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Included are four attractively priced Express servers and four new IBM i Solution Editions integrated and optimized for rapid ERP deployment.

IBM today announced new POWER7 systems designed to manage the most demanding workloads and emerging applications, including a high-end system that offers markedly better energy efficiency than competitive systems, the company said. The announced systems will be generally available on September 17. 

"This is the culmination of the initial roll-out of our POWER7 set of offerings; it's been an exciting and busy year for us," Steve Sibley, manager, Power Systems servers offering management, told MC Press Online.

TPC-C Benchmarks

IBM also announced a pair of developments that it said illustrate the company’s continued momentum for Power in the $13 billion UNIX market, in which IBM has experienced a 14-point revenue share gain since 2005. 

•     IBM has achieved the industry’s highest ever TPC-C (transaction processing) benchmark using a Power Systems configuration with DB2, hitting 10,366,254 transactions per minute, which beat HP's best by more than 153 percent and Oracle's best result by more than 35 percent (1).  The IBM result represents 2.7 times better performance per core than the Oracle result, and it is 40 percent less expensive than Oracle’s best result, the company said.  HP's best result is over twice as expensive as the IBM result, according to IBM. 

•     A record 285 customers moved critical business workloads to IBM systems and storage from the competition during the second quarter of 2010, including 171 from Oracle and 86 from HP, according to IBM. More than 2,600 companies have switched from the competition to IBM Power Systems since IBM established its Migration Factory program four years ago. Of particular note, IBM’s business helping customers reduce x86 server sprawl by consolidating to Power increased four-fold over the first quarter, the company reported. 

The new systems–servers, software and IBM’s industry-leading PowerVM virtualization capabilities– allow customers to better manage ever-increasing amounts of data in an interconnected world and to conserve energy and floor space in burdened data centers, notes IBM. They are part of a year-long rollout by IBM of workload-optimized systems for the demands of emerging business models such as smart electrical grids, real-time analytics in financial markets and healthcare, mobile telecommunications, and smarter traffic systems.

80 Percent Taking PowerVM

"We now have over 80 percent of our [POWER7] clients [purchasing] our PowerVM virtualization capabilities as they consolidate and drive newer workloads onto each of these platforms. So we're growing the number of platforms we're shipping, and yet our clients are putting a lot more workload on those systems as they try to consolidate and reduce costs," Sibley said. 

He commented that he believes most of the companies purchasing PowerVM  are actually deploying it because sales of the lower-end PowerVM Express Edition are low compared to sales of the PowerVM Standard and PowerVM Enterprise editions. 

"We have a PowerVM Express Edition for people who want to test it, but very few people are buying the Express Edition," he said. "They're buying the Standard or Enterprise editions. We are not seeing a lot of trials anymore," Sibley said. 

New technology announced by IBM includes the new high-end IBM Power 795 system; four entry-level POWER7 processor-based servers designed specifically for mid-market clients; and a POWER7 processor-based workload-optimized Smart Analytics System that helps businesses draw real-time information from massive amounts of data.

Power Hitting the Mark in the Marketplace

"We started rolling out the POWER7 systems in February with what we consider the upper midrange part of our line with the Power 750, Power 770, and Power 780," said Sibley. "Those have been extraordinarily well received in the marketplace. We reported growth of 11 percent in revenues, and we also saw good volume growth," he said. 

The new 256-core IBM Power 795 offers more than five times better energy efficiency compared to servers from Oracle and HP(2).  It uses IBM’s leading-edge EnergyScale technology that varies frequencies depending upon workloads. This new system supports up to 8 terabytes of memory and provides over four times the performance in the same energy envelope as the fastest Power 595, IBM POWER6 processor-based high-end system. 

