IBM i 6.1 Support Withdrawal Notice!

From 30th September 2015, IBM will be no longer supporting the IBM i 6.1 & 6.1.1 OS.

The service extension can provide up to three years of extended support for i6/OS V6R4 after the official 30th September 2015 end of service date.

Customers needing V6R4 Extended Support must have valid IBM Software Maintenance in place.

Require more information? Call 0844 800 7821 for IBM i V6R4 Service Extension.

IBM i 5.4 Support Withdrawal Notice!

For customers still using V5R4 i5/OS will need to take out IBM Extended Support to receive continued access to IBM technical support.

The service extension can provide up to three years of extended support for i5/OS V5R4 after the official 30th September 2013 end of service date.

Customers needing V5R4 Extended Support must have valid IBM Software Maintenance in place.

Require more information? Call 0844 800 7821 for IBM i V5R4 Service Extension or visit IBM i 5.4 on the IBM website.

IBM i

Power Systems including AS/400, iSeries and System i

Companies rely on an efficient IT infrastructure to support business-critical applications. They need to know that their systems and business processes are deployed to meet the highest service levels defined by their business units plus can be adapted to handle every new business opportunity.

IBM i OS (formerly known as i5/OS) running on an IBM Power Systems server offers a highly scalable and virus resistant architecture with a proven reputation for exceptional business resiliency. Running applications based on i has helped companies over many years to focus on innovation and delivering new value to their business, not just on managing their data center operations.

IBM i OS integrates a trusted combination of relational database, security, web services, networking and storage management capabilities. It provides a broad and highly stable database and middleware foundation for efficiently deploying business processing applications.

Virtualisation and workload management are also built into i to enable you to run multiple applications and components together on the same system, driving up system utilisation and delivering a better return on IT investments.

IBM i OS 7.1

The new IBM i OS 7.1 release sets a standard for total integration of business applications.

Total integration

IBM DB2, the integrated database for IBM i, now natively supports XML and helps companies exchange information between customers, suppliers, and partners. XML data can now be stored in its native format, split into relational database columns, or created from existing database objects.

IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition simplifies the development of transaction processing applications for mobile devices and web services when developing with Rational Developer for Power.

IBM i OS can now automatically collect I/O performance data and move the most active data to Solid State Drives (SSD) to achieve optimal system performance.

Data protection and compliance

New column level encryption allows companies to secure – without application changes – a specific column in a database table. Tool providers, such as Patrick Townsend, nuBridges and Linoma Software will supply encryption algorithms that exploit the new support in conjunction with ISV business applications.

Management with Automation

IBM Systems Director Navigator for i now can be used to manage target servers running IBM i OS 5.4, 6.1 or 7.1 from a single browser environment. Navigator’s performance management and investigator capabilities are enhanced with additional storage and tape metrics, plus disk response time and Java memory perspectives.

Virtualisation without limits

Virtualisation support with PowerVM is extended to enable IBM i OS 6.1 to host i OS 7.1 partitions and storage to enable simpler testing of a new release before a software upgrade. IBM i OS 7.1 can also host an i OS 6.1 partition, enabling companies to keep an application that requires an earlier release after upgrading their main application environment.