In the old days, minicomputer
user's choices were limited to using relatively small removable disk and open reel tape (first 1600bpi & then 6250bpi drives).
I think digitization and digital distribution [are] going to change the order, and, yes, there is going to be unhappiness, just like there was unhappiness in the computer industry watching the new upstarts--the minicomputer
and personal computer makers--take a lion's share of the revenue pie.
Revenues declined in its minicomputer
selling program, marine engineering and shipbuilding.
Because of its online orientation and low cost, the minicomputer
can also do transaction processing, but on a smaller scale than the IBM mainframes.
That gap is due to the fact that in industry more than half of the computers are workstations networked off a minicomputer
or a mainframe.
In fact, he compared Internet's development to the history of a minicomputer
operating system called UNIX in the mid-80s.
You could buy a minicomputer
for a corporate department or big enough business, or you could buy some personal computers.
The advent of powerful inexpensive minicomputer
systems in the 1970s spurred the development of integrated library systems, although early efforts using minicomputers
focused on single functions such as circulation and serials control.
My company, Data Consultants, got on the minicomputer
bandwagon as well.
Our computer has [roughly] the power of a mid-60s minicomputer
," Jordan notes.
The price to set up an additional PC on a network is approximately $1,500 to $2,000 ($1,200 for the PC plus associated connection costs to the network); the cost for a "dumb" minicomputer
terminal is approximately $350 to $500.
The manufacturer of the accounting software SPI used on the minicomputer
determined the product was outdated and decided to no longer support it.