IBM's first quarter 2014 results show a continued decline in hardware revenue, but Big Blue has a plan and new technology in the works.
Even at a glance, it's easy to see why IBM (NYSE: IBM) has the nickname Big Blue. The 100-year-old tech company has at various times been associated with everything from typewriters to mainframes to the PC, and now cloud computing.
IBM's server portfolio has undergone many makeovers since the company's first modular mainframe, the System/360, was unveiled in 1964. The System/360 was a departure from IBM's uncustomizable mainframe and is not so different from today's product families. Software and peripheral equipment were interchangeable, giving organizations a choice of five processors and 19 combinations of power, speed and memory.
Since then, IBM's server lines have undergone many changes. Today, IBM's servers are divided into three main product families: System z, System x and Power Systems. With System z, IBM offers several mainframes from which to choose. The two main flavors are the zEnterprise, which is designed to be a "System of Systems," integrating various IBM technologies to improve productivity in multi-architecture data centers and private clouds, and the IBM System z10, which takes a traditional mainframe approach.
At the other end of the spectrum is System x, IBM's x86-based server line. System x servers are available in all standard form factors -- racks, towers and blades -- with Intel or AMD processors and supporting Windows, Linux, Solaris or VMware. IBM also offers various "System x solutions," such as the IBM Express Servers and Storage for midsize businesses, which bundles together various server components. This category is the largest in terms of product choices.
IBM's Unix systems comprise its Power Systems. As the name implies, the Power processor (IBM POWER6 and POWER6+ for the latest batch of servers) is powering the box. Traditionally aimed at midrange computing environments, these servers support a host of operating systems including AIX, IBM i and Linux.
Although not entirely its own category, it would be a mistake to overlook BladeCenter, IBM's blade server offering. BladeCenter products are available for all three categories with a wide variety of chassis to meet a given set of needs.
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In an effort to help bolster its sagging Power Server Systems architecture, IBM once again bets big on Linux.
The hardware manufacturer is taking on the likes of Dell, HP and IBM in an effort to become a major player in the x86 server market.
During the first half of 2013, the HPC technical server market grew 6.2 percent, with an increase of 26 percent in unit shipments, compared to 2012.
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The Unix server market may be in decline, but you'd never know it from the growth in IBM's Power Systems line. From its low-end and midrange Power Express to its higher-end Power Enterprise offerings, Big Blue has a strong and ever-increasing presence in this space.
With both x86- and Power-based blades, IBM's BladeCenter portfolio offers numerous options for enterprises looking to take a small but mighty approach to their IT infrastructure.
IBM's servers fall into three main product families, System z, System x and Power Systems, that run the gamut from industry standard offerings to high-end proprietary mainframes.
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The third quarter marked the slowest quarterly growth rate for servers worldwide since the first quarter of 2010, according to IDC. Among global vendors, IBM was the big winner, picking up enough share to pull even with HP.
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White box vendors were once known for being an inexpensive source for hardware. Today, with IBM, Dell and HP selling commodity servers at similar, and sometimes lower, price points, these companies must find an underserved niche if they are to survive. Electronics Nexus is one company that has been able to this by selling high-end custom servers and GPU supercomputers to SMBs.
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IBM's release of the Power7 processor and a corresponding refresh of Power-based servers earlier this year has steadily breathed new life into what some believed was a stagnant product family. If you're in the market for a Unix server, here's what Big Blue has to offer.
Despite some assertions, mainframe technology is still alive and kicking. Those in the market for one of these high-end boxes will be hard-pressed to avoid IBM's System z. The mainframe family strives to be innovative and cutting edge while remaining true to its legacy.
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