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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ----------------------------------------------------- +--- | 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: email@example.com +---
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