IBM Offers Deep Discounts On Power-Linux Down Under
April 13, 2015 Timothy Prickett Morgan
IBM wants to sell a lot of Power8 iron running the Linux operating system Down Under, and it wants to do it fast. Like before the end of the second quarter, which comes to a close in June. To that end, IBM New Zealand and IBM Australia have kicked out some pretty steeply discounted iron that is sure to get the attention of prospective buyers–maybe even those who might otherwise opt for Linux on X86 machinery.
Under the deal announced in Australia last week in announcement letter ZA2Z5260A, IBM is giving discounts on eight different configurations of the Power S812L, Power S822L, and Power S824L machines, configured with varying numbers of processors cores, memory, and 15K RPM disk drives. Here are the feeds and speeds on the deal:
The discounts on the deals start out at 50 percent for the smaller configurations, hit 52 percent for configuration number three, 53 percent for number four and start sliding back from there. System 5 in the table about has a 47 percent discount, system six has a 39 percent discount, system seven has a 42 percent discount, and system 8 comes in with a 35 percent discount. These figures are all in Australia dollars, obviously. And it is important to note that these machines, which technically are able to support IBM i and AIX and run the PowerVM hypervisor, neither IBM i not AIX is supported on Power 8 machines with an L designation in their name. Linux operating systems are not included with this pricing, and the deal expires on June 30.
A similar deal is available to customers in New Zealand and is detailed in announcement letter ZA2Z5262A. The prices are in NZ dollars in that deal, and it looks like the discounts are a bit steeper, too.
The wonder is what is making IBM so eager to sell Power-Linux machines down in Australia and New Zealand, and why such deals are not available in Europe and North America. If the deal is there, then it should be here.