iSeries AS/400

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Is iSeries a type of AS/400 system? And what is it's function?

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When the machine (a combination of the S/38 and S/36) came out, it was called the AS/400 or Application System/400, which was widely agreed to be a terrible name for marketing purposes.
Several years ago, IBM decided to rename its hardware architectures. The AS/400 was renamed the iSeries, the mainframe (S/390) was called the zSeries and their UNIX box became the pSeries.
More recently, the iSeries was renamed again as the eSeries i5.
The term AS/400 is still widely used to refer to the machine by users who have worked on it for many years.

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  • BrentSheets
    Kristen, I'm not up on iSeries, so I'll leave explaining the functionality to the iSeries gurus on ITKE. But I can answer the first part. Back in 2000, IBM had an e-Server branding campaign and renamed the AS/400 to iSeries. Don't you love these branding cycles tech companies go through? Who can forget Microsoft and .NET on everything but the kitchen sink. Good luck and hopefully a real iSeries guru will stop by and answer your question on iSeries functionality.
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  • Erringjo
    Well chaps, in actual fact, IBM stopped selling iSeries in 2006. :) The current server sold is the 'i5'. The most recent server was the 'iSeries' - circa 2000 > 2006 and the oldest generation of this server was the 'AS/400' but correct not been sold since 2000. (And of course S/38, S36 before that). So to make things clear as mud.. 'System i' is the brand name, 'i5' is the server.. which runs i5/OS (used to be OS/400) as its OS. Isn't it time we stopped using the term AS/400, it sounds so old and dated!
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