IBM Bops Around With Flex System Feature Prices
December 2, 2013 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Trying to keep up with feature price changes is a big pain in the neck for both Power Systems resellers and customers buying machines. IBM has been making a bunch of changes here in there in the past few weeks that you need to be aware of as you shop.
In announcement letter 313-110 from November 12, IBM raised prices on selected Flex System features by between 3 and 16.5 percent. The price changes affect features for Flex System x240, x222, and x440 server nodes, which are all based on Intel Xeon processors. Here are the price changes by feature:
On November 26, in announcement letter 313-119, Big Blue cut prices on Xeon processor and other features used in the Flex System nodes, thus:
This latter set of price changes, which range from a cut of between 2.1 to 16.7 percent depending on the feature, took effect on November 26. List price is never street price, of course, so remember that these new list prices are just the start of a new round of negotiating.