Datamail to replace outdated mainframes

Datamail is replacing its outdated Fujitsu mainframes with a mixture of Sun and NT servers from Amdahl. Delivery services manager Alan Thom-son says an M Series mainframe in Auckland will never be year 2000-compliant. The Wellington machine might be made compliant with a huge amount of work, but its peripherals won't be converted. But that's not what's driving the change

Datamail is replacing its outdated Fujitsu mainframes with a mixture of Sun and NT servers from Amdahl.

Delivery services manager Alan Thom-son says an M Series mainframe in Auckland will never be year 2000-compliant. The Wellington machine might be made compliant with a huge amount of work, but its peripherals won’t be converted.

However, that’s not so much driving the change as providing the appropriate platforms for the core International Billing System and Inter View products from Hermes Precisa Australia, both of which are Unix-based.

“There’s a major benefit getting on to the Unix and NT platforms,” he says. “It means [faster] delivery to our customers.”

Datamail’s business is built around mani-pulating data and providing customers with output. That might mean laser print-outs, with associated advertising, or archiving and retrieval. Rather than providing traditional microfiche services, documents are now stored on a server so customers can browse online.

The Amdahl deal is understood to be worth around $500,000.

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