One of our more ‘experienced’ managers was regaling us with a time when AS400 servers were a million dollars each and required a wall removed from the customer’s computer room just to deliver them. These days the stories are a little more believable with IBM Power boxes filling only 4U of rack space and as you can see below, available for a much more palatable price.

Please note the below is an example only. Every business has its own specific requirements and we treat every new server solution as such.


8202-E4B – POWER7 720 Express P05

Processors:                                          4 available 1 active

CPW:                                                     5950 of a possible 23800

Memory:                                                8GB DDR3 ECC (upto 64GB)

Storage:                                                4 x Internal 139GB 15K SAS Drives

PCI Cards:                                             1 x 8 Gigabit PCI Express Dual Port Fibre Channel Adapter

1 x 4 port GB Ethernet Card

1 x 2 Line WAN card w/ modem

Operating System:                               V7R1 or V6R1

Console:                                               LAN (use 1 out of 4 port GB Ethernet)

Redundancy:                                        Dual Fan / Power supplies

Tape:                                                     External Fibre LTO4/5 24 tape library

Optical:                                                 SATA DVD RAM Drive

Form factor:                                         Rackmount (w/out rack)

Users:                                                   Unlimited

Hardware warranty:                             3 year 9 x 5 NBD non critical and 24 x 7 4hr critical response

Software maintenance:                       3 year 24 x 7 extended SWM


IBM List Price:                                    $150,000 + GST

Computer Merchants                         1800 777 111 Free call


Add an extra core (5950 CPW):         $12,383 + GST

Add 10 users:                                     $2,682 + GST


It’s a simple process for us to do a comparison of your current hardware and software maintenance over 3 years versus a new IBM POWER7 machine. We call it the ‘no brainer’ because for several of our current customers this comparison has turned out better on price alone for a new POWER7 then for 3 years of maintenance.

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