Re: large POWER8 servers are out:
The ONLY thing he/she said that is true is that the E880 can have up to 16 sockets with 16 TB Ram. MadMike is pathetic.
Well, I posted a link directly from IBM. Did I made up that link? It was not true? In that link, IBM explicitly says that AIX is going to be killed off. It IS true and nothing I made up. So AIX is going to die says IBM - was not a lie, as you IBM supporters claim.
Regarding the 16-socket P880 server, I did not post a link to that one, but you acknowledge that piece of information as true.
I also talked about DELL(?) or someone similar I dont remember, selling a cheap POWER8 server for around 2000 quid. Because you accuse me of FUD and making up false things, I googled a bit and found the link again. It was not actually DELL (which is why I wrote a question mark), no, it was TYAN who is selling a POWER8 server for $2700 quid. Which was pretty close to my recollection. Here is the link to the cheap POWER8 server:
My point is, POWER8 has left the high end segment. They are now cheaper than a decent x86 server and the largest POWER8 server is tiny at 16-sockets. No more POWER in the high end segment. We all know IBM only does high margin business. POWER is going to be axed next, besides x86 servers, storage, and whatnot. POWER is now cheap low end-midend servers. IBM knows that POWER can never compete with cheaper and faster x86 servers - why keep developing POWER?
Regarding the "only and best choice" being a lie: well if you need some serious power, way more than the weak P880, if you need 32/64 sockets and 32TB RAM or so - what can you buy on the market that fulfills these requirements? IBM has no such large server, the P880 is hardly nothing more than two 8-socket servers glued together. HP has no such large server. Who is left other than Oracle and Fujitsu SPARC servers? I invite you to post links to a large server with 32 sockets, other than IBM, Oracle and HP. If you cannot, then I spoke true. Again. And all the time it was you the IBM crowd, that tried to FUD about my post.
Actually, if you so strongly believe that POWER is NOT going to be killed off - why are there no further roadmaps? The POWER9 is not mentioned. AIX latest release was pity and in effect development has stopped. Show us the roadmaps of POWER and AIX. There are none. Why? Because "IBM bets heavily on AIX and POWER"? Are you fooling yourselves?
It seems that you believe I will rejoice and be happy when AIX is killed, and POWER is soon dead. But that is not true. Competition is good for us customers, and if that happens there is no reason for Oracle to keep up the innovation pace and double performance every generation. Oracle has released five cpus in four years. Oracle will slow down when AIX and POWER has left the party. That is not good.