From: Pete Massiello

So, you might not like WQ because it was a ported application, but
is it not better then what we have?

I'm not going to comment on QU2 in particular, primarily because of the
god-awful way IBM has handled the maintenance and licensing on this
particular product. Unfortunately we're going to see more rather than less
of that over the next four or five years as IBM moves the System i into a
user-based pricing scheme.

However, I will say that not every new application is better just because
it's new. Heck, porting an application from another box to the System i
doesn't even make it new. In fact, porting dedicated server applications
directly from Unix to the System i often doesn't work; the system isn't
built that way. Even Java has to be carefully tuned in order to make it
work with i5/OS work management.

And the more cycle-hungry software that gets stuck on the box, the more
we're going to hear "why doesn't it run as fast as my Windows/Linux/Unix
machine," because nobody understands what work management means. And then
the parts that matter - the database and the business logic - suffer because
all the cycles are busy running PHP or Python.

You want to run Unix or Windows software? Run it on a dedicated server.
Attach it to the System i via a Gigabit Ethernet and move on. Heck, I'm at
the point where I tell people that there is a good argument for running
their web application server on a Wintel/Lintel machine as long as they're
willing to pay for the redundant hardware.

Sure, a System i will let you run Sugar CRM with 99.9999% uptime. But just
because you can doesn't mean you should.

Joe


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