Submitted by Tom Huntington on Wed, 02/22/2012 - 11:22am
About five years ago, IBM announced that Power Servers would support two operating systems—IBM i (i5/OS) and AIX (UNIX)—on the same server. I’m sure this is not news to most of you. What has changed is that IT staffs are mixing operating systems on the same hardware. What are the impacts of this?
Who’s In Charge?
First of all, there’s the political issue of which IT department—AIX or IBM i—is in charge. As it turns out, it really doesn’t matter much because both groups have to know about IBM i and AIX. The real political impact is on the infrastructure group. Yesterday, I had lunch with a group that runs both IBM i and AIX on a new Power 7 Server and they discussed their experiences.
Submitted by Tom Huntington on Wed, 02/15/2012 - 10:48am
Xylem, headquartered in Emmaboda, Sweden, is a leading provider of water treatment and technology solutions. They were part of ITT until October 2011, when they split to form their own entity. When they split, they inherited the Robot products and needed to transfer the technology in Sweden.
Kim, a Xylem system administrator, recently was trained by Chuck Losinski, our Director of Automation Technology, on the Robot solution. After the training, to document their implementation, Kim created a diagram that provides an overview of their monitoring and escalation setup. It was important to document the process because they are new to the Robot products.
Submitted by Tom Huntington on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 1:10pm
Bill Shaw retired last Friday, Feb 3, after many years of hard work and dedication as an IBM i systems administrator. Bill worked for a large distribution company and administered the Robot products. Over the years, I’m not sure how many times Bill called Help/Systems Support, but he knew the team on a first-name basis.
Last week, Bill sent me this nice note:
“To all my friends at Help/Systems, Thanks for the memories all these years. I thank you for all the help you gave me, and the patience you had with me. I always enjoyed our time together (good and bad). Keep up the FINE work. As of Friday, 02/03/12, I am RETIRED.”
Bill always thought of himself as part of our team. When he mentions ‘bad’ in his note, he’s referring to the days of finding defects and working through the issues. He used to jokingly refer to his company as, “the extreme stress tester” for our products.
Submitted by Tom Huntington on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 11:53am
On January 26, we released Robot/NETWORK version 11 in limited shipment. This release offers Robot product metrics, which can help organizations analyze and answer questions about how they use their Robot products. These metrics are designed to help our users run their data centers more efficiently.
Submitted by Tom Huntington on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 11:27am
How many of us have more than one coffee maker, hand drill, waffle maker, radio, or other music devices (iPod, stereo, and so forth)? We can't use all of them at once and they clutter up our countertop or home. Should we get rid of duplicates?
At home, it may be okay to have duplicates, but at work can we really afford to run processes that do the same thing? How many of us have multiple performance collection or disk collection processes? What is their impact on your system? They can be the reason you're experiencing performance degradation or need more disk space.