I would agree with all the responses made.

My understanding from my BP is that the used-170 (while probably the
cheapest route) is in a similar situation as the 400.  Starting first of the
year IBM is withdrawing upgrade paths for the model.  I'm not sure if that
also means it won't run 5.2, or not, though.

I was going to write a flame on IBM's pricing, because your clients being
able to run a B20, up until recently, and there continuing on with the
platform..  Well.. it's proof-positive that the bottom-line depends more on
satisyfing customers, rather than churning hardware sales.  It wasn't really
going to be a flame though, as I think there is an extremely simple pricing
strategy that provides the best of both worlds, as the server market
continues to become a commodity market, according to the CW...  However,
that's NOT the case in ALL companies, as this customer demonstrates...!

j "sheesh, forgot I started this reply" t

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