Brad, Been thinking about this some more... The possibility of NLS (near-line storage) at FLS (fairly low "scratch" ;-) is HUGE, from what I can tell... This is something I've always wanted to see...: Take advantage of cheap PC hardware on the iSeries... G's of cheap memory, T's of cheap RAID.. Accessed by OS/400... Now, I'm not gonna say you WILL have a problem here, but just relating a past experience that may not apply in this situation: Sprout wrote (AFAIK) the first non-IBM MI compiler in '83. He also wrote, and marketed briefly, the first "Copy Screen" utility in the mid-80's. IBM came out with CPYSCN (or whatever) ***the next release of CPF***. And that was back in the days when CPF advanced at a relative snail's-pace. (No offense.. just compared to today...) That's why I posted before (something like): time to market is KEY, because as soon as IBM gets even a whiff of your success, they may decide to market the thing themselves. There go your margins... You may be able to make a decent living on those margins, and/or IBM may not enter the market... Now, I know your "bag" is putting together great hardware/software combos. But another possibility is marketing this as a software only solution, to run on IXA/IXS... Ends the maintenance problem, and encourages IBM to leave the market to you. One technical question: isn't emulating a 7208 (a serial tape drive) gonna be a limiting factor in making this work as a NLS device? The tape length is probably gonna be a minor issue, and probably solvable.. But I wonder about emulating a tape drive? jt | -----Original Message----- | From: email@example.com | [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Brad Jensen | Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 11:04 AM | To: email@example.com | Subject: Re: 7208 | | | | ----- Original Message ----- | From: "Neil Palmer" <NeilP@DPSlink.com> | To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> | Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 7:25 AM | Subject: Re: 7208 | | | > CRENLSVOL ? You mean CRTNLSVOL ! ;-) | | Yes, you are right, I didn't have his notes in front of me, silly | me to think the AS/400 guys would pick the sensible 3 letter | mininym. A CRT is a VDT. | | Correctomundo. | | > Don't know if you will jabve a problem with the "tape lenght". | I do know | > that yeard ago on teh 9347 1/2" Reel (1600bpi/3200bpi) unit that | it didn't | > like tapes longer than 2400'. If you tried a 3600' tape it | would end | > shortly after it had processed 2400' of the tape. | > | > ...Neil | | oh boy. I guess we can do a writeforever RPG program to see how | much we can get away with. | | | _______________________________________________ | This is the Midrange Systems Technical Discussion (MIDRANGE-L) | mailing list | To post a message email: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com | To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, | visit: http://lists.midrange.com/cgi-bin/listinfo/midrange-l | or email: MIDRANGE-Lemail@example.com | Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives | at http://archive.midrange.com/midrange-l. |
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