Five Holiday Toasts for the IBM i World

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iStock_000059201880_Full.jpgIn the spirit of gratefulness, holiday joy, and fellowship, I offer up these five IBM i-oriented toasts for you and your loved ones this holiday season.

May your IBM i run peacefully, smoothly, and uneventfully this holiday season

May you suffer no hiccups or early morning software and hardware alerts, and may your System Monitoring and Notification software stay quiet on the 24th, the 25th, and the 31st of December, the first of January, and on every other day of the year.

And if there’s a system issue that needs attention, may someone else be on call.

May Your IBM i Software Run Forever

May IBM continue their incredible track record of allowing any software written for the IBM i operating system and its predecessors to be forward compatible with the latest systems and hardware. A record they’ve been maintaining for decades!

Imagine. AS/400 and iSeries software that was written in the early 2000s and before can still run on IBM i 7.2 today.

This does not happen in the Microsoft world.

May IBM i maintain software forward compatibility through the miracle of the Technology Independent Machine Interface (TIMI), and may companies maintain their investments and continue to run their tried and reliable software as long as they need to, or until they choose to replace it.

May your IT budget be as deep as the ocean, and your cutbacks as light as the mist

May you have a budget and staff for all your important IT projects in 2016, and may you never have to write DIY software when there are affordable commercial alternatives available.

May your staff only work on revenue-enhancing applications; may you find enough RPG, PHP, .NET, Ruby on Rails, and JS programmers to support a thousand key projects; and may budget concerns never weigh down your corporate IT initiatives. May your apps be profitable and mobile.

May you find low-cost SSDs under the tree next year

On the hardware front: here’s wishing that IBM can make solid state drives (SSDs) cost competitive with traditional disk drives in 2016 (or at least make them less expensive), and may every Power system upgrade customer be able to put a rack of SSDs under their IBM i tree next year.

SSDs are a great way to crank up the throughput for data-intensive batch and query processing. Just imagine how much faster your database queries could run if they were reading and writing data from an SSD array without disk arms. SSDs can also speed up data-intensive processing such as nightly jobs, file reorgs, and backups.

May you be happy

As the poet said:

Here’s wishing you more happiness

Than all my words can tell,

Not just alone for Christmas

But for all the year as well

Our best wishes to you and yours this holiday season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone…Richard


Please note that DRV Tech will be closed for the holidays on the following days. We would like to express our thanks to our extended family, our customers. We appreciate your business and we truly would not be here without you.

DRV Tech Holiday Hours:

Dec 24th and 25th for Christmas  – closed

Dec 31st – Closed at Noon EST for New Year’s Eve

Jan 1st for New Years – closed

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