Live Partition Mobility – It’s alive!

So, we’ve had a ton of interest in Live Partition Mobility, I can say that from the presentations and briefings I’ve done with customers and analysts, it’s both the most interesting topic from our recent Power 6 and AIX 6.1 announcement, and the one that gets the most questions.

This coming Monday in San Francisco we are holding a showcase technology forum to demonstrate the movement of workloads from one running UNIX system to another, while both systems are running. We will be showing the movement of an entire operating system and all its’ running applications from one server to another. The O/S can be either AIX or Red Hat and Novell SUSE Linux, which is pretty neat. The Live Partition Mobility is actually part of the firmware and processor design.

Using this technology can reduce downtime for applications, which was one of it’s original designs points. However, in increasingly energy conscious, and environmentally aware data centers, especially in places like California; Partition Mobility can offer some real unique advantages in letting you migrate work from one server to another, in fact from multiple servers, onto a single server over w/e and holiday periods, and power down the original servers. The evening before, or early in the morning of the day that you need to return to normal service, you just migrate the work back.

Sadly, Mondays event is already a sell out. No more invites available.

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I'm Mark Cathcart, formally a Senior Distinguished Engineer, in Dells Software Group; before that Director of Systems Engineering in the Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. Prior to that, I was IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. I am a Fellow of the British Computer Society ( I'm an information technology optimist.

I was a member of the Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative Steering committee. Read more about it here.

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