IBM’s OpenPOWER and POWER8: Too Little Too Late?

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IBM has long held the leadership spot in what the industry calls “engineered systems”, or big iron for large enterprises. IBM invented the mainframe and are very proud of that and the platform’s history in solving major business and eco-science problems. IBM’s Watson is huge part of IBM’s future and is a giant risk, but if IBM can pull this one off by attaching high margin revenue, it could again find itself in a leadership position that will make it difficult to be copied. But what about the future of private and public clouds where all the hardware growth is? IBM held a major announcement today in San Francisco which gave some insights into this future, specifically new IBM POWER8 systems and more details on the OpenPOWER Foundation.  While this is an overview, we have published a white paper here (free). Let me start with a bit of background.