IBM Power Systems Room for Improvement

Fahim Ahmed
Server Support Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It does not offer the ability to run any X86 or X64 Intel architecture-based application on Power Systems. There are a lot of applications, lots of business use cases that do not support this architecture as of now. If somehow application tasks can be ported on to IBM Power Systems, that would be a big improvement. Power Systems has dominance in terms of features, and the capability is much more powerful than the other competitors right now. Intel is the other primary platform. If you look at Intel x86 and compare it with Power Systems, all of the features are much more reliable, available and serviceable as compared to the Intel platform. The one thing that we lack is that a lot more applications are supported on the internet compared to Power Systems. That's one thing that we primarily lack. View full review »
reviewer1456134
General Manager Applications at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Overall, IBM actually does restrict us, the sellers, at a limited percentage of margin when you're selling the product. We cannot go above 8%. That's something as a business that can be difficult, as we do suffer because at times. We don't have the option of quoting more and making more money out of it. We can't due to the IBM compliance. In terms of features, as a salesperson and not an end-user, I haven't really explored the product and can't say exactly what might be lacking. IBM does have a market presence here in Pakistan, however, the kind of penetration that Huawei has is a lot more. They have a larger enterprise team that sells products here and they have a direct relationship with the customers. IBM relies a lot more on the partners rather than going to the customers directly. Due to their approach, Huawei has captured about 70-80% of the server and storage industry and market in Pakistan. I do understand that IBM does offer co-marketing funds for us to actually promote IBM and its products. We have actually utilized them in the past as well, maybe three, four years ago. However, IBM does have a very, very, strict kind of compliance. When it comes to us providing documentation, there is cross-questioning. Our finance team may even back out not because of the misuse of money, but because of the amount of documentation required. It's not worth it for our marketing and finance team to utilize the offer. It's too rigorous and it takes them off dealing with other aspects of their jobs. IBM should be more flexible with marketing or offer marketing events themselves and invite the partners to attend. That might be far more productive. View full review »
Elias Sarkis
System Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
In Power6, latency was an issue, but nowadays, we are on Power8, which doesn't have any such problems. Sometimes, we can have issues when we are moving or migrating to a newer version, which is the case with almost every company. Some new issues or problems show up suddenly, and you do not have the time to research and find the solution. That's when we contact IBM technical support. View full review »
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Amjad Banna
Computer Engineer at GCE
The solution is currently working on the old PowerVCs. We welcome this improvement. It would be ideal if the solution was more simple to work with. The initial setup is difficult. View full review »
reviewer1406979
Senior Business Consultant at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Its price can be improved. It is too high. View full review »
Getachew Zeleke
Senior Custormer Engineer at Afcor PLC
The power supplies often need replacing. Technical support and documentation need to be improved. View full review »
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