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IBM/Red Hat offering “migration services”

I am quite frankly amazed at the amount of hype and press that this is getting.

Did anyone actually bother to read what is being offered here?

There is really nothing new. All vendors offer migration services from their competitors to their own systems.

All vendors charge money for this service.

Including this one.

The only no-charge item in this announcement is the fact that they will come out, evaluate what needs to be done and tell you how much it will cost.

Although, I guess it would be kinda nice to know how long the hoover will be in your wallet1.

The timing is also interesting as here we have some Sun Competitors offering migration services away from Solaris, at the time when we now have a Solaris that is becoming increasingly attractive not only to stay on, but to migrate to. Go figure.

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1. A reference to a quote from Scott, scroll down the linked article looking for the word “hoover”


Written by Alan

May 19, 2005 at 3:50 pm

Posted in Solaris

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  1. Oh so very true. (I)nfrastructure (O)n (D)emand is the way for IBM to barge its way in to give you 2 year old technology for the cost of tomorrows technology. And heaven forbid if you want something that isn’t black and sporting the letters IBM.
    We are finding that is costing more than retail to obtain a V210 through IOD then it would be to buy from, however as all buying processes must now go through IOD we don’t have that option. Fortunately we are slowly kicking them to the ground because they cannot deliver what we need and management are seeing this. Shame there is still 2 – 3 years left on this contract, but I don’t think it will get renewed.


    May 19, 2005 at 5:41 pm

  2. I bet there is more PR than substance here. Just a hunch, that’s all. And I bet we see much more of this sort of thing in the coming months.

    Jim G

    May 23, 2005 at 7:11 pm

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