October 29, 2007 Timothy Prickett Morgan
One of the phenomenal things about the AS/400, iSeries, and System i machines, and their predecessors, the System/36 and the System 38, is their electronic longevity. These boxes continue to do useful work long after the economic life of the systems is long since expended. OS/400 and i5/OS shops may be willing to pay a premium for such rugged machines, but they sure don’t like to do it as often as IBM would like. And so, Big Blue has to make the case for customers using vintage machines to move to new iron.
It is no different for Hewlett-Packard,