I can see the benefits of VIOS and see how it replaces guesting partitions under i5/OS. I currently do not see the need here as we put 100% of the hardware into 1 partition. If we ever do go the SAN method, I will have them purchase a small machine to play VIOS with. (Ya right!) We are just too small at this time for running multiple partitions on one hardware. We have 4 machines for two reasons. Two locations: Power 7 mirrored to power 6. The two power 5's, one in each location, are dedicated to the online transaction processing. I can see where I can put these system into a partition but the owner likes the dedicated hardware. I have the available CPU and can add memory and disk to virtualize the power 5's onto the power 6 and 7 frames. Hopefully next year.
Anyone know what it will take to put VIOS on and move the current partition from dedicated to VIOS?
What does VIOS cost? Time to contact our BP.