Some More Power Systems Features Going Bye-Bye
April 25, 2011 Timothy Prickett Morgan
IBM is cleaning its Power Systems house again, which stands to reason after the April 12 announcements. It is spring, after all.
As detailed in announcement letter 911-015, a bunch of Power Systems features will be ripped out of the Big Blue catalog later this year and early next, and IBM wants to give you fair warning so you can stock up now on parts you might need later.
The 288-port QLogic InfiniBand switch (product 7874-240) will probably not be missed by most OS/400 and i shops when it is withdrawn from marketing on July 29, but the various features that designate the 69 GB solid state drives (in both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch form factors) that IBM has been selling in Power Systems machines for a number of years might be important to some customers. (That’s features 1890 and 1909 for the smaller units and features 3586 and 3587 for the physically fatter but no more capacious ones.) The feature 1806 and 3926 asynchronous terminal/printer cables are also toast in July, as is the feature 4764 PCI-X cryptographic co-processor. Say sayonara to the feature 5661 and 5673 DAT320 tape drives, and the feature 5746 half-height 800 GB LTO4 SAS tape drive, too.
On October 14, IBM is killing off the EXP4200 and EXP4500 Gigabit Ethernet and EXP4500 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches that it resells from Juniper Networks. On January 6, 2012, the feature 7537 3.6 GHz Power6 processor card used in the Power 560 server from a few years back gets put out on an ice floe.
These withdrawn features are on a pile of others that have been mothballed in the past year, as you can see in the Related Stories items below.