Reader Feedback On Fun With IBM i Software Pricing
November 14, 2011 Hey, TPM
You said: “So, if you have an entry Power 710 or 720 machine, you are paying $7.29 per day to use IBM i 7.1.”
I’m based in the United Kingdom, so the numbers are different over here, but how does that stack up compared to the utilities cost per employee, I wonder? And maybe the phone bill? And the cost of IT support staffing to keep everyone up and running? I’m sure I heard that the corporate rate for IT support was horrendous for Windows and it’s not like you can access an IBM i without using Windows these days, is it?
Perhaps IBM hopes you won’t notice that big old sticker price amongst all those day-to-day nickel and dime costs? Perhaps you shouldn’t. . . .
P.S. I freely admit to being far too lazy to do the math on those questions!
If you want to skew the results even more, add the cost of ISV software. I did a similar analysis looking at the cost to deliver a million CPWs including the cost of standard ISV software. While IBM gets its slice, the ISVs are even worse.
We moved an old iSeries 270 system into an LPAR on a Power 595. The ISV wanted over $125,000 for three partitions. I asked them to help me explain to my line of business manager the increased business value they were receiving for the extra $125,000, as we were keeping the same CPWs in the partitions. The answer was: “It’s our pricing model.”
I believe you can translate that into: “We have you by the short hairs and we don’t care.”