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Sep 17 2009   2:10PM GMT

IBM makes System i rebate more reasonable

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

IBM has revised an ISV-based program for Power Systems users that expands the ability for them to get a rebate.

The original rebate, announced earlier this summer, offered the rebate if the user installed a particular ISV’s software for the first time. The rebate had a restriction where a major executive had to sign a certificate promising that the company never had any of the ISV’s applications ever installed at the company. The new application also had to go onto a new Power box.

That seemed a little harsh, especially considering the relatively small size of the rebate (ranging from $2,000 for a Power 520 to $225,000 for the multimillion-dollar 64-core Power 595 using 5GHz Power 6 processors).

IBM has now changed that, saying that the rebate is available for new application installations for the listed ISV partners, of which there are almost 100. In other words, the company may have had installed some application from the ISV, but not a different application or new module of the application. Before, installing that new module would mean no rebate. Now, if the installation of the new modules accompanies the purchase of a new Power machine, the user can get the rebate. The machiens must be running IBM i 6.1, AIX 6.1, or Linux.

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