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IBM has announced new software designed to help customers address the growing need to maximize energy efficiency and reduce costs associated with power and cooling. The software is part of IBM's Project Big Green initiative in which IBM has committed $1 billion per year to deliver technologies that help customers increase energy efficiency in their data centers and physical plants.

This latest version of IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) software consolidates views of energy management information that enable optimization across data centers and facilities infrastructures. Monitoring capabilities offer customers the ability to understand energy usage and to alert data center managers of potential energy-related problems and take preventive action. Historical trending and forecasting capabilities enable greater precision in existing environments and energy planning. Autonomic capabilities allow customers to set power and utilization thresholds to help control energy usage. The new software can also help customers handle physical constraints in the data center relating to space, power, and cooling.

IBM is combining the new energy management software with partner solutions to provide customers with a comprehensive view of energy consumption across the enterprise--not just in data centers, but also in non-IT assets such as air conditioning equipment, power distribution units, lighting, and security systems.

According to a 2007 EPA research report, U.S. energy consumption by servers and data centers is expected to nearly double in the next five years. "Customers today are faced with an array of energy challenges such as increased power and cooling costs, exceeding power capacity, and an inability to monitor and plan for power consumption," said Al Zollar, general manager, IBM Tivoli. "IBM's new software offers the tools needed to monitor and manage power usage. Together with our partners, we are able to expand on our data center management capabilities to include facility management that provides customers with a holistic view of energy consumption and its potential impact on their businesses."

Generally, more than 50 percent of the energy consumed by data centers is now utilized for power and cooling infrastructures. IBM's new software provides the foundation of efficient data center energy management going beyond a single vendor solution by providing an interface that can be used with partners for visibility into comprehensive power, thermal, and environmental data.

By combining the ITM energy management software with partner solutions, customers can capture operating and performance data from data centers and non-IT assets and use this information to analyze events and alerts, correlate with end-user application performance, and associate with service levels to take preventive action that can result in lower energy consumption while helping to enhance the quality of IT services delivery.

As part of today's announcement, IBM will join forces with nine partners to offer IBM's IT management expertise with partner solutions that will allow customers to monitor and control energy consumption across their enterprise to help reduce power consumption and energy costs and better maintain service levels. The partners include:

·      APC and TAC by Schneider Electric--APC, an integrated critical power and cooling services provider, and TAC, a building environment services provider, are combining APC's InfraStruXure Central and TAC building management systems with ITM energy management software. This integration will help administrators view, correlate, and profile the dependencies of business process and IT assets to the underlying physical infrastructure to help manage risk and increase data center availability and energy efficiency.

·      Eaton Corp.--Integrated with ITM energy management software, Eaton's Power Xpert Software, Foreseer Class is a browser-based solution that helps ease energy management by providing a clearer picture of energy consumption and utilization at a component, device, and system level. By gathering, presenting and analyzing power usage data in detail, customers can more easily identify opportunities for cost savings, downtime prevention, and energy efficiency.

·      Emerson Network Power--By leveraging ITM energy management software with Liebert SiteScan from Emerson Network Power, customers can enhance their infrastructure management capabilities with alerts regarding energy-related issues with facilities equipment, such as overheating or low power on uninterruptible power supply batteries, as well as providing for corrective or preventive actions to be taken to help optimize for energy efficiency.

·      Johnson Controls, Inc.--ITM energy management software combined with the energy monitoring and control features of Johnson Controls Metasys building management system is a Web-enabled offering that allows customers to make real-time decisions about whether to scale back data center power consumption, make informed decisions about allocation of energy consuming assets based on priority needs of the business, and make faster failover decisions to help maintain uninterrupted performance of critical IT services.

·      Matrikon--MatrikonOPC interfaces enable raw data flow into ITM energy management software from third party systems and building automation devices such as heating and air conditioning, lighting and fire and security alarms.

·      OSIsoft--Leveraging ITM energy management software, the OSIsoft PI System and library of over 480 interfaces deliver real-time and high fidelity historical data visibility within the enterprise data center by consolidating operational data control systems into a single view, unlocking multi-vendor silos and enabling customers to capture and analyze data from data centers as well as building automation systems.

·      Siemens Building Technologies--By integrating building automation systems with ITM energy management software, Siemens can help customers translate related building systems and facility data into more cost-effective site-wide operational efficiencies. Leveraging this information effectively requires more than interfacing technologies and the Siemens solution provides customers with broad facility sub-systems integration experience to help them realize the financial and operational benefits of total facility optimization.

·      SynapSense Corp.--SynapSense sensor technology is combined with ITM energy management software to offer customers real-time data center monitoring and energy management capabilities for both the data center as well as building facilities. By pairing ITM software with SynapSense technology, customers can better identify inefficiencies in the data center operations and drive real-time, corrective actions that can reduce energy and help significantly improve resiliency.

·      VMware--VMware's virtualization technology and ITM energy management software work together to drive intelligent, dynamic consolidation of customers' application workloads onto fewer servers, as well as power down under-utilized servers. IBM and VMware's complementary technologies can further optimize virtual data center power consumption while maintaining service commitments to the business.

"IBM is making a strategic move to apply its breadth of data center management capabilities to partner solutions that will help customers monitor energy consumption across IT and facility resources such as air conditioning units and lighting," said Rich Ptak, co-founder and analyst at Ptak, Noel & Associates LLC. "By creating one cohesive view of energy consumption across the enterprise, customers will be able to use the new IBM Tivoli Monitoring energy management software to manage power usage and predict potential energy-related events. This allows staff to make the IT decisions and energy allocations necessary to maintain service levels. This is a giant step in energy management as it brings data center and facility management together to help increase energy efficient operation across the enterprise."

