IBM’s efforts to expand the use of its Power chips in hyperscale data centers just got a big shot in the arm from Google.

The online giant is showing its first home-built server board based on IBM’s upcoming Power8 processor at an IBM conference in Las Vegas on Monday.

Google is a founding member of the OpenPower Foundation, IBM’s project to open up the design of its Power chip for use in new types of servers, so it’s no secret Google was on board with the effort. But it hadn’t confirmed publicly that it was building Power hardware and porting its software to the chip.

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