Last week Darryl Taft of eweek.com, "one of the most active middleware reporters in the world" also an expert on developer tools and development related issues, made a pretty strong case for why hardware is still hot at IBM. He illustrated how we have stayed true to our "hardware heritage" at IBM. In case you missed it here are a few of his reasons:
The World's Top Server Vendor
IBM is the world's No. 1 overall server vendor, with 32 percent revenue share for full year 2009, according to Gartner, and 32.9 percent revenue share according to IDC.
The X Factor
IBM experienced the largest x86 server growth—3.5 percent year over year—of the top five server vendors in Q4 '09 and now holds 19.6 percent revenue share, according to IDC. It was IBM's fourth consecutive quarter of revenue share gains.
Squeezing the Cost Out of x86 Servers
IBM's new eX5 servers are the result of a three-year engineering effort to improve the economics of operating enterprise-size, x86-based systems. IBM says that with six times more memory scalability, eX5 systems integrate with IBM middleware to create a highly virtualized environment that can reduce the number of servers needed by half while cutting storage costs 97 percent and licensing fees by 50 percent.
We're glad to see that IBM is being recognized for adjusting to the requirements of modern workloads with complimentary hardware. For more information on the new portfolio of system x servers built with Intel processors visit us at: