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IBM Power Systems is the #4 ranked solution in top Rack Servers. PeerSpot users give IBM Power Systems an average rating of 8.4 out of 10. IBM Power Systems is most commonly compared to Intel Server System: IBM Power Systems vs Intel Server System. IBM Power Systems is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 65% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 19% of all views.
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What is IBM Power Systems?
IBM Power Systems are built to crush the most advanced data applications - from the mission-critical workloads you run today to the next generation of AI.

IBM Power Systems was previously known as IBM OpenPOWER LC.

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    System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Scales very well and is pretty easy to set up but is a bit expensive
    Pros and Cons
    • "What we like the most is the ability to upgrade the scaling of the system itself. Whenever we need extra storage, we can do that. Whenever we need extra memory, we can do that as well. It's fast and it's available."
    • "The pricing of the product could always be lowered."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use the solution primarily to provide services for the employees in our institute. Basically, it's the domain active directory. We also use it for its own server and providing the internet and our email server. We shifted recently to the Microsoft Product F365. We got the enterprise license for that as well. We don't use it to provide cloud services. We actually provide local services.

    How has it helped my organization?

    The older version of the servers that we had was the Dell Edge. The Dell Edge was a very old model and it had limited hardware capability and storage capacity. We had unfortunately faced some problems with providing for the new services due to these limitations. I'm talking about financially providing for the new service. 

    The improvement was quite noticeable when we did the upgrade. We had faster service, better internet connection, and a more stable internet connection. We had a very stable active directory. I would say that whenever the users wanted to log in, we had no delays in creating the user profile and having the user access the server services such as Outlook or the internet. A firewall was installed also. The improvements were on a network scale, as well as the scale of the service. 

    What is most valuable?

    What we like the most is the ability to upgrade the scaling of the system itself. Whenever we need extra storage, we can do that. Whenever we need extra memory, we can do that as well. It's fast and it's available.

    What needs improvement?

    Thus far, the solution has been sufficient. I can't think of an area that really needs improvement at this time.

    For the time being, our need is limited to certain features that are completely available in the Power Systems that we use. I can't say that we need an extra feature, or, at least, not in the near future.

    The pricing of the product could always be lowered.

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    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been dealing with the solution for two years. It was purchased in late 2019.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's not the hardware itself that's unstable as much as it is the software. The hardware is stable enough. However, the software from time to time requires maintenance, and that requires us to reinstall some of the features. Sometimes we face problems with upgrading to newer versions or updates. Occasionally, we have to revert back to an older version. That said, in terms of the hardware itself, it's stable enough. We haven't had any failures so far in the hardware, with the exception of hard drives.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability of the solution is excellent. It's very easy to scale and you can expand as much as you need to rather quickly.

    Currently, we have between 350 and 450 users that access the solution.

    In general, we do plan to increase usage. We're looking to have another server installed on a different site to upgrade the existing one. Right now, they're getting their services via a link from our servers, however, we are required to have a dedicated server on that different site to provide them with the services directly.

    How are customer service and support?

    We have divisions. Everyone has their specialty in terms of maintaining the servers. In terms of software, we have a system administrator that takes care of the software. In terms of hardware, we directly communicate with the service provider. They come and they take a look if, and only if we require some upgrades. That said, there's been no hardware failure before. 

    What we do is if there is any upgrade done to the servers, we use a tender system. We announce that we need an upgrade, and three companies come forward saying that we provide this upgrade to this system that you have, and we usually select the proper one either by price or by standards. If they meet the standards of the upgrade that we need, then they do that. However, if we require services for the hardware that we have in the company, then the one that we bought the hardware from is the one who does the service. The agent of IBM is local. He knows the servers, and he does the maintenance on them.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup wasn't complex at all. We were familiar with how the systems are and the system that we wanted to install. The shifting from an older generation, an older server, to the new server wasn't done, actually. We had a freshly installed active directory. We improved the structure during the shifting phases. The only thing that we actually did for deployment was that we had the deployment imaging ready when we did it, and we customized it based on a virtual machine.

