IBM Unveils New Power Systems Servers

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International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) unveiled its new Power Systems servers with the capability to manage overwhelming data requirements with exceptional speed, which are built on an open server platform.

Designed for Big Data era

The new Power Systems servers are designed for an era of Big Data and are built on the POWER8 technology of the company.

According to International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), the release of the Power Systems servers culminates a $2.4 billion investment, more than three years of development, and innovation of hundreds of the patents of the company. It also underscores its singular commitment to providing higher value and open technologies to clients.

In a statement, Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems and Technology Group said, “This is the first truly disruptive advancement in high-end server technology in decades, with radical technology changes and the full support of an open server ecosystem that will seamlessly lead our clients into this world of massive data volumes and complexity.”

In addition, Rosamilia emphasized, “There no longer is a one-size-fits-all approach to scale out a data center. With our membership in the OpenPOWER Foundation, IBM’s POWER8 processor will become a catalyst for emerging applications and an open innovation platform.”

The new Power Systems servers are built with the IBM POWER8 processor from ground up to harness Big Data. The IBM POWER processor is a sliver of silicon that measures one square inch only that is embedded with more than 4 billion microscopic transistors and more than 11 miles of high-speed copper wiring.

IBM: OpenPOWER Foundation

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) said its POWER architecture is the cornerstone of innovation for the OpenPOWER Foundation, which creates a computing platform available to all.

The foundation was established by International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), and Tyan. It represents 25 global technology companies.

The OpenPOWER Foundation released a detailed technical specification of the POWER8 processor and it is inviting collaborators and competitors to innovate on the processor and servers to provide a catalyst for new innovation.

Gordon MacKean, a senior director of hardware group at Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and chairman of OpenPOWER Foundation said, “All data center owners are looking to provide the best performance. The Power8 technology, possibly augmented with more specialized accelerator chips, could “end up with very interesting system performance.”

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