In my previous post I mentioned how the Intel Architecture was the enabler for the virtualised data center and then today IBM release their latest DS8000 series zombie array.
Like an automobile from Eastern Europe during the cold war, here comes the DS8700. With one gammy wheel, bad suspension and worse brakes this Yugo of enterprise storage arrays is just another iteration of something allegedly designed for everyone but desired by no one in particular. Though it's never boring to administer as there's always the sharp anticipation you're only seconds away from it going all split brain on you and will power itself off in a moment of confusion.
You'd have thought they'd have learned from their own success that the Intel powered SVC is the way to build systems, but no, someone has to use those polar bear drowning, penguin killing POWER processors as IBM need every distribution channel available to increase it's volume so they can drive fabrication costs down. God forbid the trust busters succeed in breaking the IBM mainframe monopoly because if they do the POWER architecture becomes economically unjustifiable.
Though it could be worse. They could be using MIPS. Most commonly found in the Nintendo 64.
And the USP-V.