IBM Power Systems Review

Helps us manage Oracle and WebSphere licensing, AIX is reliable and the performance is good


What is most valuable?

  • AIX
  • Reliability
  • Performance, of course
  • The ease of use
  • It's really enterprise ready (whereas Linux is less enterprise ready)
  • I would say that the best feature right now of Power is the license management. We use it for Oracle and WebSphere and it's good for that. As I said the reliability of the AIX OS and hardware is very good.

What needs improvement?

The only thing that I've seen over the last years - and I think it's getting better - would be to have stable service packs. Often I upgrade to a new version, a new service pack, and we need to put iFix over the service pack. I would like to have the service pack be really stable, or IBM saying, "This service pack is stable, but you should add this and this iFix as of right now." That would be better.

It would be an improvement if the cost went down, as well.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Mature and stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Great, but at our company we don't need the scalability that AIX and Power offer, so we are kind of in the medium range of requirement.

How is customer service and technical support?

Good, and a lot better than other companies.

How was the initial setup?

I would say pretty straightforward.

What was our ROI?

Mainly performance and flexibility is getting better and better. So I would say yes, slowly but steadily, we are seeing a return on investment of the expense in upgrading from the previous versions to the version we're using now.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We use a competitor, Intel-based Linux. We went with Power because of reliability, performance; it's a good product overall.

What other advice do I have?

When I rated it 10 out of 10, I ignored the pricing. It's costly, so it's part of the business decision. Hardware prices put the brakes on some solutions.

I don't consider IBM to be a market leader in servers. They are in a very good position, but AIX is not sold to customers, it's not viewed as a prime solution.

I think they need to push more AIX, openly, there's not enough noise about it. It's quiet, it works, so we don't talk about it. It's a local initiative it's not a global initiative.

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