    When we installed the virtual machine, we did the testing to scale the deployment prior to the arrival of the servers, and then we did the installation directly. We had everything ready. The only thing that we shifted was the user data from the old server to the new server. That took a while. Other than that, the deployment was straightforward.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The cost could always be lower to make it more affordable to organizations.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We did look at Dell Systems, however, they were very expensive.

    What other advice do I have?

    We're just a customer. We don't have a business relationship with IBM.

    In general, I would rate the solution at a seven out of ten so far.

    While every organization has to choose its options based on their requirements, I can say that this particular solution has met our needs quite well.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    General Manager Applications at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
    Reseller
    Top 5Leaderboard
    A strong solution with great technical support and third-party marketing services for partners
    Pros and Cons
    • "The technical support that clients get from IBM is excellent."
    • "IBM should be more flexible with marketing or offer marketing events themselves and invite the partners to attend. That might be far more productive."

    What is our primary use case?

    We've used IBM Power Systems in our passport and immigration department. It's a government-run department. 

    We've also used it with a few SMEs. They required smaller versions offsite with our systems. We did sell an IBM system to a couple of universities where they had about 20,000 students. It's used in a variety of instances and environments.

    What is most valuable?

    I'm working for an IT company and our work is to sell the products, I'm not really a direct user of it. I can't really say much about the features as I'm not an end-user.

    The product does offer co-marketing services to their partners.

    The solution is the best product on the market.

    The technical support that clients get from IBM is excellent.

    What needs improvement?

    Overall, IBM actually does restrict us, the sellers, at a limited percentage of margin when you're selling the product. We cannot go above 8%. That's something as a business that can be difficult, as we do suffer because at times. We don't have the option of quoting more and making more money out of it. We can't due to the IBM compliance.

    In terms of features, as a salesperson and not an end-user, I haven't really explored the product and can't say exactly what might be lacking.

    IBM does have a market presence here in Pakistan, however, the kind of penetration that Huawei has is a lot more. They have a larger enterprise team that sells products here and they have a direct relationship with the customers. IBM relies a lot more on the partners rather than going to the customers directly. Due to their approach, Huawei has captured about 70-80% of the server and storage industry and market in Pakistan.

    I do understand that IBM does offer co-marketing funds for us to actually promote IBM and its products. We have actually utilized them in the past as well, maybe three, four years ago. However, IBM does have a very, very, strict kind of compliance. When it comes to us providing documentation, there is cross-questioning. Our finance team may even back out not because of the misuse of money, but because of the amount of documentation required. It's not worth it for our marketing and finance team to utilize the offer. It's too rigorous and it takes them off dealing with other aspects of their jobs.

    IBM should be more flexible with marketing or offer marketing events themselves and invite the partners to attend. That might be far more productive.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We've been dealing with the solution for five or six years at least at this point. It may even be a bit longer. It's been a while.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We've sold this product to a variety of organizations, from SMEs to government departments to universities, and the sizing suits them all.

    We do plan to continue to offer the product to other clients in the future.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Our team has never escalated any issues when it comes to getting support directly from IBM. In that sense, they are pretty much satisfied. It's my understanding that support is something that IBM is really good at. That's the reason why IBM does have the type of customers who do have the appropriate budget and who really value the services and the after-sales services and support that IBM offers.

    How was the initial setup?

    We have our own installation and deployment team for IBM. They handle all aspects of it so that the client doesn't have to worry about the technical side.

    What about the implementation team?

    We handle the implementation for our clients.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The solution is relatively expensive if you compare it with any competitors of IBM. I would say you need to compare this price with the Huawei or with HPE and probably with Dell EMC. 

    Their products are relatively cheaper compared to IBM. I do understand that IBM does offer the best product, however, in terms of pricing, that's something that does limit us. Usually, when we participate in opportunities we do qualify when it comes to the technical side of things. Financially we are looking at the highest or maybe the second-highest price. That's something that actually makes us not want to sell IBM if we can avoid it.

    What other advice do I have?

    We typically use the latest versions of the solution. We tend to follow whatever the customer requirement is. They are inclined to work by night in the office on the latest product that IBM is offering.

