Gábor Samu
Gábor Samu
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Jun 6, 2015 2 min read

IBM Platform Cluster Manager - how do you like your eggs?

Whether your HPC center is in Lilliput or Blefuscu, you’ll appreciate the importance of a flexible and easy-to-use cluster management solution to empower your populations. Administrators need software that will allow them to easily setup, manage, monitor and maintain their infrastructure and ensure consistency for repeatable performance. With the varied workloads we see in modern HPC centers, ranging from traditional HPC to Big Data and Analytics, organizations may also consider building out heterogeneous environments, where different hardware types are used for different workloads. As the OpenPOWER Foundation grows, it stresses the overall importance of workflows across the HPC Data Life Cycle - it’s clear that when it comes to solutions for technical computing, it’s no longer a one horse race.

IBM Platform Cluster Manager is powerful, easy-to-use infrastructure management for today’s scale out computing needs. The latest release of Platform Cluster Manager V4.2.1 now provides the ability to manage mixed computing environments - so whether you’re running Linux on POWER Big-Endian or Little-Endian, the choice is yours. In fact, you can even deploy and seamlessly manage a mixed infrastructure taking advantage of the latest IBM POWER8 and x86 systems.

Leveraging xCAT technology, Platform Cluster Manager can manage clusters ranging from ‘Lilliputian’ in size all the way up to 2500 nodes. Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition supports the automated creation of multiple clusters on a shared infrastructure - allowing you to easily satisfy the business requirements of Lilliputians and Blufescans. For organizations with a single HPC cluster, Platform Cluster Manager Standard Edition provides the ability to quickly provision, run, manage and monitor a technical computing infrastructure with unprecedented ease.

For users taking advantage of IBM POWER8 systems, Platform Cluster Manager can now provision PowerNV nodes as well as PowerKVM hypervisors, which provides greater flexibility in infrastructure management and optimization. Further enhancements in this release geared towards administrator productivity include IBM POWER8 energy, PowerKVM and enhanced switch monitoring

So go ahead. With Platform Cluster Manager you can crack your eggs any way you like.