The IBM power scale-out advantage

RFG perspective: the corporate IT x86 server business model is approaching the end of the road as it is predicated upon the price/performance of Intel Corp.’s x86 server chips declining year-over-year. The collapse of this model impairs big data and analytics, cloud, and mobile computing initiatives and provides IBM Corp. an opportunity to regain market share with its recently refreshed Power Systems product line. A system stack built upon the new POWER8 microprocessors could restore the price/performance model that users need and therefore, IBM could start to reclaim application workloads lost to x86 servers over the past decade. Thus, applications running on the new IBM POWER8 servers should enable enterprises to achieve lower total costs of acquisition (TCA) and operations (TCO) along with the advantage of business-critical characteristics and capabilities compared with commodity x86 servers.