IBM has formed a new alliance called the OpenPOWER Consortium and has joined forces with Google in an effort to boost the server market. Can they compete with the Open Compute Project?
Although OpenPOWER faces tough competition from other alliances such as the Open Compute Project, IBM has enlisted the help of Google – a company that knows the value of custom server design.
IBM and Google will work together to influence the way data center hardware is developed and deployed.
OpenPOWER’s main goal will be to develop customizable hardware solutions in support of the various computing workloads found throughout the data center. Development will be based around IBM’s POWER architecture but will seek to combine other open-sourced systems in order to drive innovation.
Additionally, IBM has introduced its new Flex system designed to cater to smaller data center environments, namely the cloud. IBM’s new Flex System Manager is a perfect example – allowing administration via popular Android or iOS devices from virtually any location.
Given Google’s unique approach to server design, and IBM’s influence in the computer hardware market the OpenPOWER consortium will likely give IBM the edge they need to compete in an environment that is constantly changing.
By James Mulvey