BDPrime writes: IBM is now apparently making it harder for mainframe resellers to resell the mainframe. This according to a quarterly earnings call from a mainframe reseller, QSGI, who said IBM's restrictions on a reseller's ability to upgrade and downgrade a machine for a user are diminishing the benefit of buying a refurbished mainframe. From a story in The Register:
IBM has a colossal claim to the mainframe marketplace, and can largely dole out its own terms to customers. When another business starts using IBM's own hardware to compete, IBM has a tendency to roll up its sleeves.