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 release from Chris Maxcer over at the System i Network, who wrote that System i blades were coming on Nov. 30 of this year. Maxcer said he was looking around IBM’s Project Big Green, which eventually led him to another press release about IBM and data center energy efficiency. Near the end of that release is this paragraph:
POWER6 processor-based Blade systems for AIX and Linux on POWER are scheduled to be available on BladeCenter H and BladeCenter HT chassis beginning November 30. A JS22 Express configuration, including 4 GB memory, a 73GB hard disk drive and BladeCenter H chassis is priced at $10,363.
There is that Nov. 30 date. Although there is a footnote tied to the date basically saying, “Don’t hold us to this date,” I was surprised that this date would be thrown out in a press release the same week that an IBM executive in the IBM Power Systems group told me they wouldn’t be out until the first half of next year.
So I followed through to figure out which was correct, and received this email from a third-party IBM PR rep: “The i5/OS won’t be available on the JS22 until the first half of next year; November 30th was a typo. I apologize for the confusion.”
Hey, no problem. As long as we got it right (then or eventually), it’s all good.