[K12OSN] School Server

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Sun Sep 28 17:11:23 UTC 2008

Peter Scheie wrote:
>>> Assuming that building your own server is not an option here....
>>> Give both Penguin and ZaReason a call.  Perhaps they've dealt with 
>>> this and have an easy way to handle shipments to Canada.  Penguin's 
>>> been around for long enough that, who knows, they might have a 
>>> "dealership" of some sort up there.
>>> Failing that, then Les's suggestion of IBM is a good one.
>> I haven't actually done the purchasing of these for a while - it used 
>> to be that IBM pricing was only competitive if you were a large 
>> customer and qualified for discounts where Dell took the opposite 
>> approach and often gave the best prices in the 'small/medium' business 
>> section of their on-line site.  But things might be different now - or 
>> in Canada.
> With Dell, it is still that way.  A colleague and I were on the phone 
> pricing out a Dell server.  The price he was seeing was about $1000 less 
> than what I was seeing for an identical configuration.  The difference 
> was he came through the Small/Home Business link on the Dell website, 
> and I came through the Large/Enterprise link.  So, if you price out a 
> Dell, make sure you try multiple paths to the config you want.

And with IBM if you don't have a district/corporate buying agreement for 
volume you might do better going though a reseller.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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