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JOSEPH GULLA
A Focus on Cloud Management

In this post, I keep my focus on the management theme from the previous three weeks of posts with concentration on cloud. What is different with cloud as compared to system, network and application management? Don’t cloud services require system and network management? Don’t cloud services run an application so isn’t application management useful?


SecuringAIX

MICHAEL AM FELT
Why I Stay Away From Using gcc (on AIX)

In the title I mention I stay away from gcc. There’s nothing wrong with gcc itself, but rather the maintenance of the run-time libraries.


Open Your i

JESSE GORZINSKI
IBM i Open Source and the Talent That Follows

Today's topic is IBM i development skills. IBM has been committed to ensuring that talented employees of all backgrounds can flourish on the platform. This is evident with the evolution of RPG, the continued enhancement of developer tools, the invention of Open Access, and so on.


i Can

DAWN MAY
i Can use IBM DVD Images with my USB 3.0 Adapter

IBM i began supporting USB flash drives back in 2012, but their use was restricted to save/restore and IFS options (refer to the blog IBM i Now Supports USB Flash Drives for additional background information). Many users downloaded the IBM Fix (PTF) DVD images, copied them to a flash drive, and then discovered they could not access the fixes because the entire DVD image was “just a file.”


iDevelop

JON PARIS AND SUSAN GANTNER
Susan's Turn: My First Job in IT

Jon told his first job in IT story recently, and he challenged me to do the same.


You and i

STEVE WILL
Deep Thinking in IBM Rochester With Watson Analytics

Recently COMMON and IBM announced a very special collaborative event, the IBM i Driveway to Watson. As someone who was completely intrigued by the original Jeopardy! challenge between Watson and champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, I was pumped—not sure how else to describe it. Pumped. I’d have the opportunity to communicate directly with Watson, the same Watson that is now being used in the healthcare space, making significant strides in patient care and outcomes.  For two days, we would be working with IBM i experts who would demonstrate various ways to exploit this cognitive technology and better understand a completely new way of thinking, using a modern business computing paradigm. I didn’t know exactly what to expect but again, I was pumped.


DB2utor

TROY COLEMAN
The Evolution of Compression: Db2 10

My backgrounder on compression continues with Db2 for z/OS Version 10. This release brought compression support to SMF trace data and provided an availability option to activate data compression without placing the table space in REORG pending.


AIXchange

ROB MCNELLY
The POWER9 Journey Begins

One of the great benefits of being an IBM Champion is the ability to attend IBM briefings about unannounced products. For instance, recently, IBM gave us some details about the new Linux-only POWER9 server. The AC922 (Machine Type 8335-GTG) for high-performance computing (HPC) is being officially announced today, and will be generally available Dec. 22.