The Open Source Lab partners with IBM to host POWER based servers in order to provide an open platform for innovation to the open source community. Current projects embrace open software projects ranging from KVM to OpenStack and open collaboration with OpenPOWER Foundation partners, including Mellanox, Ubuntu and Google, and open source based ISV and distribution partners, such as Chef, Red Hat, SUSE and Ubuntu, who support the latest POWER hardware via production and development (Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Debian) distributions.

Members of the community can use these POWER servers to develop and test open source projects on the Power Architecture platform and in a PowerLinux environment. These shared systems are intended for functional development and testing work, but are not ideal for performance testing.

We offer either POWER7+ big endian instances using LPARs or POWER8 big or little endian instances running on KVM and providing access via OpenStack's API and GUI interface. The POWER8 instances offer much more flexibility, giving the ability to spin up or down instances on demand. We start projects out with a small quota, but can increase given resource availability and justification.

To request access to a POWER server, use our request form and we will get back to you shortly.