Check out this quote from a local story in the Dodge City Daily Globe, which serves southwest Kansas. The quote refers to some purchases the local government recently made (bold type is my emphasis):
Approved the purchase of a 2000 Bluebird LTC40 motor coach bus for $140,000, as well as an iSeries mainframe computer for $69,658.
Now on its face, it doesn’t seem like much, right? Just a typo from the reporter, maybe. But the thing is that the reporter probably got that language from the town, which probably got it from one of its IT workers, who obviously seems to feel that the iSeries is a mainframe, or at the very least, is like a smaller mainframe.
Maybe I’m making too much out of this, but I think a lot of people out there probably think of the System i as a mini-mainframe. It’s reliable, it’s secure, etc. On the downside, if you want to call it that, is people may be thinking of the System i as a legacy architecture, just like the mainframe. I don’t know if that’s necessarily a bad thing; I’m just throwing it out there.