IBM has announced plans to go after Sun and HP server customers with new services and programs in the US, but has refused to comment on whether the approach will be rolled out in Australia.
In a statement on its US website, Big Blue, said a new Server Consolidation and Migration Services offering was designed to reduce the time and effort in moving applications from rival server platforms, particularly those on Linux, to the IBM System z mainframe infrastructure.
The vendor also announced a complementary program called, z Rewards, that offers financial incentives to help customers take advantage of these migration services.
As part of this program IBM will award redeemable points to companies that ditch their Sun or HP server systems in favour of a new qualifying z10 Enterprise Class or Business Class mainframe.
Although contacted by ARN about the potential for the same program to be rolled out in Australia, a spokesperson for the vendor declined to comment, stating at the present there was no local angle to the program.
The IBM move comes as analyst firm, IDC, reported a precipitous fall in worldwide server shipments triggered a sharp decline in revenue for server makers during the first quarter of 2009.
Worldwide server unit shipments declined 26.5 per cent year-over-year in the first quarter to about 1.49 million units, the largest unit shipment decline in five years, IDC said. Worldwide factory server revenue was down 24.5 per cent to $US9.9 billion in the first quarter.