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"Virtualization" may be the latest buzzword, but what is it? What does it mean to your business? What do you need to do to virtualize your environment? Are you confused by all of the virtualization solutions that are available? If so, you are in the right place as the intent of this article is to demystify virtualization. You will learn what virtualization is and get an overview of IBM's virtualization tools. The key is that the virtualization tools that you implement depend on your virtualization needs.

Virtualization involves a shift in thinking from physical to logical. Rather than view your IT resources as separate physical resources, you must think of them as logical resources that can be shared to ensure a greater level of optimization. By using virtualization in your environment, you are able to consolidate resources such as processors, storage, and networks into a virtual environment.

IBM's notion of virtualization refers to the ability to do the following:

  • Create many virtual resources within a single physical device
  • Aggregate physical resources into larger logical resources
  • Consolidate hardware to save on hardware costs
  • Optimize the performance of workloads
  • Dynamically adjust resources based on business needs
  • Manage a heterogeneous environment (which may include any combination of AIX, HP-UX, i5/OS, Linux, Solaris, Windows, or z/OS operating systems)

Why virtualization? First of all, it will improve your total cost of ownership (TCO) by increasing asset utilization. In addition, it will increase your flexibility by providing rapid application deployment and by enabling you to reallocate resources based on changing business needs.

Virtualization Components

Within the realm of virtualization, you can take advantage of the components of virtualization that provide you with the most benefit. The following are three core components of an IT environment that are available to virtualize:

Systems

System virtualization enables you to consolidate systems, workloads, and operating environments; optimize resource use; and improve IT flexibility and responsiveness.

System virtualization creates many virtual systems within a single physical system. Virtual systems are independent operating environments that use virtual resources. System virtualization can be approached through hardware partitioning or hypervisor technology.

Hardware partitioning subdivides a physical server into fractions, each of which can run an operating system. These fractions are typically created with coarse units of allocation, such as whole processors or physical boards. This type of virtualization allows for hardware consolidation, but does not have the full benefits of resource sharing and emulation offered by hypervisors.

Hypervisors use a thin layer of code in software or firmware to achieve fine-grained, dynamic resource sharing. Because hypervisors provide the greatest level of flexibility in how virtual resources are defined and managed, they are the primary technology of choice for system virtualization. There are two types of hypervisors that you may use. Type 1 hypervisors run directly on the system hardware (Figure 1), whereas Type 2 hypervisors run on a host operating system (Figure 2). Type 1 hypervisors achieve greater virtualization in that they communicate directly with the hardware, which yields higher performance.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/VirtualizationConnieCradickV4--01220700.png

Figure 1: Type 1 hypervisors run directly on the system hardware.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/VirtualizationConnieCradickV4--01220701.png

Figure 2: Type 2 hypervisors run on a host operating system.

Storage

Storage virtualization allows multiple systems to share storage adapters and devices. SAN storage and data management are part of storage virtualization. IBM systems provide virtual storage solutions as well. The virtual storage technology, provided by System i and System p systems, allows multiple logical partitions to share storage adapters and devices. System x and System z systems are often integrated as nodes within a SAN-based solution or use POWER5 servers for additional storage.

Networks

Network virtualization is the ability to manage and prioritize traffic in portions of a network that might be shared among different enterprises.

Applying Virtualization

When you think about applying virtualization in your current IT environment, you must think about consolidating logical resources rather than physical resources into a system designed to support server, storage, and network virtualization. By adding any of these virtualization technologies to your environment, you create an on demand, secure, and flexible infrastructure prepared to handle workload changes in your environment.

To get a better understanding of virtualization, let's examine each component of a virtualized environment (Figure 3). Note that this examination focuses on IBM's notion of virtualization and IBM's virtualization tools.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/VirtualizationConnieCradickV4--01220702.png

Figure 3: This diagram shows the components of a virtualized environment.

