IBM Releases Scale-Out Server Guide

The IT industry is seeing a strong shift toward cloud deployment models, and greater insight through advanced analytics and cognitive computing. These are being driven largely by collaboration and partnerships, particularly in open-source projects, including the Linux* OS.

In response to these trends, the scale-out line of IBM Power Systems* servers is growing as more partners join the OpenPOWER Foundation. With these partnerships, a wider range of Linux technology-based servers are entering the market, providing clients with greater choices. But that leads many people to ask, “What is the best server for my workload, and what choices do I have?”

With this question in mind, the IBM Redbooks* team created a new deliverable to assist sellers, business partners and clients. Based on the well-known Redbooks format, the team released the “Power Systems L and LC Server Positioning Guide” to help readers understand the advantages of each L and LC server as well as the major differences between them.

The positioning guide takes a new approach to traditional Redbooks publications, which provide a deep technical understanding of one specific server model.

With a strong focus on workloads and use cases, it ensures a clear understanding of different application areas, along with examples. The different server models are discussed. Relevant technical features and capabilities are highlighted. To help readers digest the data, informative spider charts show the options available.

By concentrating on the benefits of the latest technologies for specific workload areas, it’s an easy-to-read, concise guide to the Linux technology-based Power Systems servers. The team has also produced supporting materials, including presentation slides and handouts covering the major workload areas. Download the guide at

—Courtesy of Tonny Bastiaans, European product manager, IBM Power Systems, with Andrew Laidlaw, co-author of the positioning guide