We utilize vSAT for some remote locations, we have offices all over North America. Most come in over 64k lines with dialup backup. Some come in over the internet. Some use Citrix for client access w/Latency Reduction turned on. I'll agree that VSAT is horrible for TN5250 or any AS/400 emulator, however if you move the applications to something that is more client server or even web based, where you don't have the latency for each keystroke, the users don't notice the latency as much.

Not saying what you are doing is the wrong decision, I just can't imagine spending $10,000US+ per AS/400 for 1,400 offices. I guess if the otherwise lost profits justify it, it's the right decision.

Edwin Davidson

Julio_Domingo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

     When you have offices from the Caribbean to Hawaii and the contiguous
US it is more costly to do redundant lines as you pointed out.  we have a
satellite dish on each office and with the latency of a transmission back
to a central would slow the users work down tremendously.  What does the
user do when they are servicing a customer and the customer wants a
traction completed for a purchase.  If you can't service them they will go
elsewhere.  We do have Central systems (about 30) for various purposes and
a zSeries.
     A DR could be for a number of things.  The most frequent one is a
drive crash.  In August after the CE dried out the system (so he thought)
he turned on and it started smoking.  When he opened the drive water poured
out.   We have a DR going on one of our local QA servers now.

Julio


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