The new POWER7 technology supports four times as many processor cores as prior systems and uses the latest PowerVM virtualization software to enable customers to run over 1,000 virtual servers on a single physical system, enabling a huge improvement in operating efficiency.  For the many customers nearing capacity limits for energy, space and cooling in datacenters, consolidating older systems to the new high-end Power 795 could result in more headroom–with energy reductions of up to 75 percent for equivalent performance capacity– allowing for workload growth in existing datacenters and helping companies to potentially avoid or reduce the cost of expanding or building new data centers.(3) 

IBM also announced Power Flex, a new environment composed of two or more Power 795 systems, PowerVM Live Partition Mobility and a Flex Capacity Upgrade on Demand option. This solution enables clients to shift running applications from one system to another to perform system maintenance without downtime, helping to balance workloads and more easily handle peaks in demand.  

IBM also announced a new version of AIX—V7.

Express Servers

The four Express servers announced–IBM Power 710, 720, 730 and 740 Express–offer mid-market clients the outstanding performance, energy efficiency and other benefits of POWER7 technology in compact rack-mount or tower packages, the company said. These high-density, cost efficient servers minimize complexity and provide the memory capacity, internal storage options, I/O expandability and RAS features needed for demanding workloads in today’s high-growth midsize business, said IBM. 

Attractively priced starting at $6,385 (4) and available from IBM and IBM Business Partners, these easy-to-order IBM Express models allow clients to choose the configuration that satisfies their requirements and receive half the processor core activations at no additional charge. The new Express servers run over 15,000 applications based on AIX, IBM i and Linux operating systems. PowerVM software is also optionally available on the four new Express models, allowing clients to consolidate multiple workloads on one or more servers.

Consolidation Success Story

Sibley cited GHY International, a family-owned business in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as a company that has reduced maintenance from 95 percent of its workload to just five percent due to a consolidation onto Power Systems. GHY has been operating for more than a century and is using Power Systems running three operating environments—AIX, IBM i and Linux—in concert with other IBM hardware and software to manage a growing international trade services and consulting business. Dedicated to helping clients buy and sell goods internationally, GHY is using POWER7 systems to help customers manage the staples of worldwide trade, such as compliance and risk management, in real time, saving businesses time and money by expediting the production of customs forms. 

"This is critically important in a time when we have smarter applications and the horsepower to drive them," said Nigel Fortlage, vice president of information technology for GHY International. "IBM Power Systems have allowed us to use a cross platform server consolidation and virtualization strategy to effectively manage these new, emerging customs workloads. The ability of IBM Power servers to run multiple operating systems simultaneously is an enormous benefit to GHY, and the impact of virtualization on productivity has been astounding." 

Smart Analytics System

The IBM Smart Analytics System 7700 with POWER7 technology delivers a single, optimized system with the right balance of software, systems and storage capabilities for workloads generating unprecedented amounts of data at extreme speeds - providing a powerful analytics platform that can be deployed and customized for clients in a matter of days. This solution helps clients quickly draw insights from vast amounts of data to anticipate emerging business trends, capture new opportunities and avoid risks. 

The Smart Analytics System, which features several pretested Power Systems 740 Express server configurations, IBM DB2 powered and InfoSphere Warehouse software and AIX, analyzes data where it resides. This is important as clients seek to shorten the cycle time between processing and results, and seek to avoid the costs of migrating data from one system to another. 

Roanoke, VA-based, Advance Auto Parts, a leader in the automotive aftermarket, has more than 3,500 stores with more than 51,000 employees. Recently, the chain deployed the Smart Analytics System to more efficiently analyze national sales and inventory data up to 10 times faster than before. 

"IBM's level of optimization addresses the growing demands of data-intensive workloads versus other competitive offerings while also helping to reduce IT costs.  The system makes it easier to analyze data integrated from multiple databases and thereby, turning that data into actionable insight quickly," said Bill Robinette, director of Business Intelligence, Advance Auto Parts.  "That insight allows us to understand what our customers are buying at specific store locations.  Data on the make and model of the cars they own can help us more effectively manage inventory to ensure the right auto parts such as batteries, headlights, and brakes are in stock." 

