INPRO Enables Multiple Time Zones–In Just One LPAR!
April 17, 2012 Alex Woodie
IBM i shops can support users and applications running in different time zones within the same logical partition (LPAR) using the latest software from INPRO International. The company recently announced that this capability is available in TZN/400 6.1.P.
According to INPRO, the new release of its TZN/400 tool allows IBM i shops to support dozens of time zones in the same LPAR. Users in different parts of the world interact with their applications and reports in their local time, instead of the time zone in which the server happens to be physically located.
IBM i has supported multiple time zones for years, although many IBM i shops choose to use LPARs to keep their various operations separate. But here’s the key: TZN/400 can do this in a single LPAR, and without the need to make source code changes or recompile the code (since it operates at the object level, INPRO says).
TZN/400 6.1.P, which the company released last year, adds support for all IBM commands, which bolsters existing support for third-party ISV applications.
The software also keeps systems up to date with all the Daylight Savings Time (DST) rules around the world, and works though the year 3000. The software is compatible with i5/OS V5R4 though IBM i 7.1.
The company published a short video explaining the new feature; it can be accessed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaDJuePid38.
For more information, see the vendor’s website at www.inprointernational.com.