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IT Trendz

JOSEPH GULLA
IT Security and Data

This week, I’ll continue with the computer security topic with a focus on data and computer security. According to Techopedia, data security refers to protective digital privacy measures that are applied to prevent unauthorized access to computers, databases and websites. Data security also protects data from corruption.


SecuringAIX

MICHAEL AM FELT
Determining Patching Responsibility

Recent news (and my latest blogs!) have focused on the (sorry) state of patching. While this is a common state, it’s generally not the fault of the IT staff. They would love to patched to within “N-1” and have security patches installed. However, the business is (or claims to be) 25x8 and so interruptions to the business aren’t allowed and maintenance never gets done.


Open Your i

JESSE GORZINSKI
The Top 3 Reasons System Admins Should Care about Open Source on IBM i

For today’s blog, I am very happy to partner with guest writer Valerie Smith. Valerie is one of the published “Fresh Faces of IBM i,”  and you can check out her bio in the May 2017 issue. I’ve often mentioned that open source is “not just for the programmer.” In today’s post, Valerie shares three great reasons system administrators should be watching the open source space!


i Can

DAWN MAY
Copy Performance Data using ACS IFS Tasks

Two weeks ago I compared the IFS tasks between Navigator and ACS. One of the major advantages of the ACS interface is the ability to easily move files between partitions. This week, I want to review considerations for moving performance data to a different partition. 


iDevelop

JON PARIS AND SUSAN GANTNER
Thirty Years: Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of our beloved system. From its original incarnation as the AS/400 back in 1988 to today's IBM i on Power Systems, it just keeps getting better and better.


You and i

STEVE WILL
Celebrating IBM i at COMMON POWERUp18

One of the biggest events for IBM i professionals every year is the annual conference put on by the COMMON organization.  This year, the event is named POWERUp18, and it’s being held in San Antonio, Texas May 20-23.


DB2utor

TROY COLEMAN
Previewing the Upcoming IDUG Conference

The annual IDUG North America conference is only two weeks away. This year's event is set for April 29 to May 3 in Philadelphia.


AIXchange

ROB MCNELLY
Troubleshooting a vSCSI Mapping

I was recently asked to help troubleshoot a vSCSI mapping. My colleague was running an SAP HANA POC workload on POWER, and is new to the platform. At the time an older version of HMC code was being used, so we still had access to the classic HMC interface. Since mapping the virtual adapters and managing the profiles is a manual process, there's always the potential for errors. And unfortunately, mistakes were made with the adapter numbering.