• Subject: Re: Microsoft-AS/400 Story True
  • From: "MDC Information Systems" <mdcis@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 08:55:45 -0000

I've heard Dr Frank tell the story but the quote may not be precise.

I think you may find that after the unsuccessful NT implementation the
applications were outsourced & indeed the service provider runs them on
AS/400, sorry iSeries. So technically speaking MS do not 'have' any AS/400s
or 'use' applications that run on AS/400. But is their administration based
on the services provided by a third party? (which just happens to provide
those services on AS/400s specifically bought for that purpose)....... I
forsee lawers mincing words.......

Mike Dunnion.

-----Original Message-----
From: Don <dr2@cssas400.com>
To: Alex Woodie <awoodie@midrangecomputing.com>
Cc: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Date: 17 November 2000 02:18
Subject: RE: Microsoft-AS/400 Story True


>
>
>Uh, Alex, dude...
>
>this was a cover article quoting Frank...Uh, me thinks that you should be
>able to call Frank directly and uh just maybe ASK HIM?  :)
>
>Don in DC
>
>--------
>
>On Thu, 16 Nov 2000, Alex Woodie wrote:
>
>> Ted,
>> Microsoft vehemently denies that they have any AS/400s anymore (or use
any
>> applications that run on AS/400s), and is pressing hard to get a
correction
>> or a retraction in SHOWCASE. Please contact me if you have any useful
>> information regarding the validity of the rumors, or if you know them to
be
>> false.
>>
>> Alex Woodie
>> Products Editor
>> Midrange Technology SHOWCASE
>> 760-931-8615 ext. 137
>> awoodie@midrangecomputing.com
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> No butterfly ballots? No problem!
>> See how easy voting can be at the SHOWCASE
>> Product Excellence Awards election home page.
>> http://www.midrangecomputing.com/awards/vote/
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
>> [mailto:owner-midrange-l@midrange.com]On Behalf Of Ted Barry
>> Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2000 3:50 PM
>> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
>> Subject: Microsoft-AS/400 Story True
>>
>>
>> In the November 2000 Issue of Showcase Magazine, article "IBM's Frank
>> Soltis, Uncensored", Frank confirms the rumors we've heard about
>> Microsoft trying to get rid of it's 23 AS/400s.
>>
>> According to Frank, Microsoft planned to unplug its AS/400s and power
>> up 1,200 NT servers it needed to replace them.  But things didn't quite
go
>> as planned.  "They found they couldn't make it work.  Today, one year
>> after unplugging their AS/400s, they're back on the AS/400."
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