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Both IBM and Oracle are popular vendors for enterprise applications and just like with Oracle IBM’s virtualization solution is a good fit for IBM applications. So, if you use technology such as IBM Linux or AIX, or run applications on IBM clients, you might want to think about using IBM PowerVM as your virtualization solution.

There are alternatives however, particularly if you feel like IBM’s options are over-engineered – ranging from VMware through to Citrix. Typically, you’ll find that PowerVM is in use by very large organizations that have very big IT budgets. However, if you’re a smaller or medium sized business you should probably consider getting outside help to get started with PowerVM because IBM’s solution is renowned for its relative complexity which requires real expertise.