We've used the VLP program in the past and give not only the implementation; 
but the level
of service, an enthusiastic thumbs up.  



-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-nontech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx 
On Behalf Of Aaron Bartell
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:28 AM
To: 'Non-Technical Discussion about the AS400 / iSeries'
Subject: RE: iSeries down 18%? Ugh

On the flip side of the iSeries being down 18% I can see that IBM is trying
to do something about it.

In the past two months I have been having troubles with my iSeries timeshare
vendor while trying to test some software I am developing.  I was speaking
with an IBM employee about my woes and they said I should look into their
Virtual Loaner Program (VLP:
http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/enable/site/vlp/).  All I can say is WOW!  It
is basically a program that gives short time frame (two weeks to 4 weeks)
access to high end machines located at IBM.  You are given your very own
machine with root access. You connect with VPN and then use your choice of
5250 emulators (tn5250j) and editors (WDSc 6.0) to do your

The best part it is pretty darn easy to setup and you gain access very
quickly (sometimes less than an hour)! They even give you the ability to
save an image of the entire machine so you can load it on subsequent

Some might think this isn't that big of a deal because their company doesn't
mind if they use their machine to do personal development, but now that I am
off on my own I don't have that luxury and have had to look to timeshare

This really does a beautiful job of promoting the iSeries in the area of
making sure developers all developers have access to the resources they

Aaron Bartell

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Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:14 AM
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Subject: iSeries down 18%? Ugh


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