"The IBM eServer iSeries platform, formerly known as AS/400, is
very highly regarded by those who work with it day in and day
"The server has achieved almost cult status within its existing
user base, but has been seen as being a 'niche' tool by those
unfamiliar with its capabilities. Recent announcements by IBM may
succeed in giving the iSeries a significant boost in its appeal to
a much broader user base.
"For a start, it is worthwhile noting that Big Blue has
simplified the offerings across much of the server's range and
introduced some new offerings. To tempt small to medium sized
organisations the company has introduced the i810 and iSeries 800.
In the medium to large enterprise sector, IBM has announced details
of new Power4 based servers, namely the i825, i870 and i890
systems. These machines are supplied with extra processors to
provide 'on/off capacity on demand' capabilities and a suite of IBM
e-business software (including DB2) and management tools included
in the bundle..."