The latest copy (Jan 2001) of Midrange Computing announces that the V4R3 is no longer for sale, and that it is required for upgrading to the later releases (V4R5 & V5R1). It is understandable that IBM wants everyone on the latest hardware and software releases to reduce support costs. While I would love to move from V3R2 to V4R3, there are limitations to making this move. Since I am still on a CISC box, a direct upgrade is not an option for me. Yes, I want to upgrade, but the existing box does what we need it to do right now and we are investing in capital projects that directly improves our bottom line (more than what the cost savings of a new system will). There is no sense in having a great computer if your core (non-IT) operations needs improvements and upgrades -- after all, computers should be tools, not life. However, when we do move up to the RISC boxes, what types of trouble will this (and other similar) announcements from IBM do to me and others in the same boat? The CISC to RISC is not a straight forward process, and now without certain operating systems available, what does this do to my upgrade path? Are upgrades of this type better handled by starting from a clean box, and restoring user libraries from the old system? We are a MAPICS shop, which will require data migration and reinstallation. Basically, how big a deal is this type of announcement -- long and complicated, or just blowing smoke? Patrick Shrader +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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