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Ockhams Razor flashback to Contact........Why build one when you can have two ?

OK back to reality now that the orb fell through and nothing happened.

Vmware does a great job of compartmentalizing Windows and Linux servers alike ala LPAR.

You work with Vmware no ? Or no ? If not you should add to your repertoire.

I only know a few customers who still run email on their IBMi and it's Domino, which continues to decline in usage in favor of Exchange or Office 365. My employees defected from Domino back in 2007. Also 99% of all new customers I work with tend to be moving to Office 365 as a trend.

I guess the summary take away is that the Ockhams Razor quote is cute and Pete liked it, but not really meaningful if you haven't actually worked with Windows or Linux web services combined with the i. Or if you've worked with WebSphere or Tomcat stacks and tried to troubleshoot Java on IBMi. Not always easy to do, so often better to simply move those Java workloads to Windows or Linux where they CAN be easily deployed, debugged and are actually faster.

Not advocating leaving IBMi, just speaking of the reality of keeping everything on IBMi. Not really realistic today unless you have a shop living in the past.


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"plurality should not be posited without necessity"

When we work with customers on HA solutions we find those who use mostly or exclusively IBM i are successful VERY frequently. Those with many platforms allegedly 'integrated' rarely are. With many moving parts it's simply much more difficult to track all of the moving parts and assuring each one is appropriately backed up, maintained, replicated it.

Should every company strive to run 100% of everything on IBM i? As awesome as that sounds it's likely just not a workable option. But it's also very shortsighted to willy nilly just throw up another server with some freeware bits and a database connection. In the end that thing needs to be maintained, documented, and dealt with in recovery and HA situations. Likely a little more research to select a solution running on an existing platform pays off in the long run.

Said another way: "Those who do not adhere to Ockham's razor are condemned to be cut by it."

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