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Nov 28 2007   12:52PM GMT

New analysis of System i sales strategy



Posted by: Atrujillo
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In a new IT Jungle article, Timothy Prickett Morgan discusses IBM’s Q4 sales strategy for System i. He offers some compelling arguments and analysis of IBM’s moves during 2007 as well as what the company’s short-term roadmap might mean for System i users. Here are some of the highlights I found interesting:

  • “IBM is expected to roll out the Power6 processor across the System i and System p lines in 2008, with the System i perhaps getting a revamp with a 615, 625, and 655 box in the late January to late February timeframe.”
  • “IBM is going to stop selling OS/400 V5R3 on January 4, 2008. No matter what, customers with AS/400 and iSeries 270s and 7XX machinery have to at the very least buy V5R3 before then because V5R3 is the final release to be supported on these machines.”
  • “Upgrades from iSeries Model 810 and 825 servers to user-priced System i 515 and 525 servers or a 550 Enterprise Edition are being withdrawn on December 1.”
  • “Upgrades to System i 5XX machines from iSeries 870 and 890 servers are still going to be available until April 8, 2008, and that is presumably because customers with these classes of machines need more planning time to figure out their upgrade path into the 9406-MMA 570 server that is a natural upgrade path for them.”

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  • Atrujillo
    Ah, the 270 and 7xx have finally become the S36 and IBM casts those customers adrift. Luckily they have linux on the horizon as a replacement. The difference I see is that the customers on the 270 that we have been working with ARE installing new apps and doing a fair amount of development but not on the iSeries. We traded our RPG/iSeries hats for Java/linux and open source. Sad to see the iSeries die in the SMB (I mean really SMB, not IBM SMB) market. thanks Ann Richmond ann@randrinc.com www.randrinc.com
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    The comment about V5R3 being the last version supported on the model 270's is incorrect. The model 270 will support V5R4.
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