Big Blue Readies Power10 And IBM i 7.5 Training for Partners
May 16, 2022 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Whenever there is a big product announcement from IBM, there are months and months of field work that gets done ahead of that super Tuesday when the customers are notified of the new systems and systems software that has been in development for years and that is finally available. Well, usually available within a few weeks if not at announcement.
That announcement education and training machine has been in motion for months, and the next and penultimate phase of this process is soon going to be underway, which means that Big Blue is getting ready to launch Power10 systems into the field. We already know much about IBM i 7.5, since it has been announced and is available starting this week on Power9 and Power10 systems. (IBM i 7.5 is not supported on Power8 and earlier machinery.)
The word on the street is that IBM is hosting events on June 1 and 2 that provide training to resellers and other business partners in conjunction with its master resellers, with morning and evening sessions that provide four different options for partners to connect and learn about the new Power10 systems in detail. These events are a mix of live and recorded sessions, with experts on hand to answer initial questions by Q&A in chat.
On June 7, all of the key experts from the Power Systems division will be on hand to give additional presentations and to participate in a Q&A and panel discussion that will allow partners and resellers to ask technical and sales questions to help them better position the new hardware and software.
Such training is always invaluable in understanding what IBM believes about its new platforms. Hopefully there will be lots of good stuff discussed, which will eventually enrich our understand of how to position Power10 machines and IBM i, AIX, and Linux operating systems on Power against the competition. Big Blue doesn’t have much competition at the high end of the market, aside from its System z mainframes and one line of Hewlett Packard Enterprise NUMA machines, but the situation it is clearly different in the market for machines with one, two, or four processor sockets. This is the vast majority of the volumes in the server market, obviously, and the positioning is critical to the future success of the Power Systems platform.
We look forward to learning more second-hand from the business partner and reseller community, and as we find out interesting things, we will of course give you any insight that we can.