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IBM has decided the time is right to bring its Power-powered cloud on-prem. The IBM Power Virtual Server Private Cloud – announced Tuesday with little fanfare – is based on the IBM Power Virtual Servers Big Blue rents out in a manner that will be familiar to users of IaaS services. "IBM Power Systems clients who have …

  1. Mike 137 Silver badge

    On prem 'cloud'?

    So they're basically replacing your IT staff with a remote management outsource at a price.

    Reminds me of an old saying "cut out the middle man -- buy a pint of beer and pour it down the toilet"

  2. Bitsminer Silver badge


    The scale of these seems similar to a small corporate or university compute cluster.

    I wonder how they compare to AMD or ARM based machines.

    1. Sunset

      Re: HPC?

      On price? Horribly. These are emphatically not marketed for HPC.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: HPC?

      I think they're more focused on staying up, even if someone shoots a hole in the rack - that's why banks buy them (also because they have the money for this kind of kit because it ain't cheap).

      As far as I know they're not very good at HPC work, but if you want to run especially Linux VMs ad infinitum theirs is the stuff to get, provided you have the budget for these very expensive room heaters - the Power chip was pretty much made for that work and the gear is stupidly robust.

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