• Subject: Re: Net.commerce (hh)
  • From: "Ralph Day" <ralphday@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 08:26:09 -0800

staffan.lofberg@netorom.se wrote:

>As far as I have heard you cant run it on the smallest machines. So it will
>probably be quite heavy to run.

Thats too bad.  I've taken a good look at the major business to consumer
e-commerce products out there and net.commerce is by far the best.  It would
make a great low cost, turnkey, easy to use and reliable commerce server
with a small AS/400.  It certainly would be a better choice than Windows NT
and Microsoft's Merchant Server.

My company currently runs the Netscape Merchant System on an RS/6000.  We
are seriously considering switching to net.commerce for functionality,
flexibility and support reasons.  IBM seems committed to being the leader in
e-commerce and has great future plans for net.commerce.

The only downside to using an AS/400 for a commerce web server is something
we experience to some degree with our RS/6000's - new net technology lags
behind a little on the IBM platforms.  If you must be bleeding edge or are
hurting for that new release of Netscape, Real Audio, etc.. then you have to
wait a little longer depending on the vendor.  Sometimes its just a couple
of weeks.  Other times its several months.  And some vendors don't even
support IBM's flavor of Unix (AIX), just try asking them if they support

Ralph Day
Systems Development Manager
Recreational Equipment, Inc..
Quality Outdoor Gear and Clothing Since 1938

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