Forming the base of the virtualization platform are servers, storage, and networks. At an individual device level, these physical resources are virtualized in many ways. Hypervisors facilitate virtualization in servers and even some storage devices. Block virtualization is leveraged by the San Volume Controller and also virtualizes I/O and networks with technologies in our servers.

In the middle of Figure 3, you can view the capabilities that not only benefit a single server, but also can be applied to multiple systems, within a box or across an infrastructure. You can manage a workload that traverses several systems as you would a single workload. Using the same tools, you can manage many different kinds of platforms. For example, Enterprise Workload Manager (EWLM) ensures that performance goals are met while IBM Director with the IBM Virtualization Manager extension for IBM Director discovers and creates a topology that shows the relationship between all physical or virtual resources that exist in the IT environment.

Complementing these system virtualization technologies are the capabilities to virtualize workloads. These include scheduling, provisioning, orchestration, and pooling. In addition, there are many ways to virtualize information, including federation and the global file system.

Examination of Virtualization Tools

IBM's virtualization technology includes many tools. Which tools you use depends on your specific virtualization needs. Review the descriptions of the tools in the following tables. Compare the virtualization functions to help determine which technologies are best for virtualizing your IT environment, as each technology is slightly different and provides varying levels of virtualization.

In general, to take full advantage of system virtualization, your systems must use either a Type 1 or a Type 2 hypervisor. The hypervisor allows the IBM virtualization technologies to not only monitor systems but also manage systems by making dynamic resource adjustments. This allows your systems to achieve optimal virtualization.

System Virtualization
Hypervisor
Hypervisor Type
IBM System That Runs Hypervisor
Microsoft Virtual Server
Type 2
System x and BladeCenter
POWER5
Type 1
System i and System p
Processor Resource/System Manager
Type 1
System z
VMware ESX Server
Type 1
System x and BladeCenter
VMware GSX Server
Type 2
System x and BladeCenter
VMware Server
Type 2
System x and BladeCenter
Xen
Type 1
System x and BladeCenter
z/VM
Type 1
System z

Note: IBM virtualization tools can also monitor operating systems that run on non-IBM hardware such as Hewlett-Packard or Sun.

IBM Virtualization Tools
Systems Planning Tool
Role in Virtualization
Plan and deploy virtual and physical resources
Core Virtualization Functions
  • Capacity planning
  • Workload estimating
  • Configuration verification
  • Deployment of virtual resources
Benefits
Provides you with a quick and easy interactive tool that plans for and configures your physical and virtual resources on a system-by-system basis. This makes virtualizing your systems easy.
Required
No, this tool is not mandatory; however, it simplifies the process of planning for your resources based on your workload when creating physical and virtual resources.
Dependencies
None
IBM Director
Role in Virtualization
Monitor and manage physical resources
Core Virtualization Functions
  • Provides a single interface to perform systems management tasks on a heterogeneous environment
  • Tracks assets
  • Performs diagnostic maintenance
  • Performs diagnostic monitoring of physical systems
Benefits
Provides you with a single interface to manage multiple systems that also allows you to automate tasks
Required
One of three primary interfaces that IBM recommends to choose from to manage your virtualized environment
Dependencies
None
IBM Virtualization Manager
Role in Virtualization
Monitor and manage both virtual and physical resources
Core Virtualization Functions
  • Provides a single interface to perform systems management tasks on a heterogeneous environment that includes virtual resources
  • Includes all IBM Director virtualization functions
  • Provides access to virtual systems that are managed by IBM Hardware Management Console (HMC), Microsoft Virtual Server, VMware, or Xen
  • Provides a topology view that shows relationships between resources
  • Provides a detailed Health Summary report
Benefits
Provides you with a single interface to manage multiple systems that may run on a broad set of hardware from a console or from a Web interface. In addition, the IBM Virtualization Manager includes not only the core functions that are provided by IBM Director but also additional functions that enable creation of virtual servers or farms as well as migration of virtual servers.
Required
One of three primary interfaces that IBM recommends to choose from to manage your virtualized environment
Dependencies
Yes, IBM Virtualization Manager is an extension to IBM Director.
Virtualization Engine Console
Role in Virtualization
Monitor and manage
Core Virtualization Function
  • Provides a single interface to manage the health of a heterogeneous environment
  • Provides direct execution of platform functions across select IBM physical and virtual resources
  • Provides a launchpad to access other system and storage consoles
Benefits
Provides you a single console to manage your environment. In addition, the launchpad enables you to easily access other system and storage consoles from one central location.
Required
One of three primary interfaces that IBM recommends to choose from to manage your virtualized environment
Dependencies
Virtualization Engine console is part of the Virtualization Engine common components 2.1.
Enterprise Workload Manager (EWLM)
Role in Virtualization
Monitor and manage the performance of workloads that run on your systems
Core Virtualization Functions
  • Monitors workload performance based on a specific goal
  • Monitors and manages end-to-end transactions as they flow from one application or server to another in a heterogeneous environment
  • Identifies how much CPU each workload consumes
  • Dynamically adjusts system resources to ensure performance goals are met
  • Adjusts workload distributions to ensure performance goals are met
  • Provides a topology that shows how work flows from one application or server to another
Benefits
Provides you with granular performance data that allows you to customize performance goals to your needs. You can monitor application-level work separately from system-level work as well as determine how much CPU each workload consumes. Furthermore, EWLM can make resource adjustments to ensure that your performance goals are met.
Required
No
Dependencies
No. However, hypervisor requirements must be met if you want EWLM to automate resource adjustments.

