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Tom Huntington
Real User
EVP Technical Solutions at Helpsystems
Oct 18 2017

What is most valuable?

Help Systems is a provider of IBM i and AIX systems management software. We use the server in our infrastructure to develop technology to solve customers' problems in automation.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I think the main thing that POWER8 is doing for the industry in general is it's leap frogging all the other technologies that exist out in the market from a performance capacity... more»

What needs improvement?

With POWER it has everything that we need from a scale up and scale out capacity, capability to stick lots of work and footprint on it. For IBM, the challenge that everybody has in... more»

What other advice do I have??

Today's world is more about the applications that we have. So, the challenge for the IBM i customer is staying up with time. We have to modernize. We've been talking about it for... more»
Michael Goralski
Real User
Senior unix engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

The virtualization. Power was the first solution to have it. Now everybody does virtualization, like VMware, etc. But Power was there a long... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I think the biggest driving factor for the bank is the cost, the cost-performance profile, it's better than anything else. If you virtualize,... more»

What needs improvement?

Regarding new features, we like where it's going. I really can't think of something newer that they are not currently working on. Except for... more»

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

The cost model is great. There is so much built in to the technology, that if you know how to use it you can save yourself a lot of money. Again... more»

What other advice do I have??

We're on all versions of Power. We just retired a POWER4 box, but we have POWER5, 6, 7, and 8. We have all these versions primarily because... more»
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SysArchi8bbf
Real User
Sys architect at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 09 2017

What is most valuable?

The Power hardware is rock-solid and reliable. You can't really ask for better hardware support, software support and reliability of the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

From a reliability standpoint it has provided us with excellent performance. We are in retail and we can't send technical people out to retail... more»

What needs improvement?

We are a special case, because what we want is the cheapest Power box we can get in all of our locations. That is not the way the industry is... more»

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

Power certainly isn't a great value proposition. A lot of that has to do with the fact that everybody else in our industry, from a software or... more»

What other advice do I have??

Ten or 15 years ago, software would have been written. There would have been Linux and Power, and maybe Windows, but nowadays it's Linux or it's... more»
Billy Fowler
Real User
Admin at a leisure / travel company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 09 2017

What is most valuable?

* HMC * PowerVM

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to share the resources with multiple lines of businesses. That's one issue we had with one line of business, purchasing a physical... more»

What needs improvement?

I think IBM needs a little more work on managing the overall environment with eliminating Systems Director. They need something that you can use... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We were a large Solaris shop, so we had a lot of Sun and we outsourced to IGS. When IGS came in we started replacing a lot of the Sun with Power.

What other advice do I have??

IBM is moving faster with their improvements than we can implement. Coming here, to the Power User Conference, to learn the new features means I... more»
Infrastrb391
Real User
Infrastructure manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

Specifically about System i, it's simple, it's secure, it has a lot of resiliency. As far as I know, we've never been attacked by a virus. I've been supporting core banking for the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Security is one. But it's a total, comprehensive solution. It's really good for banking. As a matter of fact, I know many banks that are using AS400s as their back end on Power. It... more»

What needs improvement?

IBM could perhaps be a bit more aggressive in terms of marketing, and let customers really know that they're out there and can offer a helping hand to move them along, to implement... more»

What other advice do I have??

Recently there have been a lot of changes, and a lot of good things that we are planning to use. What we've been seeing is that within the Power system itself, there are more and... more»
Cris Parker
Real User
Solution engineer with 51-200 employees
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

I can get more work done with less hardware. The SMT that they've improved has really helped open up boundaries for other applications that can... more»

How has it helped my organization?

When using it with the virtualization, we've finally gotten to the point of being able to do what VMware VirtualCenter does, but we do it more... more»

What needs improvement?

I don't know yet. We have got scalability, resiliency. We can move it from one system to another. Licensing is always going to be a problem,... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Intel was the previous solution. The performance wasn't there. Linux on Power, I believe they're one of the first implementers on it. I think... more»

What other advice do I have??

I mostly use AIX along with some Linux, POWER8 and POWER7. It's hard to say how the Power system uniquely positions our company in the industry... more»
Kip Gilmore
Real User
Aix lead at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

I like the processor speed. I don't think that there's a match for it out there. I like the use of the Hypervisor and the VIO functions that you can utilize. I just don't think... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The flexibility of it, being able to run multiple OS's on it. I can run Linux on it, I can run i on it, I can run AIX on it, and it's all on the same physical hardware. Being able... more»

What needs improvement?

I know that they are doing a lot with Linux, so maybe a more direct way of converting to Linux on some applications; some way to actually sell it a little bit better. Because you... more»

What other advice do I have??

We're running on POWER7s and POWER8. We started with POWER4, and moved up. In fact, we started with 7028s and 7013s at one time. We've been in the business a good while. We're... more»
Chris Norville
Consultant
Senior systems admin at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 09 2017

What is most valuable?

Power runs our resilient data systems, our high-end databases, stuff that can't go down. I enjoy the isolation factor, that it's not Linux, but then again it can be challenging to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Right now we use Power for high-end AIX systems. We're always looking to leverage what we're using. We have some high-end customers on our P8s. The one thing that makes life easier... more»

What needs improvement?

Licensing has always been an issue, but with IBM machines a serial number is licensed with support. If you don't pay for it, you don't get it. I would like to see firmware... more»

What other advice do I have??

In terms of how Power uniquely positions us in the healtcare industry, it is an industry that has very little downtime. Nobody likes to take any downtime at all. The Power systems,... more»
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