IBM has announced a new partnership with leaders in the server industry like Google, NVIDIA, and Tyan. The OpenPOWER Consortium hopes to help the POWER architecture become relevant again, specifically in server markets. IBM will make the "POWER IP licensable to others and for the first time will make POWER hardware and software available to open development." IBM hopes to spark innovation in server, networking, storage, and GPU accelerated systems. Senior VP of IBM Software & Systems Steve Mills said, "Combining our talents and assets around the POWER architecture can greatly increase the rate of innovation throughout the industry. Developers now have access to an expanded and open set of server technologies for the first time. This type of ‘collaborative development’ model will change the way data center hardware is designed and deployed."
Source: Data Center Knowledge