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The summer holidays are ending, and iSeries managers are trading in their beach sandals for application backlogs. Chances are good that many of them will also consider whether to upgrade their old iSeries servers to newer models. They have good reason to do so, as the new eServer i5 systems--not to mention an IBM deadline that is only a few weeks away--make this a pivotal moment to study upgrade options.

The deadline to which I am referring falls on October 1, and it holds importance for all owners of iSeries Model 820, 830, and 840 servers. That is the day when IBM will cease to offer processor and interactive feature upgrades within or between these models. While owners of these systems will not be able to upgrade them within the 820/830/840 series, they will still be able to upgrade them to the newer iSeries 8xx models--the 810, 825, 870, and 890--as well as to the eServer i5.

With the deadline fast approaching, many owners of these older models will be weighing their options. If you are among them, I can tell you that you will rarely find a case where it makes sense to upgrade within your existing model number. If you upgrade within the Model 820/830/840 series, your cost will be much higher than it will be if you upgrade to a newer iSeries 8xx or eServer i5 of comparable performance. In addition, you will probably pay higher monthly maintenance charges that increase your ongoing cost of ownership.

Here is an example that illustrates my point. Suppose that you own a Model 830-2400 that has 1,850 CPW of processor performance and 240 CPW of 5250 application performance. You want a server that has at least twice the processor performance, twice the 5250 performance, and Capacity Upgrade on Demand (CUoD) processors. Until the end of this month, you can upgrade to a 4/8-way Model 830-2349 with four active CPUs, 4,200 CPW of processor performance, and 560 CPW of 5250 performance. That upgrade has a list price of $359,000, but it will also move you to the P40 software price tier and slap you with additional software license fees.

By contrast, you could upgrade from that same Model 830-2400 to a 3/6-way iSeries 825 Enterprise Edition with four active CPUs, 4,600 CPW of processor performance, and unlimited 5250 performance for a list price of $248,400. You would pay less, get more processor and 5250 performance, and avoid license upgrade fees by staying within the P30 software tier. You would also pay about $500 less per month on maintenance charges compared to an upgrade within the Model 830. Clearly, upgrading to the Model 825 makes more financial sense.

Taking the POWER5 Leap

While upgrading out of the Model 820/830/840 generation makes sense for most owners of these systems, the question remains whether the target server should be an iSeries 8xx or an eServer i5. To answer that question, let's look at the decision from several angles.

The first and most obvious angle to consider is the financial one. On this count, the eServer i5 wins in almost all cases. Most 820/830/840 owners will find that they pay less on an upfront basis for an eServer i5 upgrade, and they also save money on maintenance charges. Suppose that you want to upgrade a Model 820 or 830 and that you will never need more than 6,000 CPW of processor performance on the resulting system. If so, your least expensive alternative will usually be the eServer i5 Model 520 instead of an iSeries 8xx. To see what I mean, click over to my previous articles that analyze upgrade costs for the Model 820 and the Model 830.

If you are upgrading a Model 820 or 830 and project that you will eventually need more than 6,000 CPW on the target system, your alternatives are somewhat different. If you won't need more than 12,000 CPW during the life of the system, an upgrade to the eServer i5 550 will probably cost you less per CPW than a comparable iSeries 8xx. If you anticipate needing more than 12,000 CPW down the line, upgrading to the eServer i5 570 will probably cost you the least over the life of the system. Of course, you could upgrade to the Model 550 now if you currently need less than 12,000 CPW. Once you exceed the 12,000 CPW ceiling of the Model 550, however, you will not be able to upgrade to the Model 570, as there are no upgrades between eServer i5 model numbers.

The following table compares upgrades from selected Model 820 configurations to the iSeries 825 and 870 as well as to the eServer i5 Model 550 and 570. While the table does not compare upgrade options for the Model 830, I can assure you that the price differences are quite similar.

