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The OpenPOWER consortium, which met in San Jose, CA, last month, identified key workloads that have an affinity to the IBM POWER processor’s capabilities. Following its founding in 2013, and more than two years into organizing a worldwide consortium, more than 200 members have joined the OpenPOWER Foundation. Last year’s Summit had 15 products based on OpenPOWER; this year’s had 59. The growing ecosystem shed light on the deployment use cases for OpenPOWER, which leverages IBM’s multi-core RISC processor for a variety of demanding workloads. Three things drew the consortium together: Leveraging IBM’s POWER chip designs, including eight-threaded processing, for scale-out...
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The move to disaggregated components in servers is well received by cloud providers. However, ironically, the disaggregated servers (compute/storage/networking switches) doesn't work well in marketing/messaging to enterprise customers, who would like to buy servers as workload-based solutions.  What’s interesting here is that the same technology is appealing to both buying communities – enterprise IT and cloud providers. But they’re asking system vendors for different packaging and different messages about the products. Case in Point Last week, I chaired the Future of Open Servers panel discussion – the closing session at the Open Server Summit in Santa Clara, CA. One customer, two analysts, and...
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I have long been a proponent of open computing software. Great software can emerge when you can bring together a community of technologists with passion for accomplishing a common goal. I was asked to participate in an online debate on the topic of the pros and cons of open computing on October 29th, that is part of by IBM's Smarter Computing program  I decided to share some of my thinking about open computing and open source in this post. on "the pros and cons of open computing when it comes to cloud, big data, and software defined environments." This post...
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