I don't think it makes sense to run a web service on System i5 unless the database and other business applications for the business are also on System i5. i.e. it doesn't make sense to run a System i5 web service if your data is stored in SQL Server.

On the other hand, if you already have all of your business data on the i5, it's much simpler, more secure, easier to administer a web service that runs on the same system than it is to try to use Windows or Linux as a front-end just for the web service.

Saying that the i5 is slow is misleading as well... the fastest System i5 is dramatically faster than any PC can ever be. But, more expensive as well. On the low end, the i515 is comparable in performance to a PC -- and it was designed specifically to address the concern that low-end i5 couldn't compete with low-end PC. That's why we have the i515 today, to solve that very problem.

Does it require a lot more knowledge to install i5/OS than Windows? You bet! Is the security different than Windows? You bet! (It's also a lot better.)

Booth Martin wrote:
I am hearing that the i5 is slow, setting up a server is difficult, performance sucks, the security is not what we are used to, and its just a whole lot easier to use an old PC.


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