IBM Taking Aim At HP and Oracle with Lower Cost Power PC Based Servers
"Big data and cloud systems that were once only affordable to large enterprises are now available to the masses," said Rod Adkins, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "With these new systems, IBM is forging an aggressive expansion of its Power and Storage Systems business into SMB and growth markets."
Not only are the new systems cheaper and comparable in price to equivalent x86 solutions, they're also easy to deploy and don't require specialized skills, opening the door to SMBs that have struggled to adopt big data and private cloud solutions because of an inability to maintain such setups.
With pricing now roughly in line with x86 solutions, IBM points out that it's Power processors are better suited for big data and cloud because embedded memory and virtualization are built into the processor. And compared to older models, the new Power 7+ parts offer 2.5 times more cache memory and up to a 20 percent boost in clockspeed.