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Jan 21 2008   9:00AM GMT

Congratulations System i, your revenue is up



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
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System i revenue

In its earnings report last week, IBM announced that revenue for System i was up 2%. It’s the first time System i revenue has been up year-over-year in two years. The chief financial officer at IBM, Mark Loughridge, said the rise was due to the introduction of Power6 System i 570.

Although the 2% increase is compared to a 10% decrease in the fourth quarter of 2006, it’s still a whole lot better than it going down again. And given Loughridge’s reasons for the increase, it’s fair to think that revenues might continue to rise in 2008 when more Power6 boxes become available.

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  • Mark Fontecchio
    I would like to say congratulation for System i. But, I want to make a note. Since the invention of AS/400 which is the ancient system i, the world understand and no doubt about it's strength in I/O, interactive transaction processing capability and availability. The AS/400 users didn't now and of course doesn't need to know what technology inside there. All they want is processing power, stability, availability and of course virus resistant. In short I can say : it is up whenever I need it. But what happened now ? The System i seems like pushed very-very hard in the market by x86 system which going stronger and stronger. and System i try to accomodate with everything inside the box like java, php, mysql, linux on LPAR, what else ?.... one simple question : when we implement Linux on LPAR, there is some percentage processing overhead, and some processing power waisted. is it worth ? And for some other feature that "new" to System i as result in evolution to face the challenge from other architecture, does system i perform better ? For me, it is crucial because as long as I know, system i users willing to pay more for system that perform better from others. At least, at the area as I mentioned above. Regards.
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