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

The Shortcut to the Cloud for Your IBM AIX and IBM i LPARs

You’ve decided to move your IBM Power resources to the cloud, congratulations! You made that decision because you recognize the benefits that the cloud provides to legacy systems. One of these three reasons probably motivated you to make that decision: 1) You are moving other non-Power systems based on x86 to the cloud, so it

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

Skytap Introduces VM host pinning

One of the biggest challenges IBM i (and certain AIX) customers have to deal with is software licensing. The licensing model, adopted by many solutions based on IBM’s Power platform, is steeped in legacy.  You see, back in the day, independent software vendors (ISVs) needed to protect their software from copying and unlicensed use. Before the proliferation of the Internet, there were few effective ways to track software usage.  The most common method

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

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

Delivering a public cloud using containers and Kubernetes

We talk a lot about modernization at Skytap; it’s our business. But we haven’t shared much about how we are continually modernizing Skytap Cloud itself. This blog is the first in a series that will share our experiences evolving our infrastructure and software development processes. Our goal with this series is to give our customers,

From Telephone Operators, to Moviefone, to AI – Evolving and Modernizing a Traditional IVR Application from Blueworx with Skytap Cloud

Last week I had the opportunity to jump on the phone with Dean Upton, Director at Blueworx.  During our discussion we chatted about the evolution of IVR, the challenges of modernizing a traditional application and the opportunity ahead now that modernization is underway in Skytap Cloud.  Enjoy! How did you get into the tech industry?

Successful modernization is progressive and multi-faceted

Every week there’s a new cloud service or product, which the industry immediately classifies using a set of overly-simplistic labels — public, private, hybrid, and so on. The jargon takes center stage, while the actual value of the technology is obscured and left unclear to the business and IT leaders who need to understand it

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