IBM has renewed its focus on the AS/400 and is now positioning it as its long term platform of choice, with the first fruits of its efforts due to appear in a couple of weeks time.
As forecast last year (see VNU Newswire, 6 October, 1998), Big Blue will introduce the AS/400 baby mainframe with logical partitioning, Windows NT NetFinity links and the Intel Xeon-based PC card. The S/390 family will be based on much the same technology and subcomponents, although the chips will remain more complex.
Phil Payne, analyst with Isham Research said that NT was crucial to IBM?s S/390 and AS/400 plans.
"IBM won?t criticise Microsoft publicly, but privately, it acknowledges that serious technical issues limit NT?s scaleability. NT 2000 might scale up to five or six processors, but corporate users need to go up to 64 or 128, and that means clustering technologies," he explained.
"Microsoft?s strategy is Wolfpack, but it?s not delivering the goods. IBM?s idea is to attach a NetFinity bus to the AS/400 and use the AS/400 as a management platform for NT. It?s a huge market opportunity," he added.
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