Get Virtualized

Now that you are familiar with the tools that you can use to virtualize your environment, it's time to get virtualized! Keep in mind that the tools that you use depend on your virtualization needs. In addition, the primary interface that you use to manage your virtual environment (IBM Director, IBM Director with the IBM Virtualization Manager extension, or Virtualization Engine Console) depends on not only your virtualization needs, but also the type of systems you are managing and which other tools you want to be able to access from your primary interface.

To virtualize your environment, there are several methods that you can use to get started, depending on which virtualization technologies you want to utilize.

  • IBM System Planning Tool This interactive tool creates a system plan file specific to your IT environment to help you virtualize your physical resources. See the IBM System Planning Tool on the IBM product Web site.
  • Virtualization Engine Console 2.1 You must install this software on your systems. See Installing and configuring Virtualization Engine console in the IBM Systems Software Information Center.
  • IBM Director (With or Without the IBM Virtualization Manager Extension)This software is available for download. You can also opt to install the IBM Director extensions. See IBM Director on the IBM product Web site.
  • Enterprise Workload Manager (EWLM)This software is part of the Virtualization Engine common components 2.1 and can be installed as a standalone product or as part of other Virtualization Engine tools. To install and configure EWLM, you must install the Virtualization Engine. As you complete the install, you can select EWLM from the list of Virtualization Engine tools to install. To install or configure EWLM, see Installing EWLM domain manager in the IBM Systems Software Information Center.
     

In summary, you have been educated on the latest buzzword, "virtualization." In addition, you have been provided with an overview of IBM's virtualization tools so that you are better equipped to make a decision as to which tools are most beneficial in your IT environment. Now it is time to put words into action by installing and configuring your virtualization tools so that you can begin to experience the benefits of virtualization.

Connie Cradick, a Staff Software Engineer at IBM, is the information development lead for Enterprise Workload Manager (EWLM) and is an IBM patent owner. She works with development and conducts usability tests to ensure that the user interfaces and documentation are user-friendly, clear, and concise. She has robust experience designing and documenting the IBM Virtualization Engine's EWLM. Prior to EWLM, she obtained extensive experience with i5/OS system values, i5/OS work management, and various job schedulers.

