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IT Jungle: IBM Winds Down Older Power6 CPUs and Memory in Advance of Power8

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Hertvik Business Services Now Offers Consulting on Power Systems (IBMi, aka AS/400) Purchasing

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Power System Purchase Strategies: IBM Just Offered Me a TIP Letter…Now What?

two tip jarsIf you’re working on a new Power system purchase and the IBM rep and business partner feel you’re close to purchasing, IBM may offer you a TIP letter to help you make a decision now instead of later.

A TIP letter is an IBM offer that if you buy a new or upgraded machine by a certain date, IBM will give you x amount of credit in IBM or business partner services on future purchases, as long as the specified purchase is completed and shipped by a certain date. A TIP can be used for new IBM hardware or software or to buy services from an authorized IBM business partner. It can’t be used to pay taxes and the used TIP amount will be paid out as a check. 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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IBM Power i Hardware Announcements Coming on February 5th

Tim Prickett Morgan has an idea on what could be in the February 5th announcement. At the very least, I’m expecting Power7+ versions of the 710, 720, 730, 740, and 750 machines. If they come, I’d also guess that they’d … Continue reading

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Twitter Posts on the IBM i Cache Battery Maintenance Problem

If you’re interested in the IBM i cache battery maintenance issue I documented in IT Jungle, check out my ongoing discussion on this issue on my twitter feed @JoeHertvik. The problem is that due to new industry standards and regulations, … Continue reading

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IT Jungle: Strategically Using Power Systems’ Processor Trial Capacity On Demand

IT Jungle just posted my latest article on using Trial Capacity on Demand (TCoD). TCoD is IBM’s program for allowing IBM i customers to test adding extra processors or memory to your system before you purchase, allowing you to determine … Continue reading

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IT Jungle: A Checklist for Performing IBM i Planned Maintenance

IT Jungle just published my new article that features a checklist for how to perform IBM i planned maintenance. This article contains all kinds of tips for performing pre-system maintenance tasks (including quieting the system); performing the actual system maintenance; … Continue reading

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IT Jungle: OSHA Changes Affect IBM i Cache Battery Replacement

It’s amazing how many of my articles come out of IBM i issues that I’ve personally run into on the job. In this tip for IT Jungle, I talk about how changes to IBM i cache battery replacement can really … Continue reading

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IT Jungle: Big Blue Provides a Solid Base Install # for IBM i machines

Alex Woodie of IT Jungle just put out a great post citing an IBM published number of organizations using the IBM i platform. And that number is over 150,000. Per Alex, this was published by Collin Parris, Power Systems General … Continue reading

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From the Admin Alert archives: Checking Cache Battery Status on IBM i Systems

As I’ve written about in several Admin Alert columns for IT Jungle, IBM uses batteries in its IBM i disk controllers to provide caching for its disk drives. The batteries’ useful life is about 2.5 – 3 years. To avoid … Continue reading

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IT Jungle: Word on the Street – New Tech Refresh for IBM i 7.1 This Spring

From Timothy Prickett Morgan at IT Jungle:

Anyway, the word on the street is that Big Blue is crafting another Technology Refresh for IBM i 7.1 and is fixing to have it come to market sometime around April or May. Sources familiar with IBM’s plans were not any more specific than that, and this may be due to the fact that IBM itself may at this point not be sure of the schedule.

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