IBM once again is promoting is striving to increase market share by offering customers the chance to get a “free” IBM BladeCenter chassis. The last time they promoted a free chassis was in November, so this year they kicked in the promo effective July 5, 2011. The promotion is for a free chassis – without any purchase, however a chassis without any blades or switches is just a metal box. Regardless, this promotion is a great way to help offset some of the cost to implementation of your blade server project.
1) The promotion is limited to U.S. customers who have not purchased a BladeCenter chassis in the past 12 months. I did find a current UK promo on IBM.com that requires 4 blade servers be purchased for a free chassis. If you are in the UK, check out http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/uk/express/promotion/ for details.
2) The promotion requires pre-approval by IBM (after July 5, 2011 but before December 23, 2011) .
3) The promotion is limited to the following models:
BladeCenter E Chassis 86773TU or 86774TU
BladeCenter H Chassis 88524TU
BladeCenter S Chassis 88861TU
How to Purchase
For More Information on IBM BladeCenter
Check out the following links:
IBM System x Mobile App: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/resources/mobileapp/
IBM Support site for Fixes and Downloads: http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/
IBM BladeCenter H Power Recommendation Document (from BladesMadeSimple.com) – PDF, 440kb
IBM Power Guide – http://www-03.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/WebIndex/WP101706
IBM BladeCenter Benchmarks – http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/resources/benchmarks/results/
IBM BladeCenter Main Page – http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/hardware/
IBM BladeCenter Chassis Product Page – http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/hardware/chassis/index.html
IBM Blade Server Product Page – http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/hardware/servers/
IBM BladeCenter I/O Module Product Page – http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/hardware/openfabric/ethernet.html
IBM BladeCenter Interoperability Guide – http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000020&lndocid=MIGR-5073016
IBM BladeCenter Products and Technology Redbook – http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/RedbookAbstracts/SG247523.html
IBM BladeCenter and System x Reference Documents (xREF) – http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/pages/xref?Open
IBM Standalone Solutions Configuration Tool (SSCT) – http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=MIGR-62168
IBM Server Configuration and Options Guide HTML – http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=SCOD-3ZVQ5W