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Described below are the many benefits to using the Virtual Loaner Program (VLP). You will also find a summary of the goals of the program, details of the current offering, and learn how to sign-up in the program.

Benefits

Goals of the VLP

VLP offers a rich and secure remote access infrastructure that allows Developer and Integrators to develop, test, certify, and support their applications on IBM hardware and middleware, while working in much the same manner as if they had loaner machines in their own office.

VLP system details

POWER7

IBM POWER7+ reservation details

User systems include virtualized CPU, disk and networking. User has root access to their system but cannot access HMC or VIO server. Reservation duration is up to 14 days with configuration defaults. System defaults can be adjusted using a Promotional Code.

POWER7+ with AIX & Linux
Server specification 8205/740, 4.28 GHz Power7+ SCM
OS supported AIX 7.1, RHEL 6, SLES 11
CPU/Memory 1 to 2 CPU / 2 to 6GB RAM
Storage space 35GB storage on DS8000
% of real CPU per Virtual CPU 20%
Root access to LPar Yes
Internal ethernet network Gigabit
Data network type Fiber
CPU capacities UNCAPPED
Advanced Feature/Function WPARs
Promotional code Duration, CPU, Mem, temporary storage
POWER7

IBM POWER7 reservation details

User systems include virtualized CPU, disk and networking. User has QSECOFR/root access to their system but cannot access HMC or VIO server. Reservation duration is up to 14 days with configuration defaults. System defaults can be adjusted using a Promotional Code.

POWER7 with AIX & Linux POWER7 with IBM i
Server specification 8233/750 3.55 GHz & 9179/780 3.6 GHz 9179/780 POWER7 3.6 GHz
OS supported AIX 7.1, AIX 6.1, RHEL 6, SLES 11 IBM i 7.1, IBM i 6.1.1
CPU/Memory 1 to 2 CPU / 2 to 6GB RAM 1 to 2 CPU / 2 to 6GB RAM
Storage space 35GB storage on ESS 100 GB storage on ESS
% of real CPU per Virtual CPU 25% 25%
QSECOFR/root access to LPar Yes Yes
Internal ethernet network Gigabit Gigabit
Data network type Fiber Fiber
CPU capacities UNCAPPED UNCAPPED
Advanced Feature/Function WPARs
Promotional code Duration, CPU, Mem, temporary storage Duration, CPU, Mem

Duration

Currently we offer the PartnerWorld member (to be referred to as "user") no-charge access to logical partitions for up to 14 days (however, via Save&Restore, on dedicated partitions this can be virtually extended indefinitely via multiple sequential reservations - see Partition Characteristics below).

Partition types

The root access (dedicated) environment will allow the VLP user exclusive use of the resources with full root access (QSECOFR on i) privileges. The VLP user can create accounts on the system, install middleware, and perform all functions of a root access user.

Partition characteristics

A dedicated VLP logical partition (LPar) can be configured with either one CPU / 2GB memory or two CPUs / 4 GB memory. With full root-mode (QSECOFR on i) access, the user is free to modify the operating system configuration, install fixes, updates, and additional software. The user can also choose to save system images (as many images per user upto a total of 20GB of storage) during the reservation period. User customized saved system images can then be reloaded in subsequent reservations allowing the user long-term use via multiple sequential reservations. In addition, each VLP user has access to 10GB of file storage in an NFS-mounted /home directory, which is available on all reserved LPar's and is also persistent from one reservation to another.

Reservation groups

Resources can be reserved and used as a reservation group, so that multi-component, multi-tier solutions can be developed and tested using multiple VLP partitions.

Secure remote network access methods

Users can access the VLP machines via the VPN concentrator and associated VPN client software provided.

Technical support

We provide technical support through Live web chat, E-mail, and FAQs to the PartnerWorld member during their test period.

Feedback request

At the end of each engagement all VLP users will be requested to fill out an online feedback form to enable us to assess the offering's value and gather requirements to plan for future enhancements.

Advanced functionality

Now you can use VLP to quickly test key virtualization technologies included in the new Ready for IBM Power Systems Software technical validation.

Visit the Ready for IBM Power System Software validation site to find out more about this validation program then return to the VLP to test:

Feature Description
AIX Workload Partitions (WPARs) WPARs allows the partitioning of AIX into multiple environments, each hosting applications and providing isolation from applications executing in the other environments.
VLP users with AIX systems have the option to add a WPAR from the reservation management screen. Go to the VLP reservation info page and select the reservation action ‘Add WPAR’.
For more details on how to create and work with WPARs on your VLP system please refer to the VLP Versioned WPAR User Guide
PowerVM Lx86 PowerVM Lx86 brings new benefits to customers and application providers who want the reliability and flexibility of Power Systems in their Linux environment yet use applications that have not yet been ported to the platform.
IBM PowerVM Lx86 allows most Linux x86 binaries to run unchanged on Power systems using translation software that translates x86. Enroll in the PowerVM Lx86 program to start testing the VLP.
Micropartitioning If you are already developing your application using the VLP, your validation for micropartitioning is complete!
The VLP environment utilizes Power micropartitioning to create user LPARs.

How to sign-up

If you have not already read the agreement previously:


  1. Read the IBM agreement for the Virtual Loaner Program service ( PartnerWorld ID required)
  2. Click on "I agree"
  3. Fill out the submission form