May 3, 2005 Alex Woodie
iSeries servers don’t require a lot of muss and fuss. They typically just keep running, day after day, which can be bad if you’re in the support business (remember the Maytag Man?) or in the server business (IBM secretly wishes your trusty old AS/400 would die so you’d finally upgrade to a new iSeries). While the OS/400 ecosystem is, in a way, the victim of its own success, customers such as the USDA and Sun National Bank benefit by running lean and mean.
With 2,441 AS/400s in use, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency has to be one of the