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Sr. Systems Administrator at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Jul 24 2018

What is most valuable?

For me, the AIX operating system is one of the best things because I'm a Unix guy and I like the flexibility of the operating system. It's very powerful. One of the key features is that the performance is among the best. But also on the security side, we get regular security patch updates and system hardening. There are free tools available to harden the system. It's very unique.

What needs improvement?

One of the features that we would like, and I think they are also adapting to the latest trends in the market, is to make it more open, more flexible. Traditionally the Unix operating system was not very flexible. For example, if you are creating a virtual machine, it is not done the same way you would create it with VMware. With VMware, anybody can create a virtual machine without any knowledge… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend, going for this solution, because it is one of the best solutions available in the Unix market now. I would rate it eight out of 10. The reason is, as I said, the performance and stability, and the security included with the product. In terms of selecting a vendor, we first go through the product features and evaluate them and see that the product suits our environment. Then, we… more »
Consultant
Director of technology at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 20 2017

What is most valuable?

I am happy with the performance. Now that we are moving to Linux on Power, I'm really surprised at how fast it is, compared to AIX, seeing them side by side. Linux doesn't have all of the wrapping around it that AIX does to provide various security measures and things of that nature, so it can run… more »

What needs improvement?

The improvements that I would like to see are probably the same as what everyone else wants, more speed, less electricity and less HVAC required to run it.

What other advice do I have?

We are on AIX and we're starting to move to Power Linux. That's new for us this year. It's marketing requirements. The customers are voting, they are requesting it. The UNIX market, in general, is shrinking and Linux is not considered UNIX. I'm not sure it's so similar, but it's a different kernel… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I didn't get to choose, it's the platform that I was given to work on. But if I had to choose, I'd probably choose Power anyway. I like that it's not Intel because we have a monoculture in CPU's.
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Vendor
Developer
Nov 09 2017

What is most valuable?

Speaking from the IBM i perspective, it's a very well-integrated database, a well-designed power system. Plus, the Power gives us the performance that we need at a low cost.

How has it helped my organization?

I think we are able to run our entire organization on a smaller machine than if we had multiple Intel servers. The software that's available for the Power Systems also gives us our industry edge.

What needs improvement?

It does everything that we require though we would like it to be faster. I would also like to see a small developer model come out that I could purchase on my own to develop application software.

What other advice do I have?

I definitely view IBM as a market leader. I think where they fall down is in their marketing, getting their message out to other people. Because not too many people are aware of how great a system the Power is. You've got a lot of… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, we are staying with the IBM Power Systems.
Real User
Sys admin at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 09 2017

What is most valuable?

I just like the levels of redundancy that are there. Your power's redundant, your pathing's redundant. You can split up your buses, split up your expansion units. It's hard to take those boxes down, really. So, if they are up they'll run… more »

How has it helped my organization?

One of the big things I've seen is that you can dynamically move devices or processor memory, capacity on demand, things like that. We actually just used the CUoD feature this past year. We enabled four more cores on our server. It kinda… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like for there to be more clarity around the licensing. You'll get your PVUs and CPWs and some apps are licensed on one, some are on another.

What other advice do I have?

I definitely see IBM as a market leader in the server industry in regards to their hardware. There is a lot of talk about them going more open-source and I think they are there, running Linux on Power and being more actively involved with… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, we are pretty set with IBM Power. We're running AIX and SAP all on Power boxes.
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 server then it would be dedicated to that line of… 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 to manage the entire environment; it's kind of where… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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 then go home and try to implement this feature and see… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We use competitors, Intel-based Linux.
Vendor
Aix Linux lead
Nov 09 2017

What do you think of IBM Power Systems?

What is our primary use case?

What is there not to like about it? It works every time. You hardly ever have any real issues. It's fast, the most efficient hardware I've ever worked with. I like Power because I think it just works the best.

What needs improvement?

You absolutely have to get that better performance all the time. The managers are always saying, "Well, let's make it faster, faster, faster."

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Power since the birth of Power. I've been in it for 24 years. When I first started it was all Micro Channel and I've been along through the evolution right up through to the POWER8s and new, coming POWER9s. I've ever only been interested in working with IBM products. We're using it for AIX and we also are setting up some SAP…
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 keep up. The Linux and VMware stuff, the administration… 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 is it's very dependable.

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 available to all of the systems. We have some older systems that… 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, they're very dependable. We can normally depend on them not… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We're an IBM/VMware shop, so all of our AIX runs on Power, and everything else is going to run on VMware. We're a composite type shop.
Consultant
VP and client leader at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 09 2017

What is most valuable?

