IBM’s POWER servers are built with Linux in mind, supporting all the major flavours of OS. The real ‘advantage’ however can be seen at scale – supporting scale out as well as scale up, and demonstratably supporting significantly more workload than the Intel counterparts in many instances.
Will it cost more? We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The latest POWER8 Linux servers have been priced to compete directly with commodity x86 equivalents. And Applied would be glad to work with any organisation to look at the benefits they would bring. We can provide POC equipment, help you look at porting your workload and size the solution.