What You Need to Know About IBM's End of Service for IBM i 6.1 Announcement

Posted by Mark Rabin

9/17/14 7:30 AM

IBM has announced that September 30, 2015 will see the end of service for Version 6.1 of the IBM i Operating System and Licensed Programs. This aligns with IBM’s history of keeping two OS versions “active” at a time.  IBM will also withdraw support for DB2 Web Query version 1.1.x.  For clients needing support beyond that date, IBM plans to provide an option to purchase extended support.  We anticipate this will be similar to the support offering IBM currently provides for V5R4 clients.    

IBM i 6.1 became available in March of 2008.  At that time it was considered a significant step forward in functionality and performance.  6.1 brought us a number of technologies we now take for granted including, PowerVM, SSD’s, PowerHA, the web-based system console, encrypted backups and more.  This release also saw the change in naming from Version-Release to the more common “dot” system, i.e., Version 5 Release 4 to IBM i 6.1.  Since the advent of the Technology Refresh in IBM i 7.1, IBM is able to continue to add significant new functionality without the need for a new O/S version.  So we have seen the tradition of a new OS version every two years stretch to four years.  IBM i 7.1 has been available since March 2010 and IBM i 7.2 was released in June 2014.

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Topics: Core Infrastructure, IBM

Storage Optimization Made Easy with IBM Real-time Compression and Easy Tier

Posted by Mark Rabin

1/24/14 11:00 AM

Statistics about disk storage growth are everywhere. 

Depending on who you're talking to you might hear “Global disk storage is growing 40 percent per year” or “Enterprise disk demand is increasing by 50 percent per year.”  Well in the real world of our clients the number may not be quite that high, but it is certainly growing in the double digits.  While the cost of technology keeps dropping, the cost of storage is still increasing as capacity growth demands exceed price reductions.  And the energy costs of storage are not to be discounted.  To get a clear idea of cost start with the price of the disk drive, add in housing the drive (in a storage array or SAN), then add maintenance, energy costs to run and cool the drive, and it adds up quickly.  The fully loaded cost of a disk drive could be around $1,500 to more than $3,000 per drive over a 3 year period. 

 

What if you could store three to five times as much data on each disk drive? 

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Topics: Core Infrastructure, IBM

Considering Converged Systems? Should IBM PureSystems be in the mix?

Posted by Christian Franklin

6/18/12 7:48 PM

PureSystems from IBM are the latest converged data center hardware, systems which pack compute, storage and networking into one enclosure, to hit the market. Although a bit late to market these systems have some interesting differentiators and are a good fit for organizations that have an investment in IBM technologies.

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Topics: Core Infrastructure

WebSphere licensing and IBM Power7 processor technology

Posted by Mark Rabin

9/26/11 10:34 AM

We recently went through an elaborate sizing exercise with IBM Techline for WebSphere Commerce for a client that was evaluating their e-commerce platform and strategy.  As is the norm, cost mattered, and the default assumptions baselined Linux and hypervisor on an Intel platform.  

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Topics: Core Infrastructure

Netezza 2011 User Conference - Enzee Universe

Posted by Christian Franklin

6/28/11 12:28 PM

Netezza, a recent acquisition into the IBM Company, held it's annual user conference this past week in Boston.  It was good to meet up with clients and spend time with some of our partners such as Composite Software, MicroStrategy and BrightLight Consulting.

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Topics: Data Warehouse, Information Management, Core Infrastructure