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IBM® Power Systems™ Virtual Server is a Power Systems enterprise infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering. Power Systems Virtual Servers are physically located with low-latency connectivity to the IBM Cloud™ infrastructure. In the data centers, the Power Systems Virtual Servers are separated from the rest of the IBM Cloud servers with separate networks and direct-attached storage.

This infrastructure design enables Power Systems Virtual Server to maintain key enterprise software certification and support as the Power Systems Virtual Server architecture is identical to certified on-premises infrastructure. The virtual servers, also known as logical partitions (LPAR), run on IBM Power Systems hardware with the PowerVM hypervisor.


SAP products are supported on IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers

  • Applications running on NetWeaver 7.0x
  • Applications running on NetWeaver 7.1
  • Applications running on NetWeaver 7.4 or higher
  • Applications running on ABAP Platform for S/4HANA 1809 or higher

For details see SAP note 2855850.

Supported operating systems and databases

  • AIX 7.1 

  • AIX 7.2 

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.1 for SAP Solutions or newer

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for SAP 12 SP4 or newer

On AIX the following databases are supported:

  • IBM Db2 for LUW version 10.5 or higher

  • Oracle RDBMS or higher

  • SAP ASE 16.0 SP03 or higher 

  • MaxDB 7.9.09 or higher 

Furthermore, the following SAP applications are supported on AIX:

  • SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform 4.2 or higher
  • SAP Content Server and Cache Server 7.5 or higher
  • SAP liveCache

On Linux the following database is supported:

  • HANA Version 2 SPS04 or newer

For details see SAP notes 2855850, 2947579, and SAP HANA Hardware Directory - Certified IaaS Platforms.


The capacity of IBM Power Systems Virtual Server instances have been tested and certified using SAP standard application benchmarks achieving 907,820 SAPS. 



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