The unfortunate truth is that questions about price tend to get redirected.
We’re urged instead to look at value, to focus on the long-term investment, and consider a range of new possibilities. But in a world where budgets are firm – and not flexible whenever something really good comes along – clarity about capital expenditures for Linux infrastructure is often key to continuing the conversation.
That’s great news for conversations about IBM POWER8, especially where Linux scale-out servers are concerned.
Even though there’s much to say about POWER8’s value, potential to scale for the long-term, as well as the range of new possibilities that it opens, there’s also a lot to say about price.
Simply put, while upfront costs for a POWER8 system are about the same as any other option that it can be compared to, the box does more – at least two times more. With higher performance per core, fewer cores are needed, which often translates into fewer software licenses and lower costs per workload. In fact, the savings in software licenses alone can quite conceivably amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars if not more.
POWER8 clearly stands as the best scale-out system for a business’s rapidly evolving needs. In addition to delivering at least two times the performance of the closest competitor, the overall acquisition costs are 58 percent lower. Inherent efficiencies, made possible by a wide range of sophisticated design breakthroughs allow for a 66 percent reduction in infrastructure overhead.
Cost savings also stem from superior system performance utilization – an area where IBM has guaranteed that when a client acquires a POWER8 one- or two-socket server and runs eligible workloads, the system will perform as warranted with a sustained System Utilization Rate of 65 percent. That compares to a utilization rate in the neighborhood of 40 percent, which, until recently, was as good as it got on commodity platforms built with Intel and VMware.
Cost metrics can be viewed from any number of angles, and here’s a few more.
Comparing POWER8 to the most commonly deployed system on the market:
- 34 IBM two-socket POWER S822L Linux servers do the job of 100 two-socket commodity Linux servers.
- Floor space can be reduced by one third.
- Systems and cores can be reduced by 66 percent.
And then there’s cloud economics. Higher utilization rates, greater efficiencies, new opportunities for collaboration, and the ability to do more with fewer scale-out systems, all factor into the ability to move more workloads to the cloud and take advantage of superior cloud economics.
Bottom line: As the most sophisticated and scalable system that the industry have ever known, POWER8 does more, runs more efficiently, and allows for greater possibilities. That translates into cost savings on the front end, savings on overhead and operations, and immeasurable potential for the long term.
There’s a great paper by RFG you can read that goes into more detail on this. Find it here.
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