Day: February 26, 2020

Should I upgrade to IBM i 7.3 or IBM i 7.4?

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding the IBM i OS is, should I upgrade to 7.3 or 7.4? The answer is: it depends.  When it comes to deciding whether you should go to 7.3 or 7.4 you have to take dependencies, features and life expectancy into consideration.

Identify which versions of IBM i your hardware can support

Before you decide, you need to verify which IBM i versions your hardware can support. There are dependencies between the hardware you are running and what OS level it can support.  If you are limited by your hardware, then you don’t have much choice in the matter.  We suggest you upgrade to the highest OS level that is compatible with your Power System.…

Open Source on IBM i is Now Oh So YUMmy…

Many of you are familiar with the PASE runtime environment that IBM i has had for many years, if you have licensed program 5770-SS1 option #33 (Portable App Solutions Environment) installed then you have It running on your system.  The PASE environment is the secret sauce that enables AIX/Linux apps to run on your IBM i.  One very common misconception is that PASE on IBM i is an AIX/Linux “emulation” environment, but, it is not.  PASE supplies a collection of AIX shared libraries that run directly on the same IBM Power processor that IBM i runs on.  Because it is a true AIX/Linux environment interacting directly with the Power-based processors and not an emulated one, PASE on IBM i runs apps at the same performance level as if they were running natively on an AIX/Linux system.  PASE on IBM i is significant in that it opens-up the IBM i to the vast world of free Open Source applications that are out there now in the mainstream.…

Everything Your IBM Business Partner Should Be Doing for You

System Down with No Coverage

 

It was 9 PM on a Sunday night about a year ago when I received a call on my cell phone from a local IBM i customer. For the purposes of this article, we’ll call him…Gary. I reached out to Gary a couple of times before to introduce myself but never had any return communication until then. Turns out, Gary had a down system. His staff did an IPL and the system just wouldn’t come back online. He did what we all would do and called IBM support. Unfortunately, they told him that he had no software maintenance contract. He then called his then-partner. No answer.

 

I immediately sent a GoToMeeting to the customer and texted iTech Solutions’ President Pete Massiello to have him on alert that I may need some backup. Pete, being Pete, was on the GoToMeeting faster than the customer.

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February 2020 Newsletter

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End of Marketing and End of Support for IBM i 7.2

As time marches on, sometimes you look back and think “Wow, that didn’t seem that long ago”. But it was, as IBM i 7.2 was announced on April 28. 2014. The new OS became generally available on May 2, 2014. IBM announced in September the end of marketing support as April 30, 2020, and end of program support is April 30, 2021.…