GST Offers Blow-Out Pricing on System i Features
October 29, 2007 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Irvine, California, storage specialist GST last week announced it is having a blow-out sale on its inventory of selected features for AS/400, iSeries, and System i servers.
If you want to take a look at what GST has on sale, you can see the promotions at this link. The company is selling 35 GB, 10K RPM disk drives that fit into EXP24 disk enclosures for $95, or 16 percent of the $599 IBM list price for new gear, and 15K RPM disks for the EXP24s for $125, or 21 percent of IBM’s $599 list price. Disks that plug into normal Ultra320 SCSI ports on AS/400, iSeries, and System i machines in the same capacities and speeds for the same $95 and $125, which works out to between 79 percent and 87 percent of list. Various RAID disk controllers for the i5/OS and OS/400 platform are being sold by GST for $325 or $375, which works out to between 11 percent and 25 percent of list price, depending on the model.
If you are in the market for a tape drive, GST is peddling IBM’s feature 1889 80 GB VXA-2 tape drive (which has 2 to 1 data compression) for $245, or 25 percent of IBM list.
GST is also offering cut-throat pricing on various Ethernet cards, including a feature 5701 PCI-X Gigabit Ethernet card for $125 (or 18 percent of IBM list) and a two-port feature 5706 PCI-X Gigabit Ethernet card for $245 (25 percent of list).