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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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