IBM, OpenPower Foundation Make Push into Europe
At the first OpenPower Summit on the continent, the group unveiled new projects and offerings based on the open architecture.The OpenPower Foundation has got traction in North America and last year unveiled efforts to grow in the Chinese market. Now the consortium launched by IBM three years ago is showcasing rapid growth in Europe. At the group's inaugural OpenPower European Summit in Barcelona, Spain, this week, foundation members announced a series of OpenPower-based projects throughout the continent and the launch of an OpenPower developer cloud for use by European organizations. In addition, they unveiled new OpenPower-based offerings designed to improve the performance of modern workloads, such as artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, analytics and high-performance computing (HPC). The news coming out of the summit is another proof-point in the efforts of both OpenPower and IBM to not only become the primary alternative to Intel in the data center, but to become the processor architecture of choice for businesses that are trying to find ways to get more control of the massive amounts of data being generated. "Commodity platforms are proving ineffective when it comes to ingesting and making sense of the 2.5 billion GBs of data being created daily," OpenPower Foundation President Calista Redmond said in a statement. "With today's announcements by our European members, the OpenPower Foundation expands its reach, bringing open-source, high-performing, flexible and scalable solutions to organizations worldwide."
Intel chips run more than 95 percent of servers in use, but organizations have been looking for a second source of silicon to help drive innovation, protect again supply chain issues and drive down costs. Advanced Micro Devices wants to be that other option with its x86-based chips—including the upcoming processors based on the "Zen" microarchitecture—ARM and its manufacturing partners, and IBM, with Power and the 270-member OpenPower Foundation.