With IBM’s POWER8 now well and truly launched, Big Blue’s sights seem firmly fixed on the x86 market and winning share with what seems to be quite a compelling offering.

However, where does this leave our traditional customers?

In our opinion, whatever the answer is with POWER8, it cannot be bad.  While IBM brings the fight to the crowded end of the datacentre, our customers with Power I or AIX systems in place will see the benefit by moving to POWER8 with vastly reduced TCO costs and a big leap in the number of bangs for your buck, and also in utilising the performance gains in processor and memory throughput built into the Power 8 systems and aimed at competing in today’s demanding cloud environments can share in the gains.

This article at IT Jungle talks a little about the announcement and how it is targeted, as well as some stats which makes for interesting reading.