• Subject: Re: The only hope to save the AS/400
  • From: email@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (James W Kilgore)
  • Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 01:17:21 -0800
  • Organization: Progressive Data Systems, Inc.


I've never used a Netfinity server and I'm kind of curious about it.

The reason I ask is that I'm under the impression that IBM is trying to
reduce it's machine dependent hardware and standardize.  IMO, that's a
good business decision.  I guess that's why we have PCI cards on the

Now, I don't want to get into whether it's a good technical decision. 
Micro channel and Beta max both lost the race.

I'm seeing a melding here and am wondering if the next millennium will
spawn a new convergence.  Sort of like when the S/36 and S/38 spawned
the AS/400.

Will Netfinity and the AS/400 meld in the next millennium as a new
product?  What does Netfinity bring to the table that the AS/400 does
not have?

Does IBM's interest in Linux play a role here?

The 5250 data stream was created when processors where slow and it
optimized the hardware of the day. Do you think that this will be dumped
when 1000mhz processors are the norm and JAVA can give comparable
response times we achieve today?

D Bulog wrote:
> I happen to disagree the Netfinity  is a brillant system--the black box ones
> that can take 4 processers.
> I purchased a brand new on ebay--I use it a lot more that my Model 200.Its
> just as reliable as my AS400.
> Enterprise server developers have always had to cope with feeling inferior
> to their mainframe cousins.
> David
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