The iSeries Blog:

October, 2008


October 30, 2008  10:18 AM

The AS/400, iSeries, System i and Power Systems running IBM i timeline

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

as400.GIFWow, that's a mouthful. Anyway, IBM Systems...

October 30, 2008  10:02 AM

Former IBM AS/400 GM Tom Jarosh dies

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Tom Jarosh, the former general manager of IBM's AS/400 line (when it was still called that), died Oct. 17 from melanoma. He was 55. Jarosh worked as the GM of the AS/400 line until October 2000, when he moved into other positions within IBM's server and technology group. I personally never spoke...


October 21, 2008  11:12 AM

The database debates: DB2 vs Oracle

Leah Rosin Leah Rosin Profile: Leah Rosin

This fall we have been examining the power of DB2. Andrew Borts first wrote about what DB2 does on the AS/400. And Joe Pluta contributed a well-received

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October 17, 2008  6:13 AM

And there it is: System i down 82%

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Or so say the revenue figures from the IBM press release on the matter, which came out late yesterday. As I wrote yesterday before the revenue numbers came out, this was precisely the reason why Ross Mauri, the Power Systems general...


October 16, 2008  8:23 AM

System i news updates – 10/16/08

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Using DB2/400 for MySQL: Alex Woodie at IT Jungle said sources have told her that IBM is working on developing DB2/400 to power MySQL, the open source database. According to the article: "When complete, the new software will enable...


October 16, 2008  8:07 AM

Humor: IBM Galactic Empire introduces new Power server

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Mid-deranged.com has a new satirical article up on its site: "IBM Announces the New Power 995 Server." Some tidbits:

With unrivaled power, it can perform an infinite loop in under 4-seconds and...


October 16, 2008  7:58 AM

Open letter from Ross Mauri

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Ross Mauri, the general manager of IBM Power Systems, recently wrote an open letter to the System i community. The point of the letter was to update System i users on the state of the platform, and perhaps to ease some of their...


October 7, 2008  1:47 PM

Under the radar: Audax buys Bytware

Leah Rosin Leah Rosin Profile: Leah Rosin

Last week the private equity group Audax purchased antivirus specialist Bytware, Inc. The Audax Group owns Help/Systems and also recently

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October 2, 2008  9:42 AM

New RPG users: an oxymoron?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Like "jumbo shrimp" and "small fortune," one would probably think that "new RPG users" is an oxymoron. And if we expand that out more -- "new RPG users on the System i" -- well, that makes it seem more like one. But that may not be the case. The folks at

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October 2, 2008  9:08 AM

Oracle rolls out JD Edwards ERP software upgrades

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Oracle has updated its JD Edwards ERP software, including additions EnterpriseOne and World on the System i. The EnterpriseOne changes include a new user interface for its Tools portion to jibe with all the other Oracle interfaces,...


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