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Posted on July 10, 2018

This newsletter includes: Access Client Solutions after upgrading to Windows 10 Using Access Client Solutions instead of STRSQL Hurricane season is upon us. Have you done anything since last year? Release Levels and PTFs I hope you are enjoying the summer, nothing better than Sun, Beach, Vacations, Baseball, and POWER9s. Wait a minute, how did POWER9 get into that list. POWER9 is here in many ways, upcoming announcements, lots of installs, and iTech Solution’s presentations about POWER9 at Baseball games.  It looks from all indications that there is going to

Posted on May 23, 2018

DANBURY, CONN. – iTech Solutions announces it has been shortlisted for a prestigious Cyber Security award. The category is for the best “Cyber Awareness Plan of the Year”. The winning plan will be presented to the world’s media at a prestigious black tie event in London on June 21st 2018, sponsored by Cyber Security Awards, a leading awards event for the cyber security industry. The Cyber Security Awards, established in 2014, reward the best individuals, teams and companies within the cyber security industry.

Posted on May 15, 2018

This newsletter includes: Differences between POWER7+, POWER8, and POWER9. Old Hardware Comes Back to Haunt Company With 3rd Party Hardware Maintenance Security high level principles 7 Things to do when you get back from PowerUP18 or really any conference. Release Levels and PTFs The May newsletter is a little late this month we have been swamped with helping new and existing customers that we just couldn’t get this out before Memorial Day.  Add to that, iTech (Pete, Richie, Steve, & Yvonne) was doing 21 sessions 2 weeks ago at the COMMON

Posted on May 8, 2018

IBM established the IBM Champions program to recognize the expertise in and extraordinary support and advocacy for IBM technology, communities, and solutions. IBM Champions are peer-nominated members of the user community who evangelize for the platform, and are not IBM employees. The “POWER” Champion class was started 2011. Massiello has been named a Lifetime POWER Champion, the first person to receive this honor.

Posted on May 4, 2018

IBMI i Advocate and OS Upgrade Specialist Pete Massiello is a subject matter expert on IBM i system administration, virtualization and the IBM Power Systems hardware that IBM i runs on.

Posted on March 16, 2018

We all know that one of the major benefits of our beloved IBM i is that it runs and runs well. We don’t reboot the IBM i to correct application errors. Our users don’t get a blue screen of death. The hardware is designed to support businesses with high availability needs. This also makes it possible to keep hardware running for 10 years or more.

Posted on March 6, 2018

This newsletter includes: POWER8 or POWER9 for IBM i After Upgrading from IBM i 7.1 to 7.3, PC users weren’t able to connect to file shares on IBM i. What does PowerVM Enterprise Edition Bring to the Table? Release Levels and PTFs The March newsletter is a little late this month not because we have been watching the NCAA Basketball Finals, but because we are averaging about 10 upgrades a week. The entire technical team has been going at a whirlwind pace, and it just seems that everyone wants to

Posted on February 13, 2018

It’s always exciting when IBM announces new hardware and today is no exception! We have been hearing about the new POWER9 Chip for several months. In December IBM released the first set of LINUX machines powered by P9. Now the next set of servers on the POWER9 chip is announced – the Scale-out line. IBM i has been running POWER chips since the POWER5 introduction in 2004 and the roadmap below illustrates the history and future of this powerful technology. Welcome POWER9!

Posted on January 16, 2018

This new iTech Solutions Group service sets global customer security standards and increases the overall level of transparency on cybersecurity for IBM i customers.

Posted on January 15, 2018

The Spectre (Variant 1 & 2) and Meltdown (Variant 3) threats that target speculative execution on all CPU’s will affect IBM Power7, Power7+, Power8, and Power9 systems and IBM has stated that it will have firmware patches for Power Systems available but does not state if its patches will cover all three variants of the vulnerabilities. IBM has not issued fixes for Power6, Power6+, and Power7 systems.

Posted on November 21, 2017

Who among us hasn’t been concerned about the Equifax breach and the subsequent fraudulent verification site? Remember a couple of years ago when Target and Home Depot POS systems were hacked within weeks of each other and during the holidays? I spent so much time without my credit and debit cards I actually was forced to regress into using cash (gasp!) at physical stores to complete Christmas shopping. It was not a heartwarming holiday experience to say the least especially in the grip of a typical New York December.

Posted on September 6, 2017

Mother Nature has been letting us know that she is in charge lately. With Hurricane Harvey’s recent destruction in Texas, we are reminded of how important it is to be prepared for a disaster. Today, Hurricane Irma is threatening Florida and we felt that now is the time for companies to be sure that they are prepared in the event of a disaster. As a result, we have created a guide with 25 steps to help ensure that you are prepared before a disaster strikes.

Posted on August 21, 2017

We’ve recently written about how important it is to keep your IBM i current with OS releases and PTF’s in order to ensure that your system is secure, available and performing at its peak. Through years of working with customers and prospects, we have found three things that tend to effect whether or not companies keep their OS current; time, knowledge and money.

Posted on June 12, 2017

IBM i 7.1 is going to be headed for the IBM i support graveyard very soon.  IBM recently announced that IBM i 7.1 will be end of life on April 30, 2018, which means it’s time to move to 7.2 or 7.3.  We all know that you can stay on 7.1 and pay the service extension fees to IBM, but I’m not sure why you would throw your money away on that. IBM i 7.3 has been GA for over a year and it is a stable release. In fact, iTech

Posted on April 4, 2017

If you believe your IBM i is 100% secure from attacks both inside and outside the firewall, then you are probably at risk. Many companies are under a false sense of security that their data is safe just because it resides on IBM i. A good IBM i administrator should be able to demonstrate that their systems are being proactively assessed and interrogated to minimize the risk of security vulnerabilities. Regardless of architecture, no system is 100% secure. However, when security is viewed as an operating strategy rather than a

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