The thing is, even most NT shops don't put their "production data machine"
directly on the internet.  Most have several servers, because one can't get
it all done ;), and one of those is an internet server.  So what is
different about what they're saying?

IMHO, no matter what platform you may be on, it is much smarter, even if you
have to replicate data, to have a seperate box connected directly to the net
with only the things (data) you want "on the net."

Jim Whalen

----Original Message Follows----
From: Evan Harris <spanner@ihug.co.nz>
Reply-To: midrange-l@midrange.com
To: midrange-l@midrange.com
Subject: Re: Where are all of the /400's going.  Was: QUSER on ODBC
requests
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 22:19:28 +1300

<SNIP>
I guess it depends on where you see the "business" being done, now and in
the future. If your CEO sees the web as the place to do business, then your
business machine shoudl be there. If your major platform can't be exposed
to the internet, what's the point ? To my way of thinking, if you put an NT
or Unix machine on the net in preference to your AS/400 you are saying a
couple of things:

- The AS/400 is just a "departmental" machine (an internal network server)
- The NT or Unix box is more securable

Essentially you are saying to your bosses (unintentionally or not) that the
AS/400 for one reason or another can't deal with the internet and is
obsolete.

If the web is where business is going to be done, then that is where the
AS/400 has to be.

<SNIP>




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