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Volume 22, Number 1 -- January 7, 2013

IBM Tweaks Flex System And PowerLinux Prices

Published: January 7, 2013

by Timothy Prickett Morgan

It is difficult to tell what any IT vendor is thinking as a year comes to an end, much less a year with the kind of economic uncertainties that we all were facing as 2012 came to a close. But after The Four Hundred went on hiatus and before the new year got rolling, IBM did a few nips and tucks and tweaks to pricing for its latest servers that indicates it is not happy with its competitive position. The changes were made to price lists in the United States and Canada, and the products not affected by changes are as significant as those that were.

In announcement letter 312-140, which came out on December 18, Big Blue took the red pen to a slew of features in its Flex System modular servers. The Flex System machinery, which debuted last April, is at the heart of the PureFlex infrastructure cloud configurations as well as the PureApplication and PureData application system configurations. The price cuts in the United States for various Flex System iron only applied to the Flex x220, x240, and x440 server nodes, which are based on Intel's Xeon E5 processors.

You will notice I did not say that IBM was cutting prices on its Power-based Flex x260 and x460 server nodes and all of the features such as processors, memory, disk, and peripheral adapter cards that plus into them. I would like to say that, and I was prepared to say that, but alas, I looked high and low for price cuts on Power-based Flex System nodes in December and no can do.

What IBM did do was cut prices from as little as two-tenths of a point to as high as 28.8 percent across processor, memory, disk, and other features on those three different Xeon-based server nodes for the PureSystems iron, as you can see below:


