For two decades, IBM’s POWER computing division has occupied that space between System x and System z which was traditionally occupied by the mini-computer. Over the last two years, IBM has been pushing System x, POWER and System z at the cloud. Each has a different price point for entry, a different price point per Virtual Machine (VM) and a different level of cost. With the sale of the System x business to Lenovo, IBM is repositioning POWER to be a primary processor for those customers who use Linux, especially those who need to compute intensive workloads, such as big data, analytics and cloud.

The changes IBM has made with the POWER8 processor are bold and far reaching. The announcement by members of the OpenPOWER Foundation that they are building alternatives to IBM’s own hardware, promises a multi-vendor hardware market. This means that POWER is no longer an IBM only play, and with Google using POWER to build its next generation of hyper-scale servers that it has designed, now is the time for corporate IT to take another look at Power and what it offers. In CIC’s IBM POWER report, we look at what IBM is delivering with POWER8 and the promise of what is to come. Get the report here.