• Subject: RE: AS/400 vs. NT
  • From: Roger Boucher <RBoucher@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 11:00:45 -0700

Price tags.
We bought an AS/400 which runs the software that runs our business.
We hired one guy (me) to make modifications to that software and to keep the
machine running.
I haven't told them yet that it essentially runs itself.
How much is a good night's sleep worth?
We installed an NT network.
Hired a network guy.
Expanded it.
Hired another guy to keep it up and running.
Expanded it.
Hired another guy to keep it up and running.
All to keep our email flowing...
Our browsers browsing...
And our users clicking...
We hired a paging service so we can get ahold of the network guys when the
network goes down.
Or the email.
Or the internet.
I, by the way, do not have a pager.
More servers...
We need more servers...
More hires...
Expanded the computer room.
We hired an administrative assistant to keep track of all the service
requests for them.
I feel left out.
Thank God the software which runs our business runs on an AS/400...
Because that way, everybody (except the network guys of course) can sleep at
When talking about price tags, is one refering to how much you buy something
for... or how much you pay?

-----Original Message-----
From: Leland, David [mailto:dleland@Harter.com]
Sent: Monday, October 25, 1999 6:11 AM
To: 'midrange-l@midrange.com'
Subject: AS/400 vs. NT

Did any others read the most recent Monday Morning update from Midrange
Computing?  The following quote from the "fellow AS/400 militant" was very
surprising to me.  Does your company feel the same way?  Ours doesn't.  We
take reliability over price tag (within reason).

"I'll be honest here.  Five nines for reliability is not as important to my
company as six zeroes on the price tag is." 


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