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2018 Solutions Edition

A Comprehensive Online Buyer's Guide to Solutions, Services and Education.


IT Trendz

The Middleware Market is Interesting and Growing

Last week, I revisited a topic that I find revitalizing: Middleware. In my previous post, I discussed the roots of middleware in what I referenced as the real history of middleware, with the real roots being in centralized enterprise systems. This week, I’ll continue with a discussion of the categories or taxonomy of middleware software and the size of the market.

Z Security Roundtable

How Secure Service Containers Can Help With Side-Channel Attacks

In a world filled with side-channel attacks, it’s not sufficient to simply encrypt data and ignore the environment around that encrypted data. Secure Service Containers go beyond encrypting data, and remove attack vectors that attempt to go around that encryption. 


Back to Basics: aixpert

On the road again. Nothing surprising about that because I travel internationally two or more times a month. What is unusual is that this year about half of my trips are security related (the other main topic is performance although I prefer the term resource optimization).

Open Your i

All Hail the Midnight Commander!

Quite often, I’m asked how open source deliveries are prioritized at IBM. The answer isn’t simple. Even after we estimate the cost of a project, there are many factors to consider. For instance, does it enable a specific solution to run? Does it expand a programming language’s abilities? Is it highly-requested by the community or vendors?

i Can

Investigate Prestart Jobs

Collection Services is always running on your system and you can use the Performance Data Investigator with Collection Services data for insights into your prestart jobs.


An Update on DATA-INTO and More News

We mentioned in our second article on DATA-INTO that " ... we look forward to seeing what third parties and open-source groups can do with it." Well soon after that piece was published we received good news and bad news. The good news was that Scott Klement had added a DATA-INTO JSON parser to his port of YAJL. That’s also the bad news: Now Jon has to come up with a new project as that was number one on his to-do list!

You and i

IBM i and Java Support

In the past few months, my team has been receiving many questions about Java, and especially about the support of Java, because of announcements Oracle has made about changes to how they will be supporting their versions of Java 8. We’ve had enough questions that we thought we ought to just publish something that clarifies what IBM i clients need to know about Java and its support options.


A Goodbye, and Many Thanks

After 28 years of working with IBM Db2 for z, and almost 11 years writing the DB2utor blog for IBM Systems Magazine, I’m saying goodbye.


Everything to Know about VIOS 3.1

VIOS 3.1 is here, and now is the time to start planning your next move. Should you replace your hardware with new servers and do fresh VIOS installs on those machines, or would a gradual upgrade of your dual VIO servers make more sense? Get informed by digging into the numerous, valuable resources that have recently come out.