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IBM Power: How Strong Is Your Backup Game?

Jason Hardy on Jun 16, 2022 9:32:06 AM IBM Power, Disaster Recovery, Backup, Cloud

Your business runs on IT and chances are if your systems are down, your business is down. Have you contemplated the shutterstock_1126481693 most common reasons for data loss and whether your strategy can protect you in the event of natural disaster, hardware failure, fire, ransomware, human error or theft? Depending on the reason for your outage, you may experience data loss and need to leverage your backups to recover. Are you confident in your backup and recovery strategy?

One of the simplest tests you can do to assess your backup strategy is to see how you stack up against the 3-2-1 best practices for backups. This requires that you have 3 copies of your data on 2 different media with 1 of them being offsite. When I visit companies and talk to them about their backup strategies, very few are meeting the 3-2-1 best practices.

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POWER10: A simple and smooth migration to the cloud

Jason Hardy on May 11, 2022 10:45:52 AM IBM Power, Cloud

Why haven’t you made the move to IBM Power in the cloud?

Is it because you like the big upfront capital expense and the depreciating asset? Is it because installing PTFs and doing OSshutterstock_422798644 upgrades gives your IT team something to do during slow times? Or maybe it’s because the thought of migration and downtime is just completely overwhelming to you? While I don’t have an answer to the first two reasons above, I’m here to tell you that a migration does not have to be difficult, and downtime can be practically nonexistent.

I recently spent some time with an IBM reseller, and he walked me through the steps of migrating to one of the “big IBM Power in the cloud service providers”. To say that it was complex, and self-service would be an understatement. I know there are many companies that like the self-service cloud model. Give them an interface and they are happy to configure, manage and tweak the environment on their own but I talk to companies every day that want to walk away from hardware management and don’t want the added burden of planning and executing a migration to the cloud. With their limited iSeries expertise on staff, they are happy to offload the project to someone else.

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IBM Power In The Cloud: More Than A Hardware Lift And Shift

Jason Hardy on Apr 8, 2022 9:26:22 AM IBM Power

 

IBM Power In The Cloud: More Than A Hardware Lift And Shift

In my role, I speak with several companies each week about the prospect of migrating from their on-premise IBM Powercloud01 server to our IBM Power Cloud. A common thread that runs through these conversations is a focus on the cost of purchasing and maintaining an on-premise server versus the monthly recurring fee of our cloud based service. Many prospects see this move as a simple lift and shift to cloud infrastructure rather than a modernization strategy.

And while this may be partially true, as most customers are not modernizing their application when migrating, they are overlooking the modernization benefits that the cloud offers to their overall IT strategy. This article will take look at additional benefits that should be considered when contemplating a cloud migration.

Environment: Are you doing the best you can with what you have?
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Moving Time: Why Your IBM i (iSeries) Belongs in the Cloud

Carl Miller on Mar 9, 2022 11:16:09 AM IBM Power, Cloud

shutterstock_1006224250What if you could do one thing to save money, gain time for new projects, and protect your business operations?

That’s what many companies gained when they moved their IBM i to the cloud. After weighing the pros and cons, the reasons to migrate to the cloud are too compelling to ignore. See why the cloud is the best environment for your IBM i, and start planning your move today. You’ll be on your way to cost savings, freed-up staff time, and more protection for your business.

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Solving The Power9 Dilemma

Jason Hardy on Feb 8, 2022 1:23:27 PM IBM Power

Purchase hardware, depreciate hardware, and repeat.

After four years on the market, the Power9 processor is in the process of being replaced by the Power10 chip. Whether yourack21decB are an early adopter of CPUs or a laggard, the challenge for many companies is the timing of the refresh. As leases on the Power9 machines are expiring, companies are struggling with how to bridge the gap between the end of their current Power9 system lease and the release of the Power10 systems. Their typical options include lease renewals, lease buyouts, or purchasing a new Power9 server, but some companies just want to get out of owning and managing hardware and are taking this opportunity to consider a migration to Power Systems in one of a number of clouds.

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The IBM i skills shortage isn’t going away

Jason Hardy on Mar 18, 2021 9:03:57 AM IBM Power, Cloud
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Here’s what you should do about it

 

A shrinking IBM i talent pool has been a major concern for years. 

Back in 2015, dwindling access to IBM i professionals was blamed by IBM’s own top brass on revenue shortfalls. A system that had been around for nearly three decades, it was only a matter of time until the veterans left for greener pastures. The problem was, and continues to be, that fewer young professionals have been eager to master the same set of skills.

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IBM Power7 and Power7+ are officially end of life – now what?

Jason Hardy on Dec 22, 2020 9:17:00 AM IBM Power


ibm-power-logo-1Depending on when you read this, you are either seeing the final days of support for the IBM Power7 or that milestone is in your rear view mirror. December 31, 2020 is/was the day IBM finally ended support for all IBM Power7 machines.

The change comes as no surprise. Power7 and Power7+ servers have been around since 2010 and 2012 respectively and IBM long ago published the end-of-life dates. But that doesn’t mean many businesses aren’t scrambling to find a solution. HelpSystems‘ 2020 IBM i Marketplace Survey shows that 15 percent of IBM i shops are still running Power6 servers, and 38 percent are running Power7 gear.

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The 5 most common IBM Power mistakes

Jason Hardy on Nov 15, 2020 4:08:00 PM IBM Power

mistakesIf you are like hundreds of thousands of organizations world-wide, somewhere in an office, warehouse or maybe on the dock sits a black box with a silver IBM logo, chugging along, powering your business’ most critical applications, every minute of every day.

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IBM iSeries Disaster Recovery: Lessons learned from a hardware failure

Carl Miller on Aug 20, 2020 1:58:00 PM IBM Power, Disaster Recovery

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More than 150,000 organizations worldwide rely on the IBM Power Systems platform and the IBM iSeries operating system to keep their core business up and running. This includes business applications like enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, banking applications, customer relationship management (CRM) software and health information systems. Because of  the business-critical nature of these applications, companies rely on the iSeries as it is known for its reliability, scalability and stability. But what happens when the unthinkable happens and one of these systems fail?

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How the AS/400 Server is making an Impact

Carl Miller on Apr 15, 2019 12:48:00 PM IBM Power, Data Center

Racksquared_blog_AS400-SoftwareIf you’re an IT professional, you’ve probably heard of IBM’s AS/400. You might know someone with this in their job title or seen certifications for it. But many of us are wondering whether the platform that was introduced back in the 80s is still relevant today. As we approach the digital age and ground-breaking discoveries in artificial intelligence, we’d like to take a look at the AS/400 and discuss why this server is still making an impact.

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