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Volume 19, Number 31 -- September 7, 2010

Prices Jacked on Power Systems Tape Drives and Expansion Drawers

Published: September 7, 2010

by Timothy Prickett Morgan

IBM is offering pretty good bang for the buck on its new entry Power Systems machines based on Power7 chips, and ditto for the midrange boxes using the processors. And so, the money has to come from somewhere and it is always a good idea for it to come from somewhere that might not make it into a press release or a benchmark. Like peripherals. And maybe soon, hardware maintenance fees.

And so, in announcement letter 310-236, you will find that selected peripherals used across the Power Systems product line, whether you install IBM i, AIX, or Linux on the boxes, have higher sticker prices than they did before the August 17 announcement day.

IBM never tells you what features are what when it does price hikes--or makes price cuts, for that matter--which is why you keep me around. Here are the price changes on the features and their descriptions:


Machine Feature Old New Percent
Type Feature Description Price Price Change
8203 5619 80/160 GB DAT160 SAS Tape Drive $1,661 $1,827 10.0%
8203 5746 800 GB/1.6 TB LTO4 Tape Drive $3,777 $4,000 5.9%
8203 5796 PCI-DDR 12X Expansion Drawer $4,945 $5,440 10.0%
8203 5802 12X I/O Drawer PCIe, SFF Disk $10,900 $11,990 10.0%
8203 5877 12X I/O Drawer PCIe, No Disk $9,900 $10,890 10.0%
8203 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $4,500 $4,950 10.0%
8204 5619 80/160 GB DAT160 SAS Tape Drive $1,661 $1,827 10.0%
8204 5746 800 GB/1.6 TB LTO4 Tape Drive $3,777 $4,000 5.9%
8204 5796 PCI-DDR 12X Expansion Drawer $4,945 $5,440 10.0%
8204 5802 12X I/O Drawer PCIe, SFF Disk $10,900 $11,990 10.0%
8204 5877 12X I/O Drawer PCIe, No Disk $9,900 $10,890 10.0%
8204 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $4,500 $4,950 10.0%
8233 5619 80/160 GB DAT160 SAS Tape Drive $1,661 $1,827 10.0%
8233 5746 800 GB/1.6 TB LTO4 Tape Drive $3,777 $4,000 5.9%
8233 5796 PCI-DDR 12X Expansion Drawer $4,945 $5,440 10.0%
8233 5802 12X I/O Drawer PCIe, SFF Disk $10,900 $11,990 10.0%
8233 5877 12X I/O Drawer PCIe, No Disk $9,900 $10,890 10.0%
8233 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $4,500 $4,950 10.0%
8234 5796 PCI-DDR 12X Expansion Drawer $4,945 $5,440 10.0%
8234 5802 12X I/O Drawer PCIe, SFF Disk $10,900 $11,990 10.0%
8234 5877 12X I/O Drawer PCIe, No Disk $9,900 $10,890 10.0%
8234 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $4,500 $4,950 10.0%
8236 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $4,500 $4,950 10.0%
9111 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $4,500 $4,950 10.0%
9116 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $4,500 $4,950 10.0%
9117 5796 PCI-DDR 12X Expansion Drawer $6,477 $7,125 10.0%
9117 5802 12X I/O Drawer PCIe, SFF Disk $14,277 $15,705 10.0%
9117 5877 12X I/O Drawer PCIe, No Disk $12,968 $14,265 10.0%
9117 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $5,894 $6,484 10.0%
9119 5619 80/160 GB DAT160 SAS Tape Drive $2,199 $2,393 8.8%
9119 5746 800 GB/1.6 TB LTO4 Tape Drive $4,999 $5,239 4.8%
9119 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $5,956 $6,484 8.9%
9131 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $4,500 $4,950 10.0%
9133 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $4,500 $4,950 10.0%
9179 5796 PCI-DDR 12X Expansion Drawer $6,477 $7,125 10.0%
9179 5802 12X I/O Drawer PCIe, SFF Disk $14,277 $15,705 10.0%
9179 5877 12X I/O Drawer PCIe, No Disk $12,968 $14,265 10.0%
9179 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $5,894 $6,484 10.0%
9406 5796 PCI-DDR 12X Expansion Drawer $5,000 $5,440 8.8%
9406 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $4,500 $4,950 10.0%
9407 5619 80/160 GB DAT160 SAS Tape Drive $1,661 $1,827 10.0%
9407 5746 800 GB/1.6 TB LTO4 Tape Drive $3,777 $4,000 5.9%
9408 5619 80/160 GB DAT160 SAS Tape Drive $1,661 $1,827 10.0%
9408 5746 800 GB/1.6 TB LTO4 Tape Drive $3,777 $4,000 5.9%
9408 5796 PCI-DDR 12X Expansion Drawer $5,000 $5,440 8.8%
9408 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $4,500 $4,950 10.0%
9409 5619 80/160 GB DAT160 SAS Tape Drive $1,661 $1,827 10.0%
9409 5746 800 GB/1.6 TB LTO4 Tape Drive $3,777 $4,000 5.9%
9409 5796 PCI-DDR 12X Expansion Drawer $5,000 $5,440 8.8%
9409 5886 EXP12S Expansion Drawer $4,500 $4,950 10.0%

As you can see, IBM has jacked up the price on its DAT160 SAS tape drive, which is used across the Power Systems lineup, by 10 percent, and prices on the 1.6 TB LTO4 tape drive got a 5.9 percent price hike. Four different expansion drawers used with the machines are also getting a 10 percent boost on list price, too. And, incidentally, any of these features used in the new entry Power 710, 720, 730, and 740 machines had the new and higher prices from the get-go.

In the table above, let me give you the secret decoder ring so you know what Power Systems machine is what:

  • The 8203 machine is the Power 520
  • The 8204 machine is the Power 550
  • The 8233 machine is the Power 750
  • The 8234 machine is the Power 560
  • The 8236 machine is the Power 755
  • The 9111 machine is the System p5 520
  • The 9116 machine is the System p5 560Q
  • The 9117 machine is the Power 570 and 770
  • The 9131 machine is the another System p5 520
  • The 9133 machine is the System p5 550
  • The 9406 machine is a whole class of AS/400 machines, but this one must refer to the System i 570
  • The 9408 machine is the System i M25
  • The 9409 machine is the System i M50

I will not be surprised when IBM announces maintenance increases on older iSeries, pSeries, System i, System p, and Power Systems iron. Probably something on the order of 5 to 10 percent, if I had to guess, just enough to help push people toward some more iron. IBM has had maintenance increases on AS/400 and successor machines in 1999, 2003, 2006, and 2008. IBM raised maintenance fees on AS/400, iSeries, and System i peripheral expansion boxes in 2007, too. IBM has tended to do maintenance price hikes in the spring. But this past spring was not exactly a good time to annoy customers. With the global economy stabilizing--somewhat--it is safe to guess that a maintenance increase on old Power-based servers is due in the second half of 2010 or early 2011.


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