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February 6, 2012 | Volume 7 Issue 2


TOP STORY: Power i Forecast: Directions in High Availability
FEATURED ARTICLE: Technology Focus: Basic Database Query Tools Still Have a Place at the Table
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: ASNA Announces First Two Cities in Spring Wings Education Tour
FORUM: 2 Jobs in PA - RPG and MS .Net
BUYER'S GUIDE: Maxava HA Enterprise +
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Feature Article - System Administration
Power i Forecast: Directions in High Availability

New, powerful lower-cost software is putting HA within reach of SMBs as are innovative virtualized and hosted HA cloud solutions.

chris_smithWritten by Chris Smith

Natural disasters and increasing requirements for 24/7 operations have created a need among IBM customers for high availability solutions greater than ever before.


In our effort to take the pulse of the high availability market at the start of 2012, we wanted to stimulate people's thinking but did not want to create such a rigid set of criteria that they would overlook a trend we hadn't considered. So we gave them a list of questions and suggested they consider them and write a short analysis of where they thought the market was heading. 


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Feature Article - Database
Technology Focus: Basic Database Query Tools Still Have a Place at the Table

With the scope and features of business intelligence applications hitting new stratospheric heights of splendiferousness, are simple query tool products being left behind? Apparently not just yet.

john_gristWritten by John Ghrist

Sometimes you just don't want all the glitz. While one of the messages our whole culture seems to be delivering is one of "biggest is best," there are still situations when simple solutions are all that's needed. One of the best illustrations of that idea may be database query tools.


Even though many of these data-retrieval utilities are now embedded in applications that offer levels of complexity ranging from report generation and distribution tools to business predictive-analytics suites, sometimes all you really need right now is a factoid or two to get on with the task at hand. Not that all those other bells and whistles aren't frequently useful, of course, but sometimes it's also good to focus on the basics.


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MC SCBG Featured Product

Maxava HA Enterprise+ offers comprehensive High Availability and Disaster Recovery readiness for an IBM i application. Designed for complex environments and organizations serious about their business continuity. Real-time data replication and unlimited concurrent apply processes means no backlog of changes in a disaster and the ability to do a recovery in minutes. Advanced features including maxView Manager, provide enhanced control and visibility over your environment – wherever you are.


  • Remote role swap capability – The new maxView Manager tool enables remote monitoring, management and the ability to perform a role swap on command from a mobile device by utilizing our powerful and proprietary Command Scripting functionality remotely. So in the event of a failure, activating a switch to the back-up server is within your control.
  • Replication across QDLS, data, objects, IFS, and MQ Series.
  • Command Scripting Function – This flexible, smart and simple free format command scripting tool supports all native IBM i commands. Object list sets can be defined and run from a single command - no compiling required. So whether for a migration, one-off event, application specific, role swap or other activities, the scripting function provides simple management with logging and error handling capabilities.
  • Easy administration of the HA solution from a green screen, superior GUI or from a remote web ready device such as a PC or smartphone.
  • Flexibility and functionality - Maxava HA Enterprise+ is fully spec’d with an extensive range of functionality that includes enhanced auditing, autonomics, spool file replication, extensive configuration and management tools – yet still runs extremely quickly and efficiently.

Learn more about Maxava and its high availability and disaster recovery software solutions for IBM i systems here.



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