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It has been a long, long time since the AS/400 was the dominant, and some cases the sole, platform in use at most IBM midrange shops. As we all know, the client/server revolution took the data center by storm in the late 1980s and early 1990s, first on the desktop with the PC being used as a kind of intelligent monitor for back office systems and then later with the popularity of NetWare, Unix, and eventually Windows on servers, in the data center itself as adjunct coprocessors for systems like the AS/400.
Maxava is gearing up to give its high availability customers a significant boost in how quickly they can replicate and apply changes to data stored in the IFS. The move from a single-threaded apply process to a multi-threaded apply process should give customers sufficient performance overhead to ensure that IFS replication doesn't become a bottleneck as IFS data volumes continue to grow.
This week, IBM will start shipping the first of its line of high-end Power E870 and Power E880 machines. These are the largest NUMA-style shared memory machines that Big Blue has designed using its Power8 processors, and they replace the existing Power 770, Power 780, and Power 795 machines in the lineup. Eventually, a full-bore, 12-core Power8 chip will be available in the top end Power E880 machines, offering significantly more performance in 16 sockets than a Power 795 could deliver in 32 sockets.
One of the toughest parts of beginning an application modernization initiative is just knowing where to start. To give IBM i developers a head start, Profound Logic last week officially unveiled JumpStart, a new code generator that outputs basic RPG and PHP programs, complete with a modern Web or mobile interface. But unlike other code generators, the company says JumpStart gives you full control over how the resulting code looks.
The Institute of Business Value, which is sponsored by IBM, has been turning out reports on its IT infrastructure research. Earlier this year in a report titled, The IT Infrastructure Conversation, it revealed less than 10 percent of organizations surveyed believed their existing IT infrastructure is prepared to meet the demands of mobile technology, big data, cloud computing, and social media. That doesn't bode well for IBM's plans to lead down those roads. But on the other hand, it presents an opportunity to sell a lot of infrastructure, particularly infrastructure that is enterprise strength and up to these intensive new workloads.
One of the most important aspects of IBM i security is having the right configuration. But configurations rarely stay static, and as they change, so does your level of security protection. Kisco Information Systems last week launched a new tool called iSecMap that helps IBM i shops map how configurations change over time and how they might have opened up security problems along the way.
As an IBM i professional, you're familiar with the platform and comfortable working around it. But you're also aware that the IBM i is different from other systems, and that it makes some people uncomfortable. According to new report from the SANS Institute, the mere existence of "non-standard" operating systems such as IBM i has the potential to introduce a security risk in the data center.
HelpSystems last week issued a new release of ShowCase, the suite of business intelligence tools that it acquired last year from IBM. With ShowCase 10, HelpSystems borrowed the user interfaces from its SEQUEL product line, which gives ShowCase customers spiffier features like drill downs and pivot tables. ShowCase also got a little help from another sister company for report distribution and scheduling.
IBM has spent billions of dollars and many years to bring the Power8 systems to market, and as we all know, it is not quite done rolling Power8 gear into the field. The company is also not quite caught up on updating its Power Systems website to reflect its new machines and its new focus on competing against X86 iron for transaction processing, analytics, and technical computing workloads.
You can do a lot with SAP HANA sitting all by itself, including running transactional and analytical applications on the same set of data, which is a pretty neat trick. But in the real world, most SAP HANA customers need a way to move data in and out of HANA as quickly as possible. That's where the latest release of HiT Software's DBMoto software comes in.
The Power Systems ecosystem just got a huge shot in the arm now that IBM has landed a $325 million contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to build two new massive supercomputers, the largest of which, called "Summit," could scale to as much as 300 petaflops of aggregate number-crunching performance.
IBM i 7.1 Technology refresh 8 was released on June 6, 2014, and it has another group of small database enhancements worth reviewing. IBM i 7.2 users will find that they already have these features. This tip assumes that you have IBM i 7.2 or IBM i 7.1 with Database Group PTF Level 29 or higher installed.
There's no shortage of open source software in the IBM midrange community. Examples can be found if you are enthusiastic about looking for them. And IBM likes to nuzzle up to open source as much as possible. One reason is because it can differentiate itself from Microsoft and unload the proprietary insults at the campus in Redmond. So even though there is a pretty strong hatred for Microsoft in the IBM i community, the news that Microsoft is embracing open source--on some of its server side components--is interesting in that it indicates the impact open source is having on the IT industry.
In SQL Functions You Didn't Know You Had, Part 1, I showed you how to make an SQL function that runs a subprocedure in a service program. What I showed you is fine up to a point, but it's not the entire story.
CNX is gearing up to release a native application for smartphones and tablets with the next release of its application development framework for IBM i customers.
I just read your article on creating a skeleton program for controlling IBM i job queues creating a skeleton program for controlling IBM i job queues. In your job queue physical file (WRKJOBQPF) that contains the list of jobs inside a specific job queue, you keyed that file by the six-digit job number of each job in queue. I think that's a bad idea. Here's why. . .