“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”

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

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

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

The Road to SAP® HANA

Lush green tropical forests, sky blue ocean waters, cascading waterfalls, your ultimate destination awaits… For someone visiting Maui, driving the “The Road to Hana” is a thrilling experience of nature and beauty that should not be missed. The journey and destination are the rewards. For users of SAP, ECC, NetWeaver, and R/3, their HANA is

Creating a Self-managed Private Network Connection (PNC) with ExpressRoute in Skytap 

One of the major challenges that customers face for cloud adoption is networking issues, particularly high network latency, which affects how fast data can be transferred from one location to another. These delays are not only frustrating to end-users but are costly to businesses.  Today, Skytap integrates with Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute to provide a standard 1 Gbps

The Skytap on Azure (SoA) Hong Kong region is now available in the Azure Marketplace

We’re happy to announce that the Skytap on Azure (SoA) Hong Kong region is now available in the Azure Marketplace and hosted in the Azure East Asia data center to help support our APAC customers. Customers may create new Skytap on Azure accounts or add this region to their existing Skytap on Azure accounts. For

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

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