Bringing Home Baby: Physical Planning for a New AS/400

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The physical aspects of planning for a new AS/400 are as important as the software you put on it. Take a little extra time up front to determine where your new AS/400 will be placed and how you will connect your users to it. This article will help you begin the planning process.

After months of financial and political maneuvering, you’ve just gotten word that you can place the order for a new AS/400. As you leisurely stroll back to your office, mentally congratulating yourself on a job well done, you wonder what you’re going to do with all those old Commodore 64s you had networked together, composing your previous computer system. “Oh well,” you think. “They’ll probably bring top dollar at an auction. It’ll at least free up some space on the user’s desktop.” Suddenly, you stop, slap yourself on the forehead, and exclaim, “Hey! Wait a second! Where am I going to put this new computer?!?”

OK, maybe that scenario is a bit dated. What’s more likely to happen is this: You get approval to add additional AS/400s to your current network, or your company is one that has been using nothing but PCs for years and has now decided to move to the more stable (and scalable) AS/400. Whatever the reason, whether you’re adding your first or your 15th AS/400 to your business, you need to think about the physical aspects of installing the hardware at your site.

It’s a New Ball Game

When you buy a new PC for your office, most of the planning consists of where to purchase it. Usually, you know why you’re buying it and who’s going to get it, so, other than that, there’s just not a whole lot of planning involved. The most you have to worry about is whether there’s a handy plug-in for the surge protector and whether the user likes the monitor on the left or the right side of the desk. Not too tough.

That’s not the way it is with IBM’s premier computing platform. When you buy a new AS/400, you find yourself in a whole new ball game. You can’t just run down to your

nearest electronics outlet store and grab one off the shelf. Even if you could, putting it onsite is a lot more involved than simply finding a handy wall outlet. With that in mind, this article takes a look at some of the more common considerations involved in planning for and installing a new AS/400 at your site.

There are four general steps you will take as you plan for a new AS/400: Investigation, Decision, Shipment, and Installation. Any or all of these steps may be performed by you, by IBM, or by a knowledgeable outside agency, such as your local IBM Business Partner. In this article, I’m going to look at only the first step, Investigation, because that’s the point at which you make all the important “physical” decisions.

The investigative phase of planning for a new AS/400 consists of determining such factors as which system model you want and what features you want with it, as well as the physical layout of the proposed site for your new AS/400. In addition, it is during this phase that you begin to think about power requirements, cabling, networks, and environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity.

Size Does Matter

I’m not going to spend much time talking about which system model and features you want. There are more factors that affect this decision than I can even begin to cover here. However, which model and which features you choose do make an impact on the physical planning for your new AS/400. As far as which model of AS/400 to choose, the most important thing you need to be concerned about is its physical size. In years past, size was an even more important issue than it is today because the rack(s) the AS/400 came in was (were) so large. This has become less of a problem in recent years as the size of the AS/400 has shrunk in height and width while its processing power has grown. Despite its more diminutive stature, however, the size still controls where the new box will find its final resting-place.

You should obtain the specifications for the AS/400 model you are purchasing as well as any additional components it may come with, such as additional DASD or external tape drives. The AS/400 ranges in size from as short as 24 inches for the model 170 to as tall as 62.1 inches for the model 650. Add to that the height and width of an expansion tower, and you can quickly run into space problems. Take a look at Figure 1 for the physical dimensions of a model 650 that also has a companion expansion rack. You can get an immediate idea of how much room you’re going to need for the AS/400 by looking at this figure. For a complete list of dimensions of the various system configurations, including external devices such as the expansion tower, refer to Chapter 2 of the IBM AS/400 Physical Planning Reference, “Physical Summary for System Model Towers and Devices”.

When you’re planning for the physical location of your new AS/400, you must also ask yourself the following questions:

1. Do you need a separate room for the AS/400 and its peripherals (e.g., system printer, console, etc.)?

2. Will the room where you store the AS/400 be used for anything else that might interfere with the machine’s operation? (For example, will your AS/400 be placed in a high-traffic area where its power switches, power cords, or communication lines could inadvertently be tampered with?)

3. If you plan to put the AS/400 in a room that’s already being used for some other purpose, will there be enough physical space for routine maintenance? Keep in mind that, at some point, you or the IBM Customer Engineer (CE) will probably need to work from the back of the AS/400, so you need to make sure there is enough room to work comfortably. One way to accommodate this space crunch is to determine if the AS/400 box is small enough that you can easily pull it out far enough to get to the back of it. This is generally feasible with the smaller models, such as the 150 or the 600.

4. Will you have enough space around your AS/400 for all the attached cables and power cords?

5. Will you need an additional storage rack for such items as modems, a Multistation Access Unit (MAU), and Ethernet hubs?

6. Will the location you choose for your AS/400 have adequate all-around ventilation? You don’t want to stick it under a desk against a wall because, if you do, you run the risk of having the machine overheat and cause a fire.

