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Posted on December 4, 2018

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. Thanksgiving has passed, and now Christmas is right around the corner. The year seems to have flown by. Where did 2018 go? It’s been another amazing year here at iTech Solutions! We increased our IBM i services and offerings, added significant staff, many new customers, and are continuing to assist our existing customers. We are actually on track to perform over 400 IBM i OS upgrades this year. There is so much to be thankful for, especially the opportunity to work with

Posted on November 5, 2018

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. As Halloween is approaching us, and we are thinking of scary things, trick or treats, and grave yards, I thought that would be the perfect way to start my article. So, one scary thing that we have come across lately is customers who aren’t doing a full backup of their machines, and could never restore their system. Steve will have an article below on a recent scenario where we had to help a customer out with restoring their system to the cloud because their

Posted on October 5, 2018

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. As Halloween is approaching us, and we are thinking of scary things, trick or treats, and grave yards, I thought that would be the perfect way to start my article. So, one scary thing that we have come across lately is customers who aren’t doing a full backup of their machines, and could never restore their system. Steve will have an article below on a recent scenario where we had to help a customer out with restoring their system to the cloud because their

Posted on September 27, 2018

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. I told someone the other day that it was “raining POWER9s”. They said, “What do you mean by that?”. It seems like we are installing a few new POWER9 systems a week at this point, and we have quite a few that we are in the process of helping customers order. These machines are fast, and a great replacement from any previous machine. We recently had a customer who was running a POWER6 at a P20 software tier, and we were able

Posted on August 21, 2018

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. The summer went by way too fast, I hope you were able to enjoy it. I could have had a few more months of summer. I am not sure that I have a favorite season, as I like them all, but summer on the lake is certainly right up there. Summer hasn’t been all relaxing either. We have been busy with POWER9s and OS Upgrades. Quite honestly, I thought when IBM i 7.1 reached end of life, upgrades would have really stopped.

Posted on July 17, 2018

Greetings iTech Fan Thirty years and still going strong, with a bright future ahead.  Yup, the AS/400, iSeries, IBM i is now 30 years old and they are just getting started bringing even more cool features and functions to this dynamic platform.  For years, I have been hearing that the AS/400 is old technology, well we have been the IBM i for the last 10 years, and if you haven’t looked at all the new technology being introduced with IBM i 7.2 & 7.3, then you are really doing a

Posted on July 10, 2018

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 be another Power Systems announcement soon, which will be very exciting. Details will be forthcoming, as they are announced. We have been installing many POWER9 scale-out machines, which is the S914, over the last

Posted on May 15, 2018

Greetings iTech Fan 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 Powerup18 conference in San Antonio, and I was speaking at the IBM Technical University conference in Orlando at the beginning of the month, you can see why.  But, the bright side to all that is it’s always great to

Posted on March 6, 2018

Greetings iTech Fan, 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 have their OS upgraded from IBM i 7.1 before the last day of regular support which ends on April 30, 2018. Now, that’s a good thing to upgrade from 7.1, the bad thing was waiting until the last minute.

Posted on February 5, 2018

Greetings iTech Fan, The Winter Olympics, is always an exciting time for everyone. I enjoy watching the athletes compete – the thrills, the excitement, achievements, and sometimes the disappointments. The athletes compete not so much with one another, but they compete with themselves to do their absolute best. These men and women have trained sometimes their entire lives to compete in an event, and they are competing with the best in the world. When competing the difference between athletes is so close, sometimes within a hundredth of a second. It’s

Posted on January 5, 2018

Greetings iTech Fan! It’s the new year, with all new possibilities.  We wish you a very Happy New Year. I think everyone in the world decided that they wanted to get off of IBM i 7.1 before April 30, 2018 when support ends, and called us. We have been doing about 10 OS upgrades a week now for some time, and the schedule doesn’t look like that will slow down anytime soon. The good news is we are continuing to add to our staff, to be able to support our

Posted on December 5, 2017

Hi iTech Fan, As 2017 comes to a close, we wish to thank you for allowing iTech Solutions to be part of your team.  We have continued our growth this year adding additional employees to improve our services as well as the breadth of our IBM i offerings. We hope that you have a happy holiday season, with good health, happiness, and prosperity in the New Year.  All of us at iTech thank you for your business, and for the confidence you have placed with us over the years.  We

Posted on November 5, 2017

Greetings iTech Fan It’s Thanksgiving time here in the US with Christmas right around the corner. Where did 2017 go?  It’s been a great year here at iTech Solutions! We increased our IBM i services and offerings, added significant staff, are working with many new customers, and continuing to assist our existing customers.  There is so much to be thankful for especially the opportunity to work with you.  We won’t let you down. If there is anything that we do that doesn’t exceed your expectations, please contact me directly. I hope with the upcoming holidays

Posted on October 8, 2017

Greetings iTech Fan! Halloween is upon us, but to me what is even more scary is the number of customers who are still on IBM i 7.1.  This is a 7 year old operating system, and you should really be looking at protecting your company and upgrading to IBM i 7.2 or even better 7.3.  Yes, in some situations, you can’t upgrade maybe due to hardware or software issues, but let us help you determine your best upgrade path. We had some really bad hurricanes hit us over the last

Posted on September 8, 2017

Greetings iTech Fan, Hoping all those hit by hurricanes, floods, and any other disaster are safe and starting to get their lives back to normal.  For the rest of us, did you learn any lessons?  Look, you don’t have to answer to me, just the person that you stare at each morning in the mirror.  If you haven’t tested your disaster recovery by now, what are you waiting for? You want to test out the process when it isn’t an emergency. You need to do a full system recovery based

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