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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.
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.
Many executives talk about moving their business applications off the IBM i. They think the platform is dead, courtesy of the people who have been saying this for the past 20 years. While we know, the platform is open and offers businesses rock-solid availability, reliability, and securability.
They could also be thinking they will save money on hardware. While that may be true, there will be more servers, requiring more space, more electricity, more cooling, and more human resources to support them. In reality, they save nothing and perhaps spend more. And they increase their risk of downtime and security vulnerability.
So, now that you have to deal with the board room decision, what should you do?
With Client Solutions now being the only IBM-supported client software for IBM i, quite a few organizations have made the switch from the old iAccess products or are in the process of doing so. ACS is as flexible as the old application was rigid, and there are many different ways to configure it on a PC. One of the recurring questions we get from clients who are planning the switch relates to controlling what the end-user can see and use within the application. To address this, I’d like to discuss a bit about how ACS does configuration under the hood and how administrators can have some control over what can be accessed within the application.