February 5, 2014 | Written by: Farzad Aidun
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With the Oscar buzz in full swing, I thought it would be a good time to give accolades to my favorite engine when it comes to running your most compute-intensive workloads in the cloud securely and reliably. If you already have IBM Power servers in your data centers and you’re running your workloads on this platform, you are probably well aware of its Oscar-winning performance. After all, it was the “Power” in IBM Watson that made history a few years back by defeating Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings, two of the biggest all-time winners in the game show Jeopardy! And now it’s time to bring this speed and reliability into your own cloud environments.
Again, if you already have IBM Power servers, then you can consolidate and migrate your workloads, then simply cloud-enable them. But if you don’t have Power Systems, I urge you to learn what cloud on Power Systems can do for you and your business.
What kind of services are you are running or expecting to run in your cloud? Where are these workloads running right now?
I am sure you are well aware that everyone is moving their workloads to the cloud and not all workloads are meant to run in the same compute platform. Different workloads are optimized to run on different systems. By system, I am referring not only to the software stack, but also to the hardware—the processor or engine it runs on. The typical processors that run cloud workloads are x86, POWER and System z.
Here are a few reasons you should consider running some of your workloads on Power Systems:
• It is an economical, secure, flexible and open platform
• It provides the ultimate systems for compute-intensive workloads
• Power Systems are designed to be massively multithreaded, with up to eight threads per core compared to x86’s two threads per core
• A Java Virtual Machine is specifically optimized for Power Systems
• High performing solution stacks are available on Power Systems
And it is only getting better with Power8.
So read up on it and think about adding Power Systems to your cloud or adding cloud to your Power Systems.
I would love to hear your point of view. Please share your experience with Power Systems here or on Twitter @faidun.