IBM is keeping the faith for Unix just like it is for mainframes. It has announced a new Unix-based server, the IBM Power E1080, the first in a family that is based on the POWER10 processor.\nIBM announced the POWER10 processor last year. Designed on a 7nm process, it is expected to deliver up to a three-fold improvement in capacity and processor energy efficiency within the same power envelope as IBM POWER9.\nIt features a new technology called Memory Inception that supports multi-petabyte memory clusters for massive memory-intensive workloads along with end-to-end memory encryption with quadruple the number of AES encryption engines per core compared to IBM POWER9.\n\nIt is built for AI, with a new processor core architecture providing 10x, 15x and 20x faster AI inference for FP32, BFloat16, and INT8 calculations per socket, respectively.\nLike the mainframe, IBM\u2019s POWER servers aren\u2019t setting the world on fire when it comes to sales, but they play a big mission-critical role where they are used.\n\u201cIn 2020, the IBM Power Systems share of the worldwide server market in terms of vendor revenue was about 2%, which needs to be understood in the context of a high-end product in a mass market. For the sake of comparison, it is about the same as BMW\u2019s share in the worldwide automotive market,\u201d said Peter Rutten, research director, performance intensive computing at IDC.\nIBM doesn\u2019t update the POWER line as frequently as Intel does the Xeon, but it makes up for it with big jumps in performance. It claims the Power E1080 server can deliver up to 30% more performance per core and over 50% better total capacity at the socket and system level compared to the previous generation IBM Power E980 server.\nThis translates to a one-third reduction in energy consumption for the same workload as compared to the IBM Power E980. The company cited an unnamed customer who projected that they could consolidate 126 x86-based servers that ran a transactional database down to two IBM Power E1080 servers, resulting in an 80% reduction in energy use and a 70% reduction in per-core software licenses for the customer.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\nThe POWER series runs IBM\u2019s brand of Unix, called AIX, but IBM also incorporated Red Hat Linux into the E1080, a first for POWER processors, with four times greater OpenShift containerized throughput per core compared to x86-based servers.\nIBM is also making it possible for customers to buy server access as a service from IBM Cloud or they can install them on-premises and pay by the minute to help mitigate the cost, just like every other server vendor is doing.\nIBM is taking orders for the E1080 now and will begin shipping at the end of the month.