IBM US Flex System price changes, in US dollars
Feature Old New Percent
Type Number Description Price Price Change
Flex System x240 node
7863 EC2D EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter $1,319 $1,099 -16.7%
7863 EC25 FC3052 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter $935 $849 -9.2%
7863 EEMB 32 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, LP RDIMMs (1.5V) $878 $698 -20.5%
7863 EEMC 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, LP RDIMMs (1.5V) $270 $230 -14.8%
7863 EEM4 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3, LP RDIMMs (1.35V) $210 $198 -5.7%
7863 EEM5 8 GB 1RX4 1600 MHz DDR3, LP RDIMMs (1.5V) $270 $230 -14.8%
7863 EEM6 32 GB 1333 MHz DDR3, LP LRDIMMs (1.35V) $998 $818 -18.0%
7863 EEM7 64 GB, 1067 MHz LP RDIMM $3,998 $2,998 -25.0%
7863 EEM8 64 GB 1333 MHz DDR3, LP LRDIMMs (1.35V) $3,198 $2,798 -12.5%
7863 EEM9 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, LP RDIMMs (1.5V) $398 $378 -5.0%
7863 EHD1 146 GB 15K RPM SAS SFF Disk $369 $349 -5.4%
7863 EHD2 500 GB 7.2K RPM SAS SFF Disk $389 $349 -10.3%
7863 EHD4 900 GB 10K RPM SAS SFF Disk $899 $829 -7.8%
7863 EHD5 300 GB 15K RPM SAS SFF Disk $679 $629 -7.4%
7863 EHD8 500 GB 7.2K RPM SATA SFF Disk $389 $349 -10.3%
7863 EM09 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3, LP RDIMMs (1.35V) $210 $198 -5.7%
7863 EM33 32 GB 1333 MHz DDR3, LP RDIMMs (1.35V) $918 $738 -19.6%
7863 EPA5 Intel Xeon 6-core 2.3 GHz $1,139 $999 -12.3%
7863 EPA6 Intel Xeon 6-core 2.5 GHz $1,629 $1,439 -11.7%
7863 EPA7 Intel Xeon 8-core 2.7 GHz $3,119 $2,635 -15.5%
7863 EPB5 Additional 6-core 2.3 Ghz Processor $1,139 $999 -12.3%
7863 EPB6 Additional 6-core 2.5 Ghz Processor $1,629 $1,439 -11.7%
7863 EPB7 Additional 8-core 2.7 Ghz Processor $3,119 $2,635 -15.5%
7863 EP3A Additional 6-core 2.0 GHz Processor $819 $665 -18.8%
7863 EP3B 6-core 2.0 GHz Processor $819 $665 -18.8%
7863 EP3C Additional 8-core 2.2 GHz Processor $1,989 $2,035 2.3%
7863 EP3D 8-core 2.2 GHz Processor $2,339 $2,035 -13.0%
7863 EP3E Additional 6-core 2.9 GHz Processor $2,799 $2,375 -15.1%
7863 EP3F 6-core 2.9 GHz Processor $2,799 $2,375 -15.1%
7863 EP3G Additional 4-core 3.3 GHz Processor $1,629 $1,449 -11.0%
7863 EP3J Additional 8-core 2.0 GHz Processor $1,989 $1,775 -10.8%
7863 EP3K 8-core 2.0 GHz Processor $1,989 $1,775 -10.8%
7863 EP3L 4-core 3.3 GHz Processor $1,629 $1,449 -11.0%
7863 EP3M Additional 6-core 2.0 GHz Processor $1,239 $1,075 -13.2%
7863 EP3N 6-core 2.0 GHz Processor $1,239 $1,075 -13.2%
7863 EP3P Additional 8-core 1.8 GHz Processor $1,989 $1,695 -14.8%
7863 EP3Q 8-core 1.8 GHz Processor $1,989 $1,695 -14.8%
7863 EP3R Additional 8-core 2.6 GHz Processor $2,799 $2,375 -15.1%
7863 EP3S 8-core 2.6 GHz Processor $2,799 $2,375 -15.1%
7863 EP3T Additional 8-core 1.8 GHz Processor $2,389 $1,815 -24.0%
7863 EP3U 8-core 1.8 GHz Processor $2,389 $1,815 -24.0%
7863 EP3V Additional 8-core 2.1 GHz Processor $2,389 $1,815 -24.0%
7863 EP3W 8-core 2.1 GHz Processor $2,389 $1,815 -24.0%
7863 EP30 Intel Xeon E5-2690 8-core 2.9 GHz $3,669 $3,229 -12.0%
7863 EP31 Intel Xeon E5-2690 8-core 2.9 GHz $3,669 $3,229 -12.0%
7863 EP32 Intel Xeon E5-2637 2-core 3.0 GHz $1,629 $1,439 -11.7%
7863 EP33 Intel Xeon E5-2637 2-core 3.0 GHz $1,629 $1,439 -11.7%
7863 EP34 Intel Xeon E5-2665 8-core 2.4 GHz $2,599 $2,199 -15.4%
7863 EP35 Intel Xeon E5-2665 8-core 2.4 GHz $2,599 $2,199 -15.4%
7863 EP36 Intel Xeon E5-2603 4-core 1.8 GHz $459 $349 -24.0%
7863 EP37 Intel Xeon E5-2603 4-core 1.8 GHz $459 $349 -24.0%
7863 EP38 Intel Xeon E5-2609 4-core 2.4 GHz $599 $485 -19.0%
7863 EP39 Intel Xeon E5-2609 4-core 2.4 GHz $599 $485 -19.0%
7863 1759 CN4054 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter $1,319 $1,099 -16.7%
7863 1764 FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter $935 $849 -9.2%
7863 3743 300 GB 10K RPM SAS SSF Disk $309 $289 -6.5%
7863 3766 600 GB 10K RPM SAS SSF Disk $589 $559 -5.1%
Flex Chassis
7893 7805 Flex Chassis, Additional (2X) ITE Fans $439 $438 -0.2%
Flex System x220 node
7906 A1BM FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter $935 $849 -9.2%
7906 A1NZ 500 GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF Disk $389 $349 -10.3%
7906 A1QT 16 GB 1333MHz LP RDIMM $459 $369 -19.6%
7906 A1QY EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter $1,319 $1,099 -16.7%
7906 A1R1 CN4054 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter $1,319 $1,099 -16.7%
7906 A1VQ Xeon Processor E5-2470 8C 2.3GHz $3,179 $2,355 -25.9%
7906 A1VS Xeon Processor E5-2450 8C 2.1GHz $2,349 $1,809 -23.0%
7906 A1VT Xeon Processor E5-2440 6C 2.4GHz $1,879 $1,389 -26.1%
7906 A1VU Xeon Processor E5-2430 6C 2.2GHz $1,299 $925 -28.8%
7906 A1VW Xeon Processor E5-2420 6C 1.9GHz $719 $655 -8.9%
7906 A1VX Xeon Processor E5-2407 4C 2.2GHz $579 $429 -25.9%
7906 A1VY Xeon Processor E5-2403 4C 1.8GHz $469 $345 -26.4%
7906 A1VZ Pentium Processor 1403 2C 2.6GHz $339 $255 -24.8%
7906 A1WA Additional Intel Xeon Processor E5-2420 $719 $655 -8.9%
7906 A1WB Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-2407 $579 $429 -25.9%
7906 A1WC Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-2403 $469 $345 -26.4%
7906 A1WD Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-2450L $2,445 $1,809 -26.0%
7906 A1WE Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-2430L $1,489 $1,105 -25.8%
7906 A1W0 Pentium Processor 1407 2C 2.8GHz $419 $309 -26.3%
7906 A1W1 Xeon Processor E5-2450L 8C 1.8GHz $2,445 $1,809 -26.0%
7906 A1W2 Xeon Processor E5-2430L 6C 2.0GHz $1,489 $1,105 -25.8%
7906 A1W4 Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-2470 $3,179 $2,355 -25.9%
7906 A1W6 Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-2450 $2,349 $1,809 -23.0%
7906 A1W7 Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-2440 $1,879 $1,389 -26.1%
7906 A1W8 Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-2430 $1,299 $925 -28.8%
7906 A2N5 FC3052 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter $935 $849 -9.2%
7906 A2U5 16 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz LP RDIMM $439 $349 -20.5%
7906 A2XB 146 GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Disk $369 $349 -5.4%
7906 A2XC 300 GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Disk $309 $289 -6.5%
7906 A2XD 600 GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Disk $589 $559 -5.1%
7906 A24L 4 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz LP RDIMM $135 $115 -14.8%
7906 A28Z 4 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz LP RDIMM $135 $115 -14.8%
7906 A282 900 GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Disk $899 $829 -7.8%
7906 A283 300 GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Disk $679 $629 -7.4%
7906 A291 32 GB PC3L-10600 1333MHz LP LRDIMM $1,599 $1,399 -12.5%
7906 A292 8 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz LP RDIMM $199 $189 -5.0%
7906 A3CA Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-2418L $839 $665 -20.7%
7906 A3C4 Intel Xeon Processor E5-1410 4C 2.8GHz $569 $475 -16.5%
7906 A3C5 Xeon Processor E5-2448L 8C 1.8GHz $2,669 $2,129 -20.2%
7906 A3C6 Xeon Processor E5-2428L 6C 1.8GHz $1,509 $1,175 -22.1%
7906 A3C7 Xeon Processor E5-2418L 4C 2.0GHz $839 $665 -20.7%
7906 A3C8 Xeon Processor E5-2448L 8C 1.8GHz $2,669 $2,129 -20.2%
7906 A3C9 Xeon Processor E5-2428L 6C 1.8GHz $1,509 $1,175 -22.1%
7906 5409 500 GB 7200 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF Disk $389 $349 -10.3%
7906 5433 600 GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Disk $589 $559 -5.1%
7906 5536 146 GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Disk $369 $349 -5.4%
