Yesterday I went to a forum held by japanese media Itmedia Inc. and IBM, as an audience.
I had found its announcement on the web and got interested in the contents about open source OSs in Business.
It was indeed very interesting. IBM recommended replacing “PC-server” with their products designed specially for server use.
Let us confirm about what “PC-server” is. PCs(personal computers) were originally created with an aspect of lowering costs, thus they could not use for servers, which should go on and on with hard work. But recently PCs have been so improved that they could be used as server, moreover they keep offering low costs and they are provided by a variety of venders, thus more and more customers are tend to choice servers with the same architecture as PCs’.
In many sessions I heard, power and abilities were compared between IBM’s current servers and PC-servers, and superiorities of the former to the latter were presented.
Then a question came floating up to my mind. The architecture for “PCs” was originally owned by IBM itself. Decades ago it made the architecture open, that enabled many other venders to produce their PCs following the specifications. Thus one could say the boom of PC-servers today was originated by IBM itself. How do the IBM men feel about this peculiar history?
I casted the question to one of the IBM engineer. He told “Oh, I think PC servers should play their own roles,” and he spared me lot of time to explain every feature of PCs for and not for various uses as server.
Some of his explanations were understandable and others not for me. But there was one thing I got sure- his love for whatever called a computer, regardless of architectures or venders.
What had pushed the computer technology so far forward as today? Desire for better life, big flows of money, they might be some driving forces. But the biggest energy of innovation is love of people, engineers, sales, and also users, for computers, I believe. Indeed love is for everything.