International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation is a brand that directly connotes PC hardware and software. It is the case! Its century-long history has generated a number of Nobel-prize winners and a galaxy of inventions that stroke root in everyday life. The ‘Big Blue’ is the company’s nickname, deriving either from the color of mainframes IBM installed in earlier times, blue suits worn by many employees or the color of corporate logos. The etymology of it is still vague.
Today IBM designs and markets not only hardware and software, but also hosting and cloud computing services which are broadly implemented into research, finance, engineering, medical, construction, and nanotechnology fields. Giving tributes to the impact this company made to the development of information technology, it must be noted that the Corporation carried its weight into the first ever human landing on the moon. That speaks volumes.
IBM’s most prominent inventions are:
To continue, the company’s products till nowadays are widely incorporated into versatile devices. For instance, IBM’s microprocessors can be found in all gaming consoles of the previous generation as well as in current elaborations: i.e. Xbox 360 with PowerPC tri-core processor, PlayStation 3 with Cell BE chip, Nintendo Wii U with Broadway chip.
- floppy disks, HDDs;
- automated teller machine (ATM);
- magnetic card;
- virtual machine;
- dynamic random access memory (DRAM) is till nowadays used in motherboards and other ICs;
- relational database;
- financial swap;
- universal product code (UPC);
- Watson artificial intelligence;
- electronic keypunch.
Covering nearly all spheres of modern IT and computing world, the manufacturer puts strong emphasis on the development of cloud storage business. With this purpose, its officials agreed to invest $1.2 billion into the construction of 15 new data centers around the world. Along with cloud computing, IBM pays great attention to research and innovation. This results in the appearance of hundreds of new patents for inventions each year.
Finally, the manufacturer’s greatest deal during the past decade was marketing its PC business in 2005 to Lenovo. Besides, official authorities are making plans to sell x86 server division to this vendor for some estimated $2.1 billion.
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