The growth in the server market remains with the white box manufacturers that are supplying hyperscale cloud providers. Will the top guns---HP, IBM, Dell, Cisco and Lenovo---have an answer?
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What's unclear is how far beyond SoftLayer IBM's OpenPOWER bare metal servers can go. Enterprises and other cloud providers will need to adopt OpenPOWER at scale to tip the data center balance.
Now that IBM has sold its Intel-based server business to Lenovo, Big Blue is taking the gloves off and trying to take business from the chip giant by positioning its Power8 processors as a more open option.
HP aggressively went after IBM's x86 customers ahead of the Lenovo acquisition and had some success. Lenovo execs say it's now time to fight back and become the No. 1 server vendor. On Oct. 1, Lenovo will be No. 3.
Lenovo believes the company still has a place in the PC market, and says the acquisition of IBM's x86 server business will play a role in helping it grow in that space.
IBM's M5 portfolio revolves around rack and tower, blade, dense and integrated systems.
IBM drives down the time to spin up its SoftLayer bare metal servers to under 30 minutes and makes servers available to rent on an hourly, rather than monthly, basis.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States approved the $2.3 billion sale of IBM's x86 server business to Chinese PC maker Lenovo.
China has approved Lenovo's proposed buy of IBM's low-end server business for $2.3 billion.
IBM's bid to sell its low-end server business to Lenovo is in limbo as regulators worry about national security issues.
Nominations are being accepted for a test program open to IBM and SAP clients who are curious to see if an open server platform can actually deliver business insights better than other server platforms.
Inspur Group Ltd, a Chinese domestic server maker, says 80 ex-IBM employees have joined after it recently started a campaign to lure customers from Big Blue.
The Chinese government is urging its domestic banks to replace high-end IBM servers with locally-manufactured servers in the wake of the US-Chinese hacking scandal, according to a report by Bloomberg.
IBM said the feature is unique to Trusteer, its endpoint protection software that guards against advanced malware attacks.
IBM wins a major contract to help create a National Infrastructure Platform for the New Zealand health sector and to consolidate around 40 datacentres.
IBM boasted it took more than three years of development -- not to mention $2.4 billion in investment -- as well as "hundreds" of patents to produce Power8.
KVM, Linux's built-in hypervisor for the x86 chip family will be available at the end of this quarter for IBM's Power chip family.
Workers continue to press for higher compensation as protests go into their ninth day over the IBM-Lenovo server deal.
More than 1,000 IBM workers at an affected server division demanded proper compensation and refused to be "sold" to Lenovo.
What do IBM's partners think about its acquisitions, the sale of its X86 server business and working with IBM in general? Dan Kusnetzky reports from the event.
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