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IBM is warming up to the idea of adding servers using its Power processors and the OpenCompute open design to its product portfolio.
"I’m going to bring OpenCompute servers into my portfolio at some point so that I’m offering directly to the marketplace if there’s a demand for it," said Doug Balog, general manager for Power Systems at IBM.
An OpenCompute-based Power server will be based on open designs, and provide an alternative to IBM’s integrated systems like PurePower. It’ll also provide customers more flexibility on the components used inside systems.
A Power-based OpenCompute server will also be an alternative to open server designs based on x86 chips. One target for such Power servers is hyperscale vendors, who may be looking for an alternative to Intel chips, which now dominate data centers.