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September 2022
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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
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
Mir-Ali - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Manager - Oracle SCM at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Powerful servers, reliable, but operating systems needs improvement
Pros and Cons
  • "The Oracle server is very powerful. They are more powerful and durable compared to Intel hardware. Which has been a benefit to our organization."
  • "The solution could improve by giving a clear roadmap about the future. I'm not seeing a lot of improvements on the OS side of the software. They need to work more on the operating system."

What is our primary use case?

We are using Oracle SPARC Servers for our oracle EBS. 

We can install only Oracle Solaris on Oracle SPARC Servers, we cannot install any other operating system.

How has it helped my organization?

The Oracle server is very powerful. They are more powerful and durable compared to Intel hardware. Which has been a benefit to our organization.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by giving a clear roadmap about the future. I'm not seeing a lot of improvements on the OS side of the software. They need to work more on the operating system.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Oracle SPARC Servers for approximately seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is excellent, it is reliable. Once you install and configure it then it'll run smoothly. It will not give you any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately 1,000 users using this solution. We have plans to increase the usage of the solution. We have some older hardware and we will be replacing it with the latest model of Oracle SPARC Servers. 

How are customer service and support?

The technical support from the vendor quality depends upon the issue. Sometimes they will give you very good support and other times they will pass you on to someone. It will depend upon the issue.

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

Previously we used Intel server then we migrate to Solaris. We switched because we heard about the high performance of Oracle hardware and software works.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is simple, but the engineer has to have knowledge about Solaris to manage it. It is not like Linux or another operating system. It's a little bit different compared to Red Hat and other Linux variations. The full deployment takes approximately two days.

What about the implementation team?

We used the help of the vendors to deploy it. After that we are have been managing it, even though if it requires any upgrade or anything, we are doing it in-house. We don't require other people for maintenance.

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

Oracle SPARC Servers are expensive to manage, this is because after five years Oracle will increase the support charges for the hardware. The licensing policy for Oracle is different for Intel and Sparc. It will cost you less if you use your Oracle hardware with Oracle SPARC Servers.

Once we cross five years, the parts will not be locally maintained by Oracle. Sometimes we need to wait for a week, 10 days or a month to get the replacement. Even though you are having support from Oracle,  you have to wait. It is a very bad thing.

What other advice do I have?

When rating the reliability and sustainability of the solution I will rate it nine out of ten, but when it comes to supporting the solution when it becomes old, I rate it a six out of ten.

But I need just one digit, Ali, like in general. So what will it be?

I rate Oracle SPARC Servers a six out of ten.

Overall I gave the solution a six out of ten because once we start using Oracle SPARC Servers, it's very difficult to get out of it because it requires a platform migration. Many things will make it difficult to move to another architecture afterward.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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