IBM i Strategy and Roadmap
Welcome to 2010. It will be a busy one for us with the introduction of POWER7 processor-based servers and the next release of IBM i. These will provide Steve, Dawn and me ample material for future posts.
We have recently published a new white paper that you’ll want
to put on your must-read list for the new year. The paper is designed to help
you gain a better understanding of our strategy and roadmap for the IBM i operating
environment. It includes information about the IBM i market, reviews the Power
Systems and IBM i roadmap, and concludes with a listing of the wide range of
IBM initiatives to help businesses reduce costs, improve service and manage
risk. We trust it will be a page-turner.
We have recently published a new white paper that you’ll want to put on your must-read list for the new year. The paper is designed to help you gain a better understanding of our strategy and roadmap for the IBM i operating environment. It includes information about the IBM i market, reviews the Power Systems and IBM i roadmap, and concludes with a listing of the wide range of IBM initiatives to help businesses reduce costs, improve service and manage risk. We trust it will be a page-turner.
ITG TCO Report – IBM i Wins Again!
ITG has just concluded an analysis of the value of Power Systems and IBM i compared to x86 systems for mid-sized clients. Costs for use of Power Systems and IBM i 6.1 average 41 percent less than for commodity x86 servers and Microsoft Windows, and 47 percent less than for x86 servers and Linux operating systems. Read the new ITG report Executive Summary or Full Report for details. Low total cost of ownership, or TCO, has long been a benefit of IBM i deployments according to numerous consultant reports and feedback from our IBM i clients.
One of the benefits for IBM i clients of the unification into Power Systems has been the fact that IBM i, AIX and Linux run on the same set of servers with the same purchase and maintenance prices. This has made our historically low TCO even better.
More Webcasts Are Coming
Our Webcasts through System i Network have been very popular and a great vehicle for us to communicate product announcement and to highlight key technologies. Plans are being finalized to deliver three more in the first half on 2010.
IBM i Vouchers
Did you know that clients receive service and education vouchers for no additional charge with the purchase of selected new Power servers with IBM i? You can redeem the services voucher for an on-site service by IBM Lab Services or a qualified business partner. Select from a wide range of services including help with migration, DB2 Web Query implementation, Zend PHP implementation, security assessment and PowerVM virtualization implementation. The education voucher can be redeemed for a no-charge class. Our voucher Web page provides information on qualification requirements, the list of available services and education, and steps on how to redeem your vouchers.
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Recology turned to IBM Global Technology Services to design and deliver a future-ready data center for its Power Systems running IBM i and System x environment. The data center is now up and running and has improved availability through enhanced redundancy, expanded data-center capacity to support a near doubling of business and reduced costs up to 20 percent through improved efficiency. Learn more about Recology.