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 organizations that run PHP applications running on MySQL on i OS to access data stored in DB2/400, the i OS’s native database, without modifying MySQL or PHP.” I’m sure the YiPs are happy about this.
New IBM storage options for System i: The System Storage 7214 Tape and DVD Enclosure Express works with Power systems running i5/OS V5R4 and IBM i 6.1, as well as AIX and Linux. The 7214 “allows users to externally connect one or two DAT, LTO, or DVD drives to Power Systems servers via SAS connections” and “is designed for use where there is no room for additional storage in the server’s internal bays, and where space is limited or non-existent in rack-mounted servers.”
Blade servers and IBM i 6.1 get friendlier: IBM will now pre-install IBM i 6.1 and pre-configure the Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) on JS12 and JS22 blade servers. VIOS has been a hindrance to some System i shops looking at blades, as “a company that bets its business on midrange platforms can’t pay a premium for blades, shift to VIOS, and move to i 6.1 all in one step. Especially when it is so hard to set up.” Now, hopefully, it is a little easier.