Monday, April 12, 2004

Look mom, no mainframes!

I finished reading Dune: The Butlerian Jihad and updated my reading list. This book is the fourth in a series of prequels to the original Dune books that are being written by the original author's son and Kevin Anderson. The prequels are interesting in the context of providing some background for the original books, but are not great science fiction; I give the book at best a "B" grade.

Sherry sent me the following link: IBM's 'dinosaur' turns 40 / PCs were supposed to kill off the mainframe, but Big Blue's big boxes are still crunching numbers. She is working on an application that has a web front-end to a mainframe application.

I am proud that Sutter Health's IT Department was able to eliminate all of our IBM Zseries applications. Almost all of our applications are running on Unix and Windows servers. We have one enterprise application that runs on IBM Iseries boxes (i.e. OS/400s). In spite of IBM's efforts to convince me otherwise, I am looking forward to the day that we can get rid of the iSeries machines.

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