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"IBM Power Systems are secure and have fast processing.""The availability of a solution depends on the requirement of the customer. The most valuable feature is the virtualization. You can have this one system or you can use it for many. They were using almost 120 servers within that specific service.""I use the hypervisor of IBM Power Systems a lot.""What we like the most is the ability to upgrade the scaling of the system itself. Whenever we need extra storage, we can do that. Whenever we need extra memory, we can do that as well. It's fast and it's available.""Power Systems is like a dream solution for every IT person because it has redundancy, and it doesn't stop. It doesn't get affected easily. I don't see any weaknesses in this solution. At the moment, we have Power8. It is stable and runs smoothly. We have a big load, and it is working very well. It can be customized based on our needs. Flash copy is helping us amazingly. We have virtualization for vDisks, which is again very helpful. We are working on this virtualization technology, and we have a team that is working on redundancy and architecture.""We value the stability and technology capability of this solution the most. It is very stable, and the processor technology of IBM is very good. When you have a CIO and you are dealing with C-level every day, you can, without any doubt, support the core banking or critical applications with this solution.""I can have what they call multi-tenancy, meaning that I can have multiple tenants within the same server.""The technical support that clients get from IBM is excellent."

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"The Oracle server is very powerful. They are more powerful and durable compared to Intel hardware. Which has been a benefit to our organization."

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"IBM should be more flexible with marketing or offer marketing events themselves and invite the partners to attend. That might be far more productive.""If you asked me what I'd like added, I'd say that it'd be nice if they ran GPUs, however, I know that's not the direction they're going. That said, I would appreciate it if they offered GPU support.""In Power6, latency was an issue, but nowadays, we are on Power8, which doesn't have any such problems. Sometimes, we have issues when we are moving to a new version, which is the case with almost every company. Some new issues or problems show up suddenly, and you do not have the time to research and find the solution. That's when we contact IBM technical support.""Its price can be improved. It is too high.""The scalability process should be simplified.""It would be ideal if the solution was more simple to work with.""It does not offer the ability to run any X86 or X64 Intel architecture-based application on Power Systems. There are a lot of applications, lots of business use cases that do not support this architecture as of now. If somehow application tasks can be ported on to IBM Power Systems, that would be a big improvement.""Its management can be made easier because it is not easy to manage. They should also find a new way for migrating from an old Power Systems to a new one. The migration process is currently very complicated. It should be made easier to scale. Currently, its scalability depends on the initial sizing, whereas in Nutanix HCI, you can add whatever you need and whenever you need it."

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"The solution could improve by giving a clear roadmap about the future. I'm not seeing a lot of improvements on the OS side of the software. They need to work more on the operating system."

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"The pricing of the solution is very good because we can beat any other competitor with the pricing. Lately, they have offered good pricing for their customer.""Its price depends on the sizing.""The pricing is reasonable.""Its price is too high."

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"Oracle SPARC Servers are expensive to manage, this is because after five years Oracle will increase the support charges for the hardware. The licensing policy for Oracle is different for Intel and Sparc. It will cost you less if you use your Oracle hardware with Oracle SPARC Servers."

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Top Answer: We value the stability and technology capability of this solution the most. It is very stable, and the processor technology of IBM is very good. When you have a CIO and you are dealing with C-level… more »
Top Answer: Its management can be made easier because it is not easy to manage. They should also find a new way for migrating from an old Power Systems to a new one. The migration process is currently very… more »
Top Answer: IBM Power Systems is used for the core banking applications. We have accounts with financial enterprises in Egypt. We propose this solution if you are a bank, you are upgrading or migrating bank… more »
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Overview
IBM Power Systems are built to crush the most advanced data applications - from the mission-critical workloads you run today to the next generation of AI.

Oracle's SPARC S7, T7, and M7 Servers with always-on memory intrusion protection and comprehensive data encryption secure data with no performance penalty. Security in silicon features and Oracle Solaris protect data in memory from unauthorized access and stop malware before it gets in.

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University Hospitals Leuven, B&H Photo, Tuscon Electric Power, IS Nordic, Siemens
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Financial Services Firm30%
Retailer13%
Manufacturing Company9%
Media Company4%
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Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government7%
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Comms Service Provider25%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government7%
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IBM Power Systems is ranked 4th in Rack Servers with 11 reviews while Oracle SPARC Servers is ranked 9th in Rack Servers with 1 review. IBM Power Systems is rated 8.4, while Oracle SPARC Servers is rated 6.0. The top reviewer of IBM Power Systems writes "Saves the cost of having one person at the data center solely looking at data systems". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle SPARC Servers writes "Powerful servers, reliable, but operating systems needs improvement". IBM Power Systems is most compared with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Intel Server System, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers and HPE Apollo, whereas Oracle SPARC Servers is most compared with Intel Server System, Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers and HPE Apollo.

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