In the Wheelhouse: IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 8 Announced

On the cusp of the expected IBM i 7.2 announcement, IBM announces IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 8, which contains updates for hardware, DB2, the Integrated Application Server, and specifically IBM i HTTP Administration.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

While it's the last bullet point of the entire TR8 announcement, don't think that the Integrated Application Server on IBM i 7.1 now being based on the WebSphere Application Server 8.5 Liberty Profile is a less-important announcement than the others. Liberty is an ultra-lightweight and dynamic application server environment that allows applications to run with bare minimum support from the underlying Java architecture. In layman's terms, when a Liberty application runs, it loads only what it needs to do the job at hand and then loads anything else it needs on-demand.

Technology Focus: IBM i BI in the Era of Big Data

Big Data is big buzz these days, but has this new IT fad really made it to the IBM i? Reports from business intelligence (BI) software vendors are trending toward "not so much."

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

To many, the idea that "if accurate data is good, large volumes of accurate data is better" is a self-confirming truism. At the very least, that sentiment is a driving factor behind Big Data's popularity as a concept. You need look no further than IBM's own Big Data page to see how its boosters view the idea.

Security Patrol: Detecting a Breach

Carol discusses the actions to review that may indicate your system is under attack or has been breached.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

Last month, I discussed the unthinkablethat your IBM i system has been breached. This month, I want to discuss ways that you can look for signs of a breach or an attack, as well as the information you'll want to retain to aid the investigation should a breach occur. Both require that your system be configured properly prior to the breach. Let's take a look.


TechTip: Monitoring AIX with SNMP

It's not hard to get SNMP v1 up and running. Just follow these simple steps.

david tansleyWritten by David Tansley

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a fellow AIX system administrator, who was having issues trying to get his SNMP v3 (Simple Network Management Protocol) client talking to the local SNMP monitor server. After a few email exchanges, I suggested he revert back to SNMP v1 to test the connectivity. I sent him a bare bones config file for SNMP v1 to test. The system admin was surprised by how small in size the config file was to get SNMP working. So let me share with you in this article how to mskr SNMP v1 communicate with an SNMP-aware monitor server. The standard configuration file AIX ships is over a 100 lines long. You don't need all those config entries to get SNMP up and running.

More Free-Form for RPG, Part 3

Seems like folks can't get enough of the free-form control statements replacement for specs in RPG. Or maybe it's just that everyone who writes wants to talk about it. But this is all I'll say about it, so at least be glad about that.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

So far, we've covered free-format control statements and H control statements (Part 1), and file control statements (Part 2). What's left? Just data structure control statements, and the PI and PR control statements used for prototyping. So let's jump in.



IBM WebSphere Application Server Now Offers Continuous Delivery of New Features and Simplified Admin

IBM WebSphere Application Server extends the capabilities provided in V8.5.5 through significant enhancements to the Liberty profile.

ODM V8.6 Delivers Enhanced Decision Management And Enriched Validation and Deployment Capabilities

IBM Operational Decision Manager (IBM ODM) V8.6 delivers new and enhanced capabilities plus additional deployment options within the Business Console:

IBM Optional Features (AAS) Available on Selected x86 Flex System Compute Node Products

New features are now available for x86 Flex System Compute Nodes released in AAS.

IBM System x3850 X6 and x3950 X6 Workload Optimized Solutions for SAP HANA

The new IBM System x3850 X6 and IBM System x3950 X6 Workload Optimized Solutions for SAP HANA server models incorporate the sixth generation of IBM enterprise X-Architecture (EXA) to help deliver better, more efficient business results.

News from Red Hat Summit 2014

Project Atomic, Container technologies, Enterprise Linux 7, OpenStack, and so much more...

HelpSystems Brings Flexibility to IBM i Performance Monitoring with New Mobile Interface

Mobile enablement initiative for Robot product line begins with customizable, browser-based dashboards for Robot/NETWORK performance management software.



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See What i Can Do With Modern RPG Development

Your applications deserve more than just a new look! Change the perception of the IBM i as “old” with modern development tips from IBM and Profound Logic Software.
Watch as Barbara Morris, Brian May and Alex Roytman dive beneath the GUI surface to show the benefits of:


  • Working with free-format RPG in IBM i TR7
  • Breaking free from “The Cycle” of traditional RPG development
  • Going beyond the 10 character limit in display and database files
  • And more!

You'll also see a live demonstration of these techniques as the presenters create a modern web application before your eyes! 


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