Bob - I know you do a lot of web interfaces with the IBM i so I wanted to ask you (and anyone else with experience). How secure is it to open up the system to the internet?
I am on a new team here that is responsible for building our new web site and we're going to be creating web services to handle most of the functionality needed to get data from the IBM i and to push data to the IBM i. We have a couple of service gurus telling us that we cannot expose our IBM i web services to the internet. They say that it's more secure if they create some sort of gateway on a server where they can control and limit access to these services as needed. I am thinking that we can do the same thing on the IBM i, but I am not sure since I am really just getting into web services.
Do we really need another layer to provide the necessary security or are they just adding unnecessary complexity to the process and an additional point of failure?