International Business Machines, in its latest attempt at reviving demand for its hardware products, is unveiling high-end system Relevant Products/Services servers that it says are 50 times faster than its closest competitor at analysing data Relevant Products/Services.

The POWER8 servers, the product of a $2.4 billion, three-year investment, are part of the company's decade-long shift to higher-value hardware technology. IBM said the machines are 50 times faster than the low-end x86-based servers it sold to Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group in January.

The technology services provider said yesterday it hopes the servers, designed for large-scale Relevant Products/Services computing Relevant Products/Services, will appeal to clients looking to manage new types of social and mobile computing and mass amounts of data.

Last week, the company reported its lowest quarterly revenue in five years, weighed down by falling demand for its storage Relevant Products/Services and server Relevant Products/Services products.

IBM dominates the higher-end server market with 57% market share, according to research firm Canalys.

"For IBM customers in particular the POWER8 represents a generational jump forward so far as overall performance and system capacity goes," said Charles King, an analyst at Pund-IT Relevant Products/Services in California.

"POWER8 should help IBM move forward in this very cloud Relevant Products/Services-centric, analytic path that it has been working on," he said.

Some analysts, however, say IBM's shift to high-end servers makes products like POWER8 appealing only to niche customers.

"Not every app needs a high-end server," said Jefferies analyst Peter Misek. "With IBM getting out of that lower-end business Relevant Products/Services, it dramatically shrinks their addressable market."

In order to make the servers adaptable to different needs, IBM released the data specifications for its POWER8 processor Relevant Products/Services to the OpenPOWER foundation, allowing the development community to deliver new system designs based on POWER8.

The foundation, whose more than two-dozen members include Google, Israeli chip designer Mellanox Technologies, US chipmaker Nvidia and Taiwan-based server supplier Tyan Computer, will have access to hardware previously proprietary to IBM.