PowerHA, the high availability software. That is something that we like.

How has it helped my organization?

We are a partner to IBM, we do product development for IBM. We're not a customer of Power Systems. We are developing only on AIX and for all versions of Power, 6, 7, 8. It helps in delivering mission critical applications, very high reliability. It doesn't fail, it's a very stable platform, very reliable, and the user interface is good. The administrative cost and expenses are also low. It's good.

What other advice do I have?

In terms of how Power can uniquely position a company within its industry, it can be the most favored system for cognitive error. When I say "cognitive", of course, that is an IBM term. In the digital environment, where artificial intelligence is very important, there is machine learning been done, there are different kinds of applications coming up. Power Systems can be a very reliable platform… more »
Vendor
Solution architect
Nov 09 2017

What is most valuable?

I think that it's reliability and availability. Also, the ability to scale and do some of the newer things with replication, with the storage. They help the Power to really stand out.

How has it helped my organization?

For me, personally, I've been around Power, IBM i, since it was System/38. It's been a long time. Personal knowledge of it is my strength. I can relay that into solutions for our customers.

What needs improvement?

For the i customers, I think that Power, the horsepower, has always been there. So, I would like to see something more on the lower end, where they would make it more cost effective for the small guy, rather than the big guy. They need to… more »

What other advice do I have?

We are a business partner, so many of our customers use different versions from 5.4 up to 7.3. Most use IBM i. We do have customers that run POWER8, but we have other customers that are running on POWER5, POWER6. We're trying to get them to… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are strictly IBM. We go with Power Systems because the reliability and the availability of the systems are key. They are the best systems, as far as reliability and availability go.
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 equipment. It is very powerful for what it does.

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 locations. We have to have a system that is very… 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 moving. Cloud would be a great option, if you didn't get… 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 maintenance standpoint, is moving away from it. Because… 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 the Cloud. You can run Linux on Power, but not for what… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I consider other options all of the time but it's simpler to just keep going with what we have. We also like what Power does. It's very reliable and very powerful. And because of the code… more »
Usman Qadeer
Real User
System Administrator
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

We like the virtualization, PowerVM, the live partition mobility, and dynamically adding the processors and the memory. Also AIX. The beauty of AIX is really something to be admired. AIX is a very useful operating system. The volume… more »

How has it helped my organization?

I have been using POWER5, POWER6, POWER7, and then we transferred onto POWER8. We really have reduced our billing cycles from days to hours. Secondly, it is really good for billing jobs. It is reducing our time. We used to do billing in… more »

What needs improvement?

The HMC and PowerVM need a more catchy graphical interface. Secondly, the command line interfaces should be converted into graphical interfaces. It is such a complex thing in making LPARs when you are using it through a wire server. It… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No. We are already invested in IBM, so we won't go towards anything else. We have lots of investment in IBM equipment. We are certified with IBM equipment as well as for hardware and software support by IBM. We have been using IBM the last… more »

What other advice do I have?

My rating of nine out of 10 is for the hardware. However, the software still has lots of issues. For example, we need to upgrade the software very frequently, so I'd give it seven out of 10. In Pakistan, IBM is a market leader, and to… more »
Vendor
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 time before everybody else. We virtualize everything, we're… 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, Power hardware allows you to oversubscribe CPUs, and we… 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 Power on Linux. The licensing for software products… 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 I'll go back to what I said earlier: We're saving… 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 we're a bank, and we have a lot of old applications. It's… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

To start out, I actually put the first Power systems in the bank. The first applications we were using, they only ran on Power. There's one application, that we call "wire transfer" - banks use that… more »
Vendor
Solution consultant
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

We like the resiliency, we like the flexibility, the speed of the processor.

How has it helped my organization?

It brings reliability. Rarely do we have failures. TCOs is highly competitive, if not always the best, especially if you're running a per-core priced database.

What other advice do I have?

We're currently working with POWER7 and POWER8. We use it for AIX, IBM i and Linux. I would absolutely recommend Linux on Power. I believe we're going to expand our use of Linux on Power. I think IBM is a market leader in servers. To maintain that position I'd say the Open foundations that they've… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've primarily beem a Power shop. There have been other considerations, for x86. We were sing Linux on Intel before Power. We chose IBM because of total cost of ownership. It's always been the platform for enterprise applications and go-to production systems that need that sort of reliability to… more »
Jeff Dana
Real User
CTO
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

The chip itself is a higher performing chip than x86 chips, and we get the IBM hardware on top of it.

