Europe, Asia, and Growth Markets Get AIX Power Leasing Deal–But Still No IBM i
October 18, 2010 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Remember that Power Systems deferred leasing deal in North America that I told you about last month for HP-UX and AIX shops moving to big AIX iron? Well, the deal has been expanded to cover Europe, Asia, and a bunch of growth markets, but guess what? IBM is still not offering deferred leasing to i5/OS or IBM i shops moving up to new releases and iron.
Under the original deal, which I went through here, customers who move from Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and presumably Fujitsu Unix iron to a Power 770, 780, or 795 machine can push the cost out into the 2011 budget by taking a 36-month fair market value lease where the payments are pushed out 90 days. The deal runs until December 31, and allows customers to finance $75,000 or more of gear.
Under an expansion of the deal announced on October 4, Western European customers get the same exact Power leasing deal that has been available in North America for Power 770, 780, and 795 systems. A slightly different form of the deal is available in Asia/Pacific and growth markets–which includes Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Taiwan, and Thailand–and with that deal, IBM is giving trade-ins on entry Sparc T series and high-end Sparc Enterprise M9000 machines sold by Oracle or Fujitsu. And in the AP and growth markets, companies can get deferred leasing on storage subsystems they buy with the Power systems (North American and European customers don’t get this bennie) and they can also trade-in HP ProLiant servers running Solaris.
Obviously, I think shops moving from OS/400, i5/OS or even IBM i 6.1 to either i 6.1 or 7.1 should get the same deal. And in this case, it should apply to any Power Systems machine that costs $25,000 or more.