• Subject: Re: What About Price vs. Performance?
  • From: "Nathan M. Andelin" <nathanma@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 13:28:36 -0600

Michael,

Sure, the AS/400 is easier to manage, more stable, more secure.  But it
seems that many buyers give significant weight to price vs. performance.
The new server line helps, but I'd estimate their price vs. performance is
still 5 times that of today's Intel line.

On the scalability issue, I just read that IBM will soon release a 64-Way
xSeries server.

I'm still hoping for better answers.

Thanks,

Nathan.



-------- Original Message -------------------------------
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 11:11:57 -0500
From: mcrump@sgcontainers.com
Subject: Re: What About Price vs. Performance?

Nathan,

Very good questions.  There are a couple of points to consider though.  I'm
sure
this will evoke a number of responses - you may want to post this question
on
the WEB400 list.  Performance can be such a obtuse discussion - there are so
many variables involved.  I'll make a couple of points (ok opinions):

1.)  Processor design - AS/400's have always been architected to move data.
Therefore, processor and memory intensive applications have not always
faired
well.  The new 8xx's and 2xx's go a long way to solving this.

2.)  Workload mix and or optimization.  What other applications are being
used?
What kind of AS/400 are you using?  6xx - traditional application, 7xx -
getting
better for modern applications, Sxx - decent enough, etc.

3.)  Scalability.  For example we run Domino on a 730.  At low volumes the
WINTEL platform gives me better response.  However, that 730 will go a lot
longer providing the same level of response before the knee of the curve is
hit.
While also running other applications I might add.....

4.)  Not to sound like I'm repeating the IBM mantra here but cost of
ownership
is very critical.  Be sure to look beyond the cost of acquisition.

5.)  I still think there are some benefits in the area of security and
stability.

Michael Crump
Saint-Gobain Containers
1509 S. Macedonia Ave.
Muncie, IN  47302
(765)741-7696
(765)741-7012 f
(800)428-8642
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