IBM: New Power8 Servers
While IBM is turning away from the x86 server market with a deal to sell that part of its business to China-based Lenovo, it is doubling down on its own Power architecture for new servers.
IBM in June began shipping four flavors of its Power8-based Power System servers optimized for big data workloads. Three of the Power8 systems can run either Linux, IBM AIX, or the IBM i operating system, which the fourth runs Linux exclusively.
According to partners, IBM is incenting them to sell Power8 with "double-digit" guaranteed minimum margins on system sales and offering Processor Value Unit ratings that bring down the software licensing costs for IBM applications by as much as 20 percent to 30 percent.