Volume 21, Number 20 -- May 21, 2012
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IBM i And AIX Shops Pay A Hefty Premium Over PowerLinux Buyers
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

As anyone who has a past experience with multiple long-term relationships or more than one child will tell you, comparisons are odious. But when we are shopping for infrastructure or searching for a mate or figuring out which kid is going to get what when you finally shuffle off the mortal coil, you can't help but make comparisons. And even after you've made your choice, you keep looking to make sure you are getting a good deal. If you are a Power Systems shop running either IBM i or AIX, you are just not getting as good of a deal as the customers buying the new PowerLinux machines announced in April. READ MORE >

IBM i 7.1 TR4 Database Enhancements: What's Going On?
by Dan Burger

Even if you are not onboard with database modernization, IBM is moving forward and expecting that sooner or later the majority of the IBM i customer base will fathom the SQL/DDL emphasis that goes into DB2 for i. With the Technology Refresh 4 update that has just come warm out of the oven, the database enhancements that baked into TR4 include a little bit for everyone. That is, everyone who no longer hangs on to the traditional DB2/400 way of doing things. READ MORE >

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State Of IBM i Security Remains Poor, PowerTech Says
by Alex Woodie

IBM i shops are still failing to enact basic security safeguards to prevent unauthorized access of the data in their systems, according to PowerTech, which issued its annual State of IBM i Security report this month. Even when it comes to basic security concepts, like changing default passwords, minimizing user permissions, and monitoring exit points, the average IBM i shop fails spectacularly. The upshot is that most shops are gambling with their data, with a heavy bet placed on security through obscurity. READ MORE >

As I See It: A House of Many Windows
by Victor Rozek

A friend of mine was having relationship troubles. His girlfriend complained that he seemed incapable of going deeper, meaning he was resistant to the level of commitment she craved--a lament many women will no doubt recognize. From his perspective, he didn't want heavy commitment, he wanted light companionship. He had a variety of interests, enjoyed doing a great many things, and wanted someone to share them with. Of course, one of his interests was sex, and therein, if you'll pardon the expression, lies the rub. Essentially, he wanted a woman in his life, but not in his house. And things were going swimmingly, or so he thought, right up to the time she threatened to end their relationship. READ MORE >

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Maxava Sees Big Bump In HA Sales To New Customers--Again
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

High availability software maker Maxava says that more and more IBM i shops are getting savvy about protecting their critical application and data assets, and this is boosting the company's sales as well as sales of new Power Systems iron running the IBM i operating system. This is good for the IBM i ecosystem and is a reflection of the fact that high availability cluster has always been one of the dominant drivers of server sales in the IBM midrange. READ MORE >

But Wait, There's More:

• Big Blue Boosts Trade-Ins For Power 770 Deal

• Three IBM i Advocates Elevated to Champion Status

• COMMON Adds Youthfulness To Board Of Directors

• IBM To Start Charging For Power Systems Shipping And Handling

• Double-Digit Growth For Supply Chain Management Software Sellers

Reader Feedback and Insights

We value your feedback and insights.  Feel free to send a letter to the editor.  Letters may be printed, unless otherwise specified, and edited for clarity or length. READ MORE >

Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Victor Rozek,
Jenny Thomas, Hesh Wiener, Alex Woodie
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
Advertising Sales Representative: Kim Reed
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Whitman said to be planning massive HP job cuts

Dell forges GPU-enriched virty rack workstation

SGI skips future Xeon E7s, lobs E5-4600s into UV2 supers

HP frogmarches new Xeon, Opteron chips into ProLiants

Dell feeds Xeon E5s to hungry new PowerEdge beasts

Graphics shocker: Nvidia virtualizes Kepler GPUs

Nvidia's Kepler pushes parallelism up to eleven

Cisco hits the targets in fiscal Q3

Red Hat hits 10-year, $1bn Enterprise Linux birthday

VMware puts on new vFabric suite, takes your database on a date

Nvidia launches Nsight CUDA dev tools into Eclipse

Intel goes wide and deep with Xeon E5 assault


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IBM i And AIX Shops Pay A Hefty Premium Over PowerLinux Buyers

IBM i 7.1 TR4 Database Enhancements: What's Going On?

State Of IBM i Security Remains Poor, PowerTech Says

As I See It: A House of Many Windows

Maxava Sees Big Bump In HA Sales To New Customers--Again

But Wait, There's More:

Big Blue Boosts Trade-Ins For Power 770 Deal . . . Three IBM i Advocates Elevated to Champion Status . . . COMMON Adds Youthfulness To Board Of Directors . . . IBM To Start Charging For Power Systems Shipping And Handling . . . Double-Digit Growth For Supply Chain Management Software Sellers . . .

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