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October 17, 2007  7:18 AM

IBM configures System i 525 to jibe with ERP apps



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...

October 10, 2007  8:32 AM

Buy a System i, get a BladeCenter free



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware

Insider Weekly has a story on a deal that IBM is offering. If you buy an expensive enough System i box, Big Blue will give you a BladeCenter for free. The catch is that the System i has to cost at least $150,000 and include two PCI-X iSCSI...


October 3, 2007  7:55 AM

Systems integrator says i reorganization is overdue



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware

Chris Maxcer interviewed Kevin Fratzke, vice president of MSI Systems Integrator, about IBM's decision to


September 18, 2007  9:24 PM

IBM the SMB follower with Shorty now out



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware

Timothy Prickett Morgan at IT Jungle has a great column reviewing Hewlett-Packard's release of the BladeSystem c3000, nicknamed "Shorty." The new HP chassis can hold eight blades, sits 10.5 inches high and draws from a regular...


September 18, 2007  9:00 PM

The iSeries mainframe



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware

Check out this quote from a local story in the Dodge City Daily Globe, which serves southwest Kansas. The quote refers to some purchases the local government recently made (bold type is my...


August 22, 2007  8:27 AM

Beware: The pitfalls of the System i 515



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware

Lukas Beeler has a post on his blog about the things to keep in mind when considering buying the System i 515. When IBM


August 8, 2007  11:27 AM

SAS drives to be available in System i



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware

Serial attached SCSI (SAS) drives will be available in System i servers, starting with the Power6-based System i5 570 coming out later this year.

The story has some interesting comments about how it's good to get SAS on...


July 29, 2007  8:55 PM

IBM’s System i strategy is a stumble in the right direction



Posted by: Atrujillo
Product recommendations or warnings, System i hardware

The following is a response from one of our readers, John DeCoville, to Mark Fontecchio's article IBM System i division filing for divorce. Thanks for the insight, John.


I think that...


July 19, 2007  10:00 AM

System i division splits; Power6 System i due out this year



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware

Mark Shearer, the IBM System i general manager, announced some big organizational news when I talked to him yesterday. Big Blue is splitting the server division in two. High-end models like the 570 and 595 will be in a new Power Systems unit along with IBM's Unix line, the System p. Lower-end...


July 10, 2007  4:02 PM

AS/400 versus 60-Dell server cluster



Posted by: Matt Stansberry
System i hardware

In a recent Slashdot post, readers compared using 60 Dell rack-mount servers in a Linux cluster to the AS/400. The pro-Linux cluster reader said that the...


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