• Subject: Re: FAXING Options
  • From: "Jeffrey M. Carey" <jeffreycarey@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 10:01:33 -0600
  • Organization: MTI Vacations

We looked at IBM's product back before V3R1 (when it was a PRPQ) and it
didn't meet our needs.  We fax out thousands of documents a week -
confirmations of reservations generated online, hotel reservation
confirmations generated in a nightly batch job, and flyers consisting of
a full page graphic faxed to thousands of recipients from our AS/400
database.  

We use two products - RFS - a PC with proprietary fax modems connected
via a twinax card (PC's show up as interactive jobs):
http://www.rmti400.com/
and Biscom -a proprietary UNIX box attached to the 400 via LAN or comm
line.  Batch jobs on the 400 send data to the box:
http://www.biscom.com/ (server)
http://www.esdcomputers.com/ (AS/400 Software)

RFS is the older solution, but it doesn't scale as well as Biscom (each
RFS can only hold 4 fax cards while the Biscom box can handle 16). 
Currently, our hotel confirmations still reside in the RFS system, since
it allows users full visibility of faxes going back as long as you want
(this takes up a great deal of disk space, but our users want that
visibility!).
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