7906 5599 300 GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Disk $309 $289 -6.5%
7906 8941 4 GB PC3L-10600 1333MHz LP RDIMM $105 $99 -5.7%
7906 8942 4 GB PC3L-10600 1333MHz LP RDIMM $105 $99 -5.7%
Flex System x440 node
7917 A1BM FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter $935 $849 -9.2%
7917 A1NZ 500 GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF Disk $389 $349 -10.3%
7917 A1QT 16 GB 1333MHz LP RDIMM $459 $369 -19.6%
7917 A1QY EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter $1,319 $1,099 -16.7%
7917 A1R1 CN4054 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter $1,319 $1,099 -16.7%
7917 A2CA Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4603 4C 2.0GHz $3,269 $2,859 -12.5%
7917 A2CB Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4617 6C 2.9GHz $3,269 $2,859 -12.5%
7917 A2CC Xeon Processor E5-4640 8C 2.4GHz $5,659 $4,399 -22.3%
7917 A2CD Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4640 8C 2.4GHz $5,659 $4,399 -22.3%
7917 A2CE Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4640 8C 2.4GHz $5,659 $4,399 -22.3%
7917 A2CF Xeon Processor E5-4620 8C 2.2GHz $3,269 $2,859 -12.5%
7917 A2CG Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4620 8C 2.2GHz $3,269 $2,859 -12.5%
7917 A2CH Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4620 8C 2.2GHz $3,269 $2,859 -12.5%
7917 A2CJ Xeon Processor E5-4650 8C 2.7GHz $7,559 $5,855 -22.5%
7917 A2CK Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4650 8C 2.7GHz $7,559 $5,855 -22.5%
7917 A2CL Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4650 8C 2.7GHz $7,559 $5,855 -22.5%
7917 A2C0 Xeon Processor E5-4603 4C 2.0GHz $1,179 $1,099 -6.8%
7917 A2C1 Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4603 4C 2.0GHz $1,179 $1,099 -6.8%
7917 A2C2 Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4603 4C 2.0GHz $1,179 $1,099 -6.8%
7917 A2C3 Xeon Processor E5-4607 6C 2.2GHz $1,909 $1,599 -16.2%
7917 A2C4 Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4607 6C 2.2GHz $1,909 $1,599 -16.2%
7917 A2C5 Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4607 6C 2.2GHz $1,909 $1,599 -16.2%
7917 A2C6 Xeon Processor E5-4610 6C 2.4GHz $2,479 $2,089 -15.7%
7917 A2C7 Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4610 6C 2.4GHz $2,479 $2,089 -15.7%
7917 A2C8 Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4610 6C 2.4GHz $2,479 $2,089 -15.7%
7917 A2C9 Xeon Processor E5-4617 6C 2.9GHz $3,269 $2,859 -12.5%
7917 A2N5 FC3052 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter $935 $849 -9.2%
7917 A2QU Xeon Processor E5-4650L 8C 2.6GHz $7,559 $5,855 -22.5%
7917 A2QV Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4650L 8C 2.6GHz $7,559 $5,855 -22.5%
7917 A2QW Addl Intel Xeon Processor E5-4650L 8C 2.6GHz $7,559 $5,855 -22.5%
7917 A2U5 16 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz LP RDIMM $439 $349 -20.5%
7917 A2XB 146 GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Disk $369 $349 -5.4%
7917 A2XC 300 GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Disk $309 $289 -6.5%
7917 A2XD 600 GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Disk $589 $559 -5.1%
7917 A28Z 4 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz LP RDIMM $135 $115 -14.8%
7917 A282 900 GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Disk $899 $829 -7.8%
7917 A283 300 GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Disk $679 $629 -7.4%
7917 A290 16 GB PC3L-10600 1333MHz LP LRDIMM $499 $409 -18.0%
7917 A291 32 GB PC3L-10600 1333MHz LP LRDIMM $1,599 $1,399 -12.5%
7917 A292 8 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz LP RDIMM $199 $189 -5.0%
7917 8941 4 GB PC3L-10600 1333MHz LP RDIMM $105 $99 -5.7%
7917 8942 4 GB PC3L-10600 1333MHz LP RDIMM $105 $99 -5.7%