How has it helped my organization?

To not have to manage the chipset or have the software or hardware really be a concern for us. It just runs itself.

What needs improvement?

This isn't really related to Power, it's related more to the OS system level, but instead of chasing the industry they should lead the industry. A lot of the things that are being deployed on Power now are things like Node.js and things of… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We started on a System/36 and grew into the AS/400 and we're still going with IBM i. It was always IBM because a lot of our code is written in-house. We're definitely planning on moving up to POWER 8 in the future.

What other advice do I have?

We are currently using version 7.2 with IBM i only. I don't know that Power uniquely positions our business, it's more of what we do as a business to position ourselves, as far as our commitment to customer service and customer care. I… more »
Vendor
Implementation
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

The performance, the resiliency, and in the capacity that IBM provides the customer, that you can support old versions like, for example, AIX 5.3/ 6.1 in the new versions.

How has it helped my organization?

In our case we are a business partner, we sell solutions. But I think what our customers appreciate most is that they can save space, since Power is high performance. You can have fewer machines, fewer servers and good performance in your… more »

What needs improvement?

Since the cloud is so in demand right now, there is a feature that VMware has which is vMotion. I would like this with PowerVC, NovaLink, PowerVM. I would like IBM to improve that feature so that we can sell it to our customers and improve… more »

What other advice do I have?

We have POWER8, POWER7, we still have some POWER6 and some POWER5. We're using it for AIX.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We haven't considered any competitors at the moment, but we do have competition back there in my country, of course. We chose IBM because of its performance, resiliency and the capacity you have to make LPARs. It's very good.
Vendor
Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

It just works. I don't know how else to explain it. We don't have a lot of issues with it. It handles our enterprise systems well.

How has it helped my organization?

Performance. We run our financial environment on it and there are key dates you always have to hit. Performance is key there, when we close the quarters and the like. You can't risk missing dates for getting your numbers to the street.

What needs improvement?

I could see a benefit in some organizations if licensing were more cloud oriented. We're not big in the cloud yet. I guess at some point that would probably help. Pricing has room for improvement. It's definitely more competitive now than… more »

What other advice do I have?

We use it for AIX. We actually just got P850s but they were refreshed. I consider IBM to be a market leader in the server industry but to maintain that position pricing is the main thing, to be able to compete with Linux. It's difficult on… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It was only Power for the most part. We started with it a long time ago. The rest of our environment runs on Linux, SUSE and Redhat for application web servers.
Vendor
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 that there's anything out that matches it, and it's easy to… 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 to do that, it just gives us a lot of flexibility in that… 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 still get into the expense of going to the Power hardware… 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 using it for AIX and now we're using it for i as well. I think… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We do have a lot of Wintel as well, so it's more of a mix and match. Yes, other things have been considered. We went with IBM because we have been with IBM hosting, and one of our main apps is running on AIX. We would have to do a lot to… more »
Real User
It director
Nov 08 2017

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… more »

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… more »

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

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

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… more »

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.
Consultant
Aix engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 08 2017

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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

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… more »
Vendor
Support implementation team with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

First of all, the reliability. Also, Power really is the most powerful chipset out there for midrange environments. Performance is also very important for me and all of the customers that I'm supporting.

How has it helped my organization?

Reliability and the performance. For management, they feel more secure. They feel they are not just running on any platform, on some Intel base that is going to fail sometimes. They trust that they are going to have 99.9% reliability. They… more »

What needs improvement?

Right now, in our region, they are moving to contracting things over the cloud. There are some services that we are providing - we are leasing space, we are leasing machines. If customers could truly license cloud-based or, possibly… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our clients choose Power because they trust the platform. They trust IBM i. They are really comfortable with it. We even have new customers that had not previously used Power's servers or IBM i. They are moving to the platform because of… more »

What other advice do I have?

IBM is a market leader and to stay there they need to keep going with the trends and the customers, keep moving towards the cloud, keep going in the cognitive area. IBM is going to be at the top of the list for a while.
Vendor
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 past 15 to 20 years directly in Power, and before I was… 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 scales a lot, you can just keep on adding frames, you can… 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 all these great features. Because, in attending the classes… 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 capabilities and features. You do not have to go outside… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Really mostly IBM for the workload that we run. IBM and the System i is very well suited for it, for the core banking systems.
Vendor
Systems admin at a individual & family service with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

The reliability is the main thing. Reliability and ease of use. The cost of ownership is down too.

How has it helped my organization?

