IBM Power Systems Review

High performance means fewer machines, fewer servers, and scalability is great

What is most valuable?

The performance, the resiliency, and in the capacity that IBM provides the customer, that you can support old versions like, for example, AIX 5.3/ 6.1 in the new versions.

How has it helped my organization?

In our case we are a business partner, we sell solutions. But I think what our customers appreciate most is that they can save space, since Power is high performance. You can have fewer machines, fewer servers and good performance in your environment.

What needs improvement?

Since the cloud is so in demand right now, there is a feature that VMware has which is vMotion. I would like this with PowerVC, NovaLink, PowerVM. I would like IBM to improve that feature so that we can sell it to our customers and improve their satisfaction.

IBM is definitely a market leader in servers but to maintain that position it needs to improve how the information gets to the customer. Sometimes IBM is very good at doing new things but nobody knows about it.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Power since before it was named Power, RS/6000 and the like. We've worked with POWER more than 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We had issues, but not so big. Most of the time they have been simple things, performance, microcode updates and things like that; but never a big issue that I can recall.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I think scalability is wonderful because you can get start with a small machine and you can grow as you want.

How is customer service and technical support?

In our regions it's Argentina that provides the service to us. It's very good. They always help us.

How was the initial setup?

It's straightforward, it is very simple.

What was our ROI?

When it comes to upgrading from POWER7 to 8, or other upgrades, there can be a return on investment because you can use some parts of a POWER7 machine and build them in to a new POWER8 and I think it's a cost savings for our customers.

I don't know too much about licensing or prices or the like, even though I get involved in the configuration, presales and that kind of thing. I am just hoping to see what is coming with POWER9.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We haven't considered any competitors at the moment, but we do have competition back there in my country, of course. We chose IBM because of its performance, resiliency and the capacity you have to make LPARs. It's very good.

What other advice do I have?

We have POWER8, POWER7, we still have some POWER6 and some POWER5. We're using it for AIX.

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