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Opinion: Why IBM Power Systems are like Lego


Lego computer

I like Lego. Always have. We had a load of bricks when I was growing up and I built loads of robots, spaceships and other models. Now I have children of my own and I get to build Lego sets with them too.

I built the Lego Millennium Falcon with my eldest, which took a good few hours. She took it through to show her cousin, tripped, dropped it, and sent bits all over the place. So we built it again which was still a pleasure.

For me, I see similarities between Lego and what we do in IBM. Lego bricks are the elements I want to use for building models and IBM Power Systems are building blocks with which we can build solutions for our customers.

Lego blocks are tough, as you will know if you have ever stood on one. They have built towers (the latest one was in Milan last month) up to 115ft tall. However, Lego elements are so strong that it has been calculated that you could build a tower up to 3,591m consisting of 375,000 bricks before the pressure of the tower would squash the bricks at the bottom.

Lego elements are created to a standard that I consider to be much higher than the competitive toys that are now available and look similar. In the same way, I consider IBM Power Systems are built to satisfy the requirements of the most demanding of workloads, delivering superior results than our competition.

Let me take you through some of the ways I see Lego and IBM Power Systems as similar.

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What bricks does Lego use to run its business? Components from IBM, including IBM Power Systems, of course!  To quote Esben Viskum, senior director of Lego’s service center: “Due to the architecture and design of the cloud-based Lego Matrix, I.T. is not a bottleneck on growth.”

So, to conclude, when building models I would always use Lego as I believe it delivers against my requirements for the models my children and I build. For business solutions, I believe IBM Power Systems are excellent choices to use as components in your solutions, interconnected with software and other infrastructure that may also come from IBM. This is because they can deliver superior results against the competition for the workloads today’s businesses require.

Want to know more?  Come and ask me, and follow me on Twitter.

David Spurway is IBM Power Systems Product Manager for UK and Ireland. You can contact him at

Twitter: @D_Spurway


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