IBM Delivers Tech Preview for iAccess on Mobile Devices
December 9, 2014 Alex Woodie
As part of the launch of IBM i 7.2 way back in May, IBM promised us a new “mobile perspective” for the IBM i Access for Web product that would allow systems administrators to manage the server from the mobile comfort of Android, iOS, or Windows devices. That tech preview was recently made available.
IBM i Access for Web, you will recall, is an older client for IBM i, but one that IBM is intent on keeping around and improving, as opposed to other members of the “iAccess,” clan, like iAccess for Windows and iAccess for Linux, which are not getting upgrades. (The Java-based iAccess Client Solution, or ACS, offering is the go-to flagship offering for full-featured administration, but it’s not suitable for mobile devices.)
“A mobile solution for accessing IBM i is now available as a technology preview,” IBM says on its IBM i Access website at www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/software/i/access/mobile.html. “Powered by IBM i Access for Web (5770XH2), you can now access IBM i resources from any mobile device that supports a browser.”
The tech preview of the mobile perspective of IBM i Access for the Web (for the lack of a better name) lets admins do a bunch of work-related stuff on their smartphones while not playing Candy Crush, including:
The tech preview, as previously mentioned, is provided as part of the version 7.2 release of IBM i Access for Web, which works with IBM i 6.1 through 7.2. For more info about the mobile perspective and screenshots, check out IBMer Dawn May’s recent column at IBM’s Systems Magazine’s website.