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IBM Power Systems, running with IBM PowerVM virtualization, are powerful Linux server hardware platforms designed for industry standard Linux distributions such as Red Hat and SUSE, as well as ISV and open source applications. The performance advantages of Power Systems over their competition allow programs to access data more rapidly. This white paper examines the performance impact of a PowerLinux 7R2, a server in the Power Systems family. An IBM PowerLinux 7R2 System, with eight cores and per-physical-core licensed PowerVM, is as much as 46 percent more cost effective than a competing x86-based system from HP (which requires 16 cores to match the PowerLinux 7R2 performance).
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