We're purchasing a Dell EqualLogic PS4000X. The primary purpose of the EQL is to support a 3-node VMware vSphere Enterprise cluster.
We have an AIX 5.3 - based app that we'd like to provide some protection for as well. The app is currently running on an older pSeries box. One idea being floated is to purchase two small but new AIX boxes running PowerVM and build something like a 'cluster' from them with the existing AIX 5.3 OS and app virtualized and sitting on the SAN.
Is this kind of thing possible with PowerVM? It seems like it would be but I have found precious little on the subject. Also, is PowerVM a separate product or does it come with new pSeries machines? If it's a separate item, how much does it cost? We're just trying to get a sense of the scope and feasibility of this particular idea. Any help will be appreciated.