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February 6, 2008  12:02 PM

IBM advertising System i Express



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware

David Vasta, over at our sister blog at IT Knowledge Exchange, has a post there about how he overheard an ad on the radio for the System i Express server. Considering how one of the beefs from System i users...

January 28, 2008  10:06 AM

IBM escaping the hardware business?



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware

Arthur Cole at IT Business Edge has a blog post speculating over whether IBM is "looking to get out of the server hardware market before virtualization sends it crashing to the floor." Cole's argument is that despite IBM's denials, its...


January 21, 2008  1:54 PM

User suggestions for the System i



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware, System i software

The IT Jungle has a bunch of user feedback regarding the System i, where it's going, and where it should be going. This comes in the midst of a small revenue increase for the platform announced by IBM last week. Still, the platform...


January 21, 2008  9:00 AM

Congratulations System i, your revenue is up



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware, 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...


January 9, 2008  7:50 PM

Bye, Marc Dupaquier



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware

In mid-December, we published an interview with Marc Dupaquier, who was the general manager of IBM's Business Systems division. Well, it looks like it was just a one-year contract. An IBM reorganization at the...


November 14, 2007  2:45 PM

The System i Vertical Industry Program (VIP)



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware

In January, IBM introduced the System i VIP, a way for users in particular industries -- book publishing or sanitation supply, for example -- to get hooked on the midrange server platform. IBM's goal was to win partners in the program who would then go out and sell IBM hardware and software,...


November 9, 2007  11:27 AM

The i5/OS blade: Confusion, then resolution



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Operating systems, System i hardware

As I said in a previous post, the i5/OS blade isn't coming until next year. That is still the case, despite some confusion borne by an IBM press release. I found out about the press...


November 7, 2007  3:55 PM

i5/OS on blade server not coming until next year



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Logical partitions, Operating systems, System i hardware

There was plenty of talk earlier this year that a server blade running i5/OS might be ready by the end of this year, but in conversations I had this week from IBM's Power systems group, that's not going to...


October 31, 2007  8:45 AM

System i hardware upgrade calculator



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Product recommendations or warnings, System i hardware

Timothy Prickett Morgan at IT Jungle has put together a great resource for older AS/400 and iSeries shops that are thinking about upgrading to a System i model. Heck, the resource is great for those who aren't thinking about...


October 24, 2007  8:49 AM

Get ready for a shocker: IBM System i revenues dropped again



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware, System i revenue

For what has now been eight quarters in a row -- that's two years -- IBM System i revenues have dropped in year-over-year comparisons. You would think at some point that the platform's revenue would have hit the bottom of the...


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