“IBM continues to make the investments in systems, processors, systems software, operating systems and middleware necessary to lead the industry and meet the need of customers’ growing workloads,” said Tom Rosamilia, general manager of Power Systems and System z, IBM Systems & Technology Group. “IBM Power Systems have raised the bar for performance, reliability and energy efficiency.” 

IBM i Solution Editions for ERP

For IBM i clients, IBM is offering four new IBM i Solution Editions, integrated and optimized for rapid ERP deployment. These packages feature software from SAP, JD Edwards, Infor and Lawson and offer significant savings for customers running older versions of the i operating system who are looking to upgrade. 

“Infor and IBM have partnered to deliver the IBM i Solution Edition for Infor System i Solutions.   This is an important step in bringing a combination of Infor System i ERP and POWER7 processor-based systems to a set of customers that want simple, integrated solutions at a lower price,” said Joe Marino, vice president of System i Development and Support, Infor.  “We believe that this solution will be valuable to a large set of customers and will be a great success in the market.” 

IBM also announced IBM Rational Power Appliance, a family of software appliances comprised of Power Express servers that are pre-loaded and pre-configured with IBM Rational software for AIX development.  Available in a range of sizes and programming languages to suit specific user requirements, these ready-to-use systems provide customers a fully-enabled software development environment that can be put to use in a matter of hours, rather than days or weeks. 

IBM also announced enhanced solid state disk options on all POWER7 systems. 

For more information on IBM workload optimized systems, visit http://www.ibm.com/systems/smarter

________________________________

1) IBM Power 780 cluster (3 x 64 core) (24 chips, 192 cores, 768 threads) TPC-C result of 10,366,254 tpmC and $1.38/tpmC, configuration available 10/13/10 vs. Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Cluster (12 x 32 core) (48 chips, 384 cores, 3072 threads) 7,646,486 tpmC, $2.36/tpmC, available 3/19/10 vs. HP Superdome (64 chips, 128 cores, 256 threads) 4,092,799 tpmC, $2.93/tpmC, available 8/06/07.  Results current as of 08/16/10. IBM result submitted as of 08/17/10.  Source: www.tpc.org.  TPC-C is a trademark of the Transaction Performance Processing Council (TPPC). 

(2) Efficiency is measured by performance per watt. Using SPECint_rate2006 as the measure for performance and the Maximum power usage for the IBM Power 795 and from the HP QuickSpecs and Sun SPARC Enterprise Site Planning Guides as the measure of energy usage.

SPECint_rate 2006 results: IBM Power 795 with 256 cores, 32 processor chips, and four threads per core had a peak result of 11,200. HP SuperDome with 128 cores, 64 processor chips and one thread per core had a peak result of 1,648.  The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 with 256 cores, 64 processor chips and two threads per core had a peak result of 2,586. 

SPEC® and the benchmark names SPECrate®, SPECint®, and SPECjbb® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. For the latest SPEC benchmark results, visit http://www.spec.org. All results are the best result posted at www.spec.org as of August 11, 2010 for the system indicated except for the IBM Power 795 result which was submitted to SPEC as of August 17, 2010. 

(3) Based on four times higher system performance advantage of Power 795 vs. HP SuperDome, as noted above, combined with the ability to achieve much higher utilization rates with PowerVM and the scalability of the Power 795, clients can consolidate the workload from over 1,200 SPARC or Itanium processor cores reducing energy consumption by up to 75 percent.                                                                                                        

(4) Prices reflect US list prices as of August 17, 2010; reseller prices may vary.

The IBM business model is built to support two principal goals: helping clients succeed in delivering business value by becoming more innovative, efficient and competitive through the use of business insight and information technology (IT) solutions; and, providing long-term value to shareholders. The business model has been developed over time through strategic investments in capabilities and technologies that have the best long-term growth and profitability prospects based on the value they deliver to clients. The company's strategy is to focus on the high-growth, high-value segments of the IT industry. The company's global capabilities include services, software, hardware, fundamental research and financing. The broad mix of businesses and capabilities are combined to provide business insight and solutions for the company's clients.

