• Subject: Re: Interesting comments, AS/400 web serving
  • From: "Edward Koziol" <koziol@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 07:37:59 CST
  • Organization: Chaney Systems, Inc.

Happy Thanksgiving!  

My prediction!  Their are more than 600,000 installed AS/400's and 
they make up a large portion of IBM's revenue.  They wont die, but 
will continue to evolve...  With high marks in the High Availability 
and Server Consolidation areas you will see some agressive and 
intelligent IS Management decisions altering their existing 
platforms. The time will come when IS Managment gets tired of dumping 
corporate money into their Networks of PC's and use the AS/400 as its 
primary serving system.  There are companies out there that made the 
move to running NT on their AS/400's to reduce corporate spending and 
guess what, they also have less failures now.  Imagine that!  

Have a Great Week!

Ed Koziol
Chaney Systems, Inc.
414-679-6000



From:          HwaRangRon@aol.com
Date:          Wed, 17 Nov 1999 15:46:42 EST
Subject:       Re: Interesting comments, AS/400 web serving
To:            MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Reply-to:      MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com

Programmers, especially contractors, are the most paranoid group of 
individuals I have ever met. Believe it or not, the AS400 will eventually 
die, as all things do. But there are hundreds of thousands of businesses that 
are running on the AS400 right now. IBM will not drop the AS400 without some 
migration path for these machines. Think what that would do to all of their 
potential new customers.

As Dr.Soltis said at COMMON, "Do you really care what hardware the AS400 
operating system is running on?" If it ran on a RS6000, you'd still be 
employed and your knowlege base would be intact. If it ran on a PC, you'd 
still have all the knowlege that you have gained over the years (of course 
the hardware would be totally unreliable).

My point is this. The 400 will evolve (or de-evolve) into something else 
based upon what it is now and we will all keep our relative skills intact. 
Quit worrying about it. RPG programmers will be around forever.

Ron 
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