(Originally posted 2005-02-24.)
I’m investigating FTP support for our process. That would mean allowing customers to send their data via FTP to either of two IBM-owned sites: One in Mainz, Germany and the other in Boulder, Colorado.
The question is: Is it easier for customers to send data via FTP? Or on tape? I’m thinking not only our (largely SMF) data but also things like dumps.
For me I think it would be easier to FTP GET the stuff from one of these two sites. (It eliminates the mess of mounting tapes but it does mean any shortage of disk space at my end would be more of a problem – I don’t think you can IFASMFDP (or even DFSORT COPY) over FTP. So if I ran out of space here I couldn’t get round it by cutting down the data.
I will confer with my colleagues in the USA who do this, but I wonder what customers think.