I generally don’t talk about hardware. To be honest, I find it kind of boring. And I have trouble remembering all the model numbers and how they relate to each other. But this piqued my interest. Again, not because I thought it was interesting (please reread first two sentences of paragraph) but because of what I see out there especially in the PRMS world.
So many people seem to be switching from PRMS to either Oracle or SAP. And they all seem to be doing it the same way, by leaving the i and going to servers. The thing that jumps out at me in all these cases is that while the i was always up, once you switch to servers you get a constant stream of ‘environment down for maintenance’ emails going out to the entire corporation. And seeing the time for your MPS/MRP run double because of server limitations.
It really amazes me that more i people don’t realize that the i, even if it is an i running AIX, is more than a viable option to run their new ERP. Is it because we just don’t think of it, that we are so tunneled into thinking of the i and iOS being paired? Is it because, as I have heard, IBM pushes people toward servers rather than the i? Or is it a sinister plan on the part of an alien race that is slowly invading Earth and supplanting the human race? I’m not sure.
What does this have to do with the recent Power7 announcements? I guess it just reminded me how the i is always advancing in terms of speed and size. And the pricing on the entry level 710 and 720 machines is so low that I am reminded that it is affordable as well, especially with the title of lowest overall cost of ownership. We are privileged to work on one of the greatest machines ever developed. We should think twice before we let it go.