Selected iSeries 820 Upgrade Options--List Prices and Costs per CPW
"From" Processor
Feature Code
"From"
Interactive
Feature Code/
CPW
"To" Enterprise Edition Models
825-2473
3600-6600 CPW1
870-2489
7700-11500 CPW1
550-0915
2 Active CPUs
6000 CPW3
550-0915
4 Active CPUs
12000 CPW4
570-0930
2 Active CPUs
6000 CPW5
570-0921
4 Active CPUs
12000 CPW6
820-2435
600 CPW
1521/35 CPW
$308,000
$103/CPW

$285,600
$53/CPW
$391,000
$34/CPW
$320,700
$59/CPW
N/A
1522/70 CPW
$296,800
$99/CPW

$283,600
$53/CPW
$389,000
$34/CPW
$318,700
$59/CPW
N/A
1523/120 CPW
$276,000
$92/CPW

$278,400
$52/CPW
$383,800
$34/CPW
$313,500
$58/CPW
N/A
1524/240 CPW
$246,000
$82/CPW

$274,400
$51/CPW
$379,800
$33/CPW
$309,400
$57/CPW
N/A
820-2436
1100 CPW
1521/35 CPW
$293,100
$117/CPW

$278,400
$57/CPW
$383,800
$35/CPW
$313,500
$64/CPW
$557,000
$51/CPW
1522/70 CPW
$281,900
$113/CPW

$276,400
$56/CPW
$381,800
$35/CPW
$311,500
$64/CPW
$555,000
$51/CPW
1523/120 CPW
$261,100
$104/CPW

$271,200
$55/CPW
$376,600
$35/CPW
$306,300
$63/CPW
$549,800
$50/CPW
1524/240 CPW
$231,100
$92/CPW

$267,200
$55/CPW
$372,600
$34/CPW
$302,200
$62/CPW
$545,800
$50/CPW
1525/560 CPW
$167,100
$67/CPW

$243,200
$50/CPW
$348,600
$32/CPW
$278,200
$57/CPW
$521,800
$48/CPW
820-2437
2350 CPW
1521/35 CPW
$260,600
$208/CPW
$547,400
$102/CPW
$262,800
$72/CPW
$368,200
$38/CPW
$297,900
$82/CPW
$541,400
$56/CPW
1522/70 CPW
$249,400
$200/CPW
$545,200
$102/CPW
$260,800
$71/CPW
$366,200
$38/CPW
$295,900
$81/CPW
$539,400
$56/CPW
1523/120 CPW
$228,600
$183/CPW
$540,400
$101/CPW
$255,600
$70/CPW
$361,000
$37/CPW
$290,700
$80/CPW
$534,200
$55/CPW
1524/240 CPW
$198,600
$159/CPW
$537,400
$100/CPW
$251,600
$69/CPW
$357,000
$37/CPW
$286,600
$79/CPW
$530,200
$55/CPW
1525/560 CPW
$134,600
$108/CPW
$513,400
$96/CPW
$227,600
$62/CPW
$333,000
$35/CPW
$262,600
$72/CPW
$506,200
$52/CPW
1526/1050 CPW
$83,600
$67/CPW
$451,400
$84/CPW
$205,900
$56/CPW
$311,300
$32/CPW
$241,000
$66/CPW
$484,500
$50/CPW
820-2438
3700 CPW
1521/35 CPW
Available2
$531,300
$133/CPW
$245,800
$107/CPW
$351,200
$42/CPW
$280,900
$122/CPW
$524,400
$63/CPW
1522/70 CPW
Available2
$529,100
$132/CPW
$243,800
$106/CPW
$349,200
$42/CPW
$278,900
$121/CPW
$522,400
$63/CPW
1523/120 CPW
Available2
$524,300
$131/CPW
$238,600
$104/CPW
$344,000
$41/CPW
$273,700
$119/CPW
$517,200
$62/CPW
1524/240 CPW
Available2
$521,300
$130/CPW
$234,600
$102/CPW
$340,000
$41/CPW
$269,600
$117/CPW
$513,200
$62/CPW
1525/560 CPW
Available2
$497,300
$124/CPW
$210,600
$92/CPW
$316,000
$38/CPW
$245,600
$107/CPW
$489,200
$59/CPW
1526/1050 CPW
Available2
$435,300
$109/CPW
$188,900
$82/CPW
$294,300
$35/CPW
$224,000
$97/CPW
$467,500
$56/CPW
1527/2000 CPW
Available2
$415,300
$104/CPW
$150,600
$65/CPW
$256,000
$31/CPW
$185,600
$81/CPW
$429,200
$52/CPW

