“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”

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

Why Pandemic-Accelerated Cloud Adoption Shows No Sign of Slowing Down Post-Pandemic

There’s clear evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated cloud adoption across industries. Sixty-eight percent of respondents to a February 2022 survey said the pandemic had “greatly” sped up their digital transformation plans and data suggests this momentum is continuing. Further, fifty-seven percent of IT respondents to a cloud survey in late 2021 said that migrating

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,

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

Best of Skytap Live 2022

The second annual Skytap Live event occurred on March 23, 2022, and this year’s topics were diverse and informative. The event focused on empowering end-users by unlocking new and exciting capabilities, both from within the Skytap product itself, as well as from integrations with key Skytap technology partners. Skytap discussed its 2022 product roadmap, tackled

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

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

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