February 9, 2009 Timothy Prickett Morgan
The dividing line between a server and a disk array not only blurs from time to time. It also sometimes moves around. A system, of course, includes various servers as well as storage arrays, and the lines are less important. The AS/400 and its progeny have always been systems, even though these systems have been injected with lots of foreign technology–various file systems, runtime environments, emulation environments, and programming languages. Even databases.
The AS/400 was, first and foremost, a database engine, and one with an integrated set of tools for storing information in and extracting it from that nameless database