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ProtecTIER Backup Migration Made Easy

Effective with IBM’s announcement in 2018 for the withdrawal from marketing of their ProtecTIER hardware and software products and their intention to announce the “End of Support” for ProtecTIER products to be effective in November 2020, those IBM customers that are utilizing the IBM ProtecTIER products will need to have a plan for moving off the ProtecTIER appliance before the end of this year. The following ProtecTIER hardware and software products were affected by that announcement:   ProtecTIER TS7650G: 3958-DD4, 3958-DD5, and 3958-DD6 ProtecTIER TS7620: 3959-SM2 and 3959-EXP ProtecTIER software

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The Effects of COVID-19 on the IBM i Ecosystem

This article was originally written for and published on MC Press Online. The original article can be found here. With supply chain uncertainty, it makes sense to not delay your 2020 purchase of POWER9 and storage. The new COVID-19 virus is making its way around the globe. In response, governments are issuing travel embargoes, companies are ordering staff to work from home if possible, and people are stocking up on groceries, fuel, and water. IBM has recently requested its workers in China, Japan, South Korea, and Italy work from home

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Pete’s Perspective – Open Source

This article was originally written and posted within  2020 February COMMON Connect. The original article can be found here. Open Source? Yeah, I put a question mark at the end.  Most times when people think of Open Source, they are thinking Python, PHP, Java, Swift, Ruby, C# and JavaScript to name a few.  Most people don’t associate Open Source with systems management or operating systems.  In fact, most people don’t even think that open source is ready for enterprise corporate programming.  When open source started taking off, about 30 years

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Should I upgrade to IBM i 7.3 or IBM i 7.4?

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. Identify which versions of IBM i your hardware can support 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

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Everything Your IBM Business Partner Should Be Doing for You

System Down with No Coverage It was 9 PM on a Sunday night about a year ago when I received a call on my cell phone from a local IBM i customer. For the purposes of this article, we’ll call him…Gary. I reached out to Gary a couple of times before to introduce myself but never had any return communication until then. Turns out, Gary had a down system. His staff did an IPL and the system just wouldn’t come back online. He did what we all would do and

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