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IBM today announced new POWER7 systems designed to manage the most demanding workloads and emerging applications, including a high-end system that offers markedly better energy efficiency than competitive systems, the company said. The announced systems will be generally available on September 17. 

"This is the culmination of the initial roll-out of our POWER7 set of offerings; it's been an exciting and busy year for us," Steve Sibley, manager, Power Systems servers offering management, told MC Press Online.

TPC-C Benchmarks

IBM also announced a pair of developments that it said illustrate the company’s continued momentum for Power in the $13 billion UNIX market, in which IBM has experienced a 14-point revenue share gain since 2005. 

•     IBM has achieved the industry’s highest ever TPC-C (transaction processing) benchmark using a Power Systems configuration with DB2, hitting 10,366,254 transactions per minute, which beat HP's best by more than 153 percent and Oracle's best result by more than 35 percent (1).  The IBM result represents 2.7 times better performance per core than the Oracle result, and it is 40 percent less expensive than Oracle’s best result, the company said.  HP's best result is over twice as expensive as the IBM result, according to IBM. 

•     A record 285 customers moved critical business workloads to IBM systems and storage from the competition during the second quarter of 2010, including 171 from Oracle and 86 from HP, according to IBM. More than 2,600 companies have switched from the competition to IBM Power Systems since IBM established its Migration Factory program four years ago. Of particular note, IBM’s business helping customers reduce x86 server sprawl by consolidating to Power increased four-fold over the first quarter, the company reported. 

The new systems–servers, software and IBM’s industry-leading PowerVM virtualization capabilities– allow customers to better manage ever-increasing amounts of data in an interconnected world and to conserve energy and floor space in burdened data centers, notes IBM. They are part of a year-long rollout by IBM of workload-optimized systems for the demands of emerging business models such as smart electrical grids, real-time analytics in financial markets and healthcare, mobile telecommunications, and smarter traffic systems.

80 Percent Taking PowerVM

"We now have over 80 percent of our [POWER7] clients [purchasing] our PowerVM virtualization capabilities as they consolidate and drive newer workloads onto each of these platforms. So we're growing the number of platforms we're shipping, and yet our clients are putting a lot more workload on those systems as they try to consolidate and reduce costs," Sibley said. 

He commented that he believes most of the companies purchasing PowerVM  are actually deploying it because sales of the lower-end PowerVM Express Edition are low compared to sales of the PowerVM Standard and PowerVM Enterprise editions. 

"We have a PowerVM Express Edition for people who want to test it, but very few people are buying the Express Edition," he said. "They're buying the Standard or Enterprise editions. We are not seeing a lot of trials anymore," Sibley said. 

New technology announced by IBM includes the new high-end IBM Power 795 system; four entry-level POWER7 processor-based servers designed specifically for mid-market clients; and a POWER7 processor-based workload-optimized Smart Analytics System that helps businesses draw real-time information from massive amounts of data.

Power Hitting the Mark in the Marketplace

"We started rolling out the POWER7 systems in February with what we consider the upper midrange part of our line with the Power 750, Power 770, and Power 780," said Sibley. "Those have been extraordinarily well received in the marketplace. We reported growth of 11 percent in revenues, and we also saw good volume growth," he said. 

The new 256-core IBM Power 795 offers more than five times better energy efficiency compared to servers from Oracle and HP(2).  It uses IBM’s leading-edge EnergyScale technology that varies frequencies depending upon workloads. This new system supports up to 8 terabytes of memory and provides over four times the performance in the same energy envelope as the fastest Power 595, IBM POWER6 processor-based high-end system. 

The new POWER7 technology supports four times as many processor cores as prior systems and uses the latest PowerVM virtualization software to enable customers to run over 1,000 virtual servers on a single physical system, enabling a huge improvement in operating efficiency.  For the many customers nearing capacity limits for energy, space and cooling in datacenters, consolidating older systems to the new high-end Power 795 could result in more headroom–with energy reductions of up to 75 percent for equivalent performance capacity– allowing for workload growth in existing datacenters and helping companies to potentially avoid or reduce the cost of expanding or building new data centers.(3) 

IBM also announced Power Flex, a new environment composed of two or more Power 795 systems, PowerVM Live Partition Mobility and a Flex Capacity Upgrade on Demand option. This solution enables clients to shift running applications from one system to another to perform system maintenance without downtime, helping to balance workloads and more easily handle peaks in demand.  

