• Subject: Re: The only hope to save the AS/400
  • From: "D Bulog" <d2ba@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 23:14:17 +1300

Q:>  Do you think that this will be dumped  when 1000mhz processors are the
norm and JAVA can give comparable  response times we achieve today?
A:>Thats correct-RPGers might still end up fliping burgers--personaly after
studying the AS/400 and   buying a used one to learn -programming,databases-
I made a choice to change to the Microsoft equivalents.(Weicome to the real
world)(Although the AS/400 is a good all round concept-two things convinced
me to change--Roger Pences columns in News/400 and more experianced
programmers-"the people who know" advised me to make the switch.

Tip--go to ebay right now and do a search on Netfinity --there are several
5500s on Auction right now-ending in a few days time--Brand New---I expect
the sell price to around $1500 .At that price buy one and see foryourself
what a lovely job IBM made of the hardware!
Dave


----- Original Message -----
From: James W Kilgore <email@james-w-kilgore.com>
To: <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 1999 10:17 PM
Subject: Re: The only hope to save the AS/400


> David,
>
> 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
> AS/400.
>
> 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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