IBM Re-Plugs Pulled Plug On, Er, Power Systems Modem Plugs
June 13, 2011 Timothy Prickett Morgan
It is hard to believe that people still care about modems in this broadband world, but fax/modems still matter to a lot of IT operations. When IBM was busy swinging its axe to chop things out of the Power Systems catalog back in January, it looks like it got tangled up in some modem cables and cut itself.
The chop came down in announcement letter 911-010, when IBM killed off the last remaining Power6 and Power6+ systems from the catalog, warning customers that the BladeCenter JS23 and JS43 blade servers would not be available after April 29, that the Power 550 would be cut on May 27, and the Power 595 would be chopped on July 29.
IBM killed off a bunch of external modems as well as the cables that link them to systems. But, alas, as we find out in announcement letter 111-105, some internal modems in the Power Systems lineup require the same cables used by the external modems. So relax. You can still buy that cable.