IBM also announced a new version of AIX—V7.

Express Servers

The four Express servers announced–IBM Power 710, 720, 730 and 740 Express–offer mid-market clients the outstanding performance, energy efficiency and other benefits of POWER7 technology in compact rack-mount or tower packages, the company said. These high-density, cost efficient servers minimize complexity and provide the memory capacity, internal storage options, I/O expandability and RAS features needed for demanding workloads in today’s high-growth midsize business, said IBM. 

Attractively priced starting at $6,385 (4) and available from IBM and IBM Business Partners, these easy-to-order IBM Express models allow clients to choose the configuration that satisfies their requirements and receive half the processor core activations at no additional charge. The new Express servers run over 15,000 applications based on AIX, IBM i and Linux operating systems. PowerVM software is also optionally available on the four new Express models, allowing clients to consolidate multiple workloads on one or more servers.

Consolidation Success Story

Sibley cited GHY International, a family-owned business in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as a company that has reduced maintenance from 95 percent of its workload to just five percent due to a consolidation onto Power Systems. GHY has been operating for more than a century and is using Power Systems running three operating environments—AIX, IBM i and Linux—in concert with other IBM hardware and software to manage a growing international trade services and consulting business. Dedicated to helping clients buy and sell goods internationally, GHY is using POWER7 systems to help customers manage the staples of worldwide trade, such as compliance and risk management, in real time, saving businesses time and money by expediting the production of customs forms. 

"This is critically important in a time when we have smarter applications and the horsepower to drive them," said Nigel Fortlage, vice president of information technology for GHY International. "IBM Power Systems have allowed us to use a cross platform server consolidation and virtualization strategy to effectively manage these new, emerging customs workloads. The ability of IBM Power servers to run multiple operating systems simultaneously is an enormous benefit to GHY, and the impact of virtualization on productivity has been astounding." 

Smart Analytics System

The IBM Smart Analytics System 7700 with POWER7 technology delivers a single, optimized system with the right balance of software, systems and storage capabilities for workloads generating unprecedented amounts of data at extreme speeds - providing a powerful analytics platform that can be deployed and customized for clients in a matter of days. This solution helps clients quickly draw insights from vast amounts of data to anticipate emerging business trends, capture new opportunities and avoid risks. 

The Smart Analytics System, which features several pretested Power Systems 740 Express server configurations, IBM DB2 powered and InfoSphere Warehouse software and AIX, analyzes data where it resides. This is important as clients seek to shorten the cycle time between processing and results, and seek to avoid the costs of migrating data from one system to another. 

Roanoke, VA-based, Advance Auto Parts, a leader in the automotive aftermarket, has more than 3,500 stores with more than 51,000 employees. Recently, the chain deployed the Smart Analytics System to more efficiently analyze national sales and inventory data up to 10 times faster than before. 

"IBM's level of optimization addresses the growing demands of data-intensive workloads versus other competitive offerings while also helping to reduce IT costs.  The system makes it easier to analyze data integrated from multiple databases and thereby, turning that data into actionable insight quickly," said Bill Robinette, director of Business Intelligence, Advance Auto Parts.  "That insight allows us to understand what our customers are buying at specific store locations.  Data on the make and model of the cars they own can help us more effectively manage inventory to ensure the right auto parts such as batteries, headlights, and brakes are in stock." 

“IBM continues to make the investments in systems, processors, systems software, operating systems and middleware necessary to lead the industry and meet the need of customers’ growing workloads,” said Tom Rosamilia, general manager of Power Systems and System z, IBM Systems & Technology Group. “IBM Power Systems have raised the bar for performance, reliability and energy efficiency.” 

