RESEARCH PAPER: IBM LinuxONE Delivers Performance and Cost Benefits

By Matt Kimball, Patrick Moorhead - November 5, 2020

Successful technology trends and innovations often have roots in cost reduction, simplicity and business agility. Ironically, in the era of virtualization and consolidation, the datacenter footprint has grown for many businesses, with a corresponding increase in capital expenditures (CapEx) and operational expenditures (OpEx).

One of the reasons costs increase through the adoption of technology is the distributed nature of many datacenters. New applications and workloads are deployed regularly to fuel digital transformation. As a result, new infrastructure is purchased, deployed, provisioned and managed in support of the business needs. And before long, costs have increased significantly.

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Table Of Contents:

  • Summary
  • The TCO Misunderstanding
  • Don't Forget About The Software "Tax"
  • This Doesn't Mean That TCO Is Flawed
  • Real Datacenter Consolidation
  • LinuxONE - What Real TCO Looks Like
  • LinuxONE Architecture - The Foundation Of Consolidation
  • Workload Affinity - Where LinuxONE Shines
  • Who Should Consider LinuxONE?
  • Conclusion
  • Figure 1: The March To VM Sprawl
  • Figure 2: Datacenter Consolidation On LinuxONE

Companies Cited:

  • IBM
Matthew Kimball
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Matt Kimball is a Moor Insights & Strategy senior datacenter analyst covering servers and storage. Matt’s 25 plus years of real-world experience in high tech spans from hardware to software as a product manager, product marketer, engineer and enterprise IT practitioner.  This experience has led to a firm conviction that the success of an offering lies, of course, in a profitable, unique and targeted offering, but most importantly in the ability to position and communicate it effectively to the target audience.

Patrick Moorhead
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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.