The Power of i
post by Dan Sundt, Senior IT Specialist, IBM
As readers of this blog know, Infor is building a dynamic array of IBM i solution improvements to allow users to expand IBM i functionality quickly and cost-effectively. I’m excited by the creativity and innovation that IBM partners, such as Infor, are using to reinvigorate the IBM i platform and by the enthusiastic reception these enhancements receive from the IBM i community.
Infor and others are doing the simplest—yet hardest—thing a company can do: listening to customers, in this case the users who rely on IBM i as the backbone of their businesses. A recent report from ITG1 illustrates the ongoing value of IBM i combined with IBM Power Systems: costs that average 41% less than x86 servers and Microsoft Windows, and 47% less than x86 servers and Linux. IBM i deployments also offer lower software, support, and personnel costs.
IBM i still has more customers than any other IBM platform—hundreds of thousands of satisfied users in more than 115 countries and 20 industries. We’ve seen and heard the support for IBM i, and we’re doing more than just listening: we’re making substantial investments in the future of IBM i as a strategic element in IBM’s product portfolio.
How? IBM i, version 6.1, which came out in 2008, had something for everyone, such as enhancements to Java performance, storage area network (SAN) performance, support for a disk clustering, support for IBM BladeCenter, new encryption options, and IBM management through Systems Director. In 2010, IBM will be delivering a new release of IBM i that enables our clients to reduce costs, reduce energy consumption, improve IT staff productivity, and support business growth. For example:
- The integrated DB2 for i
database will be enhanced with support for XML, enabling clients to store and
search XML documents. IBM also plans that DB2 for i will support transparent
encryption of a specific column in a database table enabling clients to better
protect sensitive information.
- IBM PowerHA for i, which is
a disk-clustering-based disaster recovery solution, will support asynchronous
- Integrated storage
management will further leverage solid-state disk (SSD) technology by
automatically moving data that is accessed most frequently by SSDs, helping to
improve application performance.
- New management tasks will be
available in the web-based Systems Director Navigator for i, which provides a
system administrator access to over 300 management tasks from a browser.
- Integration with IBM
BladeCenter and IBM System x via iSCSI (internet small computer system
interface) technology is being enhanced with support for software target
support, allowing for a faster connection between IBM i and x86-based systems
while potentially lowering the cost of the solution. With this support, IBM i
provides storage resources for attached VMware, Windows, and Linux
- Enhanced support for PDF documents enables the transformation of existing spool files to PDF files.
These are just a sampling of IBM’s plans for IBM i—and we’re just getting started. How can we help you get even more out of IBM Power Systems running IBM i?
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