IBM has announced a new effort to bring OpenPower Power8 servers to the IBM SoftLayer cloud, though there are few details on what the server offerings which actually include at this point.
An IBM spokesperson told ServerWatch that information on system specifications and any comparisons to x86 systems will not be publicly shared until later this year then when the new service becomes generally available.
IBM also did not have any comment on whether or not SoftLayer would be leveraging the OpenStack Ironic project to enable the bare metal OpenPower server offering. OpenStack Ironic is an open-source effort within the OpenStack Cloud platform to enable the provisioning of bare metal servers. Multiple OpenStack vendors including Rackspace, use Ironic today to power bare metal cloud server delivery.