IBM handicaps futue of Power in the cloud
The Power architecture has many server attributes that x86 does not. IBM has been trying to convince cloud service providers that Power offers a more cost effective server for the amount of work done than Intel. This was a steep hill to climb before, and so far, only the European service provider, OVH.com, has bitten on Power8 servers. By paying GlobalFoundries to take on its chip manufacturing oblications for the next three years, it's introduced a big yellow flag into the field of vision of any other cloud providers considering the same option. It's got a money-losing operation off the books three years sooner than it might have otherwise, but it also wounded the future prospects of its architecture. Builders of 300,000-server cloud centers hate uncertainty.