It runs all our enterprise systems and because of the reliability, we don't have the same issue with downtime and unexpected downtime that other companies may have. I have… more »

What needs improvement?

We just want to see continued reliability and performance. And continued value for the price. The licensing could be simplified.

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

The licensing has improved over the years. I've been working with IBM for 30-plus years. The licenses have gotten better. We are experiencing some issues with Linux… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using Power5.

What other advice do I have?

The OpenPOWER Foundation has brought many advantages. There are a lot more things available now, carried over from other industries. I personally do consider IBM to be a… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.
Vendor
Senior systems engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

Flexibility and reliability are the two features that are probably the most important to us.

How has it helped my organization?

We get better performance out of our applications, out of our databases running on Power, than we would on anything else that we have looked at.

What needs improvement?

I think they could use a little more work in the upgrading of the OS, how that could happen as non-interrupting, but I think they are working on that.

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

We've been using more of the mid-range systems than some of the bigger models, and we like that price point. We like where we are at there. It allows us to scale out the datacenter faster. It also… more »

What other advice do I have?

Using the Power system gives us a leg up. It helps us keep up with the competition. What we like the best about the POWER8 is that it scaled down in size and power usage. When we were buying POWER5… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No. We were an HPE shop and we converted over to Power at POWER5. We thought the Power roadmap was just better, better suited for us.
Vendor
Sys admin at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

Primarily the reliability. I can set up a system and it runs until we decide to get rid of it.

How has it helped my organization?

The reliability is one. We have a lot of extra redundancy built into Power and we run our critical applications on there so it protects our brand and our business.

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

Licensing is not an issue but it is something that we are being asked for from our leadership. Because usage fluctuates all the time, they want to know that they are only paying for what they are using. And we're all competing against the… more »

What other advice do I have?

I am using POWER8 for AIX and Linux. I wouldn't say that Power uniquely positions our company in the industry. We run all of our internal applications on it and we keep our business running with it. As far as IBM being a market leader, I… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No. We have been running on Power ever since we went to SAP.
Vendor
Sys admin at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

It's flexible and it's reliable.

What needs improvement?

They can make it easier to do the patching and iFixes, which is especially important now, with all of the security issues. That would provide a lot of relief.

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

I don't really wish the licensing was more cloud-based. It is not really an issue. It could be.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have always used Power.

What other advice do I have?

I'm using POWER8 right now and migrating some of the POWER7 systems. I am using it with AIX and IBM i. Mostly the core is IBM i. We have an e-commerce website and it is running on AIX. I don't know how IBM could maintain their status as a… 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 use it. The ones that can't, they're still single-threaded, still waiting on the CPU cycle.

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 robustly, a lot faster and probably easier.

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, because it used to be based on, "This is a CPU, this is the memory, this is your footprint." Now… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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 that was under POWER4, when no one knew anything about it. But it worked, worked beautifully. The… 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 because we try to do everything. But we usually try to push the Power first. Our company mainly… more »
Consultant
Regional VIP cloud hosting at a tech consulting company with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 08 2017

What is most valuable?

I would say the converged feature. You can have all of your storage, your processing, your database, everything in the one platform, and all under IBM. That's the best part of it.

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped them improve in a lot of ways. It has improved their efficiency as well as their scalability, from a growth perspective. They want to add more servers, more processing power, things like that. They can be much more easily done… more »

What needs improvement?

I would say that in general we would prefer it if the software was more transparent, in terms of how you are using it. Right now it depends on the level of the system and how much more you might have to pay for the same software. And being… more »

What other advice do I have?

There are not many companies in the US who can provide the IBM i platform in the cloud so we are uniquely positioned in being able to cater to that particular requirement of our customers. I would consider IBM to be a market leader from the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are the service provider and so we have the IBM i at every level in the cloud. This is pretty much due to the demand from the customers. It's not us, it's really our customers asking for it. We also work with other solutions. We do… more »
Real User
Sys admin with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 07 2017

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… more »

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… more »

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… more »

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.
Vendor
Senior engineer systems admin at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 06 2017

What is most valuable?

* The Live Partition Mobility (LPM) feature. * The virtualization feature. Depending on the simplified remote restart for the DR, that's what we're looking forward to.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved the stability of the Oracle database. We have a big database running in a Power environment and it is more stable than compared to what we are adding.

What needs improvement?

I would say the cost. They need to work on the cost because I think it's quite expensive and that's a changing trend in the industry, to be more focused on the product.

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

Would I prefer a license based on a cloud system? We have Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) and that's more for the application side. I haven't dug into this more to check how the database would do on the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I think T-Mobile has a big shop of Intel for Linux servers and they have Power for AIX servers.

