You have i5/OS, Power Linux, and AIX that all run on the same hardware
platform. A common name makes can be rationalized and there are plenty
of examples of it in the market today. How people word it and react to
it can be interesting. It has already been mis-represented so I'm sure
we will see more of that. I'm not to caught up in the name as much as I
used to be. My concern is that I think all of the previous name changes
have made sense to someone or had some sort of higher intent that was
proper. Did we benefit from them? I think the answer to that is a
resounding no. And therein lies the rub.

I'm hoping their will be an action or two from IBM that the community
will like but I'm hazarding a guess that it will not be very much. But
this is one of those times I would love to be wrong. Names, words, etc.
Not nearly important as concrete actions.

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-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Keith Carpenter
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 12:17 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: itjungle: Bye Bye System p and i, Hello Power Systems

Eric Lehti wrote:

<snip> A rebranding of the merged System i and System p product
perhaps to a single Power Systems brand, would seem to make sense.

Definitely. The last re-branding was unnecessary but fortunately will
be forgotten soon enough.

It should be far easier for IBM to market and sell a common hardware
line. The case for i5/OS (or whatever it will be called) remains, but
should get resistance now that it can be said it's just software that
runs on a "unix" server.

I don't care what they call i5/OS or how they market it (OS, App Server,

etc.) as long as it sells.


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