IBM Offers Flex System Bundle Down Under
March 3, 2014 Timothy Prickett Morgan
If you are shopping for Flex System iron down under in Australia or New Zealand, then IBM has a deal for you. Or, more precisely, it has two deals for you because it treats the two countries differently because they have different currencies.
The deal is called the Innovate on IBM Flex Systems and Save Bundle, and you can get the details about the Australian version in announcement letter A314-022 and the New Zealand one is in announcement letter NZ314-022.
The deal is only available for Flex System bundles with Xeon-based nodes and are aimed at supporting virtualized servers using either VMware‘s ESXi and vSphere combination or Microsoft‘s Hyper-V and System Center combination. The setups include four nodes loaded up with Xeon processors and memory plus all the necessary storage and virtualization software and offers up to 70 percent off on the configurations. There are bare-bones virtualization setups that reach out to top-of-rack switches and then others with converged networking inside the chassis.
This bundle offer is available from February 20 through December 31. Obviously, there is nothing preventing you from slapping a Power7+ node or two into these machines and getting a hybrid setup, and maybe if you talk fast enough, you can get a good deal on those nodes ahead of the Power8 launch. Something akin to 50 percent off would be cool. Just remember to get discounts on the IBM i and PowerVM software, too.