IBM Power Systems Review

Helps our run times and our batches run faster, allows us to deliver better SLAs

What is most valuable?

Reliability would be the strongest thing. Speed and performance are a couple of the other top ones.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps our run times and our batches run faster. It allows people to get their job done faster. It allows us to deliver better SLA's. I'm not sure that it uniquely positions our company in our industry.

What needs improvement?

I don't know how you can improve on something that is as stable as it is.

IBM changes licensing, so to speak, with the wind. You never know what they're going to go with. It would be nicer if it were simpler. And, maybe not so costly, that would help.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using AIX and Power for about 20 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is 100%.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The boxes we bought, they're probably not really scalable, because we locked into 850s in a lot of them, but the 870 is more scalable. I think for what we have, and the size, they do fine.

How is customer service and technical support?

I've used them over the years, but not in a while. In the past they were very good.

How was the initial setup?

Straightforward, as are the upgrades.

What was our ROI?

When upgrading from previous versions, in terms of ROI, maybe now there's a little bit, but at least that way it's always backwards compatible, so we don't really have any upgrade issues. I guess the payment back would be the low likelihood of failure or failed upgrades.

We just moved to POWER8 this year, and we saw a big improvement from POWER7.

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

It is costly compared to other solutions but we justify it by the reliability.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't consider competitors for this part of our environment. We chose IBM for its reliability. It runs our Oracle back end systems.

What other advice do I have?

We have four 850s and one 870. We use them for AIX.

When I think servers, and market leaders, I think of Intel. Since they got out of that business, IBM is a leader in what they're focused on right now, which is Power, mainframe. That's really the only thing that is left. They have no competition.

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