Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for IBM Power Systems?


We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

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16 Answers
Real User
Oct 12, 2022

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.

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Senghak Ky - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Of Information Security at Sathana Bank
Real User
Top 10
Aug 30, 2022

There is a yearly licensing cost, and it's an expensive solution.

Phylis Mandawa - PeerSpot reviewer
Computer Engineer at Dolphin Professional Services
Real User
Top 10
Aug 22, 2022

I am unfamiliar with the licensing costs.

Amjad Banna - PeerSpot reviewer
Computer Engineer at GCE
Real User
Top 10
Jun 30, 2022

IBM Power Systems is very expensive. We have mid-range, entry, and enterprise. Every machine has its own licensing. The setup of IBM Power Systems is complex. There are many steps and it takes three days to a week. Before you purchase IBM Power Systems you should consider capacity requirements.

Md Al-Amin - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Analyst at Thakral
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
May 13, 2022

Power Systems is a bit more costly than other products in the market, but in terms of ROI and the longevity, performance, and reliability that Power Systems provides, it's worth it in the long run.

Raul Tapia - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of the Office of Technological Infrastrure at mef
Real User
Top 10
Feb 11, 2022

The price of IBM Power Systems is expensive and could improve.

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I.T. Head - Infrastructure, Network and Security at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Jan 4, 2022

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.

Advisory Sales Specialist at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Dec 10, 2021

I rate the solution as a seven or eight out of ten for its price. As we are talking about a very competitive market, the pricing could be a bit better. This would give us a definite edge over the competition, as we find ourselves in direct competition with Intel-based products, which are available from a number of vendors.

Systems PreSales Engineer at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Nov 22, 2021

The pricing of the solution is very good because we can beat any other competitor with the pricing. Lately, they have offered good pricing for their customer. There are different licensing models depending on the user's requirements.

Sector Manager at ESky IT
Top 5Leaderboard
Feb 3, 2021

Its price depends on the sizing.

System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Jan 27, 2021

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

General Manager Applications at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Top 5Leaderboard
Nov 29, 2020

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.

it_user1406979 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Business Consultant at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Nov 10, 2020

Its price is too high.

Shan Ahmed - PeerSpot reviewer
System Analyst at Freelancer
Real User
Oct 27, 2020

If the organization is small, with 20 to 30 people, they don't usually go for IBM because it's more expensive for a smaller organization. Smaller organizations of 10-50 people don't have millions of dollars in their budget. If you compare a banking environment, they have millions of budget behind them so they can afford IBM.

Getachew Zeleke - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Customer Engineer at Afcor PLC
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Aug 13, 2020

The pricing is reasonable.

Amjad Banna - PeerSpot reviewer
Computer Engineer at GCE
Real User
Top 10
Jul 15, 2020

We're partners. We have a business relationship with IBM. I'd advise others considering the product that, while it is pricy, you can't beat the performance you get on it. I'd recommend the solution for big databases and high-performance applications. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. If it wasn't so complex, I'd give the solution higher marks. Most people nowadays look for simplicity and they want to have non-technical people deal with everything, just like a cloud solution. However, you need someone specialized in order to handle it.

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