What they may not be telling you is that the AS/400 is hiding, not moving away... At least if it's going to survive. The AS/400 may not be popular and is often labeled the 'Big box hiding in the closet'. IBM keeps colorizing it and enhancing it, but what it's good at is still the same... Running and Running and Running. Lately though, I've been increasingly concerned that the AS/400 reliability is compromised by new technologies and may lose this valuable reputation. There is something different in the AS/400's realm... The personal computer and Microsoft Windows finally became useful, cheaper and commonly used. In fact, PC hardware is cheaper, in fact, 'practically disposable'. Suppose you are proposing a computer solution to a company, new or old, who has limited, if any, Internet serving experience. Most U.S. companies fall into this category. They know what the Internet is and maybe understand it's capabilities. They are also aware of the risks, vulnerabilities and weaknesses. They want to get a start-up solution running in hopes of finding out how the Internet will effect revenue, cash flow and business operations. Minimizing the risk is an easier solution for them, put a disposable PC in the 'line of fire'. But in order for the PC to be disposable, it can't take long to install and configure. It can't contain what we call 'data' and it doesn't get 'backed up' regularly. It just needs to be restarted once in a while to keep it running. This PC has dynamically created information, some logic, a few business rules, and most important of all... Access to reliable information on a file and application server. A server with a rich operating system, extensive application support and superior reliability... The AS/400. Later, assuming their Internet applications are successful, then a higher cost, non-disposable solution can be justified, discussed and proposed. The real strength of the AS/400 is still the same strength... Application Serving. Ken Slaugh (707) 795-1512 x118 Chouinard & Myhre, Inc. AS/400 Professional Administrator/MSE Client Access Specialist http://www.cm-inc.com/ "Avi Hecht" <avi_hecht@hotmail. To: <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com> com> cc: Sent by: Subject: New names owner-midrange-l@mi drange.com 01/28/01 06:44 AM Please respond to MIDRANGE-L Hi all, Lately I see shop after shop moving away from the AS/400 to other platforms such as NT, UNIX etc, But no new names to the AS/400 . Is it only in Israel or all over ? Thanks, Avi +--- | 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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