> From: Evan Harris > > Or perhaps you are proposing we do this on a linux box ? NetMax is a Linux-based "web appliance". > Except that its a "PC". And probably the "NT guy" is looking after it. If you're worried about ownership, step up and take ownership yourself. Describe it as a peripheral for the AS/400, and say you'll tkae care of it. It's not that hard, and you'll be personally responsible for saving the company money. > Because you are giving away control of a piece of the business and IT that > you shouldn't give away. Before long the PC guy or the web guy is in with > the marketing manager or the CEO telling them how if they added IIS, > Apache, Perl, PHP, Zope or whatever turns his particular wheel that they > could serve dynamic data such as up-to-date price lists instead of just > static pages. This is a political discussion rather than a technical one. Evidently you've had bad experiences with "PC guys" in the past, so you want everything on your AS/400 where you have control. Obviously, there can be no technical argument against that position. > By and large I don't disagree with what you say Joe, in particular how > difficult the economics are to justify, but I see this as retaining a > strategic service. It is far easier to start configuring your AS/400 HTTP > server and the other bits and pieces using static pages to understand how > to do web serving, than it is to argue the case for JSP's or websphere or > whatever once the webserving is being done from the little box in the > corner (or however many the NT guys has managed to grow it into. Web serving can be done - indeed often SHOULD be done - from more than one platform within your organization. But since you believe backing up a single PC is beyond the capabilities of your IT staff, I doubt that supporting a second HTTP server is going to fly. > Evan Don't-give-it-away-coz-you-won't-get-it-back Harris This being your position, no technical argument can have merit and will simply further clog the bandwidth. I shall cease and desist. Joe Pluta www.plutabrothers.com
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