IBM hit out at its partner Microsoft today as it formally announced its AS/400e servers, a revamped version of the AS/400 aimed at the Internet.
Paul Fryer, marketing manager at the UK's AS/400 group, said that IBM will support NT 5.0 on the platform next year, but only using an external card. ?We?ll make NT Server available on the AS/400 platform in the first quarter of 1998,? he said.
He said: ?We could integrate NT on the AS/400 platform but only with [Microsoft's] support and therein lies a question.?
Integration of NT will be made easier once Intel releases its Merced processor, which will support multiple operating systems.
Last year, IBM unilaterally said it would abandon support for Windows NT on the Power PC chip, a decision that Microsoft was forced to support.
Fryer claimed that the eight-way and 12-way AS/400e servers will be available in volume by the end of this month and that the 28,000 existing applications for the platform, which currently run on a 48-bit platform, will immediately take advantage of the 64-bits the AS/400e platforms bring.
?Application providers don?t have to recode at all,? he claimed. ?If you want to cherry pick the trees your best choice will be Unix or NT but if you want to run business applications, the AS/400e will do that.?
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