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

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

.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.

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

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,

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

Log4J and IBM i

Over the last few months, there have been many blog posts and technical breakdowns written on the vulnerability of the Log4j exploit. There are even memes about it, as it has permeated popular culture with the exploit affecting the highly popular game Minecraft. The Log4J vulnerability is one that had the potential to create mass

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

Skytap Virtual Labs Enable IBM’s First Remote Fast Start 2021

Since 2017, IBM has used Skytap to support its Instructor-Led Training (ILT) and sales demo activity for Fast Start. Fast Start is IBM’s annual conference to showcase new product solutions and train its technical seller community and partner network.  This year was the first time IBM ran the event entirely online, which drew more than

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