IBM’s Wheels And Deals On 10 Gigabit BNT Switches
October 10, 2011 Timothy Prickett Morgan
IBM is a relative re-newcomer to the switch market, and it is trying to pump up sales of its Blade Network Technologies top-of-rack switches.
Back in July, in announcement letter 311-101, IBM gave a 38.5 percent discount on the RackSwitch G8052, a 48-port Gigabit Ethernet switch with four 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports (commonly used for uplinks but also available for 10GE connectivity). IBM cut the tags on this switch from $8,949 to $5,500, a 38.5 percent slash, if customers bought them from the IBM web store. (You would think this would annoy the heck out of IBM’s channel partners, right?)
Last week, in announcement letter 311-146, IBM added the RackSwitch G8124E switch to the promotion, which is a 24-port switch that has 24 10GE ports. This switch normally costs $14,999, but after the addition to the RackSwitch promotion last week, Big Blue has dropped the price to $9,500. This represents a 36.7 percent price cut off list price.
You have to buy either the 48-port Gigabit Ethernet or 24-port 10GE switch before December 31 to get that lower price. So don’t dawdle.