SOURCE: Platform Lab

November 15, 2006 11:24 ET

Platform Lab and MAPSYS Partner to Offer Affordable AS/400 iSeries Testing

Partnership Provides a High Quality, Low Cost Solution for Clients Wishing to Test on the IBM Platform

COLUMBUS, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 15, 2006 -- Firms from all over America have engaged Platform Lab to conduct their IT tests. Now MAPSYS and Platform Lab have partnered to provide a high quality, low cost solution for clients that wish to test on the IBM AS/400 (iSeries) platform.

Platform Lab is a non-profit IT test and training facility unique to Ohio. The Lab is funded by taxpayer dollars to provide a resource for Ohio firms to expand testing, create better solutions and people and avoid unnecessary expenditures.

Platform Lab provides hardware, software, massive bandwidth and set up on demand on a per project basis and offers very cost effective rate. Utilized by over 100 firms, common projects include disaster recovery validation, load/stress testing, IT training, vendor evaluation and proof of concept. Most projects conducted at Platform Lab incur resource costs 90% less than that of the client's current test solutions.

AS/400 offering

Platform Lab and MAPSYS are offering use of an IBM i820 for $400/week, plus any MAPSYS set-up configurations costs. MAPSYS is a Premier IBM Business Partner, providing systems and support on the IBM System i, System p, System x and Storage solution. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with branches in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Indianapolis, MAPSYS has been providing System I (AS/400, iSeries) since the AS/400 was introduced in 1988.

Specifications on the AS/400 are:

--  iSeries Model 820-9406, Processor 2436, Interactive Feature Code 1524
--  1 CPU
--  5 GB RAM
--  675 GB Internal Disk
--  Batch CPW rating - 1100
--  Interactive CPW - 240
--  Model Group - P30
--  V5R3
Platform Lab offers a wide variety of hardware, software and bandwidth solutions that can be utilized on demand for any type of IT test project. Additional resources and a price card can be found at Platform Lab is conveniently located near The Ohio State University campus on Kinnear Road.

Available for $400/week plus any set-up costs. System set-up costs, if any, are provided by MAPSYS. Please request a quote at 614.675.3711 x1 or

For more information on MAPSYS, please call 614.224.5193 x117 or visit their web site at

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