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)
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
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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.