Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware, System i software
IBM this week is releasing a System i 525 preconfigured to run enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications from Oracle and SAP.
This continues IBM’s efforts to position the System i as an ideal platform for running those back-end applications, which it has been doing for decades already. Last year, IBM offered a similar deal with the System i 520 for Oracle JD Edwards applications.
With the current announcement, the System i 525 is configured to handle up to 60 concurrent users of Oracle JD Edwards Enterprise One or SAP’s MySAP applications. By buying the preconfigured model, users would save almost 50% in hardware and software costs off the price tag of a 525 by itself plus the manual addition of more users. But why not just let the System i 520 and the System i 550, which both already have these preconfigured options, do their thing? Why introduce the System i 525 Solution Edition? IT Jungle has an idea:
The advent of this machine means three things. One, IBM is having trouble peddling JDE and SAP suites to i5/OS and OS/400 shops using the larger i5 550 Solution Edition boxes, which are aimed at customers who have 100 or more users, which are a lot more expensive even if they do have more oomph and expandability. This might have more to do with the number of users per site among the JDE and SAP bases that IBM is chasing than it has to do with its hardware. Two, the existing i5 520 Solution Edition machines, which do not have enough expansion, are less suited to JDE and SAP workloads than the 525. And third, the other vendors who can sell their wares on the i5 550 are screaming to be allowed to push this box.
These new boxes will be available on Oct. 19, according to IBM’s announcement letter.