I am just trying to get a better understanding of IBM Power system architecture. I currently have two power 5, 520's, one power 6 520, and a power 7 720.
I have been listening to the VIOS questions and trying to see if we are running VIOS. I do not think VIOS is necessary on hardware other than the blades. I could be wrong.
I have an HMC used to create i5/OS partitions on all the systems. Each system basically has all the hardware allocated to one iSeries partition. In my instance I am not using VIOS, right? Why would I want VIOS if I can allocate the hardware directly to the partition? Guess If I wanted to share the hardware among multiple iSeries partitions I would need VIOS. Is there any other reason to run VIOS? What advantages does it offer beside sharing of hardware?
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