• Subject: Re: Connecting satellite locations via the Internet
  • From: "Roger Pence" <rp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 17:25:35 -0500

Gary--

>So, what's the verdict?? Private lines at sometimes unbelievably high costs
>(which are declining....slowly) or access to the Internet at each site
>reducing on going operational expenses.  I fully realize that private lines
>can be purchased with a QoS agreement guaranteeing service, which is
>something the Internet cannot currently provide.  But having said that,
>you'd likely be surprised how many businesses signed contracts without QoS
>agreements, essentially guaranteeing them nothing!!   I would be very
>interested in hearing from someone that actually connects their locations
>via the Internet.

Isn't the verdict still out on this issue? V4R4 is where wide-area
networking finally gets the security features it needs (including VPN
support for client to server connections and an SSL-enabled Telnet server).
Although I know many shops are connecting across the Net right now with
their AS/400's, they are certainly doing so without regard for security
(using CA/400, for example, the password encryption TN5250E provides _is
not_ supported).

The V4R4 features are intended specifically to connect satellite locations
via the Internet. Let's hope IBM gets this stuff right the first time. Since
having glued the "e" on AS/400, IBM has been pretty dodging the issue of
wide-area security. These V4R4 should have been here a year ago!

rp




-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Higgs <ghiggs@julian.uwo.ca>
To: 'MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com' <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 1999 5:10 PM
Subject: Connecting satellite locations via the Internet


>The AS/400 is notoriously known for a stable, rock solid business machine.
> Many businesses that have implemented the 400 also have additional
>locations accessing its data, most likely via some sort of emulator or
>emulation such as PC5250 in Client Access.  My question relates to the
>connectivity of these additional or satellite locations.  To date, most of
>organizations I have seen using the AS/400 have their own private lines
>providing a secure network to transport their data.  Realizing the depth of
>this group, I was wondering if anyone has seen a trend to connect remote
>locations/satellites via the Internet.  The AS/400 has evolved to include
>various network capabilities, encryption, and is undoubtedly a secure
>platform if setup properly.
>
>
>I believe this topic is relevant to this group due to the configurations
>and precautions unique to the AS/400, not just the wide area network side.
>
>Any insight would be appreciated
>
>TIA
>
>Gary
>
>
>
>
>
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