Hey IBM i! Looking Forward to the Next 30 Years!

IBM i and IBM Power Systems* servers taught the market early about the value that hardware and software co-optimization can deliver, and there’s so much more to come. IBM i running on POWER* provides an incredibly strong foundation upon which clients can rely for running their business applications. But as businesses transform in this rapidly changing IT world, it also serves as a trusted platform for taking the next steps into future solutions for their businesses as well. Tying business applications to cognitive computing through the IBM Cloud* (Watson* and Bluemix*) provides incredible capabilities never dreamed about 30 years ago.

Cognitive Systems has recently introduced the POWER9* scale-out servers. This portfolio is architected to support modern workloads that can be connected to the existing workloads that run your businesses. With IBM PowerVM* virtualization included with every machine, POWER9 servers are delivered “cloud-ready” as they roll into your data center. Clients have what they need to explore the best way to implement cloud solutions. Together with IBM i, the combination is fierce—state of the art, cloud-ready servers and the integrated foundational OS for running business and cognitive workloads.

As part of the IBM i 30th anniversary activities, the team has talked to many clients from all over the world who are doing incredible things with IBM i on POWER; everything from integration of robotics to running mobile and touch screen interfaces to interfacing applications and data with Watson. These are incredible innovations that speak to the capabilities of the system and the art of the possible.

What does the future hold? IBM i represents “30 years of innovation and we’re just getting started.”

—Stefanie Chiras, vice president, Cognitive Systems Offering Management

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