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 announced new software designed to help customers address the growing need to maximize energy efficiency and reduce costs associated with power and cooling. The software is part of IBM's Project Big Green initiative in which IBM has committed $1 billion per year to deliver technologies that help customers increase energy efficiency in their data centers and physical plants.

This latest version of IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) software consolidates views of energy management information that enable optimization across data centers and facilities infrastructures. Monitoring capabilities offer customers the ability to understand energy usage and to alert data center managers of potential energy-related problems and take preventive action. Historical trending and forecasting capabilities enable greater precision in existing environments and energy planning. Autonomic capabilities allow customers to set power and utilization thresholds to help control energy usage. The new software can also help customers handle physical constraints in the data center relating to space, power, and cooling.

IBM is combining the new energy management software with partner solutions to provide customers with a comprehensive view of energy consumption across the enterprise--not just in data centers, but also in non-IT assets such as air conditioning equipment, power distribution units, lighting, and security systems.

According to a 2007 EPA research report, U.S. energy consumption by servers and data centers is expected to nearly double in the next five years. "Customers today are faced with an array of energy challenges such as increased power and cooling costs, exceeding power capacity, and an inability to monitor and plan for power consumption," said Al Zollar, general manager, IBM Tivoli. "IBM's new software offers the tools needed to monitor and manage power usage. Together with our partners, we are able to expand on our data center management capabilities to include facility management that provides customers with a holistic view of energy consumption and its potential impact on their businesses."

Generally, more than 50 percent of the energy consumed by data centers is now utilized for power and cooling infrastructures. IBM's new software provides the foundation of efficient data center energy management going beyond a single vendor solution by providing an interface that can be used with partners for visibility into comprehensive power, thermal, and environmental data.

By combining the ITM energy management software with partner solutions, customers can capture operating and performance data from data centers and non-IT assets and use this information to analyze events and alerts, correlate with end-user application performance, and associate with service levels to take preventive action that can result in lower energy consumption while helping to enhance the quality of IT services delivery.

As part of today's announcement, IBM will join forces with nine partners to offer IBM's IT management expertise with partner solutions that will allow customers to monitor and control energy consumption across their enterprise to help reduce power consumption and energy costs and better maintain service levels. The partners include:

·      APC and TAC by Schneider Electric--APC, an integrated critical power and cooling services provider, and TAC, a building environment services provider, are combining APC's InfraStruXure Central and TAC building management systems with ITM energy management software. This integration will help administrators view, correlate, and profile the dependencies of business process and IT assets to the underlying physical infrastructure to help manage risk and increase data center availability and energy efficiency.

·      Eaton Corp.--Integrated with ITM energy management software, Eaton's Power Xpert Software, Foreseer Class is a browser-based solution that helps ease energy management by providing a clearer picture of energy consumption and utilization at a component, device, and system level. By gathering, presenting and analyzing power usage data in detail, customers can more easily identify opportunities for cost savings, downtime prevention, and energy efficiency.

·      Emerson Network Power--By leveraging ITM energy management software with Liebert SiteScan from Emerson Network Power, customers can enhance their infrastructure management capabilities with alerts regarding energy-related issues with facilities equipment, such as overheating or low power on uninterruptible power supply batteries, as well as providing for corrective or preventive actions to be taken to help optimize for energy efficiency.

·      Johnson Controls, Inc.--ITM energy management software combined with the energy monitoring and control features of Johnson Controls Metasys building management system is a Web-enabled offering that allows customers to make real-time decisions about whether to scale back data center power consumption, make informed decisions about allocation of energy consuming assets based on priority needs of the business, and make faster failover decisions to help maintain uninterrupted performance of critical IT services.

·      Matrikon--MatrikonOPC interfaces enable raw data flow into ITM energy management software from third party systems and building automation devices such as heating and air conditioning, lighting and fire and security alarms.

·      OSIsoft--Leveraging ITM energy management software, the OSIsoft PI System and library of over 480 interfaces deliver real-time and high fidelity historical data visibility within the enterprise data center by consolidating operational data control systems into a single view, unlocking multi-vendor silos and enabling customers to capture and analyze data from data centers as well as building automation systems.

·      Siemens Building Technologies--By integrating building automation systems with ITM energy management software, Siemens can help customers translate related building systems and facility data into more cost-effective site-wide operational efficiencies. Leveraging this information effectively requires more than interfacing technologies and the Siemens solution provides customers with broad facility sub-systems integration experience to help them realize the financial and operational benefits of total facility optimization.

·      SynapSense Corp.--SynapSense sensor technology is combined with ITM energy management software to offer customers real-time data center monitoring and energy management capabilities for both the data center as well as building facilities. By pairing ITM software with SynapSense technology, customers can better identify inefficiencies in the data center operations and drive real-time, corrective actions that can reduce energy and help significantly improve resiliency.

·      VMware--VMware's virtualization technology and ITM energy management software work together to drive intelligent, dynamic consolidation of customers' application workloads onto fewer servers, as well as power down under-utilized servers. IBM and VMware's complementary technologies can further optimize virtual data center power consumption while maintaining service commitments to the business.

"IBM is making a strategic move to apply its breadth of data center management capabilities to partner solutions that will help customers monitor energy consumption across IT and facility resources such as air conditioning units and lighting," said Rich Ptak, co-founder and analyst at Ptak, Noel & Associates LLC. "By creating one cohesive view of energy consumption across the enterprise, customers will be able to use the new IBM Tivoli Monitoring energy management software to manage power usage and predict potential energy-related events. This allows staff to make the IT decisions and energy allocations necessary to maintain service levels. This is a giant step in energy management as it brings data center and facility management together to help increase energy efficient operation across the enterprise."

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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    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

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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.

     

     

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    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.

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    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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    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.