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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:31

IBM about to release new power server range

Written by Nick Farrell

Full of power chip goodness

Doug Balog General Manager of IBM Power Systems has hinted that biggish blue is about to release a new range of power 8 servers.

Talking to Server Watch Balog said that the strategy for accelerating Power is by using the OpenPower Foundation, which currently has over 50 members. IBM recently shed its x86 industry-standard server business in a deal with Lenovo. As a result, instead of being an Intel server partner, IBM is now mostly a competitor.

Balog's thinks that an open approach is now necessary to drive innovation forward. With the Open Power Foundation, the promise is to enable silicon, systems and software vendors to continue to deliver increasing levels of performance. He added that it was difficult to come up with new ideas on x86 since the technology curve was driven by Intel's roadmap. IBM's Power 8 systems, which were first announced in April, were already being competitively positioned against Intel x86 systems.

The initial set of Power 8 Server systems announced by IBM in April included five new Power8 servers, two of which are Linux-only systems. The Power 8 server configurations available to date are 2U systems. With the upcoming October announcements, IBM is set to scale the Power 8 server portfolio out.

Nick Farrell

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