7. Do you need special flooring that allows you to run all the cables underneath the floor? This type of flooring was common in computer rooms of the past but is not necessarily required today; however, a raised floor does allow for a tidier computer room.

More Power!

Once you’ve determined where your AS/400 will physically fit, you need to find out if you have the correct electrical connections in that location. Once again, you should refer to either the Physical Planning Reference manual or the specs provided to you by your IBM representative so you can determine the power requirements. Such a determination may not be as straightforward as you think. Consider these questions before you designate a permanent site for your AS/400:

1. Does your model of AS/400 use the standard 110-volt (household) current, or does it require a 220-volt connection?

2. Does this model of AS/400 come with a special lock plug or a standard three- prong ground plug?

3. You will need to purchase and install an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) as a battery backup for your AS/400. Do you have the proper wiring in place to handle the increased load?

4. Are you able to contract with an electrician to install the appropriate electrical hardware in time for your AS/400’s arrival?

Stormy Weather

Before you lock yourself into a location for your AS/400, you’d better get a weather report for the room. If the air is too damp, you may be able to install a dehumidifier to pull some of the moisture out of the air. If the dehumidifier doesn’t do the trick, you had better find a new location. Electronics and moisture are a volatile mix. On the other hand, if the air is too dry, you run the risk of exposing yourself and your equipment to static electricity, and this is a major no-no. The small, harmless shock you give to yourself or others when you scrape your feet across a rug can easily fry a circuit board when you inadvertently forget to ground yourself and touch sensitive computer equipment. Dry air can be deadly for your AS/400. You can counteract dry air by installing a humidifier. If you do, you want to monitor its use to ensure that you are not pumping too much moisture into the room.

Beyond that, you need to ensure that you have an adequate cooling system installed. The AS/400 and its peripherals generate a lot of heat. Ideally, you should maintain a consistent 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the room. This temperature is ideal for both the equipment and the humans who work with it.

While you’re checking out the humidity and air conditioning, you should also consider fire safety. It used to be common, especially with the larger mainframe shops that had a room devoted exclusively to computer equipment, to install an expensive Halon fire extinguishing system in the computer room. This elaborate system was ideal for smothering electrical fires without damaging sensitive electronic equipment or killing an occupant of the room who might become trapped. The Halon system accomplished this by producing a chemical that disrupted the ignition capability of fire, thereby causing a fire to extinguish itself. This system worked great, but there is one major drawback to it. It is now illegal to manufacture Halon in the United States and other industrialized nations because of Halon’s ozone-depleting characteristics, although there are many vendors who still sell and service Halon systems.

If you don’t want to damage the environment, don’t despair; alternatives to Halon are available. Most fire suppressant manufacturers, electrical supply shops, and even some

of the larger home improvement stores sell chemical fire suppressants designed to put out an electrical fire without harming the electronics. These fire extinguishing systems come in a variety of sizes, from as small as a handheld unit to systems large enough to handle fires anywhere in the building.

Send It by Western Union

Once you’ve ironed out all the problems with the location for your new AS/400 (space, environment, safety), you need to think about how you are going to get the data from the hardware to the users. If you are installing a new system in a new building, you may have to install a completely new cable infrastructure. If this is the case, you should consider installing a fiber optic network. Such an installation would allow you to take advantage of the high bandwidth and speed available to you with fiber optics while at the same time positioning you to be ready for any new technology coming down the road. As of this writing, fiber optics provides the cleanest, fastest data transfer capability of any cabling system. The downside is that fiber optics is expensive.

If it’s not in your budget to go for the very best, you can compromise with the next to best: Category 5 (Cat5) wiring. Cat5 is a series of wires, twisted and shielded in such a way as to provide you with fast, reliable data transmission. While Cat5 cable cannot reach the speeds or bandwidth of fiber optics, it is capable of meeting the needs of most installations. Cat5 wiring can typically transmit data reliably at speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps). It also has the advantage of being relatively inexpensive. Cat5 wire is shielded from electrical interference, which makes it suitable for installation in most areas.

If you’re looking for an even less expensive alternative, there’s always twisted-pair wiring. Twisted-pair wiring is used in standard telephone wire. It contains four individual sets of wires within its unshielded casing. Twisted-pair is very inexpensive, but because it is unshielded, it is susceptible to outside electrical interference. Outside electrical interference can be something as simple as an exit sign installed too close to the wiring or as complex as your electric company’s nearby power substation, and it can cause data transmissions to degrade and become unusable.

Your last wiring alternative is to use twinaxial cable. Twinaxial cable consists of two heavy, tightly twisted copper wires that run parallel to each other inside a heavily shielded wrapping. The entire complex then sits inside a heavy, pliable rubber casing. Twinaxial cable used to be the only way to attach devices to the AS/400 or its ancestors. With the advent of twisted-pair and the other cabling alternatives, though, twinax has taken a bit of a back seat. However, IBM has recently announced improvements in the AS/400’s support of twinax, boosting data transmission speeds to 2 Mbps. This may be an acceptable alternative for certain device locations in your shop. You’ll need to examine the proposed uses of those devices that could potentially use the twinax cable to see if this choice would be a good fit.

