We want to thank Mark Ruberry of IBM for flying in from Seattle to speak to our group this month. His topic was POWER8 and IBM i 7.2 Announcements. We had a great turnout and we were not disappointed with the presentation. We also enjoyed a BBQ lunch provided by Matt Kingdon and Ciber.
POWER8: IBM continues to deliver on technology with the latest hardware announcements, significantly improving the performance and throughput. When IBM says it is going to deliver, it does just that. It was interesting to note that Google has teamed up with IBM in the development of custom made hardware based on the POWER8 chip to use in their search engine servers. Obviously, with Google, they need processing power and POWER8 delivers.
IBM i 7.2: IBM announced the release of IBM i 7.2, the first new release in four years. This release provides significant new function to the operating system including taking advantage of the new Power Systems servers running on the new POWER8 technology.
IBM i 7.2 new enhancements include:
Enhanced security options in DB2 for i
Many new functions for programmer productivity and expanded function in DB2 for i
Improved ease of use with IBM Navigator for i
Enhancements to iAccess Client Solutions
Extension of security to more applications through new single sign-on (SSO) environments
Liberty Core as the base for Integrated Application Server
Support for Zend Server 6.0 on IBM i 7.2
Performance improvements for the IFS
Extensions to the printing environments
Expanded Hub functions for Backup, Recovery, and Media Services (BRMS)
PowerHA SystemMirror for i Express Edition with new HyperSwap capability
Support for new Power Systems built with POWER8 architecture and processor
Additional I/O capabilities including support for WAN over LAN
Rational tools enhancements to support Free Format RPG
Support for the open-source file-serving solution Samba
Allyn Walsh gave us an detailed update about the February Power7+ announcements.
In February IBM announced a refresh of the remaining POWER7+ product portfolio addressing the entry level through midrange offerings. This announcement also introduced a new midpoint system, the Power 760. He talked about what POWER7+ can provide for your work loads, the latest advancements for IO attachment options and how IBM i can further exploit these innovations with Technology Refresh 6 (TR6).
Allyn Walsh is a Certified Senior IT specialist working in the IBM Power Systems Advanced Technical Skills (ATS) organization. He has over 38 years in the IT industry, the last 21 years working with the AS/400 – Power Systems platform. He is a regular speaker at the Systems Technology Group University, Power Systems Technical conferences and User Groups. He has published a number of articles on the HMC and POWER systems management. He has co-authored several Redbooks, such as ‘IBM i 7.1 Technical Overview’ and ‘LPAR Simplification Tools Handbook’. His current focus areas include PowerHA for IBM i, Power Systems hardware, upgrade/migration planning, Virtualization on Power, HMC and POWER Firmware management.
The Salt Lake City IBM Power Systems Team would like to invite you to join Pat O’Rourke, from the Austin Executive Briefing Center, for a Power Systems Update on Thursday February 23, 2012. Power Systems provide servers and software that are the foundation for an enterprise infrastructure that can help you manage rapid change, reduce business risk, and meet higher service levels, all in the most cost-effective manner. Pat will share our latest announcements and current Power Systems Trends and Directions.
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