>how often would your company keep the as400 if you had to "reboot" several >times a day. microsoft NT say it all "NOT THERE". at my company i see the pc >jockeys continually upgrading and changjing, nothing is ever stable for them. >what's with that? As much as I enjoy Micro$oft Bashing, I must admit the NT servers at work are reasonably reliable (although at the present time we've had more NT crashes than AS/400 crashes). The AS/400 can do more than one thing at a time-- serve web pages, database records, communicate with remote locations, etc. etc. The NT world rolls in a separate server for each function. Sort of like a new box for each subsystem. If you compare an NT box to an AS/400 subsystem they're just as reliable-- we've had occasion to end and restart various subsystems on the fly; on the NT side they reboot an individual server. If you count restarting a subsystem as a 'crash,' we're not immune. [I really like the message, "Subsystem QINTER had a function check; but the machine is nobly struggling to go on."] The thing that makes NT NOT reliable is (1) people messing with the configuration (ie installing PTFs and CUM Tapes), and (2) overloading the power strip. A word about (2)-- the NT gurus had the racks all nicely plugged into separate outlet boxes under the floor (each is a separate circuit). Someone plugged them all back together for some reason. A CE for one of the routers plugged his laptop into the same power strip and CLUNK! The biggest difference between NT and AS/400 is that I have no fear about re-configuring lines, controllers, devices, subsystems (within reason), and other system-level stuff without a dedicated machine. The NT folks get queasy if you just -mention- configuration and system level stuff. There are APIs in NT that are in the manuals, yet Microsoft will not support your system if you use them (or so the gurus have informed me). Seems they're either flakey or their scope is not restricted tightly enough. On both sides we've been slapped silly by the sheer amount of data that a corporation accumulates! We both have a periodic "Clean Up Before We Delete It" marathon. And, we both have added good chunks of disk space this year. I -do- consider the AS/400 more convenient, in that we can stuff everything into one box and it keeps running; no need for multiple boxes, with the plethora of console keyboards, monitors, and mice. Uh, well, we -do- have one console for each of our 7 AS/400s in the operator's area-- but we promised to cut that number down to 2 this year. (: I guess we'll just have to tippy-toe around the NT vs AS/400 issue until we clean up our own act. (: --Paul E Musselman PaulMmn@ix.netcom.com +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@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 +---
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