New OpenPower Servers Present Interesting IBM i Possibilities

New OpenPower Servers Present Interesting IBM i Possibilities Published: September 19, 2016 by Timothy Prickett Morgan It seems increasingly likely to us that over the long haul IBM will get out of manufacturing all but the largest of its Power-based servers and its System z mainframe line, which by definition is big iron. There are a number of implications of this strategy for IBM i shops, of course, but let’s be honest here. Connect the dots and this seems inevitable. Back in the AS/400 days, IBM made a custom machine, complete with homegrown processors and auxiliary compute, its own memory, and its own disk drives. When IBM started converging the AS400 and RS/6000 lines on the same PowerPC processors in the late 1990s, it also moved to a common I/O…


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