Connie joined IBM in 2000 and received her Bachelor of Science degree with summa cum laude honors from the University of Minnesota. You can contact Connie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"Virtualization" may be the latest buzzword, but what is it? What does it mean to your business? What do you need to do to virtualize your environment? Are you confused by all of the virtualization solutions that are available? If so, you are in the right place as the intent of this article is to demystify virtualization. You will learn what virtualization is and get an overview of IBM's virtualization tools. The key is that the virtualization tools that you implement depend on your virtualization needs.

Virtualization involves a shift in thinking from physical to logical. Rather than view your IT resources as separate physical resources, you must think of them as logical resources that can be shared to ensure a greater level of optimization. By using virtualization in your environment, you are able to consolidate resources such as processors, storage, and networks into a virtual environment.

IBM's notion of virtualization refers to the ability to do the following:

  • Create many virtual resources within a single physical device
  • Aggregate physical resources into larger logical resources
  • Consolidate hardware to save on hardware costs
  • Optimize the performance of workloads
  • Dynamically adjust resources based on business needs
  • Manage a heterogeneous environment (which may include any combination of AIX, HP-UX, i5/OS, Linux, Solaris, Windows, or z/OS operating systems)

Why virtualization? First of all, it will improve your total cost of ownership (TCO) by increasing asset utilization. In addition, it will increase your flexibility by providing rapid application deployment and by enabling you to reallocate resources based on changing business needs.

Virtualization Components

Within the realm of virtualization, you can take advantage of the components of virtualization that provide you with the most benefit. The following are three core components of an IT environment that are available to virtualize:

Systems

System virtualization enables you to consolidate systems, workloads, and operating environments; optimize resource use; and improve IT flexibility and responsiveness.

System virtualization creates many virtual systems within a single physical system. Virtual systems are independent operating environments that use virtual resources. System virtualization can be approached through hardware partitioning or hypervisor technology.

Hardware partitioning subdivides a physical server into fractions, each of which can run an operating system. These fractions are typically created with coarse units of allocation, such as whole processors or physical boards. This type of virtualization allows for hardware consolidation, but does not have the full benefits of resource sharing and emulation offered by hypervisors.

Hypervisors use a thin layer of code in software or firmware to achieve fine-grained, dynamic resource sharing. Because hypervisors provide the greatest level of flexibility in how virtual resources are defined and managed, they are the primary technology of choice for system virtualization. There are two types of hypervisors that you may use. Type 1 hypervisors run directly on the system hardware (Figure 1), whereas Type 2 hypervisors run on a host operating system (Figure 2). Type 1 hypervisors achieve greater virtualization in that they communicate directly with the hardware, which yields higher performance.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/VirtualizationConnieCradickV4--01220700.png

Figure 1: Type 1 hypervisors run directly on the system hardware.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/VirtualizationConnieCradickV4--01220701.png

Figure 2: Type 2 hypervisors run on a host operating system.

Storage

Storage virtualization allows multiple systems to share storage adapters and devices. SAN storage and data management are part of storage virtualization. IBM systems provide virtual storage solutions as well. The virtual storage technology, provided by System i and System p systems, allows multiple logical partitions to share storage adapters and devices. System x and System z systems are often integrated as nodes within a SAN-based solution or use POWER5 servers for additional storage.

Networks

Network virtualization is the ability to manage and prioritize traffic in portions of a network that might be shared among different enterprises.

Applying Virtualization

When you think about applying virtualization in your current IT environment, you must think about consolidating logical resources rather than physical resources into a system designed to support server, storage, and network virtualization. By adding any of these virtualization technologies to your environment, you create an on demand, secure, and flexible infrastructure prepared to handle workload changes in your environment.

To get a better understanding of virtualization, let's examine each component of a virtualized environment (Figure 3). Note that this examination focuses on IBM's notion of virtualization and IBM's virtualization tools.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/VirtualizationConnieCradickV4--01220702.png

Figure 3: This diagram shows the components of a virtualized environment.

