IBM announced final quarter and full year earnings last week. While 4Q earnings beat Wall Street’s expectations, the most impressive item was buried deeper in the text: revenue from all of their hardware lines decreased except for Power Systems, which was up 6% for its 15th consecutive quarter of gains. You sure don’t hear that kind of news from Oracle/Sun and HP.
Power Systems is the moniker given the consolidated line of their legacy mid-range products – i-Series (aka AS/400) and p-Series (RS/6000) – which merged a few years back with the POWER6 cpu I believe. It amazes me that the i and the p basically run natively on the same hardware, and it still amazes me more how the i, the p, and the x (x-Series Intel-based servers) blades can all run in the same chassis. This would have been unfathomable ten years ago.