I expect that 4x faster is just a number you made up. And it was not considering apples to apples.

As for why i for PHP - DB2 native access. I can deploy a secure web application with back end access to DB2 - no driver in between. I would expect functionality would be extremely high, and the speed of native DB2 access would offset the slow ODBC connection you would have to make from your 4x faster PHP server.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Steve Richter" <stephenrichter@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "Midrange Systems Technical Discussion" <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2006 1:25 PM
Subject: Re: Saving the System i: Fight Rather Than Switch


when you talk to IBM about marketing the system and all, is the topic
of how expensive and slow the system is ever discussed?  Why run PHP
on the i5 when it runs 4x faster on another brand server at a lower


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