More Power Systems Price Changes and Tweaks
June 8, 2009 Timothy Prickett Morgan
OK, IBM, this is getting to be a habit.
Last week, IBM once again tweaked the pricing on a bunch of upgrade features for its Power Systems lineup, once again cutting prices pretty dramatically. The price changes, which went into effect on June 2, are shown in the table below:
These price changes listed above are a companion set to a bunch of changes IBM made to reduce upgrade costs into the Power Systems line on May 19, which I told you about in the May 26 issue of The Four Hundred. That first batch of price cuts were for upgrading processor book, processor core, and memory on older System p machines using certain Power5+ processors to their Power6 equivalents in the Power 595. At the time, I said that System i customers upgrading to Power 595s should demand the same kind of deal, and lo and behold, as the table above shows, customers upgrading from System i 595 (9406) machines to Power 595s (9119) are also getting big discounts. And for some reason, IBM cut a little deep on the System p to Power Systems upgrades and in two cases actually raised the prices it cut several weeks ago.
One other tweak. A long-running competitive replacement trade-in deal that IBM has been using for its System p line to give rebates to customers moving from other Unix boxes was updated to allow upgrades into the Power Systems line from vintage AS/400 and iSeries boxes back in March, and then had the once-popular iSeries Model 250 added as a replaceable machine in April. Last week, the list of eligible products that can be acquired under this trade-in deal was expanded to include Power 520 machines using the 4.7 GHz Power6+ chips and Power 550 boxes using the 5 GHz Power6+ chips, machines that were launched on April 28.