On 10/4/06, albartell <albartell@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Now I am getting closer to a purchase/lease and have some questions about what I will need once the box gets to the office. Note that this is the first System i5 we have hosted in our office so that is why the elementary questions. Summary: 9406 520 0975 7350 600/30 CPW Value Edition with 2G memory 2x 35.16GB drives; embedded ethernet; DVD; VXA internal cartridge tape V5.4 with one year Software Maintenance; Full config: <http://mowyourlawn.com/temp/Krengel_Technology_Value2_3_.pdf> http://mowyourlawn.com/temp/Krengel_Technology_Value2_3_.pdf Note that ISV's get software "at no addtl charge" so in the end my lease price is on the $12,904 number which should put me at $129.04 per month (not too shabby!).
Aaron, the problem with this config is you are locking yourself into 600 CPW for the next 3 years. By this time next year quad core will be establishing itself on the desktop. Servers will be 8 cores. You will be running something that is 1/8th of one core. You cant run decent programming languages and runtime frameworks on such limited CPW. Not good for the long term. Yes, you can afford to have a worse case scenario $150 a month boat anchor for the next 3 yrs. But your time is valuable also. IBM mgmt has to show us all that it knows how to run a computer company. I am working with AIX lately as a possible exit strategy. Kind of shocking that there is so little there in terms of value add compared to Linux. All the software I see on the system p are recompiles of GNU packages from Linux/Unix. Which leaves other Linux stuff behind and not runnable on the p. Up to now the rs6000 - system p has done well because it ran faster than other servers. That is no longer the case. Since IBM has neglected the software side of the system p and i for so long a case can be made that they will cut and run from PowerPC servers. How ironic that the only place where the PowerPC remains will be the XBox - because of MSFT software. You are right. The price is right and yours is a good system to get. Just a note of caution as to staying too close to IBM. -Steve