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IBM has introduced an array of systems software, hardware, and improved availability "best practices" to help companies substantially reduce energy consumption and more effectively manage their computing environments. The new technologies and services allow clients to use fewer servers, make better use of existing technology, and actively monitor power usage while eliminating significant blocks of planned downtime and freeing up IT staffs on weekends and off-hours. 

The announcements include:

  • A wide-ranging variety of software solutions designed to improve customers' ability to easily deploy, virtualize, manage, and upgrade their systems 
  • New POWER6 processor-based IBM BladeCenter JS22 Express systems, bringing the power of the world's fastest chip to a blade form factor for the first time
  • A new Availability Factory, allowing qualified customers to get a no-charge assessment of how to implement their own roadmaps to improve application availability and energy efficiency

At the heart of IBM's announcement is new virtualization software that enables customers to move running applications—or even the entire operating system partition—from one physical machine to another with no impact on application availability. These features—including Live Partition Mobility and Live Application Mobility—allow applications to be consolidated onto fewer machines while active, helping to reduce energy consumption.

The same features combined with the ability to update hardware, firmware and software, including the UNIX operating system kernel itself, while it is running, are the cornerstone to a new roadmap. The software enables customers to perform systems maintenance, updates and application migrations and consolidations at, for example, 2 p.m. on Tuesday instead of 2 a.m. on Sunday, and is designed to eliminate blocks of planned downtime and create less work on weekends for IT staffs. The Solaris operating system running on SPARC processor-based servers and the HP/UX operating system running on Itanium processor-based servers do not have such features to allow movement of active applications and operating system images without interrupting production operations.

Customer Testimonial

Informations-Technologie Austria (iT-Austria), the leading Austrian provider of IT services for the financial sector, offers computing services such as systems management and production control to Austria's largest banking institutions. The company has been beta-testing Live Partition Mobility on a POWER6 processor-based platform, and worked with IBM to demonstrate that a continuously running SAP system could be moved between data centers 11 km (nearly seven miles) apart, transparently to users.

"Our beta test of Live Partition Mobility was a complete success," said Felix Fibich, IT architect at iT-Austria. "Using Live Partition Mobility, we've been able to provide constant and continuous access to systems and applications without interrupting the service during planned downtimes due to site and system maintenance. And we've been able to provide an advanced level of energy management, moving computing resources transparently to those locations where the data center's power management can make the best use of it."

Power Systems Software

IBM announced a broad Power Systems Software initiative which includes a six-layer integrated, yet modular, systems software stack for i5/OS, UNIX, and Linux customers including virtualization, operating systems and integration, high availability, security, energy management and platform management. Within the stack, IBM announced a number of new and updated offerings, extending its lead in UNIX virtualization and energy-management capabilities.

The software, which supports the new POWER6 processor-based blade servers as well as applicable IBM System p and System i servers, includes the following:

Virtualization

Advanced POWER Virtualization (APV) Standard Edition effectively turns a single server into a machine with up to 10 "virtual" servers per processor core, eliminating the need for multiple physical servers, which reduces energy costs while enabling the creation of resource pools (memory, networking, etc.) that can be shared by each virtual server. The combination of IBM POWER processor-based servers and APV Standard Edition can lower the total cost of ownership up to 72 percent when factoring costs such as maintenance, software support, personnel and facilities, according to a recent International Technology Group study.

A new version of APV announced today, APV Enterprise Edition, includes the addition of the UNIX-exclusive Live Partition Mobility, a unique virtualization technique that integrates chip technology, firmware and POWER Hypervisor technology to enable POWER6 processor-based servers to move live logical partitions, including the operating system and all associated applications, from one server to another while the systems are running.

Energy

A new offering, part of the IBM Systems Director family, called Active Energy Manager (formerly IBM PowerExecutive), exploits the energy management features of POWER6 EnergyScale technology. It provides features such as power trending, power-saving, capping of maximum power and thermal measurement/reporting that enable better facility planning, energy and cost savings, and peak energy usage control. For instance, clients can leverage EnergyScale technology to customize the power consumption of their systems and tailor it to their particular data center needs. The power-saving feature may reduce processor power consumption by up to 30 percent.

