January 2008 Newsletter


Are you getting the most from your System i (AS/400, iSeries, and/or i5)?  Let us help you with any of your System i needs.  In this issue first we discuss what cool features are coming out as part of i5/OS V6R1.  While we know a lot more we can only tell you what IBM has publicly announced.  There will be more details in next months newsletter. As you will need to recreate all your programs for the next release of i5/OS, our second article covers everything you will need to know, what to do and how to do it. The third article is when your current release of i5/OS will no longer be supported and what is the last release that your current box will run.  Our forth article explains what Voice over IP is and how it can help your company.


iTech Solutions can help you improve performance, upgrade OS/400, perform security audits, implement a High Availability solution, VoIP, Systems Management, PTF management, upgrade an existing machine, or upgrade to a new machine.  If you are thinking of LPAR or HMC, then think iTech Solutions.


We have the skills to help you get the most out of your System i.  For more information on any of the articles below, please contact us at info@itechsol.com we would also like to know what you think of this newsletter and any items you would like us to discuss in future issues.

i5/OS V6R1 is Coming soon
IBM has been releasing hints about the next release of i5/OS (formerly OS/400). Here are a few of the highlights: 

* A new Web-based, multiplatform system management console will support i5/OS, extending many of the management capabilities currently available in System i Navigator and IBM Director.

* i5/OS workload management and virtualization support will be enhanced with new features; for example, an i5/OS partition will be able to host storage of another i5/OS partition, which can simplify testing and deployment of applications. Also, i5/OS will be supported as a client of the Virtual I/O Server (VIOS), giving access to virtualized and network storage.

* A new graphical, Web-based performance data viewer will offer enhanced viewing and analysis of i5/OS performance data.

* Continued investments in i5/OS business resiliency include enhancements to cross-site mirroring and further simplification of system object replication through the administrative system domain.

* i5/OS security enhancements will include encrypted