THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
The Wall Street Journal, 23 february
Computer Industry Focus Shifts To Market For
"The real battle is not over PC's, but over servers such as AS/400,
demand for which has exploded, particularly
with the rise of the Internet."
PC Week, 15 february 1999
"AS/400 is so hot it glows in the dark with
its internet and intranet support.
The AS/400 is to be commended for its reliability, price/performance
and present day path to the 64-bit future. It deserves thorough evaluation
Internet Week, 8 february 1999
"The new AS/400 7XX line
could steal some NT customers with features that NT simply doensn't
offer yet. The product introduction gives AS/400 a "boost" and "adds
functionality" said Laurie McCabe, Summit Strategies. AS/400
is "becomming more attractive to users who have become frustrated
with Windows NT's unreliability and lack of scalability.There
are more chinks in NT armor than there were a couple of years ago.
There is opportunity for AS/400 to go in and complete".
DH Brown Report, 18 february 1999
"This report examines two
leading server environment, Microsoft NT 4.0 Enterprise Edition and
IBM's AS/400 V4R3 in terms of their ability to meet enterprise computing
requirements. Traditional IT users who place strong emphasis on transaction
processing and scheduled batch operations will find that even
the most advanced versions of Windows NT fall short of the AS/400
in meeting their demands. Moreover,
key AS/400 strengths in terms od reliability, scalability and remote
managebility make the system a competative alternative even for more
contemporary computing tasks based on Internet connectivity and client/server
Gartner Group Report
The october 1998 Gartner
Group report highlighted AS/400 availability as being 43 times higher
than Windows NT and 4.5 times higher than UNIX. This translates into
a crucial benefit for those running mission critical applications.
Availability Ranges for Top IT Platforms
Outages/ Server/ Year
IBM S/390 (Sysplexed)
Gartner Measurement Analysis of 240 observations
from 190 firms
- Un-scheduled downtime
- Except for S/390, clustered systems are
- On average less than 10% of the installations
studied implemented clustering
- Vax - 50% of these installations have
Meta Group Report
In autumn 1998 Meta Group publisched a study
comparing SAP R/3 implemetation times on AS/400,UNIX and Windows
NT servers. Their conclusion was that SAP R/3 installed on AS/400
in ONE THIRD the time of Windows NT and UNIX, again delivering significant
business benefits to customers.
SAP implementation: You can deploy AS/400 3 times faster than Windows
NT or UNIX
In January of this year IDC published their most recent cost of ownership
analysis. This new report concludes that the
AS/400e is 61% less expensive to operate than Windows NT and 41% less
than UNIX-based solutions. This
translates into a $2M dollar annual saving for businesses supporting
1,000 users! This is significant news or customers focusing on
lower infrastructure costs.
Computerworld, 15 february 1999
Windows 2000's dirty secret: Most Applications
Must Be Rebuilt. "The mostly new
code in Windows 2000 makes it such a different beast than its NT 4.0
predecessor that corporate developers better brace themselves: Most
of their existing applications will have to be rebuilt."
The title says it all, and this article does NOT even address
the 64-bit migration problem still ahead. The Windows 2000 rewrite
only attempts to address the major architectural problems in Windows
NT 4.0. Does your customer or developer really want to rewrite the
applications? The AS/400 made the full 64-bit transition in 1995
and NO application has ever had to be rewritten.
Zona Research Report
In January 1999 a Zona Research paper"In search
of a Secure E-Commerce Platform" reported that "Although not all security
violations are reported one indication of the permeability of a given
operating system is the volume and the frequency of reported security
flaws. An organisation called CERT which is funded by government grants
and maintained by Carnegie Mellon Universaty actively maintains a
Web page detailing known security flaws....
These reports cover Windows NT Server, Solaris, and other UNIX like
operating systems, but to date there are NO similar reports for IBM's
AS/400." In preparing the report
Zona Research tried to find problems with AS/400 security. After scanning
the web, talking to security experts, and talking with customers they
came up empty. AS/400 security is a significant competitive advantage.