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IBM Power Systems and Linux are Built for the Age of Digital Transformation

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We live in interesting times. Many would say technology, and even society, has reached yet another inflection point—a world poised at the cusp of a massive wave of digital transformations—that, 10 years from now, will change everything about how we live, work and play. It’s another “This changes everything” moment.

In the short history of IT, the first inflection point was Moore’s law—unleashing computing power to drive revolutions in front and back offices and production lines. The second inflection point was Metcalf’s law—namely the power of the network is proportional to the square of the number of nodes—which made it possible for the success of platform companies like Facebook and the age of the internet. The third inflection point we currently face is led by big data and artificial intelligence (AI). Every business will change, society will change and technologies will change to keep pace.

But as some things change, other things will forever stay the same, which is the unwavering expectation from enterprises that their compute backbone needs to be highly available, highly reliable, high-performing and of course, highly secure. IBM Power Systems* and Linux* technologies play a unique role in all of this.

Embrace Your Data

It’s hard to predict the future. But any technologist today doesn’t need crystal gazing abilities to tell you that in the future, there will be more data (a lot more), more complexity and much greater pressure to derive insights from your data—instantly.

We’re talking about data in your SAP systems, data lakes, AI, machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), etc. And all of it demands platforms and infrastructures built to process massive amounts of data quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively to formulate real-time actionable business insight.

Have you started your journey to SAP HANA yet? It’s time to have a plan as the 2025 deadline marches ever closer. By that date, SAP will no longer support non-HANA versions of their products, and that also means the only supported OS will be Linux. What about IoT? Do you have a strategy? It’s better to start with a few limited-scope projects with well-defined goals, then wait to form a top-down IoT strategy.

And did you know that leaders like Amazon, Apple, Google, Tesla and Microsoft are leading their industry sectors by a wide margin in machine learning and AI investment? Each of these companies are looking at AI and machine learning for product design, improving customer experiences and the efficiency of all of their channels.

All of this needs a platform with serious muscle, a role that’s uniquely suited for Linux on IBM Power Systems. Amazing application performance? Check. Instant access to data? Check. Maximum number of queries per core? Check. Top of the line I/O performance? Check. Support for the largest SAP HANA databases? Check. Optimized and designed for big data analytics applications? Check and check. The release of IBM POWER9* pushes all of these to a new level, you might say, raising the bar yet again—an optimal platform for data analytics.

Accelerate Innovation With Containers and More

Containers and DevOps have been all the rage for a couple of years now, as they hold promise for dramatically reducing cycle times and pushing out new applications at rates never before achieved in enterprise IT. Companies are looking for ways to take advantage of containers to propel their business forward and leapfrog the competition.

Again, IBM Power Systems and Linux technologies provide a solid platform to explore the demand for container technologies in ways that others in that space simply can’t. Users can easily and securely collaborate on container applications; move container workloads around to and cloud and back; and deploy, manage and scale container-based applications and services. As a result, they can achieve faster time to value and maximize their returns.

RAS Like Never Before

Reliability, availability and serviceability are nearly synonymous with IBM Power Systems servers. It’s a trusted platform that the world’s largest enterprises have come to rely on and has far superior reliability than x86 and Windows*. In this area, IBM Power Systems and Linux technologies have always had a distinct advantage. The POWER9 processor continues in the tradition of previous generations by delivering improved per core performance capabilities. The Power Systems platform is prominent in industries where reliability, longevity and performance are key, which is exactly why we see so many clients in the financial, government, telecommunications and healthcare spaces use it.

  Something that’s unique to IBM Power Systems is its ability to offer both end-to-end solutions and an open, robust ecosystem of partners. Think of it as the best of both worlds—an easy, one-stop shop that has limitless options.

Power Combo

It’s a new age for enterprise IT, and Linux on IBM Power Systems has emerged as the perfect combination to shepherd you through this transition. Best for data analytics and fully embracing new development modes, but with the same old performance and reliability you’ll always be able to rely on, the combination is an enterprise-grade solution optimized for your future.

Helen Tang is an IBM Evangelist at SUSE. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University.


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