1 List prices and costs per CPW for upgrades to the iSeries 825, iSeries 870, and i5 570 are based on upgrades to servers with the minimum number of activated processors running OS/400. This creates an iSeries 825 running at 3,600 CPW and an iSeries 870 running at 7,700 CPW.
2 An upgrade to this model is available, but the upgrade requires that additional processors be activated running either OS/400 or Linux. Upgrade prices vary based on the number of processor activations and the selection of either OS/400 or Linux for the activated processors.
3 The upgrade price includes the cost of purchasing an additional i5/OS license for the second processor at a cost of $45,000. The price quoted provides 3,300 CPW of 5250 application performance.
4 The upgrade price includes the cost of activating two standby processors at $7,700 per processor and purchasing three additional i5/OS licenses at a cost of $$135,000. The price quoted provides 3,300 CPW of 5250 application performance.
5 The upgrade price includes the cost of purchasing an additional i5/OS license for the second processor at a cost of $45,000. The price quoted provides 6,000 CPW of 5250 application performance.
6 The upgrade price includes the cost of activating one standby processor for $7,700 per processor and purchasing three additional i5/OS licenses at a cost of $$135,000. The price quoted provides 12,000 CPW of 5250 application performance.

While the financial advantages of an eServer i5 upgrade are clear, other considerations may steer you toward an iSeries 8xx upgrade. One of these is the ability of your applications to run on i5/OS V5R3, the only OS/400 release that the eServer i5 supports. If your software vendors charge extra for support or do not support this release, the iSeries 8xx may make more sense for you. In addition, you may have to pay more to migrate feature cards and I/O subsystems from your Model 820/830/840 to an eServer i5 than to an iSeries 8xx. The only way to know is by consulting your IBM representative or Business Partner and getting detailed quotes. When you compare quotes, remember to include maintenance costs in your financial considerations. Over time, most customers will spend considerably less to maintain an eServer i5 versus a comparable iSeries 8xx.

Speaking of quotes, there are certain situations in which you should ask for quotes on both the eServer i5 Model 550 and Model 570. If you find that both of these models fit your desired performance range and you need more than 3,300 CPW of 5250 application performance, ask for upgrade quotes on both models. If you need less than 3,300 CPW of 5250 performance, the eServer i5 Model 550 quote will beat the Model 570 quote almost every time.

What About the Model 840?

If you are a Model 840 owner, the only eServer i5 that you can upgrade to is the Model 570. Your iSeries options are the Model 870 and 890. Since all of these models can be configured in a dizzying number of ways, it is impossible to provide a complete analysis of all upgrade paths. Such an analysis would probably be a waste of time anyway, as most Model 840 owners will insist on comparing detailed quotes for several upgrade paths. In general, however, most owners will find that the new 5- to 16-way Model 570 systems are the best financial bet. The following table shows the cost advantages that owners of the iSeries 840-2418 can realize by upgrading to the Model 570 instead of to the iSeries 870 or 890.

Selected iSeries 840 Upgrade Options--List Prices and Costs per CPW
"From" Processor
Feature Code
"From"
Interactive
Feature Code/
CPW
"To" Enterprise Edition Models
870-2486
(8/16-way)
11500-20000 CPW1
890-2497
(16/24-way)
20000-29300 CPW1
890-2498
(24/32-way)
29300-37400 CPW1
570-0922
(5/8-way)
15200-23500 CPW2
570-0924
(9/12-way)
25500-33400 CPW2
570-0926
(13/16-way)
36300-44700 CPW2
840-2418
(12-way)
10000 CPW
1540/120 CPW
$694,800
$463/CPW
$1,339,400
$134/CPW
$1,919,600
$99/CPW
$515,400
$99/CPW
$995,500
$64/CPW
$1,554,800
$59/CPW
1541/240 CPW
$687,800
$459/CPW
$1,329,400
$133/CPW
$1,909,600
$99/CPW
$505,900
$97/CPW
$986,000
$64/CPW
$1,545,300
$59/CPW
1542/560 CPW
$680,800
$454/CPW
$1,321,400
$132/CPW
$1,901,600
$99/CPW
$497,100
$96/CPW
$977,200
$63/CPW
$1,536,300
$58/CPW
1543/1050 CPW
$646,800
$431/CPW
$1,288,400
$129/CPW
$1,868,600
$97/CPW
$464,800
$89/CPW
$977,900
$61/CPW
$1,504,300
$57/CPW
1544/2000 CPW
$575,800
$384/CPW
$1,240,400
$124/CPW
$1,809,600
$94/CPW
$437,800
$84/CPW
$917,900
$59/CPW
$1,477,200
$56/CPW
1545/4550 CPW
$400,800
$267/CPW
$1,163,400
$116/CPW
$1,692,600
$88/CPW
$372,800
$72/CPW
$852,900
$55/CPW
$1,412,200
$54/CPW
1546/10000 CPW
$388,800
$259/CPW
$1,163,400
$116/CPW
$1,692,600
$88/CPW
$233,700
$45/CPW
$713,800
$46/CPW
$1,273,100
$48/CPW

