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Are You Meeting the PCI DSS Security Standards?

Don’t take the requirements lightly; the cost of non-compliance could be very steep.

ira chandlerWritten by Ira Chandler

Acceptance of debit and credit cards is a growing requirement for businesses of all sizes. Since 2005, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI) has imposed strict mandates, the Data Security Standards (DSS), to ensure the security of the computer systems that process, transmit, and/or store sensitive credit card data.

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ACO MONITOR: Managing Your IBM i Using Wireless Devices

Read on for an in-depth review of the native IBM i technology and ACO MONITOR's advanced two-way messaging features to remotely manage your IBM i while in or away from the office.

Written by DDL Systems, Inc.

Editor's Note: This article introduces the white paper "Automate IBM i Operations Using Wireless Devices" available free from the MC White Paper Center.

 

Managing the complexities of today's operating systems, business applications, and networks challenges even the most knowledgeable IT professionals. The cost to an enterprise of unplanned downtime, loss of human expertise during sick leave or vacation, and system/application or environmental failure can be devastating. Today's systems management applications monitor all critical tasks and make increasing use of your existing expertise and technology to maximize system availability, improve productivity, and increase customer service.

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TechTip: Installing IBM Connections on IBM i, Part 1

I'm going to show you how to install Connections on IBM i over the course of a few TechTips.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

In a recent article, I explained what IBM Connections is and why IBM i is a fantastic operating system to run it on. Installing Connections on other platforms requires a number of servers. While installation on IBM i is by far more simplistic, there are still a lot of steps.

 

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Partner TechTip: The Many Ways Robot Supports SNMP

Is your SNMP enterprise management solution busting your budget? Do you even have a trap-monitoring product in place? Learn how Robot products can double as an inexpensive solution for SNMP management.

chuck losinskiWritten by Chuck Losinski

SNMP (or simple network management protocol) is the network management and monitoring standard in the IT industry. Many devicessuch as switches, routers, printers, and servershave this protocol built in. SNMP is also used as one of the notification and escalation methodologies available in Robot products. Take as example a disk failure message or application message waiting and intercepted by Robot, or issues regarding a Robot-submitted job that ended abnormally. Typically, these events (SNMP traps) are directed to a central SNMP manager, which may be a central, corporate-wide, problem-ticketing system or management console. They can also be directed to Robot if you do not have a trap-monitoring product already in place (see Robot/TRAPPER below).

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Finally! Ruby on Rails on IBM i!

Waiting for the next big thing on the i? Maybe this is it. Ruby on Rails, a very popular web language, is now available for use with the i. But what does that really mean for you?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

Finally, Ruby on Rails, the Darling Parade of the Internet world, is on the IBM i. But before I begin, I want everyone to know exactly what this article is about.

 

First, I am not going to teach you how to code Ruby on Rails. Like I could actually do that in a magazine article anyway. Ruby is a powerful, full-function language, and learning it is not something that can be done in an afternoon, even with a glass or two of merlot.

 

Second, this is not going to be a sales article for Ruby. Some people might think it should be, but it isn't. Nor is it a hatchet job. Ruby on Rails is a great language and a great framework (Ruby is the language; Rails is the framework), and its appearance on the i is a really, really good thing. All I'm trying to do is present an unvarnished and fair appraisal of it and explain what it really means for the i.

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INDUSTRY NEWS >>

WebSphere DataPower Gateway Appliances Firmware V7.0 Provides an Enhanced Gateway for Developers

IBM WebSphere DataPower Gateway Appliances are positioned to act as security and integration gateways for a full range of web, mobile, API, service-oriented architecture (SOA), B2B, and cloud workloads.

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IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters V1.1.2 for Linux Enhancements

IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters V1.1.2 expands to new third-party tools and enhances support for agile practices.

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Vantage for IBM Sametime Compliance Modules Help You Meet Social Business Regulatory Requirements

IBM Sametime V9.0 helps accelerate your social business by enabling people to interact in real time, build trust, and make faster, better informed decisions.

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mrc Wants to Help Application Software Vendors Close More Deals

Software developer michaels, ross & cole, ltd. (mrc) announced their new application software vendor partnership program. This program is designed to help application software vendors close a higher percentage of demos they give to prospects and keep their customers on maintenance longer.

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More Automation, More Power

Bug Busters Software Engineering announced today that Release 10.0 of their RSF and RSF-HA applications for the IBM i. will be generally available on May 1.

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Comodo Advises Patch to Run the Latest Version of OpenSSL in Light of "Heartbleed" Vulnerability

Vulnerability lies within flawed OpenSSL implementation, not with Comodo certificates or Comodo CA keys. Comodo offers free replacement of certificates on affected systems with immediate effect.

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IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 8 Offers Performance, Usability, and Integration Enhancements

IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 8 (IBM i 7.1 TR8) extends IBM i to support the latest hardware and firmware enhancements for IBM POWER7+ servers.

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