The IBMi – almost 26, and still “Future Proof”

Every business we end up bringing an IBMi into is amazed at how powerful it is and how quickly their business processes improve. It’s definitely not for a small business, but if you are growing, or planning to grow, IBMi’s are still one of the best long term investments you can make.

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The IBMi system turned 25 in 2013. This system has been through many iterations, from Silverlake in the 80’s to the AS/400 platform in the 90’s and 00’s, to the current iteration of IBMi which runs on IBM Power Systems and IBM Pure Systems. The following video presents a brief history and some of the key points of the IBMi platform by the chief architect, Frank Soltis:

The IBMi was developed as a midrange server for small to medium sized businesses and departments in large enterprises. Over the years it’s been redesigned so that it will integrate within distributed networks and with web applications. In fact, the final“I” in IBMi stands for integration.

It features a Java virtual memory platform to allow for simplified mixed language coding and multi-terabytes of disk storage. IBM developed it with the intent of creating a server that will replace PC servers and Web servers for businesses, Wintel and UNIX servers. With this change, the…

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Did HeartBleed affect you? Then donate to OpenSSL to keep it from happening again.

For everyone who heard about the Heartbleed vulnerability. OpenSSL is the foundation that develops this encryption standard used by a very large chunk of the web. Here is a note from them about how many donations they get in perspective to how important they are.

In a typical year the OpenSSL project receives about US$2000 in donations.

This week we have received roughly 200 donations totaling nearly US$3000. Amounts have ranged between $0.02 and $300, and I notice that some individuals have made multiple contributions.

For the larger donations and multiple contributors I like to send a personal note in addition to the canned response message. I apologize for not doing that this week due to the unusually large volume of E-mail correspondence (donations and otherwise).

Please know that these contributions are greatly appreciated, as much for the show of support as the monetary value. 100% of all donations (minus the hefty PayPal fees) will go directly to OpenSSL team members.

-Steve M.

You can donate here if you want your banking, taxes, and other online services to remain secure for the future.