IBM has kicked off a new financing offer on server purchases as small as $US5000.
BladeCenter and System x servers bundled with the VMware vSphere 4 virtualisation platform can be bought on credit by qualified customers through IBM Global Financing.
Although the deal was planned and announced by IBM in the US, the Australian division has confirmed its availability to all Australian customers.
The low financing threshold comes on the back of horrific Q1 revenue figures for the Australian server market, which prompted one IDC analyst to say the it had gone to “hell in a hand basket".
IBM is the latest in a series of vendors to offer easier credit options.
In early June, Cisco revamped its financing options, opened up the program to a wider customer base and extended its channel financing terms from 60 to 90 days.
Earlier this year, Westcon Group launched a new financing program called Westcon Group Capital in an effort to make financing easier to get for its customers.
Around the same time, HP launched its 0 per cent financing offer on deals worth more than $US100,000 in Australia.
In Q4 2009, Microsoft offered 0 per cent financing over 36 months to new purchasers of selected Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions.