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On Your IBM i Radar Now: GDPR
One on One with HiT's Giacomo Lorenzin
Customers React Positively to IBM i Alerting Tool from Kisco
Agilysys Delivers Upgrades to Back Office and Customer-Facing Software
Zend Preps Speedy New PHP and Runtime for IBM i
A Style Guide for Modern RPG and ILE, Part 2
Replacing Source in The Twenty-First Century
SQL PL Conditional Structures
The Negative Impact Of Software Pricing On The IBM i Community
IBM Brings DDR4 Memory To Bear On Power Systems
IBM i Open Source Roadmap Finds Perl
IBM i Finally Gets Native Cloud Backup
Mobile Apps As Easy As RPG III
IBM i Tech Refresh Arrives; JSON And Perl In Spotlight
The Deal The Power 850C Implies For IBM i Shops
IBM Rejiggers PowerHA CBU And HyperSwap

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IEEE Reboots, Scans for Future Architectures

Raising The Standard For Storage Memory Fabrics

Disruptive Technologies on the Post Exascale Horizon

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IBM i shops that have European customers, take note: In about 18 months, you will need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), or face hefty fines. That's not much time to come to grips with a data privacy law that's been called "PCI on steroids" and an "IRS audit of your data," but that's the reality nonetheless.
Some people say data is the new oil. If that's true, then what better business to be in than selling tools to the data miners? That's basically what HiT Software does. IT Jungle recently caught up with Giacomo Lorenzin, the managing director for the BackOffice Associates subsidiary, to talk about what's driving business, the latest in data integration tools, and the state of the industry.
When Kisco Information Systems launched its $400 alerting tool in 2015, there were questions whether a relatively simple product would resonate with IBM i shops. A year later, Kisco is delivering a second version of iEventMonitor, and customers are singing its praise.
The notion that what goes on in the IT departments of companies in the gaming industry translates into IT departments of every other business is not a long-shot bet. The gaming business--casinos and their tentacles that reach into restaurants and lodging--is as customer-focused as any business you can name. And, as many of you know, it's a bastion of IBM midrange computing--an important niche in the IBM i ecosystem.
Zend today will officially launch the beta program for Zend Server for IBM i version 9 and the new PHP 7 language running on the Power Systems platform. The combination of the new language and runtime, which are being unveiled at the annual ZendCon 2016 show in Las Vegas this week, is expected to give customers a big boost in performance for their PHP applications, provided they don't run into backward compatibility breaks that Zend built into the framework.
One of the basic principles of programming is that coding conventions (guidelines and standards) improve the readability of source code and make software maintenance easier. Coding conventions provide the foundation for developing applications that are easy to maintain and modify. This article completes the style guide to coding RPG programs using free-form RPG in an ILE environment started in A Style Guide For Modern RPG And ILE, Part 1.
In Searching Source in The Twenty-First Century, I introduced the use of regular expressions for searching within a source member. Searching is great, but sometimes you need to replace what the system finds with something else. Here's how to replace text when using regular expressions.
Recently I gave a brief introduction to the SQL Procedures Language, or SQL PL, a procedural language that works with the DB2 family of database management systems. Today I present the conditional structures, IF and CASE. If you so choose, you will master them in minutes.
Here is an important question: Are some independent software vendors having a negative impact on IBM i? You are probably thinking that this question is a little harsh. But time and time again, I continue to get questions from customers on this issue. As such, I feel compelled to address it and take a look at what is currently going on.
Every new generation of DDR main memory brings advantages of lower latency, higher frequency, higher bandwidth, and lower energy consumption, and this is always a good thing for any server platform. The Power8 systems that launched in 2014 with the Power8 processors were based on DDR3 technology, which was mature at the time and, frankly, less costly for IBM to deploy in its systems then DDR4 DIMMs would have been.
Support for open source development on IBM i has been a big deal for the Technology Refresh program. Just last week, with the latest TR announcement, support for Perl was added along with support for the current version of Node.js, which is v6. In previous TRs, we have seen support for programming languages like Ruby and Python, plus tools such as the GNU Compiler Collection and Git. The PHP language, the Eclipse integrated development environment, and the Apache web server are pre-TR open source advancements.
One of the most compelling announcements out of IBM last week was the launch of Cloud Storage Solutions for i. The new offering, which becomes available October 28 with a starting cost of $2,400, will allow customers on IBM i 7.1 or later to back up to 1TB on IBM's cloud, directly through BRMS. Some may even be able to get rid of their tape drives entirely, IBM says.
You probably don't know Chris Rushak. But the odds that you know someone like him are pretty high. In fact, you might be the person who has a lot in common with him. Rushak is an RPG developer with a boatload of experience coding green-screen applications from scratch. He's done it for decades and is comfortable with his fixed-format RPG III skills. Those green-screen applications do the job just fine. But then came the request for a mobile application.
After the release of IBM i 7.3 this past spring, we've traveled six months down the road and it's already time for a Technology Refresh. That's TR 1 for the fresh-faced 7.3 and TR 5 for i 7.2, which was hatched in May 2014. For the record, let's also note that i 7.1 debuted in April 2010 and the Technology Refresh program is now six years old. Here's the latest stuff from the TR pipeline.
As we have been hearing on the grapevine, IBM is indeed going to put out a cloudy, revved up version of its four-socket Power Systems machine, the Power E850C. This system actually features a faster--and hotter--Power8 processor, which gives the machine a little more oomph so it can better compete against systems based on Intel's Xeon E5-4600 and Xeon E7-4800 motors. This machine also represent the entry level of the C-style cloudy systems that IBM has cooked up, which sport OpenStack cloud controllers and PowerVM hypervisors for building private clouds.
IBM today unveiled several enhancements to PowerHA for i as part of its semi-annual Technology Refresh for the IBM i stack. First up is a new Capacity BackUp (CBU) system that will be more affordable and easier to use. The company also announced that it will officially be supporting PowerHA's HyperSwap functionality on SAN Volume Controller (SVC) appliances, not just the DS800. Cloud-based IBM i storage and Unix-only resiliency features round out what's new in PowerHA.