December 2007 Newsletter


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OS/400 need upgrading
i5 os logoAre you running i5/OS V5R4 or are you back on an older release? Would you like to get all the new functionality of the new OS, but you aren’t sure what is involved in an upgrade, or perhaps you don’t wish to spend the time to do the upgrade. Let iTech Solutions come in and perform your next upgrade.  See how affordable it is for us to do the upgrade for you. After all, we have already done over 100 upgrades to V5R4 this year alone.  If you are on an older version of OS/400 there is even more planning involved. Let us perform the upgrade while you take care of your other IT issues.  Get to V5R4 quickly and effortlessly with iTech Solutions.

Tape Technology

Back in April IBM announced their next generation tape storage offerings based on the Linear Tape Open™ (LTO™ ) Generation 4 standard, including Ultrium 4. They offer new levels of capacity, performance, and function, with an ideal pricing structure for mid-size customers. IBM’s enterprise-class tape encryption functionality is now incorporated into several LTO 4 tape storage products.

IBM’s new tape systems offer improved performance of up to 240MB per second data rate, which is 50% faster than LTO Generation 3, and increased cartridge capacity up to 1.6TB, double the capacity of LTO 3. These new tape systems also offer improved management functions, reduced space consumption, improved storage consolidation and enhanced library utilization over LTO 3. IBM’s LTO 4 tape drive encryption also helps address data security needs with rapid drive-level encryption for high backup performance; data compression and encryption for high cartridge capacities.

Unfortunately the implementation of the encryption technology is not straightforward and requires a significant amount of up front work to enable the functionality.

If you are using LTO-1 or LTO-2 technology, and you don’t