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Posted on December 19, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we wish to thank you for allowing iTech Solutions to be part of your team.  We hope that our IBM i newsletters, Webinars, Customer Slack Channel, and Podcasts have been educational and informative for you, and that you have learned from them.  We encourage and like to get feedback on what other things we can add to make them more helpful to our customers, and others who read them. Look for even more to come this year in 2020. We have continued our growth

Posted on November 20, 2019

Most IBM i customers have an ERP package on their IBM Power server that runs their business.  Typically, a small or mid-sized company can comfortably operate with one Power9 core activation, that provides a CPW of 13,125.  The IBM Power9 model S914 has two processor options, a 4-core, and a 6-core.  Which one do you get if you only need 1 core activation?  The 4-core server is physically the same as the 6-core server, except for the processor and the other differences shown in the table below. Feature 4-core 6-core

Posted on August 26, 2019

Last month, I talked about the importance of the HMC and how it shouldn’t be ignored. That leads to the question: How do I keep it running smoothly? The full answer can be pretty complex. In fact, Pete regularly speaks at conferences on the topic of HMC maintenance and the presentation can easily fill a 90-minute session. Today, I’d like to set our sights a bit lower and just talk about the basics of HMC updates. IBM regularly releases Service Packs and PTFs for each version of the HMC software

Posted on July 30, 2019

The Hardware Management Console (HMC) is a strange beast. Anyone with a partitioned system needs one, and it can be an indispensable tool for anyone whose desk isn’t within 100 yards of the machine room…but it isn’t part of the system itself and it usually isn’t critical to everyday operations once things are up and running. Is it part of your critical path or is it an accessory largely to be forgotten? To answer that question, let’s examine how the HMC relates to your system and how IBM supports the

Posted on June 27, 2019

We run into a lot of older iron and because of that we find fax cards and Facsimile Support installed every now and again. The question that stumps almost everyone is “do you still use fax?” That question usually results in someone checking the physical machine to see if there’s a cable plugged into the fax card. No cable? No fax. That’s easy! But if there’s a cable plugged into the card it’s usually a guessing game for the customer. An easy way to determine if you’re using fax support

2019 is going to be one of the best years ever for the IBM i community
Posted on January 23, 2019

With 2019 upon us, it’s natural for one to wonder what’s in store for IBM i in the upcoming year. According to iTech President, Pete Massiello, the outlook for IBM i is looking good for this year. How good? “2019 is going to be one of the best years ever for the IBM i community,” Massiello writes.  “IBM has publicly stated (see chart below), that the next version of IBM i, currently called iNext, is coming out sometime this year. I have seen what is in this release, and in

iTech Solutions' IBM Champions
Posted on January 11, 2019

It’s a time to celebrate for the iTech Solutions team. Pete Massiello, Richie Palma, and Steve Pitcher have been selected as IBM Power Champions for 2019. An IBM Champion, according to the IBM Champion website, means to “demonstrate both expertise in and extraordinary support and advocacy for IBM technology, communities, and solutions.” IBM Champions for Power Systems is one of six designated business areas included in the IBM Champions program and is one of smallest in size. Pete, Steve, and Richie were all brought into the program when there were

Posted on December 12, 2018

Just a few more days to shop, to work, and to wait for Christmas. I thought I would share a little story about how iTech Solutions helped Santa prepare for Christmas this year. As many of our readers remember, Santa Claus and his operations at the North Pole are one of our prized customer accounts. We have been helping St. Nick administer his Power Systems since he was running on an AS/400 and our business partner relationship has encompassed many projects and all aspects of his IT infrastructure. When we

End of Support Transition Options for IBM POWER6 and POWER7
Posted on November 26, 2018

If you run IBM i on IBM Power Systems, this will hopefully come as a friendly reminder. IBM has discontinued hardware support on POWER6 machines, followed by end of support for POWER7 at end of Q3 2019.  You can find details on servers affected by the service discontinuation in the below announcement. Services withdrawal: Declaration of a plan to discontinue lease, rental, and maintenance services for selected machines IBM United States Withdrawal Announcement 917-163 – September 19, 2017. What This Means For the folks still running on older P6 and P7

Posted on November 19, 2018

IBM i on IBM Power Servers is the best server platform in the universe. It is reliable, stable and provides all the tools needed to effectively operate and manage your mission-critical applications.  Most of us on the platform fully agree.  While this is an amazing accomplishment, it also has its downside. IBM i users have become complacent about the platform because they rarely have to worry about the hardware and operating system.  It just works. They even forget it exists. But even the best platform needs to stay current. Why?

Posted on August 28, 2018

Do you still have an old “System i, “iSeries” or “AS/400” in your shop? Do you know the date it’s going out of support? January 31st, 2019 you’ll see the POWER5 9405-520 and 9406-520 models go away. That means no more support from IBM. If you have a hardware problem…don’t say we didn’t warn you. For these popular older machines (and there are plenty of them still out there) that means you’ve got 161 days to plan for a hardware refresh to IBM POWER9 servers. What’s really interesting is that

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!

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