1 List prices and costs per CPW are based on upgrades to servers with the minimum number of activated processors and with all activated processors licensed to run OS/400.
2 List prices and costs per CPW are based on upgrades to servers with the minimum number of activated processors and with all activated processors licensed to run i5/OS.

In short, there are very few situations when owners of Model 820/830/840 servers will save money by upgrading to another iSeries 8xx instead of to a comparable eServer i5. Of course, there may be non-financial reasons to prefer an iSeries upgrade. If you work for a company that has such reasons, however, I would encourage you to find a way around them. Compared to the iSeries 8xx, the eServer i5 offers many new functions and higher levels of flexibility. Over time, those differences will enable most IT shops to deliver higher returns on investment and greater business value to their users. That makes the eServer i5 an upgrade option that is worth serious consideration.

Lee Kroon is a Senior Industry Analyst for Andrews Consulting Group, a firm that helps mid-sized companies manage business transformation through technology. You can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Lee Kroon is a Senior Industry Analyst for Andrews Consulting Group, a firm that helps mid-sized companies manage business transformation through technology.
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    - Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    - Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhat happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
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    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

    SB_PowerTech_WC_GenericGet actionable info to avoid becoming the next cyberattack victim.
    In “Data breach digest—Scenarios from the field,” Verizon documented an AS/400 security breach. Whether you call it AS/400, iSeries, or IBM i, you now have proof that the system has been breached.
    Watch IBM i security expert Robin Tatam give an insightful discussion of the issues surrounding this specific scenario.
    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this 30-minute recorded webinar, our experts demonstrate how you can:

    • Manage multiple platforms from a central location
    • View monitoring results in a single pane of glass on your desktop or mobile device
    • Take advantage of best practice, plug-and-play monitoring templates
    • Create rules to automate daily checks across your entire infrastructure
    • Receive notification if something is wrong or about to go wrong

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericYou need to know when IBM i disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer. Our experts will show you how Robot Monitor can help you pinpoint exactly when your auxiliary storage starts to disappear and why, so you can start taking a proactive approach to disk monitoring and analysis. You’ll also get insight into:

    • The main sources of disk consumption
    • How to monitor temporary storage and QTEMP objects in real time
    • How to monitor objects and libraries in real time and near-real time
    • How to track long-term disk trends

     

     

  • Stop Re-keying Data Between IBM I and Other Applications

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericMany business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation.Wouldn’t it be nice if you could stop re-keying data between IBM i and other applications? Or if you could stop replicating data and start processing orders faster? Or what if you could automatically extract data from existing reports instead of re-keying? It’s all possible. Watch this webinar to learn about:

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    • 3 ways to stop re-keying data
    • Data automation in practice

    Plus, see how HelpSystems data automation software will help you stop re-keying data.

     

  • The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

    SB_Profound_WC_GenericWhen it comes to IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition, there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

    • Modernizing with RPG OA requires significant changes to the source code
    • The RPG language is outdated and impractical for modernizing applications
    • Modernizing with RPG OA is the equivalent to "screen scraping"

     

  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericToo much paper is wasted. Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets.And distributing documents is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWatch this recording where Jim Buck, Susan Gantner, and Charlie Guarino answered your questions, including:

    • What are the “hidden gems” in RDi that can make me more productive?
    • What makes RDi Debug better than the STRDBG green screen debugger?
    • How can RDi help me find out if I’ve tested all lines of a program?
    • What’s the best way to transition from PDM to RDi?
    • How do I convince my long-term developers to use RDi?

    This is a unique, online opportunity to hear how you can get more out of RDi.

     

  • Node.js on IBM i Webinar Series Pt. 2: Setting Up Your Development Tools

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. In Part 2, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Attend this webinar to learn:

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    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using NodeRun.com as a pre-built development environment

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption

     

     

  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

     

     

     

  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.

     

     

  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.

     

     

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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
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    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits. Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

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    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

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    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
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    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.