Forming the base of the virtualization platform are servers, storage, and networks. At an individual device level, these physical resources are virtualized in many ways. Hypervisors facilitate virtualization in servers and even some storage devices. Block virtualization is leveraged by the San Volume Controller and also virtualizes I/O and networks with technologies in our servers.

In the middle of Figure 3, you can view the capabilities that not only benefit a single server, but also can be applied to multiple systems, within a box or across an infrastructure. You can manage a workload that traverses several systems as you would a single workload. Using the same tools, you can manage many different kinds of platforms. For example, Enterprise Workload Manager (EWLM) ensures that performance goals are met while IBM Director with the IBM Virtualization Manager extension for IBM Director discovers and creates a topology that shows the relationship between all physical or virtual resources that exist in the IT environment.

Complementing these system virtualization technologies are the capabilities to virtualize workloads. These include scheduling, provisioning, orchestration, and pooling. In addition, there are many ways to virtualize information, including federation and the global file system.

Examination of Virtualization Tools

IBM's virtualization technology includes many tools. Which tools you use depends on your specific virtualization needs. Review the descriptions of the tools in the following tables. Compare the virtualization functions to help determine which technologies are best for virtualizing your IT environment, as each technology is slightly different and provides varying levels of virtualization.

In general, to take full advantage of system virtualization, your systems must use either a Type 1 or a Type 2 hypervisor. The hypervisor allows the IBM virtualization technologies to not only monitor systems but also manage systems by making dynamic resource adjustments. This allows your systems to achieve optimal virtualization.

System Virtualization
Hypervisor
Hypervisor Type
IBM System That Runs Hypervisor
Microsoft Virtual Server
Type 2
System x and BladeCenter
POWER5
Type 1
System i and System p
Processor Resource/System Manager
Type 1
System z
VMware ESX Server
Type 1
System x and BladeCenter
VMware GSX Server
Type 2
System x and BladeCenter
VMware Server
Type 2
System x and BladeCenter
Xen
Type 1
System x and BladeCenter
z/VM
Type 1
System z

Note: IBM virtualization tools can also monitor operating systems that run on non-IBM hardware such as Hewlett-Packard or Sun.

IBM Virtualization Tools
Systems Planning Tool
Role in Virtualization
Plan and deploy virtual and physical resources
Core Virtualization Functions
  • Capacity planning
  • Workload estimating
  • Configuration verification
  • Deployment of virtual resources
Benefits
Provides you with a quick and easy interactive tool that plans for and configures your physical and virtual resources on a system-by-system basis. This makes virtualizing your systems easy.
Required
No, this tool is not mandatory; however, it simplifies the process of planning for your resources based on your workload when creating physical and virtual resources.
Dependencies
None
IBM Director
Role in Virtualization
Monitor and manage physical resources
Core Virtualization Functions
  • Provides a single interface to perform systems management tasks on a heterogeneous environment
  • Tracks assets
  • Performs diagnostic maintenance
  • Performs diagnostic monitoring of physical systems
Benefits
Provides you with a single interface to manage multiple systems that also allows you to automate tasks
Required
One of three primary interfaces that IBM recommends to choose from to manage your virtualized environment
Dependencies
None
IBM Virtualization Manager
Role in Virtualization
Monitor and manage both virtual and physical resources
Core Virtualization Functions
  • Provides a single interface to perform systems management tasks on a heterogeneous environment that includes virtual resources
  • Includes all IBM Director virtualization functions
  • Provides access to virtual systems that are managed by IBM Hardware Management Console (HMC), Microsoft Virtual Server, VMware, or Xen
  • Provides a topology view that shows relationships between resources
  • Provides a detailed Health Summary report
Benefits
Provides you with a single interface to manage multiple systems that may run on a broad set of hardware from a console or from a Web interface. In addition, the IBM Virtualization Manager includes not only the core functions that are provided by IBM Director but also additional functions that enable creation of virtual servers or farms as well as migration of virtual servers.
Required
One of three primary interfaces that IBM recommends to choose from to manage your virtualized environment
Dependencies
Yes, IBM Virtualization Manager is an extension to IBM Director.
Virtualization Engine Console
Role in Virtualization
Monitor and manage
Core Virtualization Function
  • Provides a single interface to manage the health of a heterogeneous environment
  • Provides direct execution of platform functions across select IBM physical and virtual resources
  • Provides a launchpad to access other system and storage consoles
Benefits
Provides you a single console to manage your environment. In addition, the launchpad enables you to easily access other system and storage consoles from one central location.
Required
One of three primary interfaces that IBM recommends to choose from to manage your virtualized environment
Dependencies
Virtualization Engine console is part of the Virtualization Engine common components 2.1.
Enterprise Workload Manager (EWLM)
Role in Virtualization
Monitor and manage the performance of workloads that run on your systems
Core Virtualization Functions
  • Monitors workload performance based on a specific goal
  • Monitors and manages end-to-end transactions as they flow from one application or server to another in a heterogeneous environment
  • Identifies how much CPU each workload consumes
  • Dynamically adjusts system resources to ensure performance goals are met
  • Adjusts workload distributions to ensure performance goals are met
  • Provides a topology that shows how work flows from one application or server to another
Benefits
Provides you with granular performance data that allows you to customize performance goals to your needs. You can monitor application-level work separately from system-level work as well as determine how much CPU each workload consumes. Furthermore, EWLM can make resource adjustments to ensure that your performance goals are met.
Required
No
Dependencies
No. However, hypervisor requirements must be met if you want EWLM to automate resource adjustments.

