How to control costs for IBM I licenses by moving to the cloud

While IBM i has been around for a long time and has not changed much in a few decades, many key applications built on it are still being used today. Some even in critical business use, in healthcare, retail, flight reservation systems and banking. It is also well known that the way IBM i software

You’re Invited! Join Us for Skytap Live 2022

Save the Date: March 23, 2022 8 am Pacific – 1 pm Pacific You’re invited! Join us for Skytap Live, an online event open to all Skytap customers. The event includes information about using Skytap Cloud as well as a peek at our 2022 roadmaps.   Topics 8:00 AM – Welcome and Keynote  Mike Wachal

Skytap 2022 Cloud and IBM Power Industry Predictions

Public cloud computing continues to have great momentum as we head into the new year. Panorama Data Insights estimates the global cloud computing market size was US $371.35 billion in 2020 and predicts an average annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19% from 2021 to 2030. Further, Gartner predicts that spending on public cloud services will

Cloud Taxonomy for Non-Production Use Cases for the Cloud

The following use cases are potential ways to use the cloud for non-production use cases. The key is to deliver “quickly” the infrastructure needed to perform a specific need or task. Waiting weeks for infrastructure delivery should be considered an “anti-pattern” since the cumulative time of waiting over the course of a project would be

IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i

How to configure geographic mirroring between two nodes This post explains how to configure a basic two-node geographic mirroring environment within Skytap with an example. One of the best guides I have found for geographic mirroring is IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i: Using Geographic Mirroring. With the increasing business demands for application availability, enterprises are

Tech won’t solve your non-tech problems

In recent months, tech has become enamored with the latest in a long line of cloud buzzwords, in this case a hyphenate — multi-cloud. Multi-cloud is a good strategy — for all the reasons everyone is already talking about — flexibility, avoiding lock-in, using best of breed solutions, and so on. In fact, we’ve been

Don’t skip ahead to tomorrow’s tech before solving today’s modernization challenges

The tech industry has “thought leadership syndrome.” It’s a culture so intent on pontificating that we end up jumping to the “next big thing” before we ever master the current thing. Take containers as a prime example. We haven’t even come close to mainstream container adoption, in large part, because there are still so many

Why your legacy apps don’t need to stay in the past

Ask any nostalgist and they’ll tell you they don’t make things like they used to. Purchase a TV thirty years ago and you’d know it would last for many years. It seems applications developed back in the day also had staying power. I was speaking with a business the other day who said they were

There’s no “Serverless for Dummies”

During the past year, buzz around the latest tech du jour — serverless computing — has created a false sense of imminence and urgency for enterprise: embrace serverless now or become antiquated. But it’s time for a reality check. It rarely comes up in my meetings with enterprise IT teams and even serverless evangelists admit

How our Docker and Kubernetes deployment grew up

My colleague Jonathan recently kicked off a recurring blog series about our internal adoption and use of Docker containers and Kubernetes. His post gave a brief history of how we came to introduce these technologies as part of ongoing modernization, and detailed how we addressed people and process changes along the way. In this post, I’m going

Digital transformation is fiction

Digital transformation is the tech industry’s biggest buzzword. It’s also the emptiest. Plastered on marketing materials, embedded in mission statements. But devoid of clarity or prescription. To undergo digital transformation suggests a finite, technology-driven process with clear intent and outcome — this is a fallacy. The often-overlooked truth is that digital transformation isn’t just about

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