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Sep 3 2009   1:14PM GMT

System p or pSeries: Does it matter?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Trevor Perry is apparently still peeved that end users still call IBM systems the iSeries, pSeries, or whatever old name you might have for an IBM platform. He must be livid at the name of this blog (iSeries Blog), and even more so our Search400 site, as well as IT Jungle’s various “Four Hundred” news sites. Yeah, that must be the reason for the decline of the platform!

Wait. Mainframe users still regularly call the mainframe the zSeries (the official IBM name is System z), yet IBM has shown record sales numbers for the platform (most recent quarter excluded). End users still call IBM’s x86 servers the xSeries — in fact I hear them saying xSeries more often than System x — and that platform is doing just fine. And in fact, the System p platform is selling just fine, thank you, despite end users calling it the pSeries all the time.

I don’t really think it matters what people call it, as long as everyone understands what they’re talking about. What matters is the technology and marketing behind it.

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  • Dmgibbs
    Trevor who?
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  • PTSacco
    Fixed it Dave, thank you!
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  • TomN
    Well, all of the people in my circle STILL call it "The 400"!!! I have the same sentiment myself. While we're at it, since in their day they were so successful and easy to relate to, why don't we just go back to the System/3, /34, /36, /38 naming style and step from there? Plenty of numbers to go, but then they messed the sequence all up when they did AS/400! ...but I suppose they could go from there.
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