The POWER8 scale-out advantage
A Robert Frances Group report
Much of the growth in corporate data center environments today is fueled by distributed, virtualized architectures that offer an attractive combination of low cost of entry, manageability, and processing performance. Linux is employed on a significant and growing portion of these solutions as it is rapidly gaining market share. Unsurprisingly, many companies choose systems based on the x86 platform out of habit. However, IBM’s POWER8 processor-based Power Systems solutions provide more performance per dollar, better availability and scalability characteristics, and deliver improved scale-out scenarios while occupying much less rack space than their competitors. In this paper, "The POWER8 Scale-out Advantage", RFG examines the cost and architectural strengths of IBM’s latest Power Systems scale-out solutions POWER8 against the leading Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge competitive platforms for open source and other Linux-based workloads.