Moore's Law is a big factor with the platform. imho.

In other words, for 50+ years, hardware costs have dropped by 50% every 18 months. All manufacturers have had to double sales every 18 months just to stand still!
If the sales double every 2 years then they are still falling behind. No other industry, so far as I know, has ever faced that dilemma for 50+ plus years running.

Ingvaldson, Scott wrote:
It is important to keep the raw numbers in context. I would guess that
it's true that the number of installed units is dropping, but more
likely due to consolidation than customers fleeing the platform.

A previous employer had five production and two test systems when I
started working there. Before I left they had consolidated down to one
test and one production system and now they have both test and prod on
an LPARed 520. The iSeries there also absorbed the workloads from two
Windows based Domino servers.

IIRC these included a 640, a 720, a 620, a 400, a 500 and 2 170's. I'm
guessing that's close to $2M worth of hardware consolidated down to a
single $50K box.


Scott Ingvaldson
Senior IBM Support Specialist
Midwest Region Data Center

-----Original Message-----
From: Hoteltravelfundotcom [mailto:hoteltravelfun@xxxxxxxxx] Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2009 11:04 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Who is telling stories out of turn?

I wish it were true that the platform is gaining new customers. I mean
in a strong sense not one here or there. I would love to come back to
it, that is why I still subscribe to the mail lists.

On Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 11:32 AM, Trevor Perry <trevor@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

A recent discussion here made some assertions about the future of IBM i that several people refuted. A blog entry at IBM Systems Magazine helps us understand some of the actual truths, as opposed to rumor and


Read more here:

Of course, someone else decided it was reporting worthy, but changed the name to protect the histerical.

Er... Sorry, I meant histOrical.
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