Where did the RAMAC go after those initial shipments?
Then, the RAMAC could do 30 instructions per second.
All of this stuff is the result of the work that was already done with the original RAMAC.
If RAMAC hadn't come along we would be back in the 1940s in terms of technology--the number of bank tellers we would have, the number of airline people we would have, the number of hospitals we would have, the number of educators we would have, the number of doctors we would have .
Add the 6,000 IBM RAMAC customers to their own and StorageTek could boost its support and upgrade business too.
MARK: If I had a RAMAC and I were happy with it, then when it came time to add another array I'd probably just stay with the RAMAC hardware, rather than switch to ESS.
On the same Monday that IBM made its announcement, StorageTek announced an extended warranty and support program for RAMAC, and a commitment to maintain and upgrade the hardware themselves.
It'll have storage capacities and response times similar to what the RAMAC has now.
IBM has also promised that ESS would support systems running NT, or Unix, which the present RAMAC doesn't support.