IBM Opens New Lab in Taiwan

By Cindy Waxer March 28, 2011

IBM’s investment in its Power Systems high-end servers continues with the opening of its new Power Systems Development Laboratory in Taipei City, Taiwan. The lab will focus on designing new energy efficient technologies for the platform,

In the last four years alone, Big Blue has invested $3.2 billion in Power Systems – for good reason. Last year, 29 percent of IBM’s systems revenue was driven in its Growth Markets Unit. And in 2015, IBM anticipates that 40 percent of its total systems revenue will come from these growth markets.

"IBM is building this capability in Taiwan to serve the market opportunity for Power systems in emerging markets and globally," said Tom Rosamilia, general manager, IBM Power and z Systems, in a statement. "The new Power Systems Development Laboratory will extend IBM's leadership in systems expertise to allow us to continue to gain market share across the board."

According to IDC, IBM's Power Systems had 53.9 percent share of the worldwide UNIX server segment (by revenue) in fourth quarter 2010, as IBM gained 5.9 points of share over competitors and led the second-place vendor in the quarter by more than 30 percent.

IBM claims that its IBM Power Systems gain lower total cost of ownership and more resilient infrastructure than other UNIX or x86 systems due in large part to scalable performance, efficient virtualization and flexible workload optimization.

Earlier this year, reported that IBM revealed a 9 percent uptick in net income at $5.3 billion for its fourth-quarter. That’s compared to $4.8 billion in the same period a year earlier. Big Blue is also reporting a 7 percent increase to $29 billion in revenue for the October to December quarter. 

"We completed an outstanding year, with record profit and free cash flow, and exceeded the high end of our 2010 earnings per share roadmap objective," said Samuel J. Palmisano, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer, in a statement. "We also capped a decade in which our shift to high-value businesses, our global integration of IBM, our investment in research and development of almost $60 billion and our acquisition of 116 companies have helped us to nearly triple our EPS and return more than $100 billion to shareholders.”

Edited by Janice McDuffee

TechZone360 Contributing Editor

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