Significantly, the deepest price cuts come from what IBM is charging for single units of Intel's Xeon E5 processors, and presumably IBM is getting some kind of deal from Intel that allows it to cut its prices on those processors without sacrificing too much of its own System x profit margins. Then again, IBM's was losing market to Dell, Cisco Systems, and others in the third quarter in the x86 racket, and the Flex System machinery is supposed to help IBM fight back against these and other vendors with converged server-storage-networking stacks. Cisco's growth is slowing, but these seems to be more of a natural limit of large numbers and market penetration of an upstart rather than a reaction to IBM's PureSystems launch last April. My guess is that the processor, memory, and disk price cuts announced for U.S. customers on December 18 are aimed at making it easier for the IBM direct reps and channel partners to make sales against Dell, Cisco, and Hewlett-Packard without having to do each deal on the back of an envelope. As we all know, very few customers pay IBM list price for servers, and this is particularly so for those buying x86 iron in volume, but a list price is a ceiling from which a floor can be established.

To the north, IBM's Canadian subsidiary was tweaking prices as 2012 came to an end as well, and in this case prices were going up as well as down.

In announcement letter 312-143, IBM actually raised prices on the base PowerLinux 7R2 rack-based server, which is designed only to run Linux and which cannot run IBM i or AIX, as well as on numerous features that go into this server. The PowerLinux 7R2 was launched last April near the PureSystems launch, and this two-socket box is essentially a Power 730 with slightly different processor pricing and significantly lower disk and memory prices, that has one goal: making the Power-Linux combo competitive against Xeon-Linux machines. The price change upwards is therefore a bit perplexing, particularly to my neighbors in the Great White North. It probably has as much to do with the conversion rate between the U.S. greenback and the Canadian loonie as anything else. Here are these PowerLinux price changes, which went into effect on December 19:


