Selecting an IBM Power Systems Server

Tips on choosing an IBM Power Systems box that works best for your company's data center.
Posted November 8, 2010

Drew Robb

Drew Robb

Where is IBM taking its Power Systems server line in the years ahead? The company has invested $3.2 billion in Power7 systems over the past few years. Tech expert Drew Robb provides an overview of IBM Power Systems server configurations.

It isn't easy selling non-x86 equipment these days. According to IDC, that side of the server market has had five quarters in a row of decline -- while at the same time the x86 segment is picking up. On the IBM side, sales weren't helped by the fact that users were waiting for a new line of products.

"IBM experienced weakness in its Power Systems and System z servers as customers waited for the completion of a product refresh cycle for both product sets," said IDC analyst Jean Bozman.

The release of the Power7 processor this year was accompanied by a new line of Power servers, which are broken out in the table at the end of this article. Now that these are on the market, IBM Power sales should pick up.

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Tags: IBM, Unix, Unix server, server room management, IBM Power System

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