Using Azure NetApp Files with Power Systems in Skytap on Azure

As a Cloud Solutions Architect at Skytap, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of customers who are looking for robust and high-performance file storage solutions. One that has stood out to me as a particularly powerful option is Azure NetApp Files (ANF). Given my experience with this option, I wanted to share

IBM i Journal Caching

IBM i journaling is a built-in optional feature of the operating system designed to track any change to a given object.  For example, a library, DB2 database, data queues, IFS (integrated file system), etc. The purpose of journaling is to be able to recover the object in the event of failure. Customers must create a journal
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Southwest needs a lift-and-shift to the multi-cloud, then refactor.

Most of us have heard about the crisis Southwest Airlines had over the holidays. Most articles cite “problems related to legacy systems…” and “outdated scheduling software called SkySolver.” Though Southwest received a lot of attention from this incident and has offered affected customers loyalty points for the resulting disruptions, the legacy software problems encountered by

Rclone on IBM Power – AIX and IBM i

Rclone is a command-line program to manage files on cloud storage. It is a feature-rich alternative to cloud vendors’ web storage interfaces. Over 40 cloud storage products support Rclone including S3 object stores, business & consumer file storage services, as well as standard transfer protocols. I’m a big Rclone fan.  Helping migrate AIX and IBM i to

.NET 7 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Power – What does it mean?

Unlocking this architecture’s development for Modern MS tools for any Power Linux OS is progress, PPC64LE repositories have languished regarding enabling things like PowerShell or .Net or other modern MS Tools, and will enable the current generation of developers to start leveraging their organization’s already established investments in Power architecture.

Using Microsoft Azure Data Box for migration of IBM i workloads to Skytap

Skytap partners closely with Microsoft Azure to provide the ability to host IBM Power IBM i (AS/400, iSeries) and AIX application workloads in the cloud. As a Cloud Solutions Architect (or Pre-Sales Engineer), I talk to many customers every day who say they want to move their ‘legacy’ applications running on these platforms onto the

Don’t have a Cloud Strategy? You should still migrate one app to the Cloud

“Cloud computing is in its beginning stages and will only continue to grow,” Amazon Web Services CEO Adam Selipsky told CNBC’s Jim Cramer on June 28th, 2022. All organizations should be prepared for the ongoing growth of cloud computing. Even if your organization currently doesn’t have a comprehensive cloud strategy, regardless of the reason, there is

Skytap Receives 2022 Excellence Award from Cloud Computing Magazine

Skytap announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named Skytap as a 2022 Cloud Computing Excellence Award winner, presented by Cloud Computing Magazine. The Cloud Computing Excellence Award recognizes companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated services and solutions to market. 

Skytap and Azure Synapse enable quick data modernization for legacy workloads

I was recently invited to write a blog for the Microsoft Tech Community detailing why an organization would use Skytap on Azure and Azure native analytics services to modernize legacy data. In that blog, I highlight some of the many business reasons compelling organizations to modernize their data. I also discuss the critical role legacy

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