with your x86 Linux and Windows workloads to the cloud, where you can develop, test, and deploy workloads in complex, multi-OS environmentsenvironment: A set of virtual machines (VM) with one or more disks, one or more networks, and configuration settings and metadata. You can save the exact state of an environment as a read-only template. To learn more, see Skytap Cloud quick start: Building your first environment..

Power VMs in Skytap are available as a paid feature that is disabled by default. If your account does not have access to Power VMs, contact your Skytap customer success manager: customersuccess@skytap.com.

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Overview for Power VM support in Skytap Cloud

Skytap is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform that lets you combine infrastructure, networking, OS, software, storage, and memory state into a single environment, that you can save, clone, copy, and share. With the addition of Power VM support, you can re-host your Linux, Windows, and AIX workloads to the cloud.

Skytap provides support for Power VMs running on Power 8 hardware.

Skytap Power VMs do not support Power 6, Power 6+, or Power 7 processor compatibility modes.

Currently, the following are the minimum versions of AIX that Skytap supports:

  • AIX 6.1 TL 9 SP 10
  • AIX 7.1 TL 4 SP 4
  • AIX 7.2 TL 1 SP 2

Skytap provides several Power VM public templates. Power VMs also support some Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Enterprise Server, and Ubuntu. For a complete list of supported operating systems in Skytap, see Which VM operating systems does Skytap Cloud support?.

To download IBM-hosted AIX VMs and import them into Skytap Cloud

Download “ready-to-deploy” images from your IBM Entitled Systems Support (ESS) account, and import them into Skytap. For detailed instructions, see Downloading IBM-hosted AIX VMs and importing them into Skytap Cloud.

More information about using Power VMs in Skytap

For information about how AIX support in Skytap Cloud can help you migrate your AIX workloads to the cloud, see the FAQ section of AIX support in Skytap Cloud.

Searching for and generating usage reports for Power VMs

Skytap recommends that you create a label category for the CPU type (x86 or Power), and then attach it to environments and templates to help you find Power VM resources and track them in usage reports.