IBM Puts Power in Play with OpenPOWER (Part 2 of 3)
IBM’s Power architecture has an extensive lead in servers but, because it is owned by IBM, its ability to move into the broad market has been severely curtailed until the creation of the OpenPOWER consortium launched by IBM with founding partners including Google, NVIDIA, Mellanox and Tyan. This effort effectively separates the core Power technology from IBM and creates something more similar to ARM Holdings and ties control to the effort’s king-maker, Google, to assure its success.
Google could use this to create its own unique servers or use it to bludgeon Intel into providing concessions, and the two things aren’t mutually exclusive (nothing prevents it from doing both). The key to the success of OpenPOWER will likely be the creation of a “not invented here” mentality. Let me explain.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.