On the way to work the other morning I was listening to a local talk station in Charlotte, NC and heard one of those familiar IBM radio ads with the IBM Drive through, in the end you find out they are talking about the IBM System i Express. I was happy to hear IBM putting the word out. Now they need to tell everyone the price as well. Starting at $8000.00. Not bad for a entry level midrange. It would make DELL and Microsoft alike shake in their boots.
IBM is starting to get it. Lotus is on track, IBM System i is on track now if we can only get rid of that pesky Windows OS the world would be a better place. I don’t mind the Windows desktop, so much as I do the Server. I don’t even on a good day consider the Windows Server a server. It’s more like an overgrown desktop. No honest administrator would be caught dead doing anything with a GUI….oh I have used iNavigator a few times but not all the time. This is a topic we can do another day.
I would love for small shops that need small servers to consider the System i now before you get tied up in a Windows Server that your business will out grow sooner rather than later. Do the right thing now, it may seem like more but in the end it’s actually less over time, plus when was the last time DELL offered you an upgrade path on an Intel Server?
If anyone had a link to the System i Express Ad please post it. I have looked all over for it.