French Service Provider, Online, Deploys IBM Power Systems for Its Bare Metal Cloud Environment

Online, a managed service provider (MSP) from France, part of the Iliad Group, has selected IBM Power Systems to extend its service capabilities to Internet clients who want to increase the performance of their bare metal servers in the cloud. A bare metal server is one delivered over the cloud and dedicated completely to a single customer.

The bare metal, dedicated systems with IBM POWER8-based servers, will be equipped with Power KVM, an open-source virtualization solution used to manage Linux systems, allowing clients the ability to standardize their clouds with a single open-source virtualization technology. The Power Systems S822L servers would benefit directly from innovations co-developed by members of the OpenPOWER Foundation – a 150-member global organization of leading technology suppliers and users supporting and contributing to open development on top of POWER’s open architecture.

ibm-cloud-2Deploying IBM Power System S822L servers, Online will look to attract larger enterprise-class clients by offering a dedicated physical POWER8-based server to effectively manage and meet the demands of the staggering amounts of data that clients, large and small, face each day. With the help of IBM POWER8 dedicated servers, Online clients would have the ability to gain fast insights to data, in a security-rich cloud environment.

Cost Efficiency

“With IBMs POWER8-based servers, we can increase our levels of service to clients seeking a dedicated cloud platform alternative to x86 servers,” said Sébastien Cassier, Team Leader, Online. “We wanted to approach the business differently than in the past. The dedicated bare metal Power Systems running Linux differentiate us from other service providers because we can now say that our clients have the opportunity to run the most powerful servers in the world in a native environment for their business needs.”

With IBM Power Systems incorporated into its bare metal environment, Online would have the ability to support more users at a lower cost. “Today’s cloud service providers require systems that will increase the performance for their existing clients as well as attract new clients with alternatives to x86,” said Doug Balog, General Manager, IBM Power Systems. “Power Systems can give MSPs like Online a more cost effective and powerful solution than an x86 environment for customers analyzing and managing massive amounts of data in the cloud.”

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