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This week, we're talking Tux. IBM announces the 7R4 Linux-only Power iron and inks a deal with EnterpriseDB for its PostgreSQL database as a low-cost Oracle alternative.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

IBM announced on July 30, 2013, its next offering in the Linux-only Power Systems models, the IBM PowerLinux 7R4.

As per the press release:

The IBM PowerLinux 7R4 (8248-L4T) server is a powerful 2-socket or 4-socket server that ships with 16 or 32 fully activated cores and I/O configuration flexibility to meet today's growth and tomorrow's processing needs. The server features:

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This week, we're talking about some new HTTP Group PTF features. Some are obvious, and some are...well...not so obvious. Plus, IBM withdraws the DAT160 tape drive from marketing in 2014. If you're using it, you need a plan moving forward.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Like any good boy who keeps up to date with his PTFs, I was up late on July 9 downloading and applying the latest HTTP Group package (SF99368) and combing through the fix list when I came upon a few surprises.

The first surprise came by way of the PTF labeled SI49568 - Extended Base Directory Support. What's this?

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This week, we're talking about big data processing with IBM's DB2 10.5 feature called BLU Acceleration. Also, RDi 9 gets released with Worklight Studio to help you build mobile apps to access IBM i data.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

A couple of months ago, IBM announced a DB2 10.5 offering called BLU Acceleration. With customers looking to analyze, slice, dice, puree, and chop big data from social media all the way down to traditional ERP and CRM data sources, BLU ("Big data, Lightning fast, Ultra-easy") effectively optimizes DB2 for running large in-memory analytical jobs and drives down time to usable results at, according to IBM, the "speed of thought." On June 26, IBM announced via press release a number of vendor and customer testimonials about BLU Acceleration, emphasizing the business results they've seen with the product that's now generally available.

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In this edition, we'll cover IBM's PureFlex Solution for IBM i, specifically focused toward the SMB market. Plus, IBM announces more Power Linux Centers in New York and Austin along with proposed Linux KVM support in 2014.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

With running themes of "integration by design" and a "simplified experience," IBM PureSystems has been a relative hit in the worldwide server community, shipping over 4,000 units since its announcement just over a year ago. The fundamental characteristics of the AS/400 and now IBM i on Power Systems that inspired the descriptors for the IBM PureSystems family have come full circle as IBM announced the IBM PureFlex Solution for IBM i.

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This article is an excerpt from the book Fundamentals of Technology Project Management (Second Edition) published in September 2012 by MC Press.

colleen gartonWritten by Colleen Garton

This is part two of "The Social Media Generation Gap" article.


The older and younger generations use social media and virtual communication tools in a different way. Their perspectives are different because their experiences are different. One generation grew up in a pre-virtual technology world, and the other has never known life without it.

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IBM i 7.1 gets even more awesome with augmentations to the February TR6 announcement. We're talking IBM i Access Client Solutions and the frighteningly cool Liberty profile for WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5. Plus, there's the 25th anniversary promotions for Power 720 and 740 servers.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

 

IBM recently announced that IBM i 7.1 TR6 has been updated with usability, integration, and support enhancements.

 

First, we have IBM i Access Client Solutions, which is the Java-based application that gives customers a platform-independent option for the most-often-used components of IBM i Access for Windows, such as 5250 emulation, LAN console, and virtual control panel among others.

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This week, we'll cover updated Power Systems rebates, news about COMMON Europe, COMMON Americas, and the push for more PowerLinux in China.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

As per announcement letters 313-040 and 313-041, IBM has added POWER7+ hardware to the list of qualifying and eligible products in their software solutions' first-in-location or competitive migration rebate programs. You can receive a rebate equal to the total invoice price of the eligible new ISV software licenses acquired, up to a maximum rebate that is dependent upon the eligible new server minimum configurations outlined in the announcement letters. For example, if you purchase an ISV solution that costs $10,000, that's what you're entitled to as a rebate if the eligible hardware rebate value is greater than or equal to $10,000.

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This week, we'll cover V5R4 receiving a service extension, the 8th annual Top Concerns survey from COMMON Europe, IBM marketing the heck out of IBM i, and the IBM i Professionals group on LinkedIn.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

You probably knew that this was going to happen once the formal end of support for i5/OS V5R4 was announced for September 2013. IBM makes it official with announcement letter 613-004 stating that, because of significant demand, customers can continue to receive software support and maintenance for the next three years.

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