In case you missed it, here is the Q&A with Rad Adkins on the importance of hardware at IBM. I find Rod's answer to the question of hardware vs. software focus AT IBM to be dead on. Another example of how we are changing the server game!
"Q: Despite the company's history, the common assumption the last few years has been that IBM was becoming mainly a software and services company. IBM's recent aggressiveness and momentum in systems seem to contrast with that. How does IBM see systems fitting into its overall strategy?
A: IBM invests over $3 billion a year in systems and technology R&D for a reason. Our clients need innovative systems to help them reduce costs and support new business models. And IBM is innovating at every level: semiconductor, processor design, hardware design and architecture, operating system, systems management software. We work very hard at delivering highly optimized systems for transaction processing, analytics, business applications and Web collaboration. We know what our clients are looking for: innovation across a range of systems; high performance for ever-more-challenging workloads; extremely high levels of security and high availability; energy conservation; and, of course, low operating costs.
And that is driving our momentum. IBM has logged more than 2,100 customer wins in our Power servers from 2006 thru 2009, including nearly 1,050 versus Sun and nearly 825 versus HP. That has resulted in more than $2.15 billion in revenues. It's an average of more than one customer per day moving to IBM. Or I could talk about how we're building an impressive list of System z wins in emerging markets—such as First National Bank of Namibia, which purchased that African nation's first-ever mainframe last year. I have a pretty exciting job these days—it's an especially fun time to be working on systems at IBM."
Link to complete Q&A
Rod makes some great points as to why hardware is still a big priority at IBM. Power systems are part of what has contributed to our great success here at Big Blue! For more information enterprise systems, visit IBM.com.