re: IBM Fights Rivals With Aggressive Power Server Prices
The IBM Power 710 for just $5,947 is a joke and is IBM's bait and switch system. The system is an extremely basic 4-core, 8GB server with no OS, no virtualization, no SW maintenance, no HW management, and basically everything is optional-DVD drive optional, memory card risers optional, RAID optional, etc etc etc. By the time you add all the options, that are really needed to run the system properly, you're looking at over $20,000! And if you compare a like for like, core to core configuration against Oracle SPARC T4 systems for example, the IBM Power7+ systems are 30% to several times more expensive. Watch out for IBM's "Option Gotchas". The devil is always in the details.