IBM Systems Magazine Blogs


IBM Systems Magazine Subscribe Box

2017 Solutions Edition

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


IT Trendz

Looking Back at 2016

This is the second post where I look back at 2016 with some reflections on the most useful and interesting topics that I explored in the year that just passed. I really enjoyed writing the series on modernization, sig-nif-i-cance and the cloud economy. Modernization was a topic I knew about but never fully explored. It was timely to write about the cloud economy as it was a hot topic in 2016. The sig-nif-i-cance series was fun for me to indulge in and re-explore some of my favorite topics. Here is a quick recap.


Using Internet Key Exchange Today

Internet Key Exchange (IKE) has gone through a lot of changes in the last 20 years. The last major change was the introduction of IKEv2 and communication via port 8500 rather than ports 500 and/or 4500 for setting up what is known as Phase 1 Tunnels.

i Can

Optical Containers

A common problem many IBM i users have is getting the cumulative group PTF media to their machine in a usable form when using a USB thumb drive.  Many users would first carefully format that USB drive on IBM i, move it to an office PC, then copy the cumulative group from IBM distribution onto the thumb drive.  When the thumb drive was put back into IBM i, the PTFs could not be loaded.


Our Top 5 Highlights of 2016

It's a new year so it seems like a good time to reflect on the year that has just passed.

Many things happened in the IBM i world in 2016 but we've come up with a list of five of the key things that impacted us significantly, mostly for the better. See how many of these would make your own list of highlights.

You and i

IBM i Future – 2017 Update

One of the most common questions people ask me is “What’s the future for IBM i?”

I think I’ve gotten that question 20 or more times since the start of the year--via e-mail, LinkedIn messages, customer briefings, Twitter direct messages--and as I write this, I have only been at work for eight days in 2017.  And this is the slow part of the year.


DB2 12 for z/OS Technical Overview

I don't need to tell you that a career working with DB2 for z/OS is never boring. DB2 for z/OS continues to evolve at an ever-increasing pace. To help you keep up with all these changes, IBM has delivered a new Redbook, "DB2 12 for z/OS Technical Overview."


Thoughts on Performance Tuning

I recently discovered this post to the UNIX & Linux Forums. While it's from 2013, "The Most Incomplete Guide to Performance Tuning" has some great -- and still relevant -- ideas.