MAA59522 Sender: email@example.com Precedence: bulk Reply-To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com X-List-Name: Midrange Systems Mailing List (MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com) The reason it's a mistake is simple - NT and lans on paper look much cheaper. Companies look at the initial total cost - not the cost of the machine itself. Unfortunately, they do not look at cost of ownership. IBM has the best operating system on the market, but doesn't understand the perceived needs of "NEW" customers. Dihards will complain and buy, but new ones aren't coming over. I even have a number of dihards that have opted for third party drives after much discussion about dropping the 400 altogether! IBM has gone through a lot of changes over the last few years, but they are still a big stogy company that as a whole in our marketplace is relying solely on its past reputation. Thanks John Bussert firstname.lastname@example.org Swift Technologies, Inc. -----Original Message----- From: Neil Palmer <npalmer@NxTrend.com> To: 'MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com' <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com> Date: Wednesday, January 14, 1998 12:19 AM Subject: RE: Cost of tape drives Why do you say it's a mistake ? IBM has been hit over the head to bring the cost of the base system down and they have done a pretty good job of that. If you want 8mm instead of the standard ¼" tape then you pay the cost. The direction has been towards 'unbundled' prices. Would you rather they jacked up the price of the base system to cover the attachment cards for 8mm, when many users would not want them ? If you want more capacity than the 6381 2.5GB ¼" gives you (which is around 3.5 to 4.0GB in QIC2DC format with compression), then consider the 6385 13GB ¼" unit. With Lempel-Ziv 1 data compression this can store approx 26GB of data. The data transfer rate is five times faster than the 6481 ¼", and three times faster than the 6390 7GB 8mm unit, and it costs about 30% less than the 6390 8mm unit. JMHO :-) ... Neil Palmer AS/400~~~~~ ... NxTrend Technology - Canada ____________ ___ ~ ... Thornhill, Ontario, Canada |OOOOOOOOOO| ________ o|__||= ... Phone: (905) 731-9000 x238 |__________|_|______|_|______) ... Cell.: (416) 565-1682 x238 oo oo oo oo OOOo=o\ ... Fax: (905) 731-9202 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ... mailto:NPalmer@NxTrend.com http://www.NxTrend.com -----Original Message----- From: David Duerr [SMTP:email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 1998 11:11 PM To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com Subject: Re: Cost of tape drives The cost of adding an 8mm tape drive (plus the 2 required adapter cards) to our 600e nearly doubled the hardware cost. I find that absolutely absurd. Even our agent was appalled. I am currently looking at other vendor solutions. Why does IBM continue to shot the AS/400 in the foot by making stupid little mistakes like this, that draws the ire of their customers and disproportionately diminishes the excellence of the AS/400. John Bussert wrote: > Is it just me, or is there something wrong when the tape drive you buy is a > substantial part of the cost of the new e series? > > John Bussert > firstname.lastname@example.org > Swift Technologies, Inc. > 847-289-8339 > +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to "MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com". | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: email@example.com +--- uucp +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to "MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com". | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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