This article by Rick Whiting discusses IBM's new financing plan for U.S. channel partners for its Intel based System x servers that promotes IBM’s new emphasis on bundling hardware with software and services.
The new “IBM System x Solution Financing” plan will simplify the financing application process to help resellers leverage relationships with smaller customers.
"In the U.S. some 80 percent of System x deals are $500,000 or less with many as low as $20,000 or even $10,000, said Dan Ransdell, general manager of IBM Global Financing – North America, in an interview. Some of those sales are direct, but many are through channel partners to small and midsize businesses."
The IBM pilot financing plan is in the U.S. but may include other countries. Additional information can be found on IBM's Web site.