You don't get it do you ?
Power6 is backwards binary compatible with power5 which is binary compatible with power4...
Hardware isolation my butt, HP is desperately trying to catch up in the virtualization layer
with IVM, and sorry they are years behind. IVM reminds me more of Containers and
Wpars than powervm.
A hypervisor virtualization layer that catches hardware faults and isolates them,
so that they do not affect the virtual machines that run on top of it is far superior
to a hardware isolation, where you 'only' loose one partition.
It's like "Sorry you lost your head but we managed to save the rest of you limps".
As for management tools, both HP and IBM IMHO have strong offerings there,
but I do think that some of the integration between platforms on the IBM side
haven't been good enough. But it has become much better with the new director,
even the v7 HMC interface is now easy to use.
And your comment about IBM Global services is just FUD.
I mean I don't know where we would
be if we hadn't had access to skilled AIX people to fill in when our skilled people quit/got sick or we just got another customer in, and couldn't hire and train new ones quickly enough.
And the same goes to a lesser degree for HP, but they seem to be more interested in
pushing x86 blades, than Integrity. SUN is mostly a sales office here.
Sure they all would like to sell you a Project manager also and a... and a.... but hey that no
different than any other bodyshop.