The Xeon processor D product family addition also means big things for Intel's Internet of Things strategy.
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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?
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.
If we really are in a post-PC era, someone forgot to tell Intel. The company's latest results show its traditional PC and server businesses remain strong, even as it prepares for a different world.
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.
HP said the incentive is designed to give smaller businesses the ability to adopt server virtualization for less cost and physical footprint than dedicated storage hardware.
IBM's M5 portfolio revolves around rack and tower, blade, dense and integrated systems.
The partnership also marks a first for all parties involved being that SoftLayer will be the first cloud vendor to sell bare metal cloud servers deployed with Intel monitoring and security tools.
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 wins a major contract to help create a National Infrastructure Platform for the New Zealand health sector and to consolidate around 40 datacentres.
Google used IBM's Power8 processors on a server motherboard. Amazon is hiring ARM engineers. The common thread: Both cloud giants are looking to squeeze Intel.
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.