IBM Power Systems Review

It's definitely scalable, you can go from a small model to as large as you need to go


What is most valuable?

Speaking from the IBM i perspective, it's a very well-integrated database, a well-designed power system. Plus, the Power gives us the performance that we need at a low cost.

How has it helped my organization?

I think we are able to run our entire organization on a smaller machine than if we had multiple Intel servers. The software that's available for the Power Systems also gives us our industry edge. 

What needs improvement?

It does everything that we require though we would like it to be faster.

I would also like to see a small developer model come out that I could purchase on my own to develop application software.

For how long have I used the solution?

Probably six years. 

We are using POWER7 with IBM i to run our enterprise applications. We have been thinking of upgrading to POWER8, but at this point we are going to wait and just update to the POWER9.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's definitely scalable. You can go from a small model all the way up to as large as you need to go.

How is customer service and technical support?

For the most part it's good, when you can get to second-level support. Usually, when you call first-level you get somebody in India who doesn't always know what they're talking about. So generally, you have to escalate it to second-level to get a good response.

What was our ROI?

We had maxed out our earlier versions, and when we moved to a POWER7 we saw a definite performance increase. It was able to take care of some of the bottlenecks that we were experiencing. In terms of power usage and space it's been great as well.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, we are staying with the IBM Power Systems. 

What other advice do I have?

I definitely view IBM as a market leader. I think where they fall down is in their marketing, getting their message out to other people. Because not too many people are aware of how great a system the Power is. You've got a lot of competition in the Intel world that somehow seems to get more marketing out there. 

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