IBM i Solution Editions for ERP

For IBM i clients, IBM is offering four new IBM i Solution Editions, integrated and optimized for rapid ERP deployment. These packages feature software from SAP, JD Edwards, Infor and Lawson and offer significant savings for customers running older versions of the i operating system who are looking to upgrade. 

“Infor and IBM have partnered to deliver the IBM i Solution Edition for Infor System i Solutions.   This is an important step in bringing a combination of Infor System i ERP and POWER7 processor-based systems to a set of customers that want simple, integrated solutions at a lower price,” said Joe Marino, vice president of System i Development and Support, Infor.  “We believe that this solution will be valuable to a large set of customers and will be a great success in the market.” 

IBM also announced IBM Rational Power Appliance, a family of software appliances comprised of Power Express servers that are pre-loaded and pre-configured with IBM Rational software for AIX development.  Available in a range of sizes and programming languages to suit specific user requirements, these ready-to-use systems provide customers a fully-enabled software development environment that can be put to use in a matter of hours, rather than days or weeks. 

IBM also announced enhanced solid state disk options on all POWER7 systems. 

For more information on IBM workload optimized systems, visit http://www.ibm.com/systems/smarter

________________________________

1) IBM Power 780 cluster (3 x 64 core) (24 chips, 192 cores, 768 threads) TPC-C result of 10,366,254 tpmC and $1.38/tpmC, configuration available 10/13/10 vs. Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Cluster (12 x 32 core) (48 chips, 384 cores, 3072 threads) 7,646,486 tpmC, $2.36/tpmC, available 3/19/10 vs. HP Superdome (64 chips, 128 cores, 256 threads) 4,092,799 tpmC, $2.93/tpmC, available 8/06/07.  Results current as of 08/16/10. IBM result submitted as of 08/17/10.  Source: www.tpc.org.  TPC-C is a trademark of the Transaction Performance Processing Council (TPPC). 

(2) Efficiency is measured by performance per watt. Using SPECint_rate2006 as the measure for performance and the Maximum power usage for the IBM Power 795 and from the HP QuickSpecs and Sun SPARC Enterprise Site Planning Guides as the measure of energy usage.

SPECint_rate 2006 results: IBM Power 795 with 256 cores, 32 processor chips, and four threads per core had a peak result of 11,200. HP SuperDome with 128 cores, 64 processor chips and one thread per core had a peak result of 1,648.  The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 with 256 cores, 64 processor chips and two threads per core had a peak result of 2,586. 

SPEC® and the benchmark names SPECrate®, SPECint®, and SPECjbb® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. For the latest SPEC benchmark results, visit http://www.spec.org. All results are the best result posted at www.spec.org as of August 11, 2010 for the system indicated except for the IBM Power 795 result which was submitted to SPEC as of August 17, 2010. 

(3) Based on four times higher system performance advantage of Power 795 vs. HP SuperDome, as noted above, combined with the ability to achieve much higher utilization rates with PowerVM and the scalability of the Power 795, clients can consolidate the workload from over 1,200 SPARC or Itanium processor cores reducing energy consumption by up to 75 percent.                                                                                                        

(4) Prices reflect US list prices as of August 17, 2010; reseller prices may vary.

The IBM business model is built to support two principal goals: helping clients succeed in delivering business value by becoming more innovative, efficient and competitive through the use of business insight and information technology (IT) solutions; and, providing long-term value to shareholders. The business model has been developed over time through strategic investments in capabilities and technologies that have the best long-term growth and profitability prospects based on the value they deliver to clients. The company's strategy is to focus on the high-growth, high-value segments of the IT industry. The company's global capabilities include services, software, hardware, fundamental research and financing. The broad mix of businesses and capabilities are combined to provide business insight and solutions for the company's clients.

________________

 

MC Press Online's staff of reporters and editors are trained professionals who share a background in journalism and have a passion for technology. Many have been in the IBM midrange industry for more than 20 years and have a keen sense of what's important to IBM i and Power Systems users. If you have a news tip, story idea, or press release, email it to mcnews@mcpressonline.com.

