Hey, Andrew., Change the subject line. I almost automatically deleted this and would have missed it. John ------------------- Andrew Borts said; OK - Jim Here's the big picture... 1) AS/400's are damn good web servers - I've peaked @ 20,000 visitors a day with a single 270. Most of my problem was with Net.Commerce and older versions of it. 2) That same 270 can handle 800 simultaneous CGI requests, 2000 simultaneous Cached HTML requests... and I've come close to seeing those peaks. 3) Load balancing is a fact of life in the web world. IBM needs to make it more lucrative for people to do it. 30 270's pointing to the same back end RAIDED disk acting as web servers etc... is a great model to go by - but is not possible with current OS/400 unless you write/buy mirroring software between the boxes with mucho redundant disk. Most of the time with BIG web sites, they run out of bandwidth before they run out of CPU - another fact of life... Now a load balanced LPARed 840 with 32 processors pointing to a single chunk of disk - this I could reach my hands around!! I can send ALL of my Net.Data pointing to another server, and compile all my RPG arounf the DDM files... but I digress... 4) The AS/400 isn't the fastest kid on the block - but what the heck are you serving? Yahoo? E-Bay? When your back end server is AS/400 & you're building a B2B - do it on an AS/400! If you're trying to impress someone with FLASH etc... you can STILL use an AS/400 - but these cheep Linux boxes seem to do well (and the AS/400 is NOW doing linux!!) 5) E-commerce is a touchy subject with me - but look @ www.palmbeachjewelry.com - that box pops up... all RPG CGI routines running it & Net.Data... not too shabby... Check out my home site - www.as400nut.com - that's a SMALL as/400 - the Counter on the bottom is Net.Data - and I'm building some serious examples of Net.Data code for people to play with. That is an 18cpw box. When you talk WAS or Domino or ANY serious Unix based functionality - that's when the SERIOUS hardware needs to be considered. Java can bring a system w/out enough cylinders down! Firing up the Apache admin server on my system is like kicking it in the nuts, but the AS/400 doesn't fall down & clutch 'em - it plows onward and limps for a bit until all the Java has compiled & is in memory... then it levels out.
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