Thursday, November 1, 2012

Poor HW pricing on AIX and OS/400 machines

Not really news, but IT Jungle breaks down the screwjob you get when buying identical hardware from IBM depening on what software you want to run on it. I guess some of those bits must be really taxing.
As you can see, this price differential is a big deal for customers who put a lot of memory and disk into their machines. Processing capacity is a bit more expensive on the plain vanilla Power 730, disks are somewhere between 1.3 and 2.6 times as expensive (I am rounding), and main memory is from 4.6 to 6 times as expensive.
I'm glad I don't have to pay six times as much for memory if I want to run OS/2.