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    Watch noted IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses common ways that this supposedly “secure” operating system may actually be vulnerable and who the culprits might be.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

    SB Profound WC GenericWatch this on-demand webinar and learn how to rapidly and easily deploy mobile apps to your organization – even when working with legacy RPG code! IBM Champion Scott Klement will demonstrate how to:
    - Develop RPG applications without mobile development experience
    - Deploy secure applications for any mobile device
    - Build one application for all platforms, including Apple and Android
    - Extend the life and reach of your IBM i (aka iSeries, AS400) platform
    You’ll see examples from customers who have used our products and services to deliver the mobile applications of their dreams, faster and easier than they ever thought possible!

     

  • Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise

    SB Profound PPL 5491Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.

  • Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i

    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.

    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.

    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).

  • 5 New and Unique Ways to Use the IBM i Audit Journal

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericYou must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization’s data? Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts discuss:


    - Why companies don’t test role swaps when they know they should
    - Whether high availability in the cloud makes sense for IBM i users
    - Why some organizations don’t have high availability yet
    - How to get high availability up and running at your organization
    - High availability considerations for today’s security concerns

  • Profound.js 2.0: Extend the Power of Node to your IBM i Applications

    SB Profound WC 5541In this Webinar, we'll demonstrate how Profound.js 2.0 enables you to easily adopt Node.js in your business, and to take advantage of the many benefits of Node, including access to a much larger pool of developers for IBM i and access to countless reusable open source code packages on npm (Node Package Manager).
    You will see how Profound.js 2.0 allows you to:

    • Provide RPG-like capabilities for server-side JavaScript.
    • Easily create web and mobile application interfaces for Node on IBM i.
    • Let existing RPG programs call Node.js modules directly, and vice versa.
    • Automatically generate code for Node.js.
    • Automatically converts existing RPGLE code into clean, simplified Node.js code.

    Download and watch today!

     

  • Make Modern Apps You'll Love with Profound UI & Profound.js

    SB Profound WC 5541Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love:

    • Transform legacy RPG code to modern free-format RPG and Node.js
    • Deliver truly modern application interfaces with Profound UI
    • Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js

     

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

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    Most business intelligence tools are just that: tools, a means to an end but not an accelerator. Yours could even be slowing you down. But what if your BI tool didn't just give you a platform for query-writing but also improved programmer productivity?
    Watch the recorded webinar to see how Sequel:

    • Makes creating complex results simple
    • Eliminates barriers to data sources
    • Increases flexibility with data usage and distribution

    Accelerated productivity makes everyone happy, from programmer to business user.

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIt’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success. You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

    • Access IBM i data faster
    • Deliver useful information to executives and business users
    • Empower users with secure data access

    Ready to make your game plan and finally keep up with your data access requests?

     

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericLet’s face facts: servers don’t hack other servers. Despite the avalanche of regulations, news headlines remain chock full of stories about data breaches, all initiated by insiders or intruders masquerading as insiders.
    User profiles are often duplicated or restored and are rarely reviewed for the appropriateness of their current configuration. This increases the risk of the profile being able to access data without the intended authority or having privileges that should be reserved for administrators.
    Watch security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses a new approach for onboarding new users on IBM i and best-practices techniques for managing and monitoring activities after they sign on.

  • Don't Just Settle for Query/400...

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhile introducing Sequel Data Access, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access, distribution trends, and more advanced query tools. Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    - Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    - Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    - 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.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
    • 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:

    • The data dilemma
    • 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:

    • Different tools to develop Node.js applications on IBM i
    • 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.

     

     

  • Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i

    SB Profound WC GenericHave 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.
    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.
    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).
    Watch Now.

  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

    SB Profound WC Generic The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security
    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
    Watch Now.

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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:
    - Simplified backup procedures
    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    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:

    - Automated report distribution
    - 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.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    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:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - 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.