Is IBM Power Systems the “new black” of server infrastructure?

Human-like Avatars are fast becoming the face of your systems of record and engagement. Siri and Alexa have revolutionised voice control and our expectations for engaging with data, understanding records and contextualising information. Consequently, server workloads are evolving and when considering server infrastructure today you need to think in terms of the workloads of the future which will be shaped by the Internet of Things (often driven by SAP HANA), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain, as well as the media interface that will connect humans to these systems.

Throwing the baby out with bathwater

Sometimes it is easy to demonise the old in favour of the new. Fashion is a good example of where we as a species crave the new over the old. So when we talk about the colour black being back in fashion, it is only that we have changed our perception of something that has the same timeless properties that make it useful.  IBM Power Systems is a case in point, where because the image of its capability is seen as being last century, we are tempted to dismiss them as irrelevant or only pertinent to old workloads vs looking toward the future.

So when looking at historic workloads, modernisation and compliance (such as SAP HANA), it is easy to dismiss those providers who supported those workloads as being out of date, irrelevant or overpriced.

The reality is that AI and machine learning are the workloads you must be planning for irrespective of the past. So I would argue that you need to consider the best choice for old and new. In a recent forward looking article from Forbes as you look at server infrastructure perhaps over a 100 years of computing experience may benefit the new age of AI...

“With the industry facing challenges due to a growing list of security vulnerabilities from defective speculative execution implementations, changing workload requirements, slowing of Moore’s Law, and innovative new processor architectures, server OEMs and customers are all looking at making changes. Many of the new processor vendors are focusing on specific segments to target. IBM appears the best positioned to benefit from the tremendous interest in AI.”

So, if AI, is on the horizon as part of a server infrastructure purchase or refresh it just maybe that IBM Power Systems is the “new black” for embracing AI and Machine Learning.

I’d be interested in hearing your comments – let me know and join the debate’s the right solution for SAP HANA’s demanding workloads.

Likewise, I’m always up for a chat if you have any questions on how you can optimise your investment in SAP by reducing infrastructure costs or reach me via linkedin

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