fhs
Volume 11, Number 9 -- March 8, 2011

Batch-Job Booster Now Available for Rent

Published: March 8, 2011

by Alex Woodie

IBM i shops can now get access to the batch-job performance boosting power of iStream on a monthly basis. Midrange Performance Group, the U.S. distributor for iBoost Systems' iStream software, last week announced that rentals for iStream will start at $995 per month.

iStream is a unique product designed to increase the throughput of IBM i batch jobs. The software, which iBoost Systems introduced to North America via MPG last year , works by using a command substitution technique to basically split a single-streamed batch job into multiple streams that can better utilize the horsepower of Power Systems, System i, and iSeries servers.

iBoost says customers can expect at least a 40 percent boost in performance, while some programs will run up to 10 times faster. The product, which has been vetted by IBM's lab in Rochester, Minnesota, does not require any programming changes, and works with RPG, COBOL, and C++ applications.

Under the new rental pricing scheme, IBM i customers can get access to the batch-boosting power of iStream on a monthly basis. Customers can get a key that unlocks the software on an IBM i server with between one and four activated POWER processors for $995 per month. That fee increases to $2,750 per month for a server with 33 or more processors.

Customers must purchase at least six months worth of access to the software, but are free to stop paying after that. The vendor says the break-even point under this new scheme is 24 months, meaning an unrestricted license for iStream to run on one to four Power processors costs about $24,000.

The new monthly fee will be welcomed by potential iStream customers, says iBoost CEO Iain Coles. "We have had many clients who badly need the help that we offer, but are not certain enough about the future of their server platform to purchase a full license," Coles states in a press release. "For them and others who predict that they may only need a temporary solution, our new pricing is the perfect solution."

The new licensing scheme will be particularly useful for customers who are planning to upgrade their IBM i server later in the year, but who need the extra performance cushion now, the company says.

MPG, which also announced a new release of its Performance Navigator software last week, started offering access to iStream on a monthly basis on March 1. For more information, see the vendors' websites at www.mpginc.com and www.iboostsytsems.com.


RELATED STORY

iBoost Turbo-Charges Slow i/OS Batch Jobs



                     Post this story to del.icio.us
               Post this story to Digg
    Post this story to Slashdot


Sponsored By
HELP/SYSTEMS

FREE Webinar: March 17, 10 a.m. CST
"Managing Critical Resources from a Central Location"

In this one-hour Webinar, you'll discover how to save time
monitoring and managing systems, manage issues quickly,
improve your security, and comply with regulations
like SOX and PCI.

You'll learn how to automate message handling (Robot/CONSOLE),
resource monitoring (Robot/NETWORK), and notification (Robot/ALERT)
across your network with the Robot Solution.

Follow this link for more information.


Editor: Alex Woodie
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Timothy Prickett Morgan
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
Advertising Sales Representative: Kim Reed
Contact the Editors: To contact anyone on the IT Jungle Team
Go to our contacts page and send us a message.

Sponsored Links

PowerTech:  2011 Security Event of the Year. September 2223 in Las Vegas. RVSP today!
Four Hundred Monitor Calendar:  Latest info on national conferences, local events, & Webinars
Northeast User Groups Conference:  21th Annual Conference, April 11 - 13, Framingham, MA


 

IT Jungle Store Top Book Picks

BACK IN STOCK: Easy Steps to Internet Programming for System i: List Price, $49.95

The iSeries Express Web Implementer's Guide: List Price, $49.95
The iSeries Pocket Database Guide: List Price, $59
The iSeries Pocket SQL Guide: List Price, $59
The iSeries Pocket WebFacing Primer: List Price, $39
Migrating to WebSphere Express for iSeries: List Price, $49
Getting Started with WebSphere Express for iSeries: List Price, $49
The All-Everything Operating System: List Price, $35
The Best Joomla! Tutorial Ever!: List Price, $19.95


 
The Four Hundred
Some Insight Into the iASP and ISV Issue

Global Financing Offers Power5/5+ Takeouts to Power6/6+ Buyers

IBM Cuts 600 Workers; Corporate Citizenship Questioned

As I See It: I Think Therefore I Lie

Servers in the Others Category Do Well in Q4

Four Hundred Guru
Running Totals in an SQL Query

Odds and Ends: The Reader is the Guru

Admin Alert: Corralling i/OS Storage Hogs, Part 1

Four Hundred Monitor
Four Hundred Monitor's
Full iSeries Events Calendar

System i PTF Guide
September 25, 2010: Volume 12, Number 39

September 18, 2010: Volume 12, Number 38

September 11, 2010: Volume 12, Number 37

September 4, 2010: Volume 12, Number 36

August 28, 2010: Volume 12, Number 35

August 21, 2010: Volume 12, Number 34

TPM at The Register
Intel's vPro biz chips cross Sandy Bridge

US companies added lots of jobs last month

Asian server sales make like a tiger

Intel: 'All your clouds are us inside'

IT spending higher than expected in 2010

Teradata snaps up Aster Data for $263m

Novell paints Red Hat Linux manager green

Intel outs 'Poulson' speeds and feeds

IDC: Everything but Unix on the rise

IBM re-ups mainframe interface licensing with EMC

VMware goes back for seconds on stock buybacks

Nvidia revs up CUDA GPU coder toolkit

THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY:

Help/Systems
Software Engineering of America
WorksRight Software
ManageEngine
Shield Advanced Solutions


Printer Friendly Version


TABLE OF CONTENTS
Customer Service is Serious Business for IBM i Software Vendors

Q&A with UC4 on the Future of Workload Automation

nuBridges SFTP Software Now Native on IBM i

JobQGenie Delivers Better Job Queue Replication for HA and DR

Cilasoft Security Software Gaining U.S. Business

News Briefs and Product Shorts:

Batch-Job Booster Now Available for Rent . . . Info Builders Lifts the Cover on Mobile BI App . . . Symtrax Unveils New Way to Grab SAP Spool Files . . . mrc Addresses Confusing Data Conversions . . . IntelliChief Bolsters Executive Leadership . . .

Four Hundred Stuff

BACK ISSUES




 
Subscription Information:
You can unsubscribe, change your email address, or sign up for any of IT Jungle's free e-newsletters through our Web site at http://www.itjungle.com/sub/subscribe.html.

Copyright © 1996-2011 Guild Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Guild Companies, Inc., 50 Park Terrace East, Suite 8F, New York, NY 10034

Privacy Statement