IBM and SAP continue to work more closely together in the business analytics market. The latest move involves integrated Power Systems for SAP HANA -- which are designed for analytics and transactional customers.

The spin? IBM claims commodity servers -- a polite jab at Intel x86 systems -- are "stretched to their limits" by new cloud and on-premises workloads. In stark contrast, IBM's Power Systems are "uniquely suited" to provide faster access to critical data, IBM claims.

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