[SunRescue] OT: AS/400 stuff

Patrick Giagnocavo rescue at sunhelp.org
Tue Jun 5 14:00:58 CDT 2001

On Tue, Jun 05, 2001 at 04:14:36AM -0400, Dave McGuire wrote:
> On June 5, Paul Khoury wrote:
> > >  Heh...that was a *steal*.  Care to take a guess at what a copy of
> > >VM & OS/390 costs?  Multiply that cost by 25.
> > >
> > >     
> > Shit, $1000 for the license?  Yikes.
>   Umm, no...ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND dollars.

Even for the add-in card version?  I don't think so.

>   The P390 (I have this on good authority from a VERY knowledgeable
> friend who has several) runs the exact same OS distribution as a
> "real" S/390.  And keep in mind that the S/390 is a true mainframe...a
> current-technology one at that.  Through and through, no bullshit.
> There ain't no buyin' an OS for fifty bucks for something like that.

Except that what you care about in mainframes is MASSIVE amounts of bandwidth.

...and you ain't got that on a MCA bus.

The purpose was to allow developers to develop/test/port their apps without
needing to use mainframe time to do it; or maybe be able to lug the system
around to customers to demo, etc.

No way could you run Oracle on the thing with any kind of performance.


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