IBM is a premier hardware provider through its IBM Power Systems. Whether operating on IBM i, AIX or Linux, Power Systems provides the freedom and flexibility to respond to unique business needs. Choice allows you to expand your options for faster and efficient technology development and IT integration with existing resource and ecosystem technologies.

Your IT infrastructure matters. Response time expectations are shrinking, demands are growing and organizations need to be able to deliver an ever-growing amount of information to employees, customers and partners across many devices and channels.

Power servers are built on POWER9 technology. Innovatively designed to drive faster and more efficient data-centric applications. IBM Power Systems enable organizational transformation and optimal business performance using data-driven insights delivered through an open and flexible platform.

Why IBM Power Systems for Retail
More than ever before, retailers need to integrate social and collaborative systems, share IT resources and deliver a seamless shopping experience across multiple shopping channels. RPE can help you successfully gather, analyze, interpret and quickly react to growing volumes of customer data to navigate this new era of retailing. Our RPE consultants are vigorously tested and evaluated on software, hardware and services to become certified in many critical areas to help retailers maximize investments.

IBM Operating Systems
IBM Power servers address virtually all popular and widely-used operating systems and databases among businesses today. IBM has built a technology foundation to include support for multiple operating systems and applications within a single environment. Since the introduction of Power Systems, IBM has built upon that virtualized technology foundation and expanded it to include support for multiple operating systems including IBM i, AIX and Linux. The ten-year support roadmap complements the RAS features of Power Systems to create a secure, resilient platform.

for-business-iconIBM i
IBM i prepares you for business growth with data at its core. An integrated operating system, database and middleware built for retailers. It is optimized for exceptional business resilience and non-disruptive growth on IBM Power Systems. IBM i has proven and trusted security with auditing and compliance tools. IBM i is scalable to support small retailers and large chains.

  • Implement a Service-oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • Virtualize storage with its single-level storage, and processes with stability and integrity
  • Optimized for non-disruptive growth on IBM Power servers
  • Trusted security with auditing and compliance tools
  • Designed for exceptional infrastructure support for mobile devices
  • Use best-of-breed IBM Rational® development tools and IBM tools partners
  • Exploit existing application assets with a range of open technologies
  • Thousands of industry application solutions available from ISVs
  • Simplified operations and storage management

AIX is an open standards-based UNIX operating system designed to deliver outstanding scalability, reliability and manageability. AIX is popular among retailers, particularly those who require large scale computing environments. Virtually every major retail software provider offers AIX-based solutions.

  • Expanded share in the UNIX market with increasing momentum
  • Unmatched highly scalable performance
  • Increased server utilization and lower energy costs
  • Virtualization capabilities to help consolidate workloads
  • Secure IT environment integrated into existing security infrastructure
  • Premier UNIX operating system with more 8000 applications from 3000 ISVs
  • Compatibility from one release to the next so easy to upgrade
  • Easy migration from competitive UNIX platforms to consolidated UNIX workload

Businesses worldwide are realizing the benefits of open source software, including superior return on investment, greater operational flexibility and enhanced agility to grow mission-critical systems. IBM Power Systems support the industry-leading Red Hat, SUSE and Ubunta Linux distributions.

  • World’s fastest growing operating system
  • Highly reliable, scalable and secure server operating system
  • Affordable, interoperable and manageable open source foundation


  • DB2 Universal Database
    IBM DB2 Universal Database (UDB) offers industry-leading database performance, as highlighted in recent TPC-C and TPC-H benchmarks, while helping customers simplify and automate many of the tasks associated with deploying databases. Organizations can free up skilled DBA resources to focus on next-generation enterprise applications, such as Business Intelligence, Content Management or Information Integration, and further lower their total cost of ownership (TCO). DB2 Universal Database (UDB) for Power Systems was built into OS/400. Because of the tight integration between DB2 and OS/400, and the unique architecture of OS/400, many of the traditional database-specific administration requirements found on other DBMS’s either aren’t necessary with DB2 UDB for Power Systems or administered through OS/400 facilities. Today, DB2 common product is designed with a common code base to run on different platforms.
  • Oracle Database
    Oracle is the database of choice for IBM Power Systems and is widely viewed by retailers as the premier database for large scale computing environments. It is the world’s most popular database for running online transaction processing (OLTP), data warehousing (DW) and mixed (OLTP & DW) database workloads. Many of the most well-recognized retail software vendors showcase their products based on the Oracle database and the IBM Power server.
  • SQL Server
    SQL Server runs on IBM Power Systems. SQL Server gives you the complete set of data management and analysis features, and it scales to support the largest Web sites, Enterprise Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) systems and Data Warehousing systems.

IBM Power Systems Health Check
RPE will perform a complimentary Power Systems Health Check to evaluate if you are getting the most from your IBM Power Systems (Power, iSeries, System i and AS/400).  As an IBM Business Partner, RPE will assess your IBM servers and identify security, configuration and performance issues that may be compromising your system. RPE then provides a comprehensive report with recommendations for improvement.  Learn more about the free IBM Power Systems Health Check.