IBM Canada PowerLinux Price Changes, in Canadian dollars
Machine Model Old New Percent
Type Number Description Price Price Change
8246 L2S POWERLINUX 7R2 $4,450 $5,070 13.9%
8246 L2C POWERLINUX 7R2 $4,450 $5,070 13.9%
8246 0348 V.24/EIA232 6.1m PCI Cbl $140 $160 14.3%
8246 0353 V.35 6.1m (20-Ft) PCI Cable $140 $160 14.3%
8246 0359 X.21 6.1m (20-Ft) PCI Cable $415 $470 13.3%
8246 0551 19 inch,1.8 meter high rack $2,940 $3,350 13.9%
8246 0553 19 inch,2.0 meter high rack $3,990 $4,540 13.8%
8246 0599 Rack Filler Panel Kit $82 $94 14.6%
8246 1104 USB EXTERNAL DOCKING STATION $310 $350 12.9%
8246 1107 USB 500GB Removable Disk Dr $330 $375 13.6%
8246 1106 USB 160GB Removable Disk Dr $225 $255 13.3%
8246 1123 USB Int Dock Sta for RDX Disk $250 $285 14.0%
8246 1775 177GB SFF-1 SSD $3,990 $4,550 14.0%
8246 1827 System Port/UPS Conv Cbl $110 $125 13.6%
8246 1995 177GB SSD w/ eMLC (AIX/Linux) $4,890 $5,570 13.9%
8246 2053 PCIe LP RAID & SSD SAS 3Gb $3,400 $3,870 13.8%
8246 2459 2M LC-SC 62.5 Mic Fbr Cnv Cbl $92 $110 19.6%
8246 2456 2M LC-SC 50 Micrn Fbr Conv Cbl $92 $110 19.6%
8246 2934 3M Asynch Cbl EIA-232 $41 $47 14.6%
8246 2936 Asynch Cbl EIA-232/V.24 3M $68 $77 13.2%
8246 3125 Serial-to-Serial Port Cbl-8M $74 $85 14.9%
8246 3124 Serial-to-Serial Port Cbl-3.7M $74 $85 14.9%
8246 3632 Widescreen LCD Monitor $1,110 $1,270 14.4%
8246 3925 0.3M Serial Port Cnv Cbl $23 $27 17.4%
8246 3927 Serial Port Null Mod Cbl,3.7M $74 $85 14.9%
8246 3928 Serial Port Null Mod Cbl,10M $74 $85 14.9%
8246 3930 System Serial Port Conv Cbl $16 $18 12.5%
8246 4242 1.8M (6-ft) Ext Cbl Displays $92 $110 19.6%
8246 4256 Ext Cbl - USB Keybd,1.8M $47 $53 12.8%
8246 4276 VGA to DVI Conn Conv $9 $10 11.1%
8246 4649 Rack Integration Services $170 $190 11.8%
8246 4648 Rack Integration Services: BP $135 $155 14.8%
8246 5260 PCIe2 LP 4-port 1GbE Ad $335 $385 14.9%
8246 5269 PCIe LP PWR GXT145 Graph Accel $645 $735 14.0%
8246 5271 PCIe LP 4-Port 10/100/1000 $925 $1,060 14.6%
8246 5272 PCIe LP 10GbE CX4 1-pt Ad $4,030 $4,590 13.9%
8246 5273 PCIe LP 8Gb 2-Pt FC Ad $3,890 $4,430 13.9%
8246 5274 PCIe LP 2-Pt 1GbE SX Ad $1,470 $1,680 14.3%
8246 5275 PCIe LP 10GbE SR 1-port Ad $4,450 $5,070 13.9%
8246 5277 PCIe LP 4-Pt Async EIA-232 Ad $780 $885 13.5%
8246 5279 PCIe2 4Pt 10GBE&1GBE SFP+ LP $2,780 $3,170 14.0%
8246 5270 PCIe LP 10Gb FCoE 2-port Ad $4,620 $5,260 13.9%
8246 5280 PCIe2 4Pt 10GBE&1GBE SR LP $3,890 $4,430 13.9%
8246 5281 PCIE LP 2-Pt 1GbE TX Ad $285 $325 14.0%
8246 5283 PCIE2 LP 2-Pt 4X IB QDR Ad $1,120 $1,270 13.4%
8246 5284 PCIe2 LP 2-Pt 10GbE SR Ad $3,890 $4,440 14.1%
8246 5286 PCIe2 LP 2-Pt 10GbE SFP Cpr $2,000 $2,280 14.0%
8246 5290 PCIe2 LP 2 Pt Async EIA 232 $220 $255 15.9%
8246 5524 RFID TAGS $22 $25 13.6%
8246 5603 System AC PowerŪ Supply $445 $510 14.6%
8246 5762 SATA Slimline DVD-RAM Dr $335 $380 13.4%
8246 5887 EXP24S SFF Gen2-bay Drawer $6,000 $6,840 14.0%
8246 5953 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,ITALIA $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5954 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,GERMAN $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5955 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,UK ENG $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5956 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,SPANIS $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5957 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,JAPANE $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5952 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,FRENCH $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5951 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,US ENG $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5959 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,HUNGAR $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5958 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,BRAZIL $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5962 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,FRENCH $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5964 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,BELGIA $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5965 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,SWEDIS $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5966 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,DANISH $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5967 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,BULGAR $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5968 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,SWISS/ $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5960 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,KOREAN $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5961 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,CHINES $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5969 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,NORWEG $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5971 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,PORTUG $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5970 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,DUTCH $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5972 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,GREEK $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5973 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,HEBREW $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5974 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,POLISH $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5975 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,SLOVAK $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5976 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,CZECH $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5977 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,TURKIS $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5978 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,LA SPA $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5979 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,ARABIC $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5981 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,RUSSIA $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5982 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,SLOVEN $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5983 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,US ENG $92 $110 19.6%
8246 5980 FULL WIDTH KEY USB,THAI $92 $110 19.6%
8246 6068 OPT FRONT DOOR FOR 1.8M RA $380 $435 14.5%
8246 6069 OPT FRONT DOOR FOR 2.0M RA $465 $530 14.0%
8246 6249 2.0M RACK ACOUSTIC DOORSŪ $3,910 $4,450 13.8%
8246 6248 1.8M RACK ACOUSTIC DOOR $3,910 $4,450 13.8%
8246 6263 1.8M RACK TRIM KIT $445 $510 14.6%
8246 6272 2.0M RACK TRIM KIT $445 $510 14.6%
8246 6458 POWER CABLE DRAWER TO PDU $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6469 POWER CORD 4.3M (14 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6460 POWER CORD 4.3M (14 FT),D $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6470 POWER CORD 1.8M(6 FOOT),T $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6471 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6472 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6473 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6474 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6475 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6476 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6477 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6478 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6489 4.3M (14 FT) 3PH/24A POWER $310 $350 12.9%
8246 6488 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $44 $51 15.9%
8246 6496 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6493 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6492 4.3M (14 FT) 1PH/48 60A PW $340 $385 13.2%
8246 6491 4.3M (14 FT) 1PH/48A PWR C $340 $385 13.2%
8246 6494 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6577 POWER CABLE DRAWER TO IB $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6580 OPTIONAL RACK SECURITY KIT $155 $175 12.9%
8246 6586 MODEM TRAY FOR 19 INCH RAC $210 $240 14.3%
8246 6655 4.3M (14 FT) 1PH/24 30A WR $445 $510 14.6%
8246 6656 4.3M (14 FT)1PH/24A POWER $205 $230 12.2%
8246 6659 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6651 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6654 4.3M (14 FT) 1PH/24 30A PW $205 $230 12.2%
8246 6669 POWER CORD 4.3M (14 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6665 POWER CORD 3 M (10 FT),DR $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6660 POWER CORD (14 FOOT),DRAW $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6672 POWER CORD 1.5M (5 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6671 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 6680 POWER CORD 2.7M (9 FOOT), $16 $18 12.5%
8246 7109 INTELLIGENT PDU,1 EIA UNI $1,230 $1,400 13.8%
8246 7118 ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING P $315 $355 12.7%
8246 7188 POWER DISTRIBUTION UNIT $840 $960 14.3%
8246 7802 ETHERNET CABLE,15M,HARDW $29 $33 13.8%
8246 8144 LINUX SOFTWARE PREINSTALL $67 $76 13.4%
8246 8143 LINUX SOFTWARE PREINSTALL $67 $76 13.4%
8246 8845 USB MOUSE $33 $38 15.2%
8246 EL09 4Gb 2-Port FC Ad PowerLinux $1,980 $2,260 14.1%
8246 EL0K Memory Riser Card PowerLinux $445 $510 14.6%
8246 EL0W Backplane 6 SFF - PowerLinux $445 $510 14.6%
8246 EL0X Backplane 3 SFF - PowerLinux $465 $530 14.0%
8246 EL0Y Backplane w/RAID - PowerLinux $1,360 $1,550 14.0%
8246 EL01 80/160GB Tape PowerLinux $1,200 $1,370 14.2%
8246 EL1F 8GB (2x4GB) Memory-PowerLinux $260 $295 13.5%
8246 EL1G 16GB (2x8GB) Memory-PowerLinux $1,299 $585 -55.0%
8246 EL1H 32GB (2x16GB)Memory-PowerLinux $1,020 $1,170 14.7%
8246 EL1K 177GB SFF-2 SSD AIX/Linux $3,990 $4,550 14.0%
8246 EL1L 387GB SFF-2 SSD AIX/Linux $6,890 $7,850 13.9%
8246 EL1S EXP24S Gen2-bay Drawer $6,000 $6,840 14.0%
8246 EL1T SAS Cbl(YO) Ad to SAS 1.5M $100 $115 15.0%
8246 EL1U SAS Cab(YO) Ad to SAS 15M $590 $670 13.6%
8246 EL1V SAS Cab(YO) Ad to SAS 3M $125 $140 12.0%
8246 EL1W SAS Cab(YO) Ad to SAS 6M $170 $190 11.8%
8246 EL1X SAS X Cbl 15M - HD 3Gb 2-Ad $2,670 $3,040 13.9%
8246 EL1Y SAS X Cbl 10M - HD 6Gb 2-Ad $1,390 $1,590 14.4%
8246 EL1Z SAS X Cbl 3M - HD 6Gb 2-Ad $500 $570 14.0%
8246 EL10 2-x4 prt SAS Ad 3Gb PowerLinux $445 $510 14.6%
8246 EL29 SAS YO Cbl 3M - HD 6Gb Ad $335 $380 13.4%
8246 EL2D SAS AA Cbl 6M - HD 6Gb Ad $420 $475 13.1%
8246 EL2K PCIe2 LP RAID SAS Adapter 6Gb $6,890 $7,850 13.9%
8246 EL2A SAS AA Cbl 0.6M - HD 6Gb Ad $115 $130 13.0%
8246 EL2L SAS Ca(YI) System to System $125 $140 12.0%
8246 EL20 SAS X Cbl 6M - HD 6Gb 2-Ad $835 $950 13.8%
8246 EL21 SAS Cbl X Adapter SAS Encl $680 $775 14.0%
8246 EL22 SAS Cable (X) Ad to SAS E $170 $190 11.8%
8246 EL23 SAS Cbl X Ad SAS Encl 6M $335 $385 14.9%
8246 EL24 SAS YO Cbl 15M - HD 3Gb Ad $1,390 $1,590 14.4%
8246 EL2B SAS AA Cbl 1.5M - HD 6Gb Ad $195 $225 15.4%
8246 EL25 SAS YO Cbl 1.5M - HD 6Gb Ad $270 $305 13.0%
8246 EL26 SAS YO Cbl 10M - HD 6Gb Ad $750 $855 14.0%
8246 EL28 SAS YO Cbl 6M - HD 6Gb Ad $500 $570 14.0%
8246 EL2C SAS AA Cbl 3M - HD 6Gb Ad $250 $285 14.0%
8246 ELB4 PowerLinux Base 16c 3.3GHz $2,280 $2,600 14.0%
8246 ELB5 PowerLinux Base 16c 3.55GHz $3,830 $4,370 14.1%
8246 EN03 5m 10GbE Cbl SFP+ Twinax Cpr $170 $190 11.8%
8246 EN02 3m 10GbE Cbl SFP+ Twinax Cpr $135 $155 14.8%
8246 EN01 1m 10GbE Cbl SFP+ Twinax Cpr $115 $130 13.0%
8246 EN0Y PCIe LP 8Gb 4-Pt FC $6,670 $7,600 13.9%
8246 ES0A 387GB SFF-1 SSD for AIX/Linux $6,890 $7,850 13.9%
8246 EU01 1TB Removable Disk Cartridge $385 $440 14.3%
8246 EU08 RDX 320GB Removable Disk Drive $250 $285 14.0%

