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Posted on September 27, 2018

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. I told someone the other day that it was “raining POWER9s”. They said, “What do you mean by that?”. It seems like we are installing a few new POWER9 systems a week at this point, and we have quite a few that we are in the process of helping customers order. These machines are fast, and a great replacement from any previous machine. We recently had a customer who was running a POWER6 at a P20 software tier, and we were able

Posted on September 25, 2018

People are always asking me how often they should be performing PTF maintenance, and when is the right time to upgrade their operating system. I updated this article from last month with the current levels of PTFs. Let’s look at PTFs. First, PTFs are Program Temporary Fixes that are created by IBM to fix a problem that has occurred or to possibly prevent a problem from occurring. In addition, sometimes PTFs add new functionality, security, or improve performance. Therefore, I am always dumbfounded as to why customers do not perform

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Managed Services can be tailored to fit the needs of your business, which means you need to evaluate where a third party provider can provide you with the most benefits. Identifying where you have vulnerabilities or gaps with your system administration is the easiest place to start. When building your case for managed services, we recommend you focus on three key areas: Your resources Their available time Skills gaps Existing System Administrator Resources Do you have only one IBM i System Administrator?  Is this person a dedicated System Administrator? Replacing

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Managing a large and complex server like the IBM i, can be daunting. Add to this the fact that you may have Scaling Up/Down/In/Out, need to control High Availability and Monitoring, Patching, Manage Backups and Restores, you have to ensure the OS is kept up to date. Even the fundamentals such as security and configuration can take significant expertise. To do this, you need the right skills, operational procedures while maintaining a best practice approach while adhering to stringent Internal/external governance. Imagine if all you had to do is manage

Posted on September 10, 2018

This is a special edition of our newsletter due to Hurricane Florence, and our regular monthly newsletter will be delivered in 2 weeks. If you haven’t subscribed, join 15,000 other IBM i professionals by subscribing here. On Thursday of this week, we are bracing for Hurricane Florence to hit the Carolinas with massive flooding and wind damage up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States.  Right after that, we have Hurricanes Isaac and Helene currently forming in the Atlantic, their direction is still indecisive. It’s hurricane season. Of

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