Big Data has been the buzz word in play for some time and IBM is hopping on this trend as shops try to get a handle on how to handle “Big Data” in their operation.  IBM has announced their new Power Systems servers built on the Power8 processor are the perfect way for all to handle the needs posed by the hot buzz in the market.  It’s a welcome addition to the product line that is sure to move some organizations to upgrade to take advantage of the newest technology.  But is this latest machine a need for your organization, or are you better served not biting on the latest offering from IBM who is trying to capitalize on the buzz around Big Data?  Contact us for details on how a Power7 or Power6 processor may be the necessary upgrade you need that saves you up to 90% off of IBM list price.  In the meantime, here’s the news from IBM on the Power8 based offerings:

ARMONK, N.Y. – 23 Apr 2014: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today debuted new Power Systems servers that allow data centers to manage staggering data requirements with unprecedented speed, all built on an open server platform.  In a move that sharply contrasts other chip and server manufacturers’ proprietary business models, IBM through the OpenPOWER Foundation, released detailed technical specifications for its POWER8 processor[1], inviting collaborators and competitors alike to innovate on the processor and server platform, providing a catalyst for new innovation.

Built on IBM’s POWER8 technology and designed for an era of Big Data, the new scale-out IBM Power Systems servers culminate a $2.4 billion investment, three-plus years of development and exploit the innovation of hundreds of IBM patents — underscoring IBM’s singular commitment to providing higher-value, open technologies to clients. The systems are built from the ground up to harness Big Data with the new IBM POWER8 processor, a sliver of silicon that measures just one square inch, which is embedded with more than 4 billion microscopic transistors and more than 11 miles of high-speed copper wiring.  

“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,” said Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems and Technology Group. “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.”

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