Operating Systems

AIX 6, IBM's newest version of the UNIX operating system, which recently completed a highly successful open beta program that featured rigorous customer and ISV testing with more than 14,000 downloads, will be made generally available later this week. AIX 6 now comes complete with a new binary compatibility guarantee for applications which run on prior releases of AIX, role-based access control at an operating systems or Workload Partition level, an encrypting file system, and support for concurrent updates to the operating system kernel. The concurrent kernel updates and WPAR help reduce planned downtime and improve continuous application availability. 

With i5/OS on System i servers and Linux on POWER on System i or System p servers are also part of the Power Systems Software operating systems and integration layer.

Security

The new IBM Workload Partition Manager for AIX allows a single copy of AIX 6 to have multiple defined partitions, each with its own security settings for administrators, users, and application workloads. Workload Partition Manager also includes Live Application Mobility which allows all the applications in a Workload Partition to be moved while still running to another copy of AIX 6 even if on another physical POWER4, POWER5, or POWER6 processor-based server. Also new with AIX 6 is Security Expert, which allows administrators to control more than 300 security settings from a single console. Security settings can be exported and imported as a security profile to multiple systems.

High Availability

Also announced were new versions of High Availability Cluster Management Program (HACMP) V5.4.1 and Cluster Suite Manager V1.7 for AIX and Linux operating systems, designed to help customers maximize system availability and performance for AIX and Linux. iCluster for i5/OS, which provides data mirroring across disks and servers, is available now from IBM.

The Best of IBM on Blades

Simultaneously, IBM announced the first blade server based on POWER6—the world's fastest microprocessor. The processor's tremendous speed and memory, combined with the integration and power savings of IBM BladeCenter, enables customers to create dense, energy efficient data centers.

The new JS22 BladeCenter Express—replete with two dual-core POWER6 processors with APV included with each blade—offers unprecedented technology, virtualization, performance and reliability in a Blade form factor, easing the way for customer consolidations that help lower maintenance and energy bills.

Blade servers allow clients to pack more processors into less space on with the same power and cooling envelope, maximizing valuable floor space in the data center. Calculations show that one rack of IBM's new POWER6 processor-based blades is so powerful when virtualized that it can replace 23 non-virtualized racks of Sun's latest V490 servers, potentially saving more than $200,000 per year in energy costs alone.

As part of the announcements, IBM shared its BladeCenter S demo with the media in San Francisco. This is a comparison of BladeCenter S with HP's c3000 BladeSystem for mid-sized clients that demonstrates that the energy-efficient BladeCenter S may be less expensive and better designed for the needs of small and medium businesses.

Availability Factory

The new IBM Availability Factory, modeled on the highly successful IBM Migration Factory and IBM Server Consolidation Factory, allows qualified Solaris and HP/UX UNIX customers to get a no-charge assessment of how to implement their own roadmaps while moving to AIX and POWER. 

The company has put aside a $5 million fund for "no charge" assessments over the next six months for qualified customers who wish to migrate to Power Systems Software on AIX and POWER to improve energy efficiency and increase application availability. Many technology-preview customers have already told IBM that Live Partition Mobility and Live Application Mobility, combined with the ability to do concurrent hardware, firmware and operating system updates, will fundamentally change how they do UNIX operations.

"Today's news demonstrates that energy efficiency is a guiding principle of everything we do, affording customers maximum flexibility in addressing this crucial environmental—and financial—issue. And with that focus we've also enabled our clients to innovate in the areas of application availability, continuous operations, and overall IT asset utilization," said Scott Handy, vice president, marketing and strategy, IBM Power Systems. "We've wrapped our new and unique capabilities into a customizable roadmap for customers that can fundamentally change for the better what were best practices for overall IT operations."

Pricing and Availability

POWER6 processor-based Blade systems for AIX, Linux on POWER, and i5/OS are scheduled to be available on BladeCenter H and BladeCenter HT chassis beginning November 30. A JS22 Express configuration, including 4 GB memory, a 73GB hard disk drive and BladeCenter H chassis is priced at $10,363.

AIX 6, Advanced POWER Virtualization and related software will be made generally available on November 9. IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager is scheduled for general availability on December 14. APV Enterprise Edition is available as a "no-charge upgrade" to all existing POWER6 processor-based System p 570 APV Standard Edition users and at the same price as APV Standard Edition for all new System p 570 buyers through end of year. APV Standard Edition will be added at no-license fee to each POWER blade server.

