IBM Power Systems Review

Runs all our enterprise systems reliably, no unexpected downtime


What is most valuable?

The reliability is the main thing. Reliability and ease of use. The cost of ownership is down too.

How has it helped my organization?

It runs all our enterprise systems and because of the reliability, we don't have the same issue with downtime and unexpected downtime that other companies may have. I have been there for 10 years, running the Power, and we've had three unexpected experiences of downtime in 10 years.

What needs improvement?

We just want to see continued reliability and performance. And continued value for the price. The licensing could be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Power for 10 years. I have POWER7 and POWER8 and I use them for IBM i. We also have an 822L and Linux Red Hat. We started using Power on Linux a few months ago. We moved to it mainly because of the reliability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's got all the scalability I need. I can add on to to the box that I've got. Scale it out from where I'm at.

How is customer service and technical support?

I have not had any problems with technical support. They have all done well every time I have needed them.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were using Power5.

How was the initial setup?

It was pretty straightforward. I have been doing this a long time, so it is pretty straightforward for me. There are more hardware things now that I've moved to external storage. It does become a little more complex there.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing has improved over the years. I've been working with IBM for 30-plus years. The licenses have gotten better. We are experiencing some issues with Linux licensing between the different flavors, between Ubuntu and Red Hat, and which license you need for which machine, so that's getting to become a little complex.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.

What other advice do I have?

The OpenPOWER Foundation has brought many advantages. There are a lot more things available now, carried over from other industries.

I personally do consider IBM to be a market leader in servers. In order to maintain that position they just need to continue the performance and the reliability.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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