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Oct 31 2007   8:45AM GMT

System i hardware upgrade calculator

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

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 upgrading, simply because it’s always good to consider options that you didn’t know you had.

And it’s no surprise that IBM is trying hard to sell new hardware; judging by revenue numbers over the past two years, IBM hasn’t done so well when it comes to System i hardware. At least part of that problem is the hardiness of the platform itself. We’ve all heard stories of System i machines sitting in corners, running for years without a hiccup. While it’s a blessing for the shops where that is the case, it can be a curse for IBM: Its customers are hesitant to fix what they don’t consider broken.

And so IBM has assembled a way to compare AS/400 and iSeries boxes with what it views as the ideal System i hardware upgrade. The site looks at processor performance, hardware and software maintenance, and power costs. To simplify it for you, Morgan put it in this awesome System i comparison table. Check it out. Bookmark it.

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  • Corey Donovan
    TPM's articles at IT Jungle always rock and this latest comparison table is terrific. > "...running for years without a hiccup" This has been a blessing for used AS400 and iSeries resellers such as us (Vibrant). Rather than upgrade to IBM's latest systems, clients have been purchasing refurb upgrade parts and spares for existing systems. It appears that considering maintenance/power costs and lease rates some of the newer systems are starting to make sense. Luckily, we're also starting to get i5 systems in used now too and we can help those clients upgrade where it makes sense.
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