The price hikes for the dual-socket PowerLinux 7R2 iron in Canada range from 12 percent to 15 percent, with the average somewhere around 13.5 percent. It is important to note that IBM did not up the prices on the single-socket PowerLinux 7R1, launched in July 2012, or the PowerLinux p24L, which is the Linux-only variant of the Flex System p260 server node.

In announcement letter 312-144, IBM Canada raised a few prices here and there and then trimmed to slashed prices here and there for the Flex System x240 server node and its features. Check it out:


IBM Canada FlexSystem Price Changes, in Canadian dollars
Machine Model Feature Old New Percent
Type Number Number Description Price Price Change
7893 92X 7805 ADDITIONAL (2X) ITE FANS $469 $488 4.1%
7863 10X 1764 FC3172 2-PORT 8GB FC ADAPT $989 $1,039 5.1%
7863 10X EC25 FC3052 2 PORT 8GB FC ADAPT $989 $1,039 5.1%
7863 10x EC2D EN4132 2-PORT 10GB ENET AD $1,394 $1,469 5.4%
7863 10X 1759 CN4054 10 GB VIRTUAL FABRI $1,394 $1,469 5.4%
7863 10X EP30 Addl 8-CORE 2.9GHZ,20MB CPU $3,280 $4,079 24.4%
7863 10X EP31 8-CORE 2.9GHZ,20MB CPU $3,280 $4,079 24.4%
7863 10X EP32 Addl 2-CORE 3.0GHZ,5MB CPUR $1,460 $1,814 24.2%
7863 10X EP33 2-CORE 3.0GHZ,5MB CPUS $1,460 $1,814 24.2%
7863 10X EP34 Addl 8-CORE 2.4GHZ,20MB CPU $2,320 $2,889 24.5%
7863 10X EP35 8-CORE 2.4GHZ,20MB CPU $2,320 $2,889 24.5%
7863 10X EP36 Addl 4-CORE 1.8GHZ,10MB CPU $410 $514 25.4%
7863 10X EP37 4-CORE 1.8GHZ,10MB CPU $410 $514 25.4%
7863 10X EP38 Addl 4-CORE 2.4GHZ,10MB CPU $540 $669 23.9%
7863 10X EP39 4-CORE 2.4GHZ,10MB CPU $540 $669 23.9%
7863 10X EP3B 6-CORE 2.0GHZ,15MB CPU $730 $914 25.2%
7863 10X EP3A Addl 6-CORE 2.0GHZ,15MB CPU $730 $914 25.2%
7863 10X EPB5 6-CORE 2.3 GHZ,15MB CPU $1,020 $1,269 24.4%
7863 10X EPA5 6-CORE 2.3 GHZ,15MB CPU $1,020 $1,269 24.4%
7863 10X EPB6 6-CORE 2.5 GHZ,15MB CPU $1,460 $1,814 24.2%
7863 10X EPA6 6-CORE 2.5 GHZ,15MB CPU $1,460 $1,814 24.2%
7863 10X EP3J Addl 8-CORE 2.0GHZ,15MB CPU $1,770 $2,249 27.1%
7863 10X EP3K 8-CORE 2.0GHZ,20MB CPU $1,770 $2,214 25.1%
7863 10X EP3C Addl 8-CORE 2.2GHZ,20MB CPU $1,770 $2,599 46.8%
7863 10X EP3D 8-CORE 2.2GHZ,20MB CPU $2,090 $2,599 24.4%
7863 10X EPB7 8-CORE 2.7 GHZ,20MB CPU $2,780 $3,469 24.8%
7863 10X EPA7 8-CORE 2.7 GHZ,20MB CPU $2,780 $3,469 24.8%
7863 10X EP3E Addl 6-CORE 2.9GHZ,15MB CPU $2,500 $3,114 24.6%
7863 10X EP3F 6-CORE 2.9GHZ,15MB CPU $2,500 $3,114 24.6%
7863 10X EP3G Addl 4-CORE 3.3GHZ,10MB CPU $1,460 $1,849 26.6%
7863 10X EP3L 4-CORE 3.3GHZ,10MB CPU $1,460 $1,814 24.2%
7863 10X EP3M Addl 6-CORE 2.0GHZ,15MB CPU $1,110 $1,379 24.2%
7863 10X EP3N 6-CORE 2.0GHZ,15MB CPU $1,110 $1,379 24.2%
7863 10X EP3P Addl 8-CORE 1.8GHZ,20MB CPU $1,770 $2,214 25.1%
7863 10X EP3Q 8-CORE 1.8GHZ,20MB CPU $1,770 $2,214 25.1%
7863 10X EP3S 8-CORE 2.6GHZ,20MB CPU $2,500 $3,114 24.6%
7863 10X EP3R Addl 8-CORE 2.6GHZ,20MB CPU $2,500 $3,114 24.6%
7863 10X EP3T Addl 8 CORE 1.8GHZ 20MB CPUR $2,180 $2,654 21.7%
7863 10X EP3U 8 CORE 1.8GHZ 20MB CPUS $2,180 $2,654 21.7%
7863 10X EP3W 8 CORE 2.1GHZ 20MB CPUS $2,130 $2,654 24.6%
7863 10X EP3V Addl 8 CORE 2.1GHZ 20MB CPUR $2,130 $2,654 24.6%
7863 10X EEM5 8GB (2X4GB RDIMMS) MEMORY $279 $288 3.2%
7863 10X EEMC 8GB (2X4GB RDIMMS) MEMORY $275 $288 4.7%
7863 10X EEMB 32GB (2X16GB RDIMMSS) MEMO $1,060 $1,108 4.5%
7863 10X EEM6 32GB (2X16GB LRDIMMS) MEMO $1,644 $1,738 5.7%
7863 10X EEM7 64GB (2X32GB RDIMMS) MEMOR WD1 $5,274 $4,798 -9.0%
7863 10X EEM8 64GB (2X32GB LRDIMMS) MEMO $9,484 $4,498 -52.6%
7863 10X EM09 8GB (2X4GB RDIMMS) MEMORY $225 $288 28.0%
7863 10X EEM4 8GB (2X4GB RDIMMS) MEMORY $229 $238 3.9%
7863 10X EEM9 16GB (2X8GB RDIMMS) MEMORY $469 $488 4.1%
7863 10X EM33 32GB (2X16GB RDIMMS) MEMOR $1,370 $1,998 45.8%
7863 10X EHD8 500 GB 7,200 RPM 2.5 SATA $389 $434 11.6%
7863 10X 3743 300 GB 10,000 RPM 2.5 SAS $549 $449 -18.2%
7863 10X 3766 600 GB 10,000 RPM 2.5 SAS $899 $689 -23.4%
7863 10X EHD1 146 GB 15,000 RPM 2.5 SAS $399 $434 8.8%
7863 10X EHD2 500 GB 7,200 RPM 2.5 SAS $389 $434 11.6%
7863 10X EHD5 300 GB 15,000 RPM 2.5 SAS $779 $819 5.1%
7863 10X EHD4 900 GB 10,000 RPM 2.5 SAS $1,334 $1,114 -16.5%
7906 25X A291 DRAWER FACT INTEGR IN RACK $5,849 $2,249 -61.5%
7906 25X A1QT 16GB PC3L 10600 CL9 ECC DD $869 $999 15.0%
7917 45X A291 32GB PC3L 10600 CL9 ECC DD $3,349 $2,249 -32.8%

As you can see, many of the features that had their prices cut in the United States in greenbacks on December 18 had their prices increased in loonies for Canadian customers on December 21. Processor price hikes were steepest. Fat memory configurations and fat disk drives had the biggest price decreases for Flex x240 iron in Canada last month, and skinnier features had some modest price increases.

IBM never explains itself, so we are left to pondering what this all means. But as I said, there were no price changes for plain vanilla Power Systems or Flex System p260 or p460 machines, so it looks like Big Blue is pretty happy with its competitive position--and discounting levels--with these machines. That could, of course, change in the first quarter, which we are now in.


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