International Data Corporation (IDC) states that the AS/400 has a lower cost of ownership than either a HP 9000 or a Compaq Windows NT Server
Aberdine Group: "AS/400 users do not gain a cost-based or production- application technology advantage by changing to BackOffice."
Datapro: "AS/400 offers one of the most open server environments currently available. It's simpler to deploy than its competitors and ... it's also the most reliable and easy to manage."
Gartner Group: "The Midrange Computing Strategies service considers the AS/400 Advanced Series to be the best technology available for supporting enterprise server platforms and their client/server applications".
Time Magazine: 'Sales of the versatile box have reached 400,000. An efficient server, it allows companies, especially small businesses, to run complex programs like relational databases or monitor their inventories electronically." November 4, 1996
Software Magazine: "AS/400 systems make ideal Web servers, enabling businesses to immediately and easily deliver any one of the 28,000 AS/400 applications Over the Internet ... this capability adds tremendous value to a system already widely used to run businesses of all sizes". August 1996
Client/Server Computing Magazine: 'The company now maintains this historical and statistical data on IBM's AS/400, offloading database serving responsibilities from an NT SQL Server. The AS/400 system tracks telemarketing calls, advertising campaigns, and analyzes the effectiveness of those campaigns. PC servers are used as routers in the process, but the AS/400 offers a performance path that PC servers can not match." August 1996