Users to benefit from IBM pSeries auction

IBM's decision to sell pSeries servers via an Internet auction is good news for users, according to industry experts.

IBM's decision to sell pSeries servers via an Internet auction is good news for users, according to industry experts.

James Rogers

On Monday the hardware giant began selling configured rack-mounted and entry-level Unix servers through the eBay Internet trading site.

Analyst Phil Payne of Isham Research believes that buying over the Internet is ideal for companies that already have a number of pSeries servers, but warned that first-time buyers may need specialist advice. "For a new buyer it would be better to get one from one of IBM's business partners that specialises in your particular industry," he said.

The online auction follows a pilot project last December. Martin Beckwith, IBM's European server channel manager, said, "The Internet has emerged as a powerful marketplace, bringing together buyers and sellers in new and dynamic ways, one of which is the online auction.

"This is very much a case of IBM putting its money where its mouth is."

IBM's online auction will run for a limited period, although this could be extended if the scheme proves to be successful.

james.rogers@rbi.co.uk

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