    We work with on-premise as, over here at least, people are not too inclined towards the cloud. They prefer having hardware of their own in their own data centers.

    I'd recommend this solution to other organizations.

    Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I'd rate it at an eight.

    Better pricing would be one thing that may convince me to give it higher marks. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    VP Innovation at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
    Reseller
    Very secure, extremely scalable, and offers helpful technical support
    Pros and Cons
    • "I can have what they call multi-tenancy, meaning that I can have multiple tenants within the same server."
    • "If you asked me what I'd like added, I'd say that it'd be nice if they ran GPUs, however, I know that's not the direction they're going. That said, I would appreciate it if they offered GPU support."

    What is our primary use case?

    We primarily use the solution for running an ERP. Use cases can go from very small to very big. I'm talking about a hardware device, and therefore it can run all kinds of different software. The virtualization is outstanding. It can go from very, very small to very, very big. We personally use it so that we can use multi-tenancy. 

    I can have multiple clients on one server and I can cut it up into tiny pieces. Where a customer would normally have to buy, let's say, one solution for a hundred thousand dollars, instead, they can share that a hundred thousand dollars with five other customers as one customer doesn't actually need a complete server. Clients can share it for cost reasons. 

    What is most valuable?

    It's very secure.

    I can have what they call multi-tenancy, meaning that I can have multiple tenants within the same server.

    The reliability of the solution has been excellent.

    The solution is stable.

    Technical support is exceptional.

    The scalability is very, very good.

    What needs improvement?

    I've worked with the solution for a very long time, and therefore, when it comes to the things that it doesn't support, I've accepted that and I understand why they won't. If you asked me what I'd like added, I'd say that it'd be nice if they ran GPUs, however, I know that's not the direction they're going. That said, I would appreciate it if they offered GPU support. 

    It used to have it and they pulled it out. That's something that's missing from it, however, there are workarounds.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been working with this product for 35 years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is very stable. There are no bugs or glitches. the security is excellent and the performance is good.

    I literally have customers that have a server like this in a cupboard and they don't even know where their server is as it just keeps running.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability on offer is excellent. It's very easy to scale and works well for small to large organizations. 

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is excellent. We have been very happy with the level of service we get. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is very simple and straightforward. It's not complex. A company shouldn't have any issues with the implementation. 

    In terms of maintenance, we have a large staff, however, that's necessary due to the fact that we support so many clients. You need an administrator and it depends on how many clients you have, how many administrators you need. For a lot of our clients, we sell them one of these servers, and then we do all the work for them. We install it and then we do the administration. You need the appropriate administrators when you have this product. Small clients may need one administrator, whereas larger ones might need three or four.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We also work with Lenovo.

    What other advice do I have?

    We are a reseller of IBM and Lenovo equipment. We are on the infrastructure side, mostly on the hardware side.

    We sell systems to clients, however, we also have a cloud environment that we sell to clients using that equipment. We always say to customers, we sell what to them what we use ourselves.

    We use versions seven to ten.

    There are a lot of well-kept secrets to this product that a lot of people are not aware of and do not leverage all of the features that are available on the system. Therefore, if a company is looking to implement this solution, it should do some research. Go to user groups to speak to other users to find out about those well-kept secrets, free of charge.

    I'd rate the solution a perfect ten out of ten. It's outstanding. It's so reliable. I have customers that run it that never touch it. It runs for 20 years by itself in a closet. It runs their entire business. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Hybrid Cloud
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    System Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Incredible stability, amazing redundancy, and runs smoothly for a big load
    Pros and Cons
    • "Power Systems is like a dream solution for every IT person because it has redundancy, and it doesn't stop. It doesn't get affected easily. I don't see any weaknesses in this solution. At the moment, we have Power8. It is stable and runs smoothly. We have a big load, and it is working very well. It can be customized based on our needs. Flash copy is helping us amazingly. We have virtualization for vDisks, which is again very helpful. We are working on this virtualization technology, and we have a team that is working on redundancy and architecture."
    • "In Power6, latency was an issue, but nowadays, we are on Power8, which doesn't have any such problems. Sometimes, we have issues when we are moving to a new version, which is the case with almost every company. Some new issues or problems show up suddenly, and you do not have the time to research and find the solution. That's when we contact IBM technical support."

