Big Blue is going to Red Hat for a Linux environment for its largest supercomputers, and it is mothballing its own LoadLeveler workload manager for x86 clusters in favor of the Platform LSF control freak that it acquired a little more than a year ago. It is no surprise that IBM has chosen Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 as the Linux …
That discount off list is not exceptional. The "list price" entry only exists to give something to negotiate against.
On hardware the same applies, plus gives something to base support costs on (Those tend to have to be negotiated separately), which is why most Cisco kit sells at between 25-35% of list pricing (The fun part is that "list pricing" varies from dealer to dealer and only seems to exist to make the "Fantastic discounts" look better as the end prices are within 1% of each other - I'm looking at you in particular here BT-Inet. 90% off "ridiculous figure" is still over the standard retail pricing from Insight.)
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