Download. IBM defers New Coke financing. High performance access to file storage Launching a new server platform of any kind in this economic environment is never an attractive option - unless it costs a lot less money than the alternatives.
With mainframes, just being a lot cheaper than last year's model is progress, and with the System z10 Business Class entry mainframes announced this week, IBM has cut the price for the server as well as for main memory and specialty engines to support Linux, Java, and DB2 workloads. But the $100,000 price tag for an entry z10 BC is still a lot of money to ask, and IBM and its Linux partners have to do something to not only sweeten the deal, but to get customers to invest now rather than wait for 2009.
That is why IBM's Global Financing unit also this week announced a marketing program called Why Wait? , which gives qualified customers who buy a System z10 BC between now and December 31 no-interest, no-payment financing for 90 days. Magic Quadrant for North American Web Hosting, 2008. Overview Get your customer's attention with high impact audiovisual programs that combine your brand promotion, marketing messages and client testimonials with trusted Gartner research.
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So he agreed to let his company become a test subject for a research project at IBM (IBM) called "stream" computing. The technology, developed over half a decade by a team of 70 scientists and engineers at IBM Research, allows companies to analyze data as it's being received—rather than having to place it first in a database. In TD Securities' case, stream computing lets it handle 5 million pieces of options trading data per second, analyze them on the fly, and make automated trading decisions. That compares with the 1 to 2 million per second rate the bank typically handles on its current trading system. Outsourced IBM Workers Denied Federal Aid. Department of Labor turns down bid for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
The U.S. Department of Labor has rejected a request for assistance by a group of former IBM workers who claim their jobs were offshored to China. The workers had requested aid under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, but a note published Tuesday in the Federal Register indicated that the request was denied. The decision applied to an appeal the workers made on an earlier denial that Labor Department handed down in February. The workers had been employed at IBM's Integrated Supply Chain Operations unit in Hopewell Junction, N.Y. IBM cut a total of 274 jobs at Hopewell Junction in January. Labor Department officials said the workers at the plant did not qualify for TAA assistance because they weren't producing a saleable product that had been displaced by imports.
Those activities "are not considered production of articles within the meaning" of the Trade Act, the note said. IBM hasn't commented on its recent layoffs. Huawei.