Odd... I just put in an order for a new AS/400 running V4R5, and IBM is telling me that I can upgrade from V3R2 to V4R5 directly. Is this wrong? (You've got me worried, now) On Thu, 4 Jan 2001, Shrader, Patrick wrote: > 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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