• Subject: Re: No more 4G Drives
  • From: "James W. Kilgore" <eMail@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2001 00:35:41 -0800
  • Organization: Progressive Data Systems, Inc.


I'm in your camp, the more arms the better, and I could care less about
the number or size of drives.  Especaily in a single state store!

That's my techno bigot opinion, but my business reality aknowledges that
the cost of making a 4gb drive is nearly the same as an 8gb drive.  The
marketing reality in me acknowledges that it easier (not smarter) to
sell cost per gb.  I mean, heaven forbid, that someone should actually
sell "performance". <g>

I really get a kick out of reading some of the testing measurements and
performance comparisons.  Huge burst rates!  Right, like that means a
whole lot to an interactive program that is doing 20+ single record gets
per ENTER key with an average record length of 256 bytes.

Now I know nothing about the 4gb drives having a cripple jumper, but I
do recall that the S/3 used that technology.

Sorry, to go off on this rant, but the bottom line is that the after
market for used 4gb drives will go up.  This will hurt the low end of
the AS/400 market, or should I rephrase that as "entry" level market. 
IMHO, what the AS/400 market needs is -new- installs, not just upgrades
on existing installs to survive.  Quite a bit of traffic on this list
has been about upgrades to existing installed bases that are
consolidating servers.

Here's a question for the new millinium: How many members on this list
have acquired a brand new AS/400, for the first time, -ever-, within the
past 12 months?  Not new to you, but new to the installation.  Maybe
that should be a midrange poll?

Charly Jones wrote:
> This announcement is not a surprise... but it is amazing and will
> without a doubt hurt the performance of a lot of machines.
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