Welcome to PDP
The Power Cloud that enables developers offers no-charge remote access to IBM hardware, including IBM POWER8, IBM POWER7+ and IBM POWER7 processor-based servers on the Linux, IBM AIX and IBM i operating systems. PDP is intended for Development, Porting and Functional testing only. For any Performance and Scalability testing, users are requested to approach local IICs or Client Briefing Centers.
PDP 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.
- IBM Power Systems: POWER8, POWER7+, POWER7
- Linux (RHEL, SUSE and Ubuntu), AIX and IBM i
- IBM Industry Application Platform software stack (PDF, 651 KB)
- IBM software (available from Software Access Catalog)
- System z Remote Development Programs
Benefits of using PDP
- Reduced developer and integrator costs, by providing high-function hardware access without the associated costs of on-site physical servers - floor space, power, cooling, network, sys admin headcount, etc.
- Access to a broad range of hardware systems, including larger and better-configured systems than most Developer and Integrators have available on-site.
- Flexibility to work with multiple system configurations, operating systems (OSes), and OS levels, without requiring multiple physical servers.
- Data security through use of current technologies such as VPN and AES encryption.
Do you need PDP?
PDP is intended to meet many, but not all, of the typical IBM Business Partner's requirements for access to IBM systems and middleware.
Appropriate tasks for PDP systems
- Basic application porting / debugging from one platform to another using command-line compilers, debuggers, and build tools
- Application porting / testing on IBM hardware-software platform (for example POWER7 plus SLES Linux plus IBM middleware such as IBM WebSphere® or DB2®)
- Quality assurance testing (regression test) and or certification of your current application on a new release of an operating system or middleware (e.g., going from AIX 6.1 to AIX 7.1, or WebSphere Application Server version 7 to version 8 and so on)
- Quality assurance testing and certification of a new version of your application on the current release of operating systems and software
- Application testing on early (pre-GA) IBM hardware, operating systems, and middleware (Note: Might require a separate Agreement for Exchange of Confidential Information)
- Dynamic LPAR testing of your application while the number of virtual CPUs or amount of memory is increased or decreased
- Multi-tier application testing using two or more virtual servers simultaneously (for example, and application server plus WebSphere on one PDP server, the database on another)
- Replication of a customer problem with a particular software or hardware configuration
- Evaluation of specific IBM hardware technologies, operating systems, and software
- Demonstrations of your product for marketing and sales events and activities
Tasks unsuited for PDP
- Performance benchmarking requiring complete control of the environment under test
- HACMP configuration testing
- Production use, or use for which you receive a fee
Tutorials and FAQs
Recommended minimum bandwidth speeds to use PDP: 700 kbps download and 250 kbps upload. PDP systems are located in Poughkeepsie, NY, USA.
Middleware and applications
Turbo LAMP is a high performance LAMP stack, delivering the performance and scalability needed by today's demanding cloud, mobile and big data solutions. For more information, please visit the TurboLAMP developerWorks Community.
Before you make a reservation
Still have questions about the program? You can use the following email or phone contact information to ask questions before signing up for a system. Select country United States to get help with pre-enrollment for PDP questions.