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May 8, 1988

IBM INTRODUCES MES

By CBR Staff Writer

So you’ve saddled yourself with a four-processor IBM 3090/400 and you decide to sell off half your business, at which point a 200 would be quite big enough to handle all your remaining work what do you do? IBM has quietly introduced an MES – that stands for Miscellaneous Equipment Specification, the form your IBM rep writes your request down on – and for $275,000 will send a man in with an electronic meat cleaver, who will, with one mightly blow, sunder the machine into two 3090/200s: the same service is available for people who think their 3090/600 would look better as two 3090/300s, and will no doubt appeal to leasing companies at times when smaller models are more in demand than big ones.

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