What IBM links should you, as an IBM i fan always have at your disposal?
I am confident I will miss something, but let’s consider this a good starting point based on links I have sent to many people in recent weeks.
Business Case for IBM i: If you have the chance to restate the value of Power Systems and IBM i in your organization, the best place to start is the Power of i site, where you get the strategy paper and the ITG study, which talks about the IBM i Total Cost of Acquisition (TCA) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of IBM i compared to our competition. The full URL is www.ibm.com/systems/power/software/i/powerofi/index.html or you can try to remember the short URL http://bit.ly/Powerofi.
Latest New Functions and Articles: We generally have two big announcements each year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Along with links to articles from our team, the developerWorks IBM i Zone has the latest. The full URL is
https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/ibmi/ and it’s so easy, I haven’t defined a short URL for it.
Storage for IBM i: One of the frequent questions we get when people are planning to buy new systems is “What storage can IBM i use?” While the general answer is, “Pretty much anything if you use VIOS,” some people really want to know what is available natively, as well as what is available through VIOS. To help answer that question, a PDF table has been built for IBM i Storage Options. The full URL is
www-03.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/WebIndex/PRS4563 and the short URL is http://bit.ly/IBMi_Storage
Examples of IBM i 7.1 Use: The IBM i 7.1 Technical Overview Redbook is excellent, has great examples of using the features in the latest major release, and is being updated as we speak to include the functions which have been made available since 7.1. The full URL is www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/sg247858.html?Open
The IBM i Reference Manual: We make updates to the IBM i Information Center throughout the year, as well as having a major update at each full release. Full URL: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/eserver/ibmi.html
IBM i Technology Refreshes: If you’ve been reading this blog for the past year or so, you know that we have created Technology Refreshes (TRs) to add new capabilities to IBM i 7.1. The page that explains TRs, and also has tabs with the details on how to get them, is at full URL:
http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/i/planning/techrefresh/index.html or short URL http://bit.ly/IBMi_TechRefresh
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