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IBM Announces Program to Help System i, AS/400 Customers Manage Their Infrastructures

iLoyalty Initiative Offers Improved Performance With Power Systems Servers, Blades at Reduced Costs

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ARMONK, NY - 13 Mar 2009: IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced the iLoyalty program, a new initiative designed to help mid-sized customers update their System i infrastructures and reduce hardware and software maintenance costs. By moving to a newer solution, clients can purchase a more powerful system capable of running the latest software, such as business intelligence and web applications.

Specifically, IBM's iLoyalty program offers AS/400 and iSeries customers an attractive option to move to new selected i Editions of the Power 520, Power 550 and IBM BladeCenter solutions with a no-charge IBM i processor license. Additionally, for a limited time only, customers can acquire selected IBM i user licenses at a 50-percent discount.

"The iLoyalty program offers IBM clients a compelling proposition, and a solution that reduces costs, improves performance and supports the latest software to deliver business value with i Editions for IBM Power and BladeCenter offerings," said Todd Morris, director of worldwide sales for IBM Power Systems. "It's a great opportunity for customers to leverage discounted servers that can both improve the performance of their business applications and reduce overall monthly costs. "

Country Curtains, a private family and employee owned company based in Stockbridge, Mass., is known for window treatment design, quality, fair and reasonable pricing and outstanding customer service. Country Curtains took advantage of IBM's iLoyalty program, acquiring an i Edition of the Power 520 server and DS4700 storage to replace an older System i.

"The iLoyalty program was a perfect fit for Country Curtains," said Jeremy Warren, IT manager, Country Curtains. "With our new Power 520 server and IBM storage we've been able to increase performance, reduce power consumption, and now have the foundations for several future internal enhancements, all geared towards improving customer service, which, above all else, is the most important thing we do here."

The new Power i servers bring the following benefits to their customers:

This offer is available now and will be available until June 19, 2009 throughout North America. Customers can contact their IBM sales representative, IBM business partner or reseller for more information.

For more information on IBM Power Systems, including i Editions with integrated hardware and software pre-installed, visit: