Well if your Web pages are already on an AS400 there is NO conversion to
moving to a second box.  Now you have redundancy!  The AS400 is much more
scalable than NT.  Easier to manage one box instead of an array of NTs.  It
is much easier to get data from an AS400 with an AS400.

As for sizing,  how much of your 720 is being utilized for your web serving
during peak web loads?  Multiply by CPW of the 720 then by 5 and get a
system with a CPW of at least that.  The system will now use 20% of the CPU
for serving and give you 4x growth with out a hiccup.  (i.e.. 5% of 720 @
240 CPW x 5 = 60 CPW or less than the smallest 170 you can buy.)

I like to have 2 LAN cards, each plugged into different hubs.  Each LAN
interface has a separate IP address and use a Virtual IP for access to the
server.  Have 2 routes setup in your router.  If one goes down, the other
still runs and the users don't know the difference.

I would put as much memory as I can afford for the model and as many disk
arms as it will hold.  This will give you the best performance for the model
of AS400 you purchase.

Christopher K. Bipes    mailto:ChrisB@Cross-Check.com
Sr. Programmer/Analyst  mailto:Chris_Bipes@Yahoo.com
CrossCheck, Inc.        http://www.cross-check.com
6119 State Farm Drive   Phone: 707 586-0551 x 1102
Rohnert Park CA  94928  Fax: 707 586-1884

If consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, only geniuses work here.
Karen Herbelin - Readers Digest 3/2000

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Naughton [mailto:mnaughton@juddwire.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2000 6:55 AM
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject: AS/400 As Web Server

Hi All,

Currently, we've got a production AS/400 (9406-720) that we're also using
as our web server (running Domino). Our web team has been discussing
getting a second box of some sort to put outside the firewall, to act as a
sort of "public" server -- it would handle our internet site and pass any
requests for more secure information back through the firewall. The team
has been assuming that it wouldn't make much difference what kind of box
this second server is (they've been leaning towards "N---T---"), but
recently the question was raised as to whether there might be particular
advantages to using a small AS/400 (oops, I mean iSeries eServer).

I figure this list would recommend this idea -- my question is, what sorts
of arguments would you use to convince an AS/400-agnostic that this would
be a good choice? Also, would anyone have any general recommendations for
what size/features would be appropriate?


Mike Naughton
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