From: "James W. Kilgore" <eMail@James-W-Kilgore.com> > My wife is a PC, Peachtree - MAS90, consultant. From > the stories she tells me a 400mhz NT server croaks with > 4 users. This says more about the design of Peachtree than the capacity of Intel and Windows. My guess is that the multi-user version of Peachtree is largely based on the single user version. Lots of single user applications had a hard time making the transition to a network. One common problem was the database these applications used. The I/O routines required that the entire data and index files be downloaded to the workstation for processing. It translated to huge traffic on the network, and lots of work on the file server. ODBC was a great improvement, in comparison. Instead of downloading the files to the workstation, the workstation sends a message to the server to select or update small sets of data. The scalability goes up dramatically. I have reasons for developing and promoting OS/400 based solutions. But performance is not one of them. Today's Wintel applications can be designed to provide exceptional performance and scalability. Wintel offers much better price/performance than OS/400. The TPC benchmarks are a good example. Nathan M. Andelin www.relational-data.com
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