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 has introduced an array of systems software, hardware, and improved availability "best practices" to help companies substantially reduce energy consumption and more effectively manage their computing environments. The new technologies and services allow clients to use fewer servers, make better use of existing technology, and actively monitor power usage while eliminating significant blocks of planned downtime and freeing up IT staffs on weekends and off-hours. 

The announcements include:

  • A wide-ranging variety of software solutions designed to improve customers' ability to easily deploy, virtualize, manage, and upgrade their systems 
  • New POWER6 processor-based IBM BladeCenter JS22 Express systems, bringing the power of the world's fastest chip to a blade form factor for the first time
  • A new Availability Factory, allowing qualified customers to get a no-charge assessment of how to implement their own roadmaps to improve application availability and energy efficiency

At the heart of IBM's announcement is new virtualization software that enables customers to move running applications—or even the entire operating system partition—from one physical machine to another with no impact on application availability. These features—including Live Partition Mobility and Live Application Mobility—allow applications to be consolidated onto fewer machines while active, helping to reduce energy consumption.

The same features combined with the ability to update hardware, firmware and software, including the UNIX operating system kernel itself, while it is running, are the cornerstone to a new roadmap. The software enables customers to perform systems maintenance, updates and application migrations and consolidations at, for example, 2 p.m. on Tuesday instead of 2 a.m. on Sunday, and is designed to eliminate blocks of planned downtime and create less work on weekends for IT staffs. The Solaris operating system running on SPARC processor-based servers and the HP/UX operating system running on Itanium processor-based servers do not have such features to allow movement of active applications and operating system images without interrupting production operations.

Customer Testimonial

Informations-Technologie Austria (iT-Austria), the leading Austrian provider of IT services for the financial sector, offers computing services such as systems management and production control to Austria's largest banking institutions. The company has been beta-testing Live Partition Mobility on a POWER6 processor-based platform, and worked with IBM to demonstrate that a continuously running SAP system could be moved between data centers 11 km (nearly seven miles) apart, transparently to users.

"Our beta test of Live Partition Mobility was a complete success," said Felix Fibich, IT architect at iT-Austria. "Using Live Partition Mobility, we've been able to provide constant and continuous access to systems and applications without interrupting the service during planned downtimes due to site and system maintenance. And we've been able to provide an advanced level of energy management, moving computing resources transparently to those locations where the data center's power management can make the best use of it."

Power Systems Software

IBM announced a broad Power Systems Software initiative which includes a six-layer integrated, yet modular, systems software stack for i5/OS, UNIX, and Linux customers including virtualization, operating systems and integration, high availability, security, energy management and platform management. Within the stack, IBM announced a number of new and updated offerings, extending its lead in UNIX virtualization and energy-management capabilities.

The software, which supports the new POWER6 processor-based blade servers as well as applicable IBM System p and System i servers, includes the following:

Virtualization

Advanced POWER Virtualization (APV) Standard Edition effectively turns a single server into a machine with up to 10 "virtual" servers per processor core, eliminating the need for multiple physical servers, which reduces energy costs while enabling the creation of resource pools (memory, networking, etc.) that can be shared by each virtual server. The combination of IBM POWER processor-based servers and APV Standard Edition can lower the total cost of ownership up to 72 percent when factoring costs such as maintenance, software support, personnel and facilities, according to a recent International Technology Group study.

A new version of APV announced today, APV Enterprise Edition, includes the addition of the UNIX-exclusive Live Partition Mobility, a unique virtualization technique that integrates chip technology, firmware and POWER Hypervisor technology to enable POWER6 processor-based servers to move live logical partitions, including the operating system and all associated applications, from one server to another while the systems are running.

Energy

A new offering, part of the IBM Systems Director family, called Active Energy Manager (formerly IBM PowerExecutive), exploits the energy management features of POWER6 EnergyScale technology. It provides features such as power trending, power-saving, capping of maximum power and thermal measurement/reporting that enable better facility planning, energy and cost savings, and peak energy usage control. For instance, clients can leverage EnergyScale technology to customize the power consumption of their systems and tailor it to their particular data center needs. The power-saving feature may reduce processor power consumption by up to 30 percent.

