Skytap Template Backup and Copy-to-Region for Disaster Recovery

As an IT Pro, you know the importance of having a disaster recovery (DR) plan in place. However, budget constraints can make it difficult to implement a full DR solution. One way to prepare for a disaster is to create an offsite copy of your source data or environment, and a great way to do

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

Rclone on IBM Power – AIX and IBM i

Rclone is a command-line program to manage files on cloud storage. It is a feature-rich alternative to cloud vendors’ web storage interfaces. Over 40 cloud storage products support Rclone including S3 object stores, business & consumer file storage services, as well as standard transfer protocols. I’m a big Rclone fan.  Helping migrate AIX and IBM i to

.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.

Using Microsoft Azure Data Box for migration of IBM i workloads to Skytap

Skytap partners closely with Microsoft Azure to provide the ability to host IBM Power IBM i (AS/400, iSeries) and AIX application workloads in the cloud. As a Cloud Solutions Architect (or Pre-Sales Engineer), I talk to many customers every day who say they want to move their ‘legacy’ applications running on these platforms onto the
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

“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”

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

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

Skytap on Azure – Networking Considerations

Recently, Microsoft’s Adam Stuart, an Azure Networking Specialist, worked with Skytap to put together some Azure Networking considerations regarding how to connect your mainframe and midrange systems to Azure via Skytap on Azure when planning a cloud migration. These considerations included some best practices when designing your networking especially since many of these systems are

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