Ok, so I should probably say something about the Pure System as well... During the Opening session at IMPACT they rolled this cabinet onto the stage in a puff of smoke and techno music booming... Well, kind of corny I felt and not knowing much about the Pure Systems prior to seeing it up on stage I got a flash-back to some 80's movie or something...
It would have been way cooler if they'd had implemented a HAL-9000 eye on the box!
While listening on the presentation though it got me wondering if they shouldn't have gone even further with the smoke and flashing lights... The box is way cool!
Imagine scaling down that arduous implementation project whit not half, not 60, nor 70%, but I'd say up to 95% of the time it would take you to install and set it up in a normal "server" environment, such as blade servers and regular network equipment.
First of all you'll get pre-packaged deal to bring home, e.g. DB2+WAS, etc. I guess they stole that idea from Cast-Iron... ;)
Honestly I am not that impressed by the whole "packaging" deal, that is something that should have happened years ago and for me personally being spoiled with DataPower and firmware based appliances it's "every day business". I do understand the benefits though as I spent a 2 month (!) project installing WebSphere Partner Gateway with SAN file-share running on DB2 and WAS messing around with load-balancing, fail-over scripts and IP addresses flying here and there... but now I am getting ahead of my self here because the PureSystems will do all that for you!
Yes, that is load-balancing, fail-over, disk arrays, and all those flying IP addresses while you sit back relax and just monitor the whole shaboom in a cozy Web GUI. Now that is the deal-breaker there!
Then looking at the sad part, who would buy it... Well, without a doubt there are many, many companies that would benefit greatly from having it but that would mean tossing out a lot of already installed and running software... I think that will be the main problem pushing these beasts onto the market, unfortunately as I think ROI would be quite good, even though it would mean you have to toss a few pieces out. You would also get a much lesser foot-print on the network equipment and much shorter time-to-market on pretty much anything you put on the box.
If IBM can show these numbers and the benefits of using the PureSystems in one "package" I think they will have a much easier task of getting these boxes out. The tricky part will be to actually get these numbers as they vary greatly between different companies and depending on if you have your network stuff outsource or not.
If you are lucky enough to find a company that needs a new set of hardware and new installs, well, these boxes are for them!
They couldn't do any better!
But then again, how many of those are you going to find...?