Before you decide on a cable solution, get the specs on it from your cabling vendor. You need to decide where you will have devices hardwired to your AS/400 and know the physical distance from those devices to the CPU. There are limits to how far the data can be transmitted to and from the AS/400 before it needs to be “boosted.” In addition, for some cabling solutions (such as twinax), after you reach a certain distance, you’ve passed the point of diminishing returns, where the data can no longer be reliably boosted to its destination. Plan the layout of your users and talk with your vendor before you choose a cabling solution. What will most likely happen is that you end up with a mixture of two or more of the available cable possibilities.


OK, you’ve found a place to put your AS/400, and you’ve come up with a way to wire your workstations. The only thing left is to decide what type of workstations you are going to let your users have. At least three types of workstations are available to you: dumb terminals, thin clients, and personal computers. Which one you use depends on the needs of your company and your users. When you are planning for a new AS/400, you should

also inventory your available workstations so you can get an idea of how many can be used with the AS/400 and how many new workstations you will have to purchase. This point in your planning is also a great time to locate a supplier.

Dumb Terminals

Dumb terminals, or 5250 Display Stations, are those old, reliable green-screen terminals you’ve seen everywhere over the last twenty years. In fact, as far as functionality goes, they really haven’t changed much in twenty years, either. Oh sure, you can get them to display in color instead of in plain old green or amber, but, other than that, there’s not much new going on. The best thing about the dumb terminal is that it is both reliable and relatively easy to install, configure, and use. It seldom requires additional software to be loaded onto the terminal itself, which is a big plus when you have to support it on a daily basis. Generally, dumb terminals can be connected with any of the available wiring solutions. If you use anything other than twinax, you’ll probably need to purchase baluns to connect the twinax coming out of the terminal’s logic unit to the RJ45 connector on the end of your Cat5, twisted pair, or fiber optic cable. A balun is a small unit about the size of a D-cell battery that has two female connections: one that accepts twinaxial cable and the other that accepts a standard RJ45 (telephone jack) connector. Its purpose is to allow disparate cable connections to be made.

Thin Clients

Thin clients are relatively new and provide for a fully addressable display screen without the requirements of a large CPU, such as a PC has. Thin clients connect directly to the AS/400 and, like dumb terminals, do not require any additional software to be loaded on them. However, unlike the dumb terminal, the thin client must be configured to access your AS/400, and the AS/400 must be configured to recognize the thin client, usually using TCP/IP. The advantages of thin clients are that they are relatively easy to install, take up less space than a PC, and are able to display the same types of graphics you would expect from a PC. This can be advantageous if you use the thin client as both an AS/400 green- screen terminal and as a smart workstation that runs, say, Microsoft NT software from an Integrated PC Card (IPCS) inside the AS/400. Thin clients are also relatively inexpensive, and that fact once made them more attractive than PCs to budget-conscious data processing centers. However, now that the price of PCs has dropped so drastically, this is no longer the case. Thin clients can be connected to your AS/400 using the same methods as the dumb terminal.

Personal Computers

If you use a PC as an AS/400 workstation, you need to load some type of emulation software, such as IBM’s Client Access/400, Hummingbird’s HostExplorer, NetManage’s NS/Portfolio, or Wall Data’s RUMBA, on each PC that needs to connect to your AS/400. In addition, you may be required to load additional software on the AS/400 to allow the PCs to “talk” to the AS/400. The maintenance and support of PCs tend to be a lot higher than with thin clients or dumb terminals. This cost of support may be offset, however, by the benefits your users get by having a PC on their desk. If you have users who need to do a lot of spreadsheet or word processing applications, as well as occasionally get onto the AS/400, then a PC is the way to go. Another consideration is that the price of PCs has fallen so much in recent months that you can buy almost two complete PCs for the price of one thin client or one dumb terminal. You generally connect a PC to your AS/400 via twisted-pair, Cat5, or fiber optic cable. You can also connect it by using twinax if you install, inside of the PC, a 5250 Emulation board that has a twinaxial connector on it.

Much to Consider

As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider when planning for a new AS/400. You first need to think about how big the new AS/400 and its components are. (Its size, along with power and environmental issues, will determine where you install it.) You also need to consider the means of attaching your users to the AS/400, and, finally,

you need to determine what type of workstation they will use to access it. If you don’t already have it, order a copy of the IBM Physical Planning Reference manual before you order your new AS/400. A little bit of planning at the beginning will save you a lot of headaches at the end!


AS/400 Physical Planning Reference V4R3 (SA41-5109-02, CD-ROM QB3AWE02)

Panel Components Corporation, P.O. Box 115, Oskaloosa, IA 52577

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    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.
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    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
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  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400


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

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

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

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


  • Ask the RDi Experts

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

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

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


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

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

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    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using 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:

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    • 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

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    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

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