IBM will today preview a version of Lotus Notes running natively on the AS/400 as part of a major revamp of its mid-range product family.
The software is expected to ship in the first quarter of 1998 and represents Lotus' second crack at a native version of Notes for the AS/400.
Paul Fryer, marketing communications manager at IBM, said of the product: "On a single AS/400 you have the scalability to support thousands of concurrent users." In contrast, Fryer said a single PC server running Notes would only be able to support up to 100 concurrent users.
British American Tobacco Company (BAT) is a global Notes user. Mark Webb, the company's wordwide service manager for Lotus Notes, said BAT would be sticking with PCs, but added: "I can see how the AS/400 could be attractive to some companies who have standardised on the AS/400."
The Lotus Notes User Group said Lotus' first attempt at porting Notes to the AS/400 in the early 90s was a disaster because the company didn't build the application from scratch.
Michael Chapman-Pincher, head of operations at the group, believes this latest attempt will be more successful as IBM is providing the plumbing to glue Notes to the AS/400.
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