IBM i 6.1, the latest version of the integrated operating system for Power Systems servers, became generally available in March 2008. Are you using it yet? If so, congratulations! Whether or not you've started using IBM i 6.1, you might be unaware of the significant benefits you can get from this rich operating system release. This week, I want to point out some of those benefits. And, because there are so many, I can't just list the top 10 -- we need to go for 20!
- Enable consolidation of i and x86 servers with an IBM BladeCenter solution. IBM i 6.1 is supported in IBM BladeCenter S and H with BladeCenter JS12, JS22, JS23 and JS43 blades.
- Reduce impact of planned and unplanned outages with a high-availability solution from IBM. IBM i 6.1 supports the new PowerHA for i disk-clustering solution.
- Better performance for i and IBM System Storage environments through improved storage-area network (SAN) support. i 6.1 with POWER6 processor based-servers and a new Fibre Channel Adapter can deliver performance with the DS8000 that's comparable to internal disk.
- Increased performance for Java and WebSphere applications with IBM i 6.1 enhancements. In Java-application performance tests, IBM i delivered 68-78 percent more transactions per second than i 5.4 running on the same POWER5+ processor-based server.
- Reduce IT costs with an easy, integrated, Web-based management environment. IBM i 6.1 delivers Systems Director Navigator for i that enables Web-based management. Navigator integrates with IBM Systems Director 6.1 providing a rich management environment for multiple, heterogeneous servers.
- Monitor the performance of your IBM i environment with Performance Data Investigator, a Web-based component of Systems Director Navigator for i.
- Meet regulatory requirements by protecting data at rest and backups of critical business information through advanced encryption options available for IBM i 6.1.
- Reduce costs and simplify creation of test and development environments through virtualization of IBM i storage. IBM i 6.1 with POWER6 processor-based servers can be a virtual partition, receiving its I/O resources from another IBM i or PowerVM VIOS partition.
- Through PowerVM VIOS, IBM i 6.1 partitions support storage consolidation with IBM System Storage solutions DS3000, DS4000, DS5000, XIV and SVC.
- Intelligently flow memory from one partition to another for increased utilization and flexibility of memory usage with PowerVM Active Memory Sharing.
- Simplify deployment of Java applications and extend value of business applications through a Web application server and Web services environment provided with IBM i 6.1.
- Enhance application functionality and performance with new DB2 database functions and management tools provided with IBM i 6.1.
- Enhance iSCSI-based integration with System x and BladeCenter servers with support for VMware VMotion and software initiator for Windows servers.
- Deliver the performance required for IBM i applications with POWER6 processor-based servers. These 1 to 64 core servers provide industry leading performance for IBM i, AIX and Linux operating systems.
- Expand I/O options with IBM i 6.1 including support for Small Form Factor Disk drives and next generation 12X I/O drawers.
- IBM i 6.1 provides support for the fastest GHz options for the Power 520 (4.7 GHz) and Power 550 (5.0 GHz).
- Support for IBM OmniFind Text Search Server, which enables users to conduct full-text searches across documents stored in DB2 for i database.
- Support for IBM Transform Services which delivers Adobe PDF output support to IBM i applications
- Support for Network Install of Cumulative Fix Packages and Licensed Program Products.
- IBM i is now shipped on DVD media (I have received applause for this one!!!)
As I mentioned before, IBM i 6.1 became generally available in March 2008. IBM has delivered numerous enhancements since then. As we introduce additional software and hardware technologies, you'll see the benefits of IBM i 6.1 continue to grow.
For those of you who are running IBM i 6.1, please let us all know if I have missed your favorite feature.
We recently held a webcast to discuss these and other reasons to move up to IBM i 6.1. Listen to the replay. From this Web site, you'll also see that we're doing a webcast on October 6 covering IBM i support for solid-state drives and IBM System Storage, and on October 27 covering the latest IBM i enhancements.
Customer Spotlight -- Gemeente Goes hosts SAP applications for six municipalities on IBM i
Gemeente Goes and five other Dutch municipalities were running CiVision Belastingen & Kadaster Suite, a qualified SAP Business All-in-One partner solution from PinkRoccade Local Government, on a variety of IBM and HP platforms on separate servers at their own data centers. Hardware costs were relatively high, and obtaining local support was difficult and expensive.
Working with PinkRoccade Local Government, the six municipalities consolidated their SAP Business All-in-One environments into separate IBM i subsystems within a single LPAR on an IBM Power 550 Express server running at the Gemeente Goes data center. The subsystems also run a number of legacy applications in mixed workload mode.
Consolidating to a single Power 550 Express server reduces hardware, maintenance and support costs by approximately 40 percent. IBM i subsystems provide a highly secure and reliable environment even for a mixed workload of multiple legacy and SAP applications while IBM POWER6 processors delivered excellent performance for the combined overall workload. Find out more in the IBM case study.