Evan commented:
"I don't expect that the pricing would encourage you to go pure on the basis of one power system. If you were replacing a power and buying a new storage array and provisioning a virtual server farm the offering would be more compelling as its the sum of the parts that (at least supposedly) is where the value it."

Actually, I am looking to add another V7000 to my existing architecture, so it might be the way to go.

It initially was brought up because we are looking to move some WebSphere off our mainframe onto Linux running on x86 (32 bit requirement). I think the 'tidy' environment was attractive to have that workload contained. Adding to the confusion, the distributed computing folks are actually looking at blades and, as far as I know, haven't made up our minds yet.

Anyway, I'm not sure if we went with it, it would be the 'complete' deal.

I still have:
Mainframe (z/10) and Mainframe storage (DS8800)
Four different storage vendors for Distributed (trying to get rid of one)
SSD devices for VDI
iSeries - Looking at upgrading
RS/6000 - Looking to convert to Windows and consolidate into the new Power solution (1 small server).

Pure could be the entire package to collapse the x86 environment (almost 1000 VM guest and growing) but it's kind of hard to wrap my head around it considering the amount of it and sketchy documentation at best.

As for the VIOS, I was planning on running that even if I went with the standard 740. I was initially going to hook the Power up to V7000 and by doing so, have to run VIOS (I believe). I think I'll need to run it for the AIX portion as that's a bit back leveled and may have to run in a WPAR (not a typo.. Workload Partition).

I have to see what the price of the internal disk come back as. It's been years since I've been able to upgrade, so I'm not sure where the price point of iSeries disk is anymore. IBM used to gouge you for it.

I hope to get quotes in the next few days and I'll see what that says... they might be trying to push these our the door..

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