International Business Machines Corp. and Inspur, a large server maker from China, on Monday signed an agreement under which the latter will sell mission-critical servers featuring IBM software. In addition, Inspur plans to introduce servers based on the IBM Power 8 microprocessors. The move will help IBM to get better positions on the market of Big Data and analytics in China.
The two companies have collaborated and enabled IBM DB2 and IBM WebSphere application Sserver software to operate on Inspur TSK-1 systems. Inspur’s TSK1 fault-tolerant servers are based on up to 32 quad-core 1.60GHz Intel Itanium 9300-series central processing units with the Hyper-Threading technology and were designed entirely in China. The mission-critical servers are based on “unique” system architecture, monitoring system, radiating system, hot-swap redundancy design and fault-tolerant K-UX operating system. The machines are said to offer high performance, reliability, scalability, availability, security and manageability.
“Inspur looks forward to teaming with IBM to drive business innovation for local clients using the latest IBM technologies, business expertise and superior client support,” said Sun Pishu, chairman and CEO of Inspur. “Inspur’s growing partnership with IBM and our collaboration in the OpenPOWER Foundation demonstrates our joint commitment to fuel innovation in China.”
IBM’s DB2 with BLU Acceleration is the next generation platform delivering in-memory computing analytics with high performance transaction processing in one database, providing faster answers to today’s business problems. WebSphere Application Server helps customers respond to enterprise and market needs more quickly by enabling rapid development and deployment of web, mobile, social and analytic applications.
Previously both DB2 and WebSphere were exclusively available for IBM’s own servers. However, it looks like with the selling of its x86 server division to Lenovo IBM decided to reconsider its go-to-market strategies and offer its software on third-party systems as well.
Inspur will recruit a strategic ecosystem of partners to adopt the DB2 and WebSphere platform. Some of Inspur’s strategic software partners have already started porting to IBM middleware. IBM’s development laboratory in Beijing will optimize the platform for specific partner requirements and to develop new analytical applications. The agreement will help speed time-to-value for Big Data projects. IBM and Inspur will jointly support the ISVs and customers for this new platform.
According to industry analysts, China will be one of the leading countries in Big Data technology adoption. IDC expects the Big Data technology and services market in China to grow at 38.7% compound annual growth rate from $165.5 million to $850 million by 2017. The deal with Inspur will help IBM to capture a part of the growing market.
Separately, IBM and Inspur reaffirmed the latter’s intentions to build servers based on IBM Power 8 microprocessors in the future. IBM will make available its new POWER8 processors, support chips, and technical assistance and support services to help Inspur design its systems. In addition, Inspur will use system reference design materials provided through the OpenPower Foundation, and open source firmware and software available through open source communities.
“IBM is working with Inspur to develop an ecosystem of innovation, to create more value for our joint customers,” said D.C. Chien, chairman and CEO of IBM Greater China Group. “We look forward to continuing this important collaboration. These new initiatives, including our work as members of the OpenPOWER Foundation, clearly demonstrate how our customers can benefit from our optimized platforms for the most demanding computing needs.”