Vendors continue to develop modernization solutions to enhance IBM i legacy code.
By Chris Smith
Despite the relatively modest attendance at this year's COMMON Conference, there was a lot of energy at the show, partly because the IBM i vendors had many enhancements to their product lines. The modernization trend for the i platform is in full swing, and that means work for both product developers and IT staff members, who must evaluate all the new technology and incorporate it into the user experience.
Below is a list summarizing a few of the major announcements that vendors briefed the media on at the show. It's followed by a list of the expo exhibitors and their Web sites so that you can follow up on their new products if your vendor isn't mentioned.
First of its kind hardware plus new software speed application deployment.
IBM has announced two new products that allow customers to seamlessly extend their investment in service-oriented architecture (SOA) into a cloud services environment. These new offerings enable clients to easily create application environments that can be deployed and managed in a "private cloud" and include:
* IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance -- a new hardware appliance that provides access to software virtual images and patterns that can be used as is or easily customized, and then securely deployed, managed and maintained in a private cloud.