IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - July 2017 - 26
Why clients find POWER to be the best choice for today's workloads
rganizations use many criteria to choose a particular computing platform, but
cost is usually at the top of the list. Open systems, corporate standards, reference
architectures and open-source software are also important considerations.
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Regardless of the criteria
used, it's important to review
what actually happened
when an organization finally
puts a chosen platform into
production. Questions that need
to be asked are:
Did it work as planned?
Was it a failure?
Were adjustments required,
and if so, what kind?
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Those questions intrigued Skip
Garvin, senior technical solutions
manager in the IBM Systems Lab
Services Migration Factory.
For more than 35 years, the
Migration Factory has worked
with thousands of clients and
performed myriad migrations,
giving Garvin abundant material
for his analysis.
Garvin examined two basic
categories: clients who initially
selected POWER*, moved to Intel*
x86 and returned to POWER; and
clients who initially selected x86
and then moved to POWER.
Recently, a third category has
emerged, focusing on open-source
databases and SAP HANA. Clients
chose x86 for these solutions
as neither SAP nor open-source
vendors supported the POWER
platform initially. Happily, this is
no longer the case. The POWER