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IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch 113

Posted by timothy
from the more-power-to-'em dept.
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Now that IBM has sold off its x86 server business to Lenovo, it's full steam ahead for IBM's Power business. While Intel is ramping up its next generation of server silicon for a September launch, IBM has its next lineup of Power 8 servers set to be announced in October. "There is a larger than 4U, 2 socket system coming out," Doug Balog, General Manager of Power Systems within IBM's System and Technology Group said. Can IBM Power 8 actually take on x86? Or has that ship already sailed?" At last weekend's Linux Con in Chicago, IBM talked up the availability of the Power systems, and that they are working with several Linux vendors, including recently-added Ubuntu; watch for a video interview with Balog on how he's helping spend the billion dollars that IBM pledged last year on open source development.
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IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

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  • by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968&gmail,com> on Tuesday August 26, 2014 @12:21PM (#47757547) Journal
    The fact that IBM tried to give away their fab to GloFlo should say all that needs saying, as IBM obviously doesn't have enough confidence in POWER to modernize the fab. I have a feeling all IBM has left when it comes to PPC is legacy customers and they are probably already looking at exit strategies.
  • by TellarHK (159748) <tellarhk.hotmail@com> on Tuesday August 26, 2014 @12:27PM (#47757619) Homepage Journal

    As of last night, I actually have a license from IBM to run V5R2 on an older AS/400 system I purchased through Craigslist. I prodded the giant, it woke up just a little tiny bit and managed to decide that giving a hobbyist a license for an obsolete version of the OS/400 platform wasn't going to kill anyone.

    It's my hope that I'll be able to help prove that there are more people like me, and indeed, far more talented and curious than me, to show IBM that there's some value to be had for them in opening up access to at least older platforms to enthusiastic hobbyists. The AS/400 platform is an incredibly neat system, and it shows that IBM really does have a niche that nobody else can touch. I've never used AIX, but would love to check that out as well. I hope that some time in the future, I'm not a one-off case when it comes to hobbyists getting an actual license.

    But your comment was well timed for me, because I wonder if IBM might be coming around as an institution and realizing that the mindshare gap they have is a problem that it's worth investing a little bit of time and effort in fixing.

    Gah, I really wish this article had come up after I had been awake for a while at least. Time for coffee and letting the page refresh in case I can organize my thoughts just a little tiny bit more coherently.

  • by armanox (826486) <asherewindknight@yahoo.com> on Tuesday August 26, 2014 @12:28PM (#47757621) Homepage Journal

    They probably will, much to my (any many others) dismay. The supported Linux options will not go over well with a lot of people I'm willing to bet. I'm seeing enterprises shying away from the abomination that is RHEL 7 because of systemd.

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