Re: IBM Is Reinvesting
I know this is very low profile in terms of volume in Power hardware but keep in mind there are still many tens of thousands (maybe even hundreds of thousands still) of us SMBs who use the same Power hardware to run the i5/os, what used to be called the AS400.
You won't find a single reason to ever convince me to change, that is still the most rock solid business server there is. The problem for IBM is that these servers are too good. I bought our last one in 2009 and it was the smallest server they sell. I plan on replacing in 2015. But even after all these years, we are using 35% of avail disk space and maybe 20% average CPU usage on a given day. We have not had a single day of downtime caused by this server.
And the price/performance curve is amazing. I remember the first AS400 this company bought in 1998, before consolidation to Power hardware with Unix/Linx, the server was $90,000. We bought next one in 2004, then it was $50K. After Power took over, the current one purchased in 2009 was $24K, with half of that being software and unlimited user licenses. The next one will be in the $8K range for hardware and we may be able to port our existing software and licenses for no cost, IBM runs upgrade promotions like that all the time.
Given all that, how can there overall revenue not decline? Power isn't sexy but boy can it get the job done, whether you use Unix, Linux or i5/os.