Yesterday I attended an IBM event on POWER7 in Los Angeles. The event was designed to show how POWER7 is a game changer in terms of form factor, massive parallelism and performance, virtualization, workload consolidation, integrated systems management, high availability, energy consumption, and overall costs.
First, Ross Mauri gave an introduction to POWER series and innovation over the last decade. He shared a lot of interesting metrics in terms of clients, migration patterns and experiences, key aspects of the system and overall score relative to competition… and he also shared some information on POWER7+, and POWER8 roadmap. Next, John Shedletsky (VP, IBM SWG) gave a presentation on how IBM software is integrated and optimized on POWER7, and shared some case studies and competitive analysis in terms of workload performance and scalability, and cost. Finally, Stan Pachura (CIO, The PMI Group) shared his experience with POWER7. He described how PMI had been able to upgrade to POWER7, and consolidate iSeries & BI workloads without incurring any additional costs.
Some of the vendors mentioned in the presentations included HP, SUN (Oracle), and VMware :-) Here is a link to the presentations: