IBM Power 8 End of Support – What does it mean for you?

As technology ages, it becomes increasingly costly to maintain and update. This is a very relatable scenario for anyone who uses technology. Take for example an 8-year-old iPad mini. Despite still being functional for basic tasks, it can no longer support the latest software and applications, and likely has slowing performance and shortened battery life.

Why Skytap has become the de facto cloud for AIX and IBM i

As CEO of a cloud migration services company, I guide enterprises each week on their digital transformation and the best path to the cloud. And over the past decade, the challenge that frequently surfaces is how to include legacy applications in the broader cloud transformation initiative. We’ve all seen how modern applications have migrated to

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

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.

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
Unlock IBM Data Insights with Skytap on Azure + Azure Synapse Analytics

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

“My application can’t be moved to the cloud!”

My company provides the ability to host IBM Power AIX and IBMi application workloads in the cloud. We partner with two of the world’s largest technology companies to provide this service. During my daily activities as a Cloud Solutions Architect (aka Pre-Sales Engineer), I listen to many customers tell us about their “hopes and dreams”

Connecting your DB2 to Azure Cloud Analytics to unlock data into cloud analytics

We’ve previously talked about expanding into Azure and how you can de-silo your data currently accruing value in your IBM i/AS400 DB2 databases. Today, I want to talk about how this works under the hood. Connecting your DB2 to Azure Cloud Analytics to unlock your data into cloud analytics for greater value works by leveraging

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