I am a student doing a network design for a class and I was just wondering if you could e-mail me some general information, or specifications and pricing on the AS/400?
While I don't know the direction of your network design class, I can assure you that if you want to design a network and either include an AS/400 (iSeries) or surround the iSeries, you have the right machine. OS/400 is currently 128 Bit certified. It can concurrently run multiple operating systems (OS/400, WindowsNT, Unix Shell - through QSH, CICS), connect literally any computing device created in the last 10 years including mainframes, midrange systems, PC's (IBM and MAC), and Internal Fax subsystem, act as a print server, file server (for Mainframe systems (CICS), for Unix systems (DB2, Oracle, Sybase or any SCO or Linux compatible database), and PC's for documents and/or Universal DB2 or and RDBMS capable Database, and can be delivered with an integrated Windows NT server sharing disk resources. The operating system comes with a Web-server (Apache with AS/400 extensions) and can execute Java/JDBC connectivity and JSP scripting as well as AIX and REXX programming interfaces and fully supports the LDAP directives (without programmatic intervention - Windows/2000 intervenes in LDAP requests). In addition, you can order an AS/400 with OS/400 or Linux as the operating system.
Currently the iSeries can communicate using the following direct and virtual connection types: Asynchronous; Binary Synchronous (BSC); Distributed Data Interface (DDI); Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI); Ethernet; Fax; Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN); Data Link Control (IDLC); Frame Relay; Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP); synchronous data link control (SDLC); Network Interface (NWI); winaxial data link control (TDLC); Token-Ring; Wireless; X.25; and probably a few that I don't know. Once connected, the iSeries can communicate using the following protocols: TCP/IP; IPX/SPX; X.25; SNA; APPN; APPC; ASync; BiSync; TDLC; SDLC; ICF; FDP - Finance Defintion Protocol; SNPT; SNUF; and more that I don't know. Prices begin at about $12,500 for a small system and go into the millions. Current configurations and prices can be found at IBM. Good luck and let us know if you need more information.
This was first published in April 2001