IBM's High-Powered POWER8 Systems Harness Big Data

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-04-25

IBM on April 23 launched new Power Systems servers that allow data centers to manage large data requirements with enhanced performance, all built on an open server platform. 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 and three-plus years of development and exploit the innovation of hundreds of IBM patents. 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. With the OpenPOWER Foundation, IBM is bucking the trend of other chip and server manufacturers' proprietary business models and has released detailed technical specifications for its POWER8 processor, inviting collaborators and competitors alike to innovate on the processor and server platform, providing a catalyst for new innovation. "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 of IBM's Systems and Technology Group.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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