IBM introduced a new entry-level mainframe computer in July with a price of $75,000. That was 25% below the entry-level price of the previous comparable model. The new machine will deliver more capabilities, higher performance, and use less energy than its predecessor.
So, as CFO, is this a good deal?
“When I suggested a mainframe everyone started laughing,” recalled Danny Gurizzan, executive vice president at Payment Solution Providers (PSP), Toronto, which provides electronic switching software to banks. PSP had a well-established PC-based IT operation. They always assumed a mainframe would cost too much and had never heard of a $75,000 mainframe.