The iSeries Blog:

July, 2007

July 29, 2007  8:55 PM

IBM’s System i strategy is a stumble in the right direction

Adam Trujillo Profile: Atrujillo

The following is a response from one of our readers, John DeCoville, to Mark Fontecchio's article IBM System i division filing for divorce. Thanks for the insight, John.

I think that...

July 25, 2007  10:18 AM

BCD puts new version of Web application development software in beta

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Business Computer Design International Inc. announced today that it is putting the newest version of its WebSmart ILE System i Web application development software into beta.

BCD says WebSmart ILE is part of more than 1,700 System i organizations....

July 25, 2007  10:05 AM

System i user groups instrumental in platform changes

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

The COMMON Americas Advisory Council, which is part of the COMMON System i users group, played a big part in the changes made to the IBM System i platform and its operating system in recent weeks, according to the group and IBM.

The users group had a say in features being introduced in...

July 25, 2007  9:38 AM

Gartner: IBM’s DataMirror acquisition good for itself, but what about iCluster customers?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

It has a busy couple weeks for the System i platform. One of the big pieces of news last week was that IBM is buying DataMirror, one of the larger high availability software vendors in the System i space. The other...

July 19, 2007  10:00 AM

System i division splits; Power6 System i due out this year

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Mark Shearer, the IBM System i general manager, announced some big organizational news when I talked to him yesterday. Big Blue is splitting the server division in two. High-end models like the 570 and 595 will be in a new Power Systems unit along with IBM's Unix line, the System p. Lower-end...

July 18, 2007  4:06 PM

System i revenues drop again

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Once again, every hardware platform that IBM sells gained revenue except for the System i, which dropped double digits.

Big Blue released its second-quarter results today. System i is down 15 percent from the same...

July 18, 2007  11:31 AM

i5/OS on other platforms?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Chris Maxcer at the System i Network suggests that Elaine Lennox, the marketing manager for IBM System i, has hinted that i5/OS may be ported to other hardware platforms; in particular, blade...

July 18, 2007  11:15 AM

What’s in a name: Is it the AS/400, iSeries or System i?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

This is really funny. I'm sure you're all following it already, but there is something of a flame war going on regarding what to call a particular midrange server that IBM sells. You all know what I'm talking about -- is it the AS/400, iSeries, or System i?

It all started when Trevor...

July 18, 2007  10:07 AM

IBM buys DataMirror

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

The System i high availability software market has heated up considerably in the last six months, with a flurry of consolidations. Now IBM has joined the fray, buying Markham, Ontario-based DataMirror for $161...

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July 16, 2007  10:06 AM

System i and the green skeptic

Mark Fontecchio Adam Trujillo Profile: Atrujillo

One of the claims made by IBM and System i users is that it is more is energy efficient per workload than the equivalent computing power of scaled-out x86 boxes. Writing in the context of...

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