Did Santa bring me the largest IBM Power Cloud on the planet?

Christmas present

This year Santa added another 500,000CPW processing capacity onto my IBM POWER cloud, taking the total capacity to well over 1.5M CPW for IBM i / iSeries applications.

I want to know if this is the now the largest cloud / infrastructure as a service in the World for IBM i. If anybody knows of a larger IBM i Cloud, I would be interested in knowing how much more our cloud needs to grow before it is the undisputed largest on the planet.

Prior to IBM Power Systems, I’ve worked with AS/400 for 20 years and over the past 10 years I have read articles and been to seminars that talk about the demise of IBM i. However, those in the know (and all IBM i fans) will join me in agreeing that it’s a great operating system, on great hardware. Quite frankly, anybody that puts it down actually just does not understand how the technology works and its many advantages.

This Year I have worked with many ISVs (software vendors) who’s applications sit on IBM i. Together we have won new customers for their application by providing an agile, capacity-on-demand approach as they migrated their customers from other legacy applications to shiny new applications sitting on our IBM i POWER Cloud.  These are brand new customers to the software vendor and to IBM i. These customers have brought the technology and the software for what it can do for their business, without the need to consider the cost to the business of employing skilled staff.

Indeed it’s not just been ISVs taking advantage of the IBM i cloud for their new clients. 64% of our cloud is populated by direct Blue Chip end customers from across the World, who have run IBM i for a number of years and who’s applications are integral to their business. These businesses have however fallen out of love with owning and running the infrastructure. The IBM i Cloud allows them to run the latest technology, have 24×7 operations and only pay a fraction of their traditional in-house, on-premise model.

I’m really positive for the 2014 outlook of IBM i servers, but I’d love to hear your viewpoint.


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