Linux on Power


Ted Schmidt

Until recently, IBM’s Power Platform was looked upon as being the system that hosted IBM’s flavor of UNIX and proprietary operating system called IBM i. These servers often are found in medium-size businesses running ERP, CRM and financials for on-premise customers. By enabling the Power platform to run the Linux OS, IBM now has positioned Power to be the platform of choice for those already running Linux that are facing scalability issues, especially customers looking at analytics, big data or cloud computing.

Running Linux on IBM’s Power hardware offers some obvious benefits, including improved processing speed and memory bandwidth, inherent security, and simpler deployment and management. But if you look beyond the impressive architecture, you’ll also find an open ecosystem that has given rise to a strong, innovative community, as well as an inventory of system and network management applications that really help leverage the benefits offered by running Linux on Power.


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