Operating Systems

AIX 6, IBM's newest version of the UNIX operating system, which recently completed a highly successful open beta program that featured rigorous customer and ISV testing with more than 14,000 downloads, will be made generally available later this week. AIX 6 now comes complete with a new binary compatibility guarantee for applications which run on prior releases of AIX, role-based access control at an operating systems or Workload Partition level, an encrypting file system, and support for concurrent updates to the operating system kernel. The concurrent kernel updates and WPAR help reduce planned downtime and improve continuous application availability. 

With i5/OS on System i servers and Linux on POWER on System i or System p servers are also part of the Power Systems Software operating systems and integration layer.

Security

The new IBM Workload Partition Manager for AIX allows a single copy of AIX 6 to have multiple defined partitions, each with its own security settings for administrators, users, and application workloads. Workload Partition Manager also includes Live Application Mobility which allows all the applications in a Workload Partition to be moved while still running to another copy of AIX 6 even if on another physical POWER4, POWER5, or POWER6 processor-based server. Also new with AIX 6 is Security Expert, which allows administrators to control more than 300 security settings from a single console. Security settings can be exported and imported as a security profile to multiple systems.

High Availability

Also announced were new versions of High Availability Cluster Management Program (HACMP) V5.4.1 and Cluster Suite Manager V1.7 for AIX and Linux operating systems, designed to help customers maximize system availability and performance for AIX and Linux. iCluster for i5/OS, which provides data mirroring across disks and servers, is available now from IBM.

The Best of IBM on Blades

Simultaneously, IBM announced the first blade server based on POWER6—the world's fastest microprocessor. The processor's tremendous speed and memory, combined with the integration and power savings of IBM BladeCenter, enables customers to create dense, energy efficient data centers.

The new JS22 BladeCenter Express—replete with two dual-core POWER6 processors with APV included with each blade—offers unprecedented technology, virtualization, performance and reliability in a Blade form factor, easing the way for customer consolidations that help lower maintenance and energy bills.

Blade servers allow clients to pack more processors into less space on with the same power and cooling envelope, maximizing valuable floor space in the data center. Calculations show that one rack of IBM's new POWER6 processor-based blades is so powerful when virtualized that it can replace 23 non-virtualized racks of Sun's latest V490 servers, potentially saving more than $200,000 per year in energy costs alone.

As part of the announcements, IBM shared its BladeCenter S demo with the media in San Francisco. This is a comparison of BladeCenter S with HP's c3000 BladeSystem for mid-sized clients that demonstrates that the energy-efficient BladeCenter S may be less expensive and better designed for the needs of small and medium businesses.

Availability Factory

The new IBM Availability Factory, modeled on the highly successful IBM Migration Factory and IBM Server Consolidation Factory, allows qualified Solaris and HP/UX UNIX customers to get a no-charge assessment of how to implement their own roadmaps while moving to AIX and POWER. 

The company has put aside a $5 million fund for "no charge" assessments over the next six months for qualified customers who wish to migrate to Power Systems Software on AIX and POWER to improve energy efficiency and increase application availability. Many technology-preview customers have already told IBM that Live Partition Mobility and Live Application Mobility, combined with the ability to do concurrent hardware, firmware and operating system updates, will fundamentally change how they do UNIX operations.

"Today's news demonstrates that energy efficiency is a guiding principle of everything we do, affording customers maximum flexibility in addressing this crucial environmental—and financial—issue. And with that focus we've also enabled our clients to innovate in the areas of application availability, continuous operations, and overall IT asset utilization," said Scott Handy, vice president, marketing and strategy, IBM Power Systems. "We've wrapped our new and unique capabilities into a customizable roadmap for customers that can fundamentally change for the better what were best practices for overall IT operations."

Pricing and Availability

POWER6 processor-based Blade systems for AIX, Linux on POWER, and i5/OS are scheduled to be available on BladeCenter H and BladeCenter HT chassis beginning November 30. A JS22 Express configuration, including 4 GB memory, a 73GB hard disk drive and BladeCenter H chassis is priced at $10,363.

AIX 6, Advanced POWER Virtualization and related software will be made generally available on November 9. IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager is scheduled for general availability on December 14. APV Enterprise Edition is available as a "no-charge upgrade" to all existing POWER6 processor-based System p 570 APV Standard Edition users and at the same price as APV Standard Edition for all new System p 570 buyers through end of year. APV Standard Edition will be added at no-license fee to each POWER blade server.

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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    • 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).
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  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

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    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
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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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  • 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.

  • 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:
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    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
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  • 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.