Timothy Prickett Morgan again, this time on IBM’s Power discount program
On the big, bad Power Systems 595 machines, which span up to 64 processor cores in a single system image, Big Blue is also offering rebates to customers buying whole new boxes. (This machine is known as 9119-FHA in the IBM catalog). And the rebates are only being offered on 4.2 GHz and 5 GHz Power6 cores that are activated in these machines. As with the Power 570s above, the more cores you activate and the faster the cores, the bigger the rebate.
But you have to buy before December 31. The discounts apply to Linux, AIX, and “i” systems (though you probably don’t care about i if you read this blog). The cash can be serious
On a Power 595 with 24 cores activated running at 4.2 GHz, IBM is offering an $18,000 rebate, and on a 64-core machine using these cores, the rebate comes to $100,000. Each incremental core between 24 and 64 yields a $4,000 rebate. On the 5 GHz variants, a 24-core setup gets a $21,000 rebate, while a 64-core setup gets a $122,000 rebate. Each incremental core gets a $5,000 rebate between the 24 to 64 core activations.