IBM OpenPower Servers Into SoftLayer Cloud
The battle to overcome the challenge of how to best store and use large amounts of data continues. IBM, known affectionately as “Big Blue,” recently announced its plan to help develop technology that will provide organizations with the ability to store, share and transmit information quickly, efficiently and safely.
IBM introduced its Open Power platform a few years back as an alternative to the dominant Intel servers used by most large data entities. The bare base metal servers, produced by Tyan for IBM, will perhaps be the means for the company to return to the prominence it once held in the hi-tech industry.
As of late, IBM has tried to improve its Power 8 processors for widespread use. To aid in its development projects, IBM announced recently it would employ Open Power in its SoftLayer cloud computing. This decision means that a variety of users and clients can help test Open Power, allowing IBM to better understand how to make it useful for the entire industry. The SoftLayer cloud computing will be the first user of the bare base metal service. Google has expressed some interest as well.
The Open Power servers use Linux applications systems. IBM hopes that large data centers will switch from Intel to its new service. Current plans are to operate the system from Dallas, Texas, and then expand into locations worldwide in the future. This project is a big one that will keep market analysts busy trying to assess the impact upon 21st century computing.
For now, some remain a bit skeptical of the bold program. It is unknown how well the bare base metal will perform under wide-scale use. Furthermore, it is unclear whether data centers are even shopping for a new provider. Building something innovative does not necessarily mean clients will abandon their current system to try something new.
Nevertheless, the IBM announcement that SoftLayer cloud would be using Open Power is a breath of fresh air for industry insiders who want greater diversity in the data handling business. Only time will tell if the former colossus of computing can rekindle its old glory.