Lee Kroon, a well-known columnist and consultant on System i enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications and especially J.D. Edwards, posted a blog earlier this week on The J.D. Edwards Advisor about how i5/OS V6R1 can benefit JDE customers.
The new operating system, which IBM officially unveiled last week, will be available in March. Kroon summarizes four major reasons why V6R1 is good for JDE users: better Java performance, virtual i5/OS partitions, support for blade servers, and improved storage area network (SAN) performance.
Kroon wrote that JDE EnterpriseOne customers accustomed to running the Java Application Server on a separate platform may now be able to reconsider, adding that “IBM has told us that Java performance under V6R1 will only be a few percentage points less than that of AIX running on comparable System p models.”
With virtual i5/OS partitions, Kroon said it will be much easier for JDE customers to set up virtual partitions to allow for testing and development. V6R1 allows users to create virtual partitions that borrow resources from other partitions, a feature that wasn’t previously available.
Kroon also said that support for blade servers could help reduce hardware costs for JDE users.