I tend to agree with your first instincts on this one.  Especially if Brad
comes out with moderately priced redundant backup.

Here's the thing:  once you add another platform, to reduce the risk of
single-point-of-failure, you're gonna pay for the added complexity in
payroll dollars.  So, IMV, the "theoretical sense (e.g. no budget concerns)"
flies out the windoze, either way...;-)


| -----Original Message-----
| From:
| []On Behalf Of Andy Nolen-Parkhouse
| Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2001 4:43 AM
| To:
| Subject: RE: WHY would I run Windows on my iSeries?
| Your point is well taken, mine was poorly expressed and not very sound.
| Sometimes it seems like 'having one less thing to break' would be a good
| thing; in a theoretical sense (e.g. no budget concerns) redundancy would
| outweigh the drawbacks of complexity.
| Thanks for the correction.
| Andy Nolen-Parkhouse
| > On Wed, 19 Dec 2001, Andy Nolen-Parkhouse wrote:
| >
| > > * You could take advantage of the integrated backup capability and
| have
| > > one less point-of-failure at the remote site.
| >
| > This is not necessarily a good thing.  Now you have a single point of
| > failure.  If your tape drive stops working you can't back up either
| > server.  I believe point of failure means something that kills
| everything.
| > Using this definition having two different boxes means you *don't*
| have a
| > point of failure.  Instead you could lose w2k or iSeries, but probably
| not
| > both.  If a device or service is critical to you, it had better be
| > redundant and failures in other components should not affect it.
| > James Rich
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