Get Virtualized

Now that you are familiar with the tools that you can use to virtualize your environment, it's time to get virtualized! Keep in mind that the tools that you use depend on your virtualization needs. In addition, the primary interface that you use to manage your virtual environment (IBM Director, IBM Director with the IBM Virtualization Manager extension, or Virtualization Engine Console) depends on not only your virtualization needs, but also the type of systems you are managing and which other tools you want to be able to access from your primary interface.

To virtualize your environment, there are several methods that you can use to get started, depending on which virtualization technologies you want to utilize.

  • IBM System Planning Tool This interactive tool creates a system plan file specific to your IT environment to help you virtualize your physical resources. See the IBM System Planning Tool on the IBM product Web site.
  • Virtualization Engine Console 2.1 You must install this software on your systems. See Installing and configuring Virtualization Engine console in the IBM Systems Software Information Center.
  • IBM Director (With or Without the IBM Virtualization Manager Extension)This software is available for download. You can also opt to install the IBM Director extensions. See IBM Director on the IBM product Web site.
  • Enterprise Workload Manager (EWLM)This software is part of the Virtualization Engine common components 2.1 and can be installed as a standalone product or as part of other Virtualization Engine tools. To install and configure EWLM, you must install the Virtualization Engine. As you complete the install, you can select EWLM from the list of Virtualization Engine tools to install. To install or configure EWLM, see Installing EWLM domain manager in the IBM Systems Software Information Center.
     

In summary, you have been educated on the latest buzzword, "virtualization." In addition, you have been provided with an overview of IBM's virtualization tools so that you are better equipped to make a decision as to which tools are most beneficial in your IT environment. Now it is time to put words into action by installing and configuring your virtualization tools so that you can begin to experience the benefits of virtualization.

Connie Cradick, a Staff Software Engineer at IBM, is the information development lead for Enterprise Workload Manager (EWLM) and is an IBM patent owner. She works with development and conducts usability tests to ensure that the user interfaces and documentation are user-friendly, clear, and concise. She has robust experience designing and documenting the IBM Virtualization Engine's EWLM. Prior to EWLM, she obtained extensive experience with i5/OS system values, i5/OS work management, and various job schedulers.

Connie joined IBM in 2000 and received her Bachelor of Science degree with summa cum laude honors from the University of Minnesota. You can contact Connie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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    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.

     

     

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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.