What other advice do I have?

We are using AIX with POWER8 but we do have a mix of POWER7 servers as well. We do capacity planning, and we try to maintain the Power capacity monitoring and to maintain that we've got enough… more »
Vendor
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. We're using POWER7 and POWER8 servers, highly partitioned, virtualized; using SAN storage to help us build up our… 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 and total cost of ownership point of view. You can scale these servers up or scale out and replace a lot of footprint for… 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 the industry, and in the processor world, is that we've kind of hit the "knee" of the curve with Moore's law… 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 years - modernizing the applications - so that when my daughter or my son comes and works for you, they're working on a… more »
Vendor
Technical Resource Manager at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 17 2017

What is most valuable?

The threading, the portability through LPM, the ability for it to easily migrate between the environments, and the power of the chip. The flexibility of the chip, we found pretty nice. We have the ability to fairly dynamically add resources… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It would be the efficiency of the chip, the ability to handle a phenomenal amount of load for not a lot of money. At the end of the day, that's what it comes down to.

What needs improvement?

What I'd like to see would be more of a usage-based licensing model. COD got close, but you still have to buy the basic things, and you can't turn them off really well. Then they came out with being able to use it for 30 days. After that… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I inherited it. We use it because it's been performing well. In our world, we essentially have POWER systems or Intel-based applications, and we generally find the compute and the processing power, and the ability to handle the load, is far… more »

What other advice do I have?

We have two POWER E850s and one E870. Most of our transactional systems, engineering, they're mostly out-of-the-box applications. PeopleSoft, Siebel, engineering applications. I consider IBM to be a market leader in the server sector. They… more »
Vendor
Technical Architect
Oct 17 2017

What is most valuable?

The new thing which we have brought is LPM. Although it was available with POWER7 as well, but that does help us out a lot.

How has it helped my organization?

Honestly, the customer is always happy if he gets good performance.

What needs improvement?

I would like to have some stats where the CPU is getting utilized and to see how much of the actual CPU I'm using. It's like hypervisor stats which I should be getting. Also, if I could get a similar… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Some of our colleagues that attended the conferences, they were excited about the new features, that's the reason we brought the POWER8 into our system.

What other advice do I have?

Majorly, what we have is on POWER8. We have POWER systems, we others for development and testing, environment hosted, but all the production is majorly on POWER8. Currently, I see IBM as a market… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have done testing with Intel, we have done testing with POWER, and the performance we were getting with POWER is actually very good compared to what we were getting on the other systems. So that's… more »
Vendor
Manager at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 17 2017

What is most valuable?

Faster. We use JDE 9.1, and from the time that we started using the POWER8 hardware and processors, we could see a big difference in the processing for the JDE 9.1.

How has it helped my organization?

From an IT perspective, on my side of the systems, we don't have the JDE CNC team down on us all the time trying to blame everything on the system running too slow. Now they can't blame it on us… more »

What needs improvement?

The CPU. It could always get faster. Pricing's always an issue - with every company; it could always be better.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using the POWER7 and moved up to the POWER8, because our contract was running out and we got a pretty good deal to move up to POWER8 hardware.

What other advice do I have?

We're using POWER8 with IBM i. It let's me work more efficiently. Keeps me around a lot longer. I consider IBM to be market leader in servers. To remain a market leader in the servers sector they need… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Only IBM, for now.
Vendor
Admin
Oct 17 2017

What is most valuable?

The hardware keeps getting better. We're hoping for a POWER9 announcement here so we can try to roadmap what we're going to buy next. The backups work great, data recovery works great, and as far as customer innovations, they can connect to… more »

How has it helped my organization?

POWER8 was a huge upgrade. I think we had POWER6s before, and just the I/O and getting the information we need faster to the customers. We had a little saying of "one click, two seconds," get them what they needed, and POWER8 helped us get… more »

What needs improvement?

That's why we came to the IBM Power Systems and IBM Storage Technical University conference, to see what's coming next, to see what we can maybe take advantage of. Speed. Everyone likes speed. Not that speed has been an issue up until now… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The DB2 for the database is our backbone of our system, we run off that for everything, so that's what brought us to POWER. Our web servers point to it, our mapping servers point to it for mapping solutions. Everything points to that and… more »

What other advice do I have?

We have the POWER8 boxes currently, we have four of them with IBM i OS installed. We currently have two sites and they kind of mirror each other, and then we also use the IBM's Lotus Domino installation for our email. I gave it a nine out… more »

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