Choosing and implementing the right server solution can quickly become the factor that makes the difference between business success and failure. Therefore, it is critical that IT managers, consultants and infrastructure architects understand the options available and their points of difference.
I have been working in the IT sector for several decades now. During this time, I’ve worked with countless companies in Australasia to help them choose and implement the right IT infrastructure for their business. In recent years, I've noticed a significant shift in the role that server solutions play. As a result of fast-growing data volume that needs to be processed, as well as ever more challenging security threats and the constant pressure to increase performance while reducing costs, server infrastructure has evolved into a mission-critical element in many businesses.
At Sundata, we have been recommending and implementing IBM Power Systems for many years. We've seen first-hand how small and large companies alike have been able to leverage the benefits, and how the system compares to other solutions.
What is IBM Power Systems?
IBM Power Systems is a family of server computers based on IBM's POWER processor. The servers are highly valued for their exceptional reliability and performance speed. In addition, the simplicity of implementing and using the system makes it a cost-effective solution.
We were not surprised to hear that about 80% of the Fortune 100 companies are relying on IBM Power Systems to run their business. Having worked with small and large companies for many years, we have seen the system in action and how it compares to other server solutions. When I ask our customers what they value most about IBM Power Systems, there are six key areas that I hear repeatedly.
1. Cost of ownership
The cost of ownership over multiple years is generally lower with IBM Power Systems than it is with other servers. The main reason for this is the incredible smart way in which IBM’s solution is architected, helping to reduce the resource needed to run it.
Reliability is a critical factor for many of our customers who operate in a 24/7, always-on environment. They value IBM Power System because its reliability has been proven to be a magnitude higher than, for example, X86.
The simplicity of the IBM Power Systems architecture and deployment is second to none – something that is highly valued by the people who implement, run and manage the system. This is especially the case for the many smaller organisations that use the system without having dedicated IT staff or support.
4. Performance Speed
By not only increasing the number of cores per CPU within a machine but also increasing the speed of each core with each generation, IBM Power Systems achieve impressive performance speeds and are getting faster all the time – which will be essential for keeping up with the demands of tomorrow. Furthermore, faster cores help to keep the licensing costs down.
With security build in at every single layer from the get-go, the system easily outperforms other solutions in this regards. In fact, we don't see any viruses at all on the IBM platform.
6. One Platform
IBM Power Systems is a complete solution. That means users get everything they need from one vendor, rather than having to piece together several solutions from different providers.
Given these six key benefits, it is no surprise that the IBM Power platform is a clear leader in the server market and that it is the platform of choice for leading businesses – including all of the top 10 telcos and banks in the world, plus many other Fortune 100 companies. And it is also no surprise that we, here at Sundata, as well as most other IT service providers around the world, recommend the IBM Power Systems as the go-to server solution for both small and large organisations.
Learn more in our on-demand webinar:
If you would like to learn more about IBM Power Systems and the factors you should consider when choosing a server infrastructure, watch our on-demand webinar to hear my colleague David Cole and I discuss all of the above in more detail and to hear about specific examples and case studies.