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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Categories Merlin
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 24, 2022

Merlin Try and Buy

It would be great if IBM could provide "Try and Buy" or "FREE (limited)" version of Merlin.
I need to evaluate the software before buy it.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Mar 20, 2024
    Not doing a try and buy... we have provided a 'test drive'. Users can receive access to a fully configured and supported Merlin environment where they can play with and learn about Merlin Details -
  • Guest
    Jul 27, 2022
    .IBM Understand this request and will consider as part of a future enhancement though no commitment is made nor implied.

    IBM Power Systems Development - Merlin team
  • Admin
    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki
    Jul 26, 2022

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to be addressed. Having a trial to check out Merlin before doing the purchase would speed adoption -- the suggestion among the comments of having a Sandbox is also an excellent idea to avoid the need to take the time to set it up to try it out.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Jun 28, 2022

    > What about a "Sandbox" type system?

    I agree. It might be similar to "Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift". Hopefully the Sandbox can be utilized with on-premise IBM i.

  • Guest
    Jun 24, 2022

    Good suggestion. What about a "Sandbox" type system? Maybe create a cloud instance of Merlin connected to a cloud IBM i and let people sign up for actual user ID's and let users play around in the sandbox? That way people wouldn't even have to install anything to get to evaluate it. But this is probably much more complicated not to mention an authority nightmare. Just a thought.