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Making The Case For Longevity: Key Signs That Suggest a Secure Future with IBM i

Posted by Larry Dube

This article has been updated after original publication in 2016.

It’s been close to three decades since IBM launched the AS/400, and in the technology industry, that may just feel like an eternity. But for people wondering about the marketplace for the AS/400’s progenies (Power i and IBM i) — and where things are headed in the future — there’s good news: there are plenty of signs that serve as reminders that IBM ensures this platform truly is built to last, and here to stay.  

Tags: IBM i Platform

IBM Is Dropping Support for IBM i  7.1 – Here’s What You Should Know

Posted by Larry Dube

After a recent announcement, the word is slowly rippling through the IBM user community: IBM will be discontinuing support for IBM i 7.1 on April 30, 2018.  

Tags: IBM i Platform, Managed Services

Mind the Gap: 3 Risks You Could Face With a Traditional Managed Service Provider

Posted by Larry Dube

For major projects like an IBM i system upgrade, most companies will readily recognize the need for specialized, outsourced services. In many cases, this means seeking out a traditional managed service provider (MSP) to handle the system essentials – from performing the upgrade, to troubleshooting system problems, to ensuring stable OS performance. For the same project, that same company may also need application expertise and support — in other words, an additional resource to perform the application upgrades that are required to stay compatible with the upgraded OS.  

Tags: IBM i Platform, Managed Services

Making The Case For Longevity: Key Signs That Suggest a Secure Future with IBM i

Posted by Larry Dube

It’s been close to three decades since IBM launched IBM i, and in the technology industry, that may just feel like an eternity. But for people wondering about IBM i's place in the marketplace — and where it is headed in the future — there’s good news: there are plenty of signs that serve as reminders that IBM ensures this platform truly is built to last, and here to stay. 

Tags: IBM i Platform

What You Need to Know About the IBM i v7.3 Update

Posted by Larry Dube

It has been a long time since the release of version 6.1 of IBM i. In fact, that version was released in January of 2008, and there are still some companies that have yet to upgrade. We’re also working with several companies that are just now upgrading to 6.1, but most of them are only doing so because IBM will soon no longer support prior versions. However, supportability is not the only reason you should keep an eye on updates. There have been several since the release of 6.1, and this post will focus on the critical components of the latest version, 7.3. 

Tags: IBM i Platform