    What is our primary use case?

    I am a system administrator, and I work with AS/400. I take care of the upgrades. I am also making the CL programs (CLP) and working on RPG skills for myself. 

    We have multiple environments. We have Power9, Power8, and Power7. V7R4 is the latest one out there, but V7R3 is the latest one that we have. Companies don't deploy the latest version unless they are sure, and they have got feedback from others about the version. We also have disaster recovery and backup machines.

    How has it helped my organization?

    The flashcopy feature is helping us so much. It reduces time . For example, if we want to have a backup on a machine, we can flashcopy it to another environment, and this first machine is free to use.

    What is most valuable?

    Power System is like a dream solution for every IT person because it has redundancy, and it doesn't stop. It doesn't get affected easily.

    I don't see any weaknesses in this solution. At the moment, we have Power8. It is stable and runs smoothly. We have a big load, and it is working very well.

    The redundancy in Power machines is very important and it gives stability and feasability on all levels. Power systems can integrade different types of storage, which gives the advantage to combine all your storage capacity especially if you go for virrualization.

    What needs improvement?

    In Power6, latency was an issue, but nowadays, we are on Power8, which doesn't have any such problems.

    Sometimes, we can have issues when we are moving or migrating to a newer version, which is the case with almost every company. Some new issues or problems show up suddenly, and you do not have the time to research and find the solution. That's when we contact IBM technical support. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is incredibly stable.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We use IBM technical support not so much per year because everything is clear and has procedure, and most of the time all migrations or upgrades will be prepared and tested before moving to production environment. Sometimes, we face complications while moving to a newer version, where we share such cases with IBMi team. It is very seldom when we do not have the time to research and find the solution. That's when we contact IBM technical support.

    We are also in contact with the application supplier, who can provide any request from our side with the fix needed. The deployment will be at our level, first on the testing environment and after the result will meet our team expectations, we deploy it on the production environment.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I didn't use any solution previously.

    What about the implementation team?

    We are a team of three people. We are responsible for the deployment of the database as well as switching from one machine to another.

    We are responsible for OS upgrade. When we are moving from one version to another, sometimes I make plans for that. I also take charge of some other parts because we share everything in the team.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would say if you are not using the IBMi solution, you are missing something. You should at least know about this solution. I was an IT support previously, and When I started to use IBM Power Systems, I fell in love with this machine due the professionalism, solidity and high scalability . 

    The biggest lesson that I have learned from using this solution is how not to have a single instance of failure. These machines don't die and don't have any problems. For me, it was astonishing to be able to switch disks or the power supply without turning off the machine. It is a reliable and great solution.

    I would rate IBM Power Systems a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Sector Manager at ESky IT
    Reseller
    Top 5Leaderboard
    A very stable and capable solution for core banking applications, but it needs better scalability and migration process and easier management
    Pros and Cons
    • "We value the stability and technology capability of this solution the most. It is very stable, and the processor technology of IBM is very good. When you have a CIO and you are dealing with C-level every day, you can, without any doubt, support the core banking or critical applications with this solution."
    • "Its management can be made easier because it is not easy to manage. They should also find a new way for migrating from an old Power Systems to a new one. The migration process is currently very complicated. It should be made easier to scale. Currently, its scalability depends on the initial sizing, whereas in Nutanix HCI, you can add whatever you need and whenever you need it."

    What is our primary use case?

    IBM Power Systems is used for the core banking applications. We have accounts with financial enterprises in Egypt. We propose this solution if you are a bank, you are upgrading or migrating bank applications from Oracle or other vendors, and you would like to have a stable platform in terms of hardware and software.

    What is most valuable?

    We value the stability and technology capability of this solution the most. It is very stable, and the processor technology of IBM is very good. When you have a CIO and you are dealing with C-level every day, you can, without any doubt, support the core banking or critical applications with this solution. 

    What needs improvement?

    Its management can be made easier because it is not easy to manage. They should also find a new way for migrating from an old Power Systems to a new one. The migration process is currently very complicated.

    It should be made easier to scale. Currently, its scalability depends on the initial sizing, whereas in Nutanix HCI, you can add whatever you need and whenever you need it.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for one year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is a very stable platform in terms of hardware and software.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Scalability is there, but it depends on the initial sizing. You need to plan for scalability from the beginning because it depends on the series of our systems, processors, and the number of processors that have been activated during the implementation. So, it depends on the sizing, whereas with Nutanix HCI, you can add whatever you need and whenever you need it.

    It is usually focused on enterprise customers. In our company, we have around 20 to 25 users. We plan to increase its usage.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I don't contact their support team, but based on the experience of our team, they are usually supportive. Our team doesn't seem to have any issue with IBM technical support. I would rate them a nine out of ten.

    How was the initial setup?

    I am into sales, and I don't implement Power Systems. Based on the experience of our technical team, the initial set up usually goes smoothly. The issue comes only while migrating from the old one to the new one. For the whole migration, which included the initial setup and testing, it took at least six months.

    What about the implementation team?

    We upgraded Power Systems from version 7 to version 9, and we worked with the IBM team during the implementation phase. We successfully completed its implementation with their help.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Its price depends on the sizing.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We evaluate Oracle Exadata or Nutanix HCI. For a huge sizing, we go for Power Systems. For a small sizing, we can use an Intel-based solution. Nowadays, some of the core banking applications are moving to the Intel platform, and that's why we are recommending Intel-based solutions, but IBM Power Systems is still a number one solution. It is our preferred platform for core banking applications.

    What other advice do I have?

    Before starting the implementation, I would advise others to take enough time in planning its implementation, especially the sizing.

    I would rate IBM Power Systems a seven out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Private Cloud
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    Senior Pre-Sales Manager at PT GLOBAL INFOTECH SOLUTION
    Real User
    Easy to install with good capabilities and less downtime
    Pros and Cons
    • "The installation is easy."
    • "The solution is quite expensive."

    What is most valuable?

    We've been very satisfied with the solution's capabilities. 

    The installation is easy.

    It's very stable. There is less downtime.

    The product can scale. 

    What needs improvement?

    The compatibility with other products could be better. They have a proprietary package to install on the server. With the application or the database, you can install on top of it.

    Some competitors may have more features or a certain advantage over this product.

    The solution is quite expensive.

    We'd like the solution to have a cloud base. Most of it is on-premises.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've used the solution for almost ten years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's very stable. They have a different Hypervisor compared to an Intel-based Hypervisor, like VMware or Red Hat. The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is like an embedded Hypervisor, so you don't have to rest up the server. If you ever install the packets or any update, it does not require you to rest up the server. It's more stable, and you don't need more downtime.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Maybe the entry level is not very scalable. However, if you are using the enterprise level, like Power E-series, the enterprise series, not the entry-level, it's very scalable. Within the core or maybe the memory, and also the IO, it's very scalable.

    How are customer service and support?

    In Indonesia, they have local support, however, maybe for certain products, the support is just not as good as the main product, like the Power System or Storage. Maybe for another product, the support is very limited.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We worked with IBM products, among others. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation is very simple. 

    From the installer, you install the machine. Maybe you want to install the operating system. It's quite different from Windows or Linux since this is Unix-based.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Compared to Intel, IBM Power Systems is more expensive compared to Intel. Still, if you compare the TCO or the license that you can save using IBM Power, the pricing is almost the same with the Intel base, however, it depends on the application license or the database license. 

    In general, the pricing is quite high.

    What other advice do I have?

    I manage the product at the company. I'm a consultant. We deal mostly with enterprise-level organizations. I'm an IBM partner.

    If a company wants to implement the IBM System, maybe it has to check the compatibility of the apps and the DB. Also, if they want to implement the TCO, they have to check the TCO compared to the Intel base. Sometimes, they are only checking the base hardware installation. If they implement the DB or the apps, the pricing may be reduced since the core in Power System is more powerful than the Intel base.

    I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

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    Use Linux and AIX in the same hardware
    Pros and Cons
    • "The main feature that I have found most valuable is PowerVM - its virtualization feature which is the most powerful."
    • "In the next release, I would like to see additional graphical dashboards to help the administrators access information more easily."

