IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - April 2018 - 24
"Clients today want choice and
flexibility. Showing a strong
ecosystem at all levels ensures
they have both."
"Clients today want choice
and flexibility," she points out.
"Showing a strong ecosystem at
all levels ensures they have both.
This also links to our focus on
deployment options, including
on-premises or a private, public or
Kathy Bennett, vice president,
IBM Systems, Global ISV
Technical Enablement and
Support, agrees, adding that
the Power Systems ecosystem
offers flexibility and agility to
respond to current and changing
workloads. "What we hear from
clients is, 'We love the flexibility
that the IBM POWER* platform
gives us by being able to add
new SAP HANA workloads to our
existing systems,' " she says.
Open source is playing an
increasingly important role,
King says, and ISV partners are
critical in that process. Many
open-source environments are
Linux technology-based, which
makes them easy to integrate into
the POWER ecosystem.
"As clients move into new
applications and use AI or deep
learning libraries like Tensorflow,
they'll see those are all supported
by Linux," she says. "To support
our clients as they make the
journey into those new spaces, we
need to make sure we're building
out the ecosystem for Linux
running on the POWER platform."
The Partner Connection
By working with more than 600
universities, IBM is helping
ensure the next generation of
developers and data scientists
gain skills to leverage and
optimize the Linux on POWER
ecosystem. IBM also continues to
build relationships with hardware
and software partners.
For example, SAP HANA is
an in-memory data platform,
deployable in the cloud or
on-premises, that accelerates
business processes and enables
new insights. Running it on
POWER lets clients optimize
HANA-based advanced analytics
and business applications
on a single, flexible POWER
"The POWER platform has
a long history of running SAP
workloads, and as clients make
the transition to HANA, they
want the ability to take an
approach that is complimentary
to what they already have in
OpenPOWER Foundation Partnerships
The OpenPOWER Foundation is an open technical organization that enables member companies to customize
their IBM POWER* CPU processors and system platforms. This allows participating organizations to optimize
and innovate to meet their business needs and the needs of clients.
"Think of OpenPOWER as an open innovation model with Linux* on POWER as the key element. Looking at the
success of Linux, it wasn't the result of one company innovating. It was through collaboration of developers and companies in the community. This same model should apply to the whole solution stack," says Gina King, director of Global
Ecosystem and Alliances, IBM Cognitive Systems. "The OpenPOWER Foundation gives an opportunity to advance
technology as a community. That is a huge shift in the paradigm of processor technology."
The Foundation has swelled to more than 325 participants, including infrastructure partners, ISVs, universities
and cloud providers. It has expanded capabilities across the entire solution stack and helped broaden the Linux
on POWER ecosystem.
"An open ecosystem approach drives more innovation and ultimately higher value for clients. It also provides
the opportunity for us and our partners to reach into emerging areas like artificial intelligence to augment what
we have," King says.
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-Terri Virnig, vice president of Power Ecosystem