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Posted on July 31, 2019

We get asked this question all the time: “how can I protect IBM i against ransomware?” Ransomware is a hot button topic. It should be. The average ransom that companies paid in Q1 2019 rose to $12,762 from $6,733 the previous quarter. In some instances, ransoms are in the six-figure range or higher for large organizations with a low tolerance for downtime. So, how do you protect the data on your IBM i partitions from being held hostage? The first step is to acknowledge that your IBM i may be

Posted on July 30, 2019

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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The Hardware Management Console (HMC) is a strange beast. Anyone with a partitioned system needs one, and it can be an indispensable tool for anyone whose desk isn’t within 100 yards of the machine room…but it isn’t part of the system itself and it usually isn’t critical to everyday operations once things are up and running. Is it part of your critical path or is it an accessory largely to be forgotten? To answer that question, let’s examine how the HMC relates to your system and how IBM supports the

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Found and interesting option the other day I wanted to share, it is not new but something I think most people don’t know.  IBM created a program that you can run to display the status of all your cache batteries.  This is great because you don’t need to sign on to SST and take several options to get to the individual batteries to check the cache battery days remaining.  Just execute this program in QSYS – (CALL QSYS/QSMBTTCC). It should run on any system 5.4 or over, you may have

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On July 2, 2019, IBM announced that 15K RPM hard disk drives would no longer be available for new orders of its Storwize V5000 and V7000 storage systems, US announcement letter 119-048.  Why did IBM make this announcement and what does it mean for IBM i customers? Disk drives for IBM i are currently available in 3 formats:  Hard Disk Drives (HDD’s) are mechanical spinning magnetic platters that are available in 3 speeds – 7,200 RPM, 10K RPM, and 15K RPM. 15K RPM drives are traditionally used with IBM i

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It’s that time of year again, hurricanes, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are back again.  Which means you’re at risk, especially if you haven’t done a recovery test of your backups recently.  What are you waiting for, a natural disaster? To ensure that your recovery is smooth there are a few things you should keep in mind.   Including making sure you have a backup, that you know how to recover and that you have a system to recover to if yours is no longer usable.  If you don’t have these things

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Are you on a POWER7? This webinar will make a case on why moving to POWER9 could be a good move for business, and tips on how to get you there. This webinar will cover: Key differences between POWER7 and POWER9 POWER9 specifications and details to know about What to look out for when moving from POWER7 to POWER9, including compatibility, LAN consoles, HMCs, and more Upcoming dates for End of Support to be aware of Hosted by IBM Power Systems Lifetime Champion, Pete Massiello. [WATCH REPLAY]

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This newsletter includes: Don’t Neglect Your HMC As the Disk Spins: IBM Disk Drive Announcement for Storwize V5000 and V7000 Storage Systems IBM i at the Ballpark [BLOG] Can Your Backup Survive a Hurricane? Check Your Cache Batteries iPOWER Hour Podcast: Available Episodes Events Release Levels and PTFs

Posted on July 8, 2019

Combining High Availability with Security to Protect Your Data Join Pete Massiello from iTech Solutions and Becky Hjellming from Syncsort, a leader in IBM i high availability and security, as they discuss the challenges companies struggle with when protecting data from downtime and breach and share their perspectives on solutions to common issues. [WATCH RECORDING] Data is the bedrock of your business. It is the foundation upon which your business runs. Losing access to your data due to regional outages, hardware failures or simply human error can have severe consequences

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