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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM POWER8 Servers

Do you run Windows loads? Are those loads exclusive to Windows? If yes, that's the only case where you cannot take advantage of POWER8 Systems.For all the other cases, workloads run better on POWER8. It doesn't matter if they are OLTP or web servers, in AIX, IBM i or Linux (Big Endian OR Little Endian), POWER8 Systems can run it. For HPC or AI cases where you need powerful GPU-CPU communication, POWER8 Machines have you covered as well, boasting better training times for AI models.
Roberto Etcheverry | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM POWER9 Servers

This platform is very easily configurable and is found in the majority of businesses on each continent. They are used heavily by both the Fortune 500 companies as well as the smaller "mom and pop" shops. The O/S (operating system) is very flexible and may be configured to meet or exceed any security standards which are enforced today. There are a multitude of audit reports which may be generated to provide any information required for either audit purposes or to research a problem. There is not one business type more suited than another. They are found in retail, transportation, medical, education, manufacturing, research to name a few.
Mike Harrison | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

IBM POWER8 Servers

  • Performance
  • Flexibility
  • Security
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM POWER9 Servers

  • Our Power 9 servers provide a rock-solid platform to run our services on that we can maintain without application downtime or incidents.
  • Power 9 scaled up nicely from our Power 7 and Power 8 servers to provide better performance per core and more memory capacity for the cost.
  • We are able to condense our servers when migrating from Power 7 to Power 9 from a 4 CEC 770 to a single E950 to improve floor space and power consumption within the data center.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM POWER8 Servers

  • The noise levels for the scale-out machines are too much for small offices.
Roberto Etcheverry | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM POWER9 Servers

  • I believe that IBM should continue to look for ways to find additional work loads to run on the Power platform for larger adoption.
  • IBM should invest heavily in making Power Servers easier to learn/use for new adoption.
  • IBM should make the servers easier to license/manage for the MSP model
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

IBM POWER8 Servers

When deciding on servers to run our critical applications IBM Power systems are always at the top of our list. The tradition of reliability, performance and security is unmatched in the industry. We have a large VMware environment running x86 servers but they mainly support windows based applications like exchange
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM POWER9 Servers

IBM POWER9 servers have demonstrated better performance per core and faster memory bandwidth over the x86 servers in our environment. Our benchmark testing of a handful of applications have shown POWER9 as the clear leader across all the tests.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

IBM POWER8 Servers

  • POWER8 Machines have allowed our customers to stay current on hardware and software, and to comply with the security standards required for communication.
  • Newer and faster machines have solved bottlenecks in our customers' workflows, meeting their growing demands.
  • POWER8 Introduces support for little endian Linux, which solves a problem some customers had when migrating to POWER8 Systems (the specific code that had endian-ness dependencies).
Roberto Etcheverry | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM POWER9 Servers

  • IBM POWER Systems allow a better CAPex and lower OPex on SAP HANA deployment.
  • IBM allows migration of certain software licenses between older machines leveraging a company's investment on software.
  • The simplicity of management allows for less IT personnel to monitor daily operations.
Roberto Etcheverry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM POWER8 Servers

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

IBM POWER9 Servers

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

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