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.
100% of hardware agnostic Linux on x86 applications written in scripting (Java) or interpretive languages will run as is with no changes
95% of Linux on x86 applications written in C/C++ port to Linux on Power with no source code change, just a simple recompile and test
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Join IBM Parterworld to take advantage of the PDP program.
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.
For post-enrollment support, after you have reserved your PDP system, go to the PDP support page and follow the instructions.
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.
- No charge for IBM PartnerWorld members
- Worldwide remote access
- Save and restore for future engagements
- E-mail and Live Chat user support
- Develop, test, certify, port and demonstrate your applications
- 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)
- 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
Create reservation user guide (PDF, 499 KB)
Frequently asked questions (PDF, 1.0MB)
IBM PDP porting image user guide (PDF, 917 KB)
Recommended minimum bandwidth speeds to use PDP: 700 kbps download and 250 kbps upload. PDP systems are located in Poughkeepsie, NY, USA.
Connecting to your system user guide (PDF, 1.22MB)
Using save and restore image user guide (PDF, 193 KB)
Active memory expansion user guide (PDF, 109 KB)
AIX and Linux secondary language enablement user guide (PDF, 36.6 KB)
Software Access Catalog (SAC) user guide (PDF, 69.8 KB)
IBM i Software user guide (PDF, 88.9 KB)
IBM i secondary language enablement user guide (PDF, 66.5 KB)
IBM Industry Application Platform user guide (PDF, 1.2 MB)
IBM Cognos BI bundle on AIX setup user guide (PDF, 294 KB)
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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.
Quotes from delighted PDP users
"By accessing the [Power Development Platform], we have the flexibility to tap into the latest IBM hardware and software technologies, whenever we need, to jumpstart our development activities. In the end, this type of support helps speed the development process - and is one of the many benefits that we enjoy (as IBM Business Partners)."
"It [Power Development Platform] certainly saves me trying to hunt down an AIX box in the short term, and will therefore significantly reduce our time-to-delivery."
"The [PDP] program provides me with an easy entry opportunity to develop, deploy, and support an AIX application, without requiring the reasonably significant investment in hardware, operating system, and maintenance support time that would be otherwise required."
"In addition, the potential to access multiple architectures, the [Power Development Platform] allows me to deploy my application with multiple versions, containing compiler optimisations that would not otherwise be available to me if I had access to a single AIX machine locally."
"...everything just worked - compilers were available, paths had been configured correctly, applications were in logical places."