    What is our primary use case?

    Our primary use case for IBM Power Systems is Oracle Databases.

    What is most valuable?

    The main feature that I have found most valuable is PowerVM - its virtualization feature which is the most powerful.

    With the new POWER9, and even with the POWER8, processor, IBM has incorporated Linux compatibility into its platform. All its new developments on this platform are great. I really don't see anything at the moment which would be improving the platform. I'm totally grateful for the possibility of using Linux and AIX in the same hardware.

    What needs improvement?

    In the next release, I would like to see additional graphical dashboards to help the administrators access information more easily.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using IBM Power Systems for five years. I work in a company selling IBM Power Solutions. I've been selling Power solutions for the last 10 years. We are IBM's partner in Bolivia.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I'm totally satisfied with the solution. It helps the IT team especially so they can work quite confidently.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    IBM Power Systems' platform scales with the different types of equipment so you start using a little hardware, but not as little as it might sound because it is a very powerful platform, for the little servers. So you can grow up and scale out. You can scale up quite easily with the IBM Power Systems.

    We have between 800 to 1,000 users. All of them have access to the apps that use the database.

    In terms of staff required for deployment or maintenance, there are six guys who are database administrators and operating system administrators.

    Right now we do not have plans to increase the usage, maybe in the future.

    How are customer service and support?

    We needed to use IBM support just a couple of times and the onset time was quite comfortable so I can say I'm comfortable with quality of service support from IBM.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is not complex. It's not quite easy, but with the service support it's quite easy.

    With AIX it takes between two and six hours to prepare the platform for a new environment for the production stage and once the initial environment has been set up it is quite easy because you can replicate it or modify it according to your new requirements.

    What about the implementation team?

    We have our own service team in our company so we didn't use external services.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    We bought the license for a three year period. We always buy hardware with a three-year support and maintenance fee. It's just the standard fee.

    What other advice do I have?

    To anyone considering it, I would say that the IBM Power platform is so secure and stable.

    On a scale of one to ten, I would give IBM Power Systems an eight.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    I.T. Head - Infrastructure, Network and Security at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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    Pros and Cons
    • "Some of the most valuable features are the processing power, stability, and security."
    • "I would like to see the scaling model improved so it's not just either tiny or huge."

    What is our primary use case?

    The use case is for hosting a lot of the bank's applications.

    What is most valuable?

    Some of the most valuable features are the processing power, stability, and security.

    What needs improvement?

    I would like to see the scaling model improved so it's not just either tiny or huge.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using IBM Power Systems since 2001, so it's been 20 years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    IBM is quite stable. That's one of their most popular aspects. We just upgraded our power systems recently, so we're going to be working with them through the next five years at least.

    The solution is being used quite heavily.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability is a bit above average. It's not the best, but it's a good deal.

    The SKU modeling part they have is not very flexible toward customers. Either you have to go very big or you have to go very small. There isn't an in-between. There's not a lot of variety in this.

    How are customer service and support?

    I have onsite support and I talk to technical support a lot. My experience has been good.

    How was the initial setup?

    Setup was straightforward, with the help of the professional services from IBM. Maintenance is handled by the IBM team, especially the hardware.

    What about the implementation team?

    We used IBM partners. Usually it's IBM themselves, not the partners.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The licensing costs are okay. With IBM Power Systems, it's inclusive, so you can differentiate the price of the hardware from the software itself. The power systems are quite expensive. In the end, you equate a means of value. From a value proposition, it is either justifiable or not.

    The additional costs are the maintenance and warranty professional services.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Compared to similar solutions, IBM Power Systems has a proven record. They have their own reputation. You have the availability of technical expertise in the market. They're quite compatible with most of the solutions that we work with.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution 8 out of 10.

    My advice for an organization that is looking to implement this solution is that they should have the adequate expertise of personnel that can run the system. They should study their TCO and ROI regarding whether it is worth investing in this, given that it's a very expensive solution. These are the two most important aspects.

    I would also advise dealing with an appropriate partner or dealing with IBM directly.

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