IBM Power Systems Review

We're able to streamline and clone our systems and provides unlimited growth


What is most valuable?

I'm not sure of the actual term, but being able to delegate and take back the chips, and DB2. DB2 is a must.

How has it helped my organization?

We're able to streamline and clone our systems. All of our systems on the floor do the exact same thing, and that works for us.

What needs improvement?

Not sure. Everything works great.

IBM does a great job of incorporating the latest technology, but it's hard to give IT a 10 out of 10, we're always growing and fluctuating. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None at all. (Then again, we keep developers off our systems). 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues. Unlimited growth with Power.

How is customer service and technical support?

We have CE's and they're awesome. Scale of one to 10, they're tens.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We've had Compaq, we've had Solaris, we have Dell for our workstations, but IBM for our "big iron." It does what it's supposed to do, better, faster, and more efficiently. We also chose IBM for the support and the products.

How was the initial setup?

Very straightforward. The field engineers usually come in and place the hardware on the floor and install it, and we take it from there. 

What was our ROI?

Compared to what we've dealt with, with Sun Solaris/Oracle and Compaq, the cost model is great.

In terms of the upgrade from previous systems to POWER8, we've seen a return on investment. We're able to do more with less. We're actually using fewer engineers to do it. I'm kind of skeptical that we could do even more with even fewer engineers, but yes, it can always be improved.

What other advice do I have?

We have the whole scope of hardware, and we're running AIX 7.2. We have POWER7, POWER8. We actually still have some POWER5 on the floor. 

Power uniquely positions our company in the industry because of the unlimited growth.

I consider IBM to be the market leader in servers. They just need to keep doing what they're doing.

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