April 2008 Newsletter


Change.  It can define us, it can destroy us if we don’t embrace it, but it is inevitable. Change will always happen, so why not take advantage of it? Who better to work with than iTech Solutions. This morning the i5 community got change in a big way. Both in the hardware and the name of the operating system.  By the way, both these changes are great for us as System i users.


Its always an exciting time when IBM announces new hardware, and this morning at COMMON, IBM made such an announcement by bringing POWER 6 class machines to the lower end of the System i product set.  I have some early details in the article below.


In addition, IBM also changed the name of the i5/OS operating system to the IBM i Operating System.  Those of us who have used this system since OS/400 have always known that system was built for business, well now the logo tells that to everyone.



We will have more details to follow in this month’s regular newsletter, especially some of the new changes that happen with Power 6 machines.  For example, new SAS Disk Drives, no Twinax IOAs or IOPs in the CEC (Main CPU cabinet), and many other issues you need to be aware of.  Don’t worry, as iTech Solutions has already been to Rochester and has been trained on Power 6 machines, Power 6 Blades, and V6R1. This knowledge allows our customers to take advantage of all the new hardware and software.


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.

  Power 6  comes to i
Fast, energy efficient, with new functionality these new chips are the best chip in the industry, and they were announced this morning for the low end System i boxes. This is what IBM is referring to as the New Power equation.  This is a great time to be a system i customer, as the merge between the system p and system i products means that hardware costs will go down, we will get new technologies from the system p world quicker, while still maintaining that special Rochester support that we have become so accustom to over the years.


IBM System i and IBM System p platforms are unifying the value of their servers into a single, powerful lineup of servers based on industry leading POWER6 processor technology with support for the IBM i operating system (formerly known as i5/OS), and IBM AIX and Linux for Power operating systems. This new, single portfolio of Power Systems servers offers industry-leading technology, continued IBM innovation, and the flexibility to deploy the operating system that your business requires.

The Power 520 (which is not to be confused with the power 5 model 520, yes I know that is confusing, but it’s IBM what do you expect)Express Edition is the entry member of the portfolio, supporting both IBM i 5.4 and IBM i 6.1 (formerly known as i5/OS V5R4 and 2 i5/OS V6R1). Combining industry-leading POWER6 processor technology from IBM with its flagship operating system for small and medium-size  clients, the Power 520 servers deliver outstanding performance and value for clients who want to run IBM i applications. These new Power Systems servers offer exceptional reliability, availability, and serviceability.The Power 520 i edition server will have a CPW rating from 4,300 to 8,300 (1 way up to 2-way).  This machine is smoking fast, and I believe that it is a P05 upto a P10 software tier, that can have up to 64GB of memory.  The Power 550 i edition server, will have 4,800 to 18,000 CPW, coming in with a 1-way up to a 4-way processor with up to 256GB of memory.

If that wasn’t cool enough, IBM also announced a new Blade Center that will run i Operating System (boy that is going to take some time to get used to saying vs i5/OS), this is called the Blade Center S, or BCS. Pictured here.   This Blade Center can have up to 6 blades (Power 6 blades for i/OS or X86 blades to run windows), it has its own internal disks (upto 12 disk drives) which is like 3.5 Terabytes, Ethernet, DVD Drive, and SAS Disk Controllers all at a very low acquisition cost.   They are selling two blades that will run i/OS, the JS12 which is a 2-core Power6 processor with built-in PowerVM Virtualization, with a CPW of 7000. Then the JS22 which is a 4-core Power6 processor with built-in PowerVM Virtualization, with a CPW of 13,000.  This stuff is fast, inexpensive, but it will require knowing and understanding Blades, Storage area Networking, and Virtual I/O Server. ITech Solutions was in Rochester last month working on this before announcement, and these machines were fantastic. I remember they said these would be available 2nd Quarter of this year, but I can’t remember the exact date.  By the way, the JS21 and JS22 Blades can go in either the smaller Blade Center S, or the larger Blade Center H (that has upto 14 blades with no internal Storage, you need to attach a SAN to an H).  I think this has some great potential to save many of you a great deal of money as we can consolidate all your servers into these blade centers.  Aligning yourself with the right business partner will help you save money, save time, save energy, and best of all get it up and working with the least amount of headaches. We will provide more information in the regular monthly newsletter.


Contact iTech Solutions  and schedule a time when someone can come to show you the advantages of these new machines and how we can work out an affordable upgrade as well.

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