Mike Dolan, an IBM guy and someone we like to link to here on the ‘Log, has a cool blog post up today about a new IBM program that allows users to test drive System p hardware running Linux or AIX much in the same way Sun Microsystems has done with its “try and buy” program.
Here’s how the Program works:
- Choose a product.
- Fill out the contact information. You will be contacted within 24 hours to clarify and validate the information.
- If approved, an IBM Business Partner or IBM Sales Representative will then contact you to arrange shipment and extend a trial agreement to you. Our program goal is to have the machine arrive at your location no later than 2 weeks after signing the trial agreement.
- Should you decide not to keep the machine at the conclusion of the 60 day trial, please notify the IBM Business Partner or IBM Sales Representative, pack the machine in the original packing material, and return it to the address specified by the IBM Business Partner or IBM Sales Representative.
Some interesting trivia from Mike as well regarding virtualization: “These servers have the quad-core POWER 5+ processors in them with simultaneous multithreading. You can also leverage Advanced POWER Virtualization (APV) which won last year’s LinuxWorld award for Best Virtualization Solution (yes, it beat out Xen, Virtuozzo and VMWare).”