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
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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 Most articles cite “problems related to legacy systems…” and “outdated scheduling software called SkySolver.”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

.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

The safest way to live test your ransomware, malware, virus defenses

You aren’t going to release a live virus on your production system, so how do you test your defenses? In the article “The State of Ransomware in 2020“, research suggests that every 11 seconds, some business is being attacked by a cybercriminal. And in the report “The State of Ransomware 2021“, the frequency of attacks

Prove your IBM i Backup is Recoverable: The Cloud Way

Beyond having checklists and runbooks, what else can you do to test your backups? In the comprehensive article called “How to Prove Your IBM i is Recoverable without a Real DR Test,” Tom Huntington from HelpSystems details all the IBM i Save Commands and system objects that should be included within a comprehensive backup. By

Why Pandemic-Accelerated Cloud Adoption Shows No Sign of Slowing Down Post-Pandemic

There’s clear evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated cloud adoption across industries. Sixty-eight percent of respondents to a February 2022 survey said the pandemic had “greatly” sped up their digital transformation plans and data suggests this momentum is continuing. Further, fifty-seven percent of IT respondents to a cloud survey in late 2021 said that migrating

IBM i 7.5 – Paving the Way for Innovation

Overview:  In today’s rapidly evolving computing environment, IBM i still continues to be a strategic asset for enterprises and one of the most secure server platforms ever seen. Dating back to 1988, AS/400, or its modern version, i Series, has followed a secure data-centric open-source model, catering to newer workloads like social and mobile applications,

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