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An IBM Technical Delivery Assessment Primer

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When you buy an IBM hardware product, the business partner or IBM will generally perform a Technical Delivery Assessment (TDA) meeting with you to insure that the solution you’re going to buy is appropriate for your environment and meets your needs. Continue reading

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What Happens to the Giving IBM i When You Terminate a Lease?

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In my February 12th IT Jungle article on returning your IBM i machines to the leasing company, I discussed why it’s important to inventory your Power i box (an IBM Power system machine running the IBM i operating system) before returning it to the vendor. This is because it’s common practice to perform in-lease upgrades to Power i machines, where equipment is removed and replaced to add new capabilities.
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Comparing the PureSystems #10Kandcounting Standard Versus the Power i Standard and Vice Versa

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With IBM recently announcing that “IBM PureSystems family of expert integrated systems…have now shipped more than 10,000 units through the 4th Quarter of 2013”, is this a significant number compared against the number of existing accounts and installations for the IBM i family (Power 4 and above)? Continue reading

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ZD Net: IBM Q4 Mixed, Power Systems Sales Down 31%, Server Sales Tank

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ZDNet is reporting that while IBM earnings were better than expected, revenue sales missed their target, and Power Systems revenue decreased by 31% from a year ago and overall server revenue decreased by 25%.
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Six Rules of Thumb for Buying IBM i 3rd Party Software

Keep these things in mind when planning to buy IBM i 3rd party software for your shop Continue reading

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Getting a Discount with IBM i Solution Edition Machines

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If you’re looking to reduce acquisition costs on your next Power systems machine, be sure to look at IBM i Solution Edition boxes.

IBM i Solution Edition boxes are specially packaged and priced Power 720 and 740 machines that can only be purchased in combination with third-party applications from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). Through the program, if you already own one of the ISV’s packages or are purchasing a package with a new machine, IBM offers a discount for the Power systems hardware that will run your software. Continue reading

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What Does an IBM i OS License cost?

If you’re looking to add another IBM i (AS/400) operating system license to your Power systems box, here’s a rough guide for what you might expect to pay for your new OS from IBM. For P10 boxes, an OS licenses … Continue reading

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IBM i: Do You Own Your Power System’s Enterprise Enablement Licenses?

In IBM parlance, Enterprise Enablement is the “…Capacity on Demand Advanced function that enables the system for 5250 online transaction processing.” It’s basically what allows you to run interactive green-screen applications on IBM i machines, and it is a machine … Continue reading

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IT Jungle: Budgeting for Your Next Power Systems Upgrade

IT Jungle just posted my latest article on what to budget for when you’re upgrading to a Power systems machine. I go over the operating system expenses and leasing cost you may incur and need to budget for as you … Continue reading

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IT Jungle: Major and Minor Power System Upgrades

IT Jungle just published my latest article on leveraging your existing capacity at upgrade time by performing a minor upgrade on existing hardware, rather than moving to the latest Power 7+ machines. With the incredible capacity built in late-model Power … Continue reading

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IT Jungle: Four Things to Do For Your IBM i in 2013

IT Jungle just posted my latest article of Four Things to Do For Your IBM i in 2013. The top four things I list there are: Check Your Job Scheduling Date Objects In January Schedule Your V5R4Mx Upgrade, If Needed … Continue reading

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IT Jungle: Preparing for Your Next IBM i Upgrade a Year in Advance, Parts 1 & 2

I’m starting to evaluate my next set of IBM i hardware upgrades. Two years ago, I wrote an article on how to start thinking about a hardware upgrade a year in advance. There are a lot of things you can … Continue reading

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IBM Power i Machine Upgrades: One Year Out

We’re hitting the end of our IBM i lease in a little over a year. And I’m starting the process for a possible upgrade to some of IBM i machines. While I can’t say that I can make all the … Continue reading

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IT Jungle: IBM i and AIX Shops Pay a Premium Over Power Linux Buyers

This is the stuff that makes me crazy. From Tim Prickett Morgan at IT Jungle. To put it bluntly, IBM’s pricing on the new PowerLinux 7R2 rack-based server, which is only certified to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE … Continue reading

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