I've been given the chance by a client to justify the existence of their AS/400 instead of it being replaced with NT / SQL Server (although the AS/400 has a small chance, per the client). I have no doubt that keeping the AS/400 is the way to go, but I'm not very good at selling it. I've pasted below my very rough notes so far. If anyone would like to contribute to this cause or can point me to an existing report, I would appreciate it (either to the list or private email). Thanks, Jeff Jeff.Glenn@glennconsulting.com Save the iSeries! *The existing core applications have been running strong for years and continue to run today with very little administration. The AS/400 is a big part of the infrastructure and success of the company, but not many realize it since it doesn't require a lot of attention. Integrated system - describe strengths. *SQL database can be implemented on iSeries instead of or in addition to traditional DDS. SQL, DDL and DML. *Integrated xSeries adapter (IXA) allows the iSeries to centrally manage multiple physically attached Win 2000 xSeries servers. Will provide the example and URL describing the company recently featured using this technology and their benefits. *Wireless, pervasive computing is supported for future applications. Will provide the profile and URL of the Venetian Hotel project in Vegas where guests may check in & out and keys printed(?) anywhere across their large property with Palms connecting to an iSeries. (?DB2 Everywhere or DB2 Anyplace or something similar?) *With iNotes(?) supports MS Outlook and web browsers as clients to Lotus Notes/Domino email (wireless also). Provide benchmarks where recently over 100,000 concurrent users were supported running Notes on an iSeries. Also, provide the FAA story and URL where they got fed up w/NT instability and rebooting every night & decided to replace many NT servers with 1 iSeries. *Supports Java and beats Sun in performance - provide benchmarks. *Now supports Linux. Provide info on recent Linux awards. *Supports Unix w/PASE. *Now supports logical partitioning (LPAR) centrally managed by OS/400(?). *Lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) despite higher initial costs - provide excerpts and URL to results of the recent TCO study. *Now has GUI, Operations Navigator for example. Existing applications may be modernized with relatively small amount of effort. *Has integrated web server - Apache and IBM HTTP server. Also optional Tomcat applet server?? Provide a list of web sites powered by iSeries. *Mention Websphere, its uses and the awards it's won. *Compilers and IDE (CODE/400) are now included with the OS (verify?). *Long history of reliability, since '88 (and before w/34, 38). Provide info & URL on recent award from resellers as best midrange server (3yrs in a row) (hp was second, Compaq was last). Provide uptime % info and stories of boxes that haven't been IPLed in years. *New technology, despite it's longevity and despite misinformation within and outside the industry that see the box as green-screen only and old technology. RISC, early 64-bit, SOI (silicon on insulated...? copper?), Regatta Power4?, High Speed Link (HSL), gigabit I/O, more?. *Many large, well-known corporations depend on the iSeries. List some examples. Maybe % of Fortune 500 companies. *Maybe mention that iSeries revenue was up in all geographic areas according to IBM's 3rd Qtr earnings announcement just released. *Security - OS/400 advantages. Low virus risk. *Many applications exist for the platform. *Maybe mention how Microsoft uses (through outsourcing) AS/400s for distribution(?) (if that's still true).
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