Linux on Power: Why Open Architecture Matters


Ted Schmidt

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 The idea of using commodity x86 hardware and replacing it every three years is an outdated cost model.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.

If you want to get the best possible performance out of your database engines, want to scale according to your business’ seasonality without incurring huge infrastructure cost increases when demand spikes, or want to run transactional and analytics concurrently, so you can provide decision-makers with real-time data, you will want to take a very close look at what IBM Power systems have to offer.


Table of Contents: 
  • Linux on Power: an Architecture Built for Performance
    • High Availability and Disaster Recovery
  • Configuration Options for Power
  • Real-World Applications of Power
    • Redis Labs
    • Bon-Ton Stores
    • SAP HANA
    • MariaDB
  • Looking Toward the Future
    • Learning to Be More Open
About the Author: 

Ted Schmidt is the Senior Project Manager and Product Owner of Digital Products
for a consumer products development company. Ted has worked in Project and Product Management since before the agile movement began in 2001. He has managed project and product delivery for consumer goods, medical devices, electronics and telecommunication manufacturers for more than 20 years. When he is not immersed in product development, Ted writes novels and runs a small graphic design practice at Ted has spoken at PMI conferences, and he blogs at