Under IBM's new Performance Protection Plan, customers who install ERP solutions from certain business partners on an AS/400e server can take advantage of a two-year offering that the server will perform at a predetermined level. The plan provides that the ERP solution configured on the AS/400e will support the anticipated business workload during the initial 24 months, or IBM will upgrade the server's memory, DASD, processor, or all three at no charge.
The Performance Protection Plan is available through IBM Business Partners and is part of the IBM Enterprise Resource Planning Solution Series. Customers are guided through a selection process to match an AS/400e server to meet their ERP solution needs. With the help of IBM and an IBM business partner, customers agree on the specific hardware configuration needed to support their ERP solution based on anticipated workload projections for the next two years.
ERP is a suite of software applications that allows a company to link many aspects of its business operations. A recent Meta Group(a) study shows AS/400e can be more than two and a half times faster to deploy than competing UNIX and Windows NT-based ERP solutions. A copy of the complete Meta Group report, "SAP R/3 on Open Platforms: Real Cost of Ownership and Implementation Time Study, Small & Medium Size Companies," can be found on the web at http://iws.as400.ibm.com/CONSLT/meta.htm.