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The Negative Impact Of Software Pricing On The IBM i Community
by Pete Massiello

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IBM Brings DDR4 Memory To Bear On Power Systems
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

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. READ MORE >

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IBM i Open Source Roadmap Finds Perl
by Dan Burger

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. READ MORE >

IBM i Finally Gets Native Cloud Backup
by Alex Woodie

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. READ MORE >

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Mobile Apps As Easy As RPG III
by Dan Burger

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. READ MORE >

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The Platform
Adapteva Joins The Kilocore Club With Epiphany-V

IEEE Reboots, Scans for Future Architectures

Raising The Standard For Storage Memory Fabrics

Disruptive Technologies on the Post Exascale Horizon

Ganging up Accelerators to Beat Scale Limits

Igneous Melds ARM Chips And Disks For Private S3 Storage

Memory is the Next Platform

The Emergence Of Data-Centric Computing

Accelerating Slow Databases That Wear People Down

Applied Micro Finds ARM Server Footing, Reaches Higher

Making The Case For Containers

Server Encryption With An FPGA Offload Boost


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IBM i Open Source Roadmap Finds Perl

IBM i Finally Gets Native Cloud Backup

Mobile Apps As Easy As RPG III

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