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Maxava's Enterprise+ "Saves the Ship" for Averitt Express

An international shipping company has plenty of trouble if it can’t get its Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system to replicate accurately under its high availability (HA) system.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

This was the scenario faced in October 2015 by Averitt Express, a provider of freight transportation and supply chain management services based in Cookeville, Tennessee. Averitt offers customized shipping solutions, serves customers in more than 100 countries, and services more than 300 international destinations. Averitt also provides its customers a full suite of web-based shipping tools, EDI services, and transportation and operations management systems. Among other online services Averitt offers its customers are such conveniences as a Bill of Lading creation utility, a transit-time calculator, less-than-truckload service maps based on ZIP code, and downloadable certificates, permits, customs forms, and other documents on demand.

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Eye on the i World: HA/DR Specialist Company Sees the Cloud as the IBM i's Salvation

Paying attention to the best uses of cloud computing, the business benefits of the IBM i, and shrewd use of the platform can keep the i relevant into the future.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

While there are possibly many people who think the IBM i has already seen its best days as a platform, there are also others who don't agree with that assessment. While there are some negative-sounding statistics, there are also hopeful signs that developing technology and services, particularly cloud-related, can revive the platform's outlook.

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Three Compelling Drivers for Implementing a High Availability Solution on an IBM i Cloud with MIMIX

 

The emergence of the IBM i Cloud along with dramatic changes in costs have made downtime-reducing solutions accessible for companies of all sizes.

 

Written by Connectria Hosting

 

Until recently, high availability solutions for IBM Power Systems servers running IBM i were reserved mostly for larger enterprises with on-premise or dedicated hosting solutions. Given the emergence of the IBM i Cloud, high availability is now dramatically easier to use and a less expensive alternative for organizations of all sizes. Today, just about anyone running an IBM i environment can now afford the “luxury” of real-time, offsite data protection, as well as rapid and complete data recovery in the cloud.

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Hybrid Cloud Overview

A hybrid solution is created when private (on-premises) and public (off-premises) services are used together.

 Ashok IyengarWritten by Ashok K. Iyengar

Editor’s note: This article is an excerpt from the book IBM Cloud Platform Primer.

 

A hybrid is a mixture or fusion of two different elements. Hybrid cars, for example, are a combination of a gasoline engine and an electric motor, with both having the ability to propel the vehicle. A hybrid cloud combines the resources available in a private cloud with those in the public cloud while both continue to function as independent and unique entities. Thus, a hybrid cloud offers the benefits of multiple deployment models. Why not use just a public cloud or a private cloud? The answer lies in economics, speed, and privacy, which are the major forces that drive enterprises to hybrid cloud solutions.

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Technology Focus: Cloud Managed Services for IBM i Offer IT More Options

Unlike cloud hosting services, cloud managed services leave the hardware at the customer site. However, many of the issues potential customers have are similar.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Last month's Technology Focus looked at cloud-hosting services for the IBM i and some of the issues that have impeded more widespread adoption of hosting services use. A strong alternative to cloud hosting providers is offered by managed service providers (MSPs), which also use the cloud or Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for connectivity, but that instead offer administrative and other services for servers remaining on customer premises.

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CAMSS in Conversation: Cloud

IBM Power Systems in the cloud is bigger than you might think. And it's a growing ecosystem.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher
Joining me this week to talk about the cloud component of CAMSS (Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social, and Security) is IBM's Alise Spence, IBM's Power Systems Cloud Offerings Product Manager. Alise is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the offerings IBM brings to market for public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions.

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Technology Focus: The Ranks of Cloud Hosting Providers for IBM i Continue to Burgeon

It can be tempting to save on systems operations costs by turning to a cloud hosting service. However, connectivity, security, and loss of control remain significant issues.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Cloud hosting is one of those ideas whose time seems to have arrived. The cost savings of managing in-house servers combined with the economies of scale that hosting providers can enjoy by offering such services to many companies on their own in-house systems, coupled with the ubiquity of the Internet, make hosting an attractive option on both sides of the table.

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Service Layers in the Cloud

Is there a difference between services available in a private cloud and those available in a public cloud?

Ashok IyengarWritten by Ashok K. Iyengar

Editor's note: This article is excerpted from chapter 5 of IBM Cloud Platform Primer.

 

A key distinction between Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) is the type of service offered by each segment. With IaaS, consumers usually work with virtualized servers, which they can configure themselves, whereas with PaaS, the consumer uses and works with services that are created and maintained by the cloud service provider. Figure 1 captures the basic differences between IaaS and PaaS.

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