Technologies like Apache Spark and Hadoop have already delivered on their promise to help enterprises extract insights from their Big Data. Now, organizations are hungry for advanced IT infrastructure systems to get the most out of these tools, with more choice, greater flexibility and better price-performance than typical x86 servers provide.
To that end, IBM has just unveiled a new line of Power servers designed for Big Data workloads on Linux. Called Power Systems LC, the new servers are designed to compete directly with the Intel-based x86 servers that have become more or less the standard in the enterprise. The new offerings incorporate technologies developed by the OpenPOWER Foundation, an organization backed by companies including Canonical Ltd., Mellanox Technologies, NVIDIA Corp., and Tyan Computer Corp. that aims to build solutions atop of the open architecture of IBM’s POWER processor.
IBM said its Power Systems LC servers are an entirely new product line separate from the L product line for Linux that was launched last year.
“This server didn’t exist before. It’s not an incremental launch but a completely new product line,” Sumit Gupta, VP, High-Performance Computing & OpenPOWER Operations at IBM, told SiliconANGLE.
Gupta said the Power Systems LC servers are aimed specifically at Big Data analytics, cloud and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. He boasted that Power Systems LC offers more than twice the performance per dollar spent versus comparable x86 systems, and a massive 94 percent performance improvement when it comes to Apache Spark workloads.
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