A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello.
Last Tuesday morning I wrote in a tweet “It’s a good day to be an IBM i customer”.
Someone replied, “Isn’t every day a great day to be an IBM i customer?” I can’t argue with that. But last Tuesday was IBM announcement day, and who doesn’t love announcements? Especially new releases of IBM i.
Three years is certainly a long time coming, but I think the wait was well worth it, especially when you hear what IBM i 7.4 contained.
Internally, we have been calling this iNext for the longest time, and it is great to be able to call it by its real name and not have to remember to use “iNext” as we couldn’t say 7.4 until announcement day. This release is packed with lots of cool new features and functions, the biggest is certainly Db2 Mirror for i, a synchronous replication for continuous availability for customers who can’t afford any downtime at all.
Basically, we have two IBM i partitions (preferably on different Power machines in the same computer room), connect these two systems with very high-speed Ethernet connection called RoCE, and then the two systems appear as one database spread across the two systems. This is an active-active configuration, where the database operations happen synchronously across the two systems. Updates can follow in either direction, and this appears as one database being hosted on two different machines.
I won’t go into all the details here about the new release, as I wrote a blog with many of the details you will need to know, and we provided a video which you can watch to get a good overview of many of the new features and enhancements. As I play with 7.4, I am finding new things every day. There are two additional releases currently being planned after 7.4, and I know from my trips to Rochester they are actively working on iNext already. You can now see the expected release dates, and the support roadmap below.
Support for IBM i is going out past 2031!!!! Tell me one other operating system with a roadmap that long?[CONTINUE READING]
If you remember in a statement about my predictions for 2019, I said that the next release of IBM i would contain some of the biggest enhancements ever put out by IBM for OS/400 or IBM i.
Well, it is now announced and being unwrapped today, and IBM i 7.4 (formally known as iNext) comes out with Db2 Mirror for IBM i, Synchronous Replication for Continuous Availability as the biggest enhancement. This is very very cool technology, not just cool, even better than very cool, this is crazy cool technology. It’s not the only thing being delivered, but certainly the biggest part of 7.4. While the announcements are today, April 23, 2019, the software currently has a General Availability of Friday, June 21.
When I think about IBM i 7.4 and all that is in the release, it has been a long time in the making. Having been to the IBM Development Labs in Rochester, MN quite a few times over the past few years, I know that IBM has been working long and hard on bringing this release out. Since the database is so integrated into the operating system, almost every part of the operating system had to be touched to add this enhancement. [CONTINUE READING]
Join Pete Massiello as he gives the details on how to successfully upgrade to IBM i 7.4.
When doing an upgrade to IBM i, there is more work involved in the planning of the upgrade than in the actual upgrade itself. When you have done the planning, the actual upgrade is simple. We will cover planning tips, pre-requisites, and then post-installation requirements. Your upgrade isn’t complete until this last step is done.
Someone asked me what my favorite item was on IBM i 7.4, and I thought, “Well, that is a tough one”.
I thought instead of picking one, I would start a series over the next few months covering my favorite tricks and tips with IBM i 7.4.
This was one request that I had put in as a Request For Enhancement (RFE), so I thought this would be a good one to start our series.
Have you ever needed to do a full system save, and after the save is complete, you don’t want the system to restart all the jobs? So, what you wind up doing is standing there waiting for the Save 21 to complete and as soon as it does cancel the startup job or do a ENDSBS *ALL? [CONTINUE READING]
This overflowing session is designed to help ensure every IBM i administrator and operator has at least a backpack full of valuable tips for when they return home. From command line to shell to IBM Navigator for i, Steve will sprint through these tips at a pace of at least two tips per minute, for at least 150 tips! This session is updated every quarter with new and relevant information so that you don’t miss good foundational tips but are keeping up with what updates IBM is releasing on a regular basis.
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