IBM i

For Power Systems (including AS/400, iSeries, and System i)


Highlights

In today’s era of cloud, mobile devices and analytics, IT decisions are more critical than ever before. Choosing IBM i running on an IBM® Power Systems™ server as the foundation for a modern infrastructure means delivering on the promise of these key technologies. Companies need to know that their systems and business processes will meet the highest service levels defined by their business units while being adaptable to handle every new business opportunity. For many years, IBM i running on Power servers has helped companies to focus on innovation and deliver new value to their business, rather than diverting money and people to manage their data center operations. When paired with the latest Power® platform, IBM i applications get world class performance plus dynamic infrastructure flexibility, and modern capabilities with the opportunity to lower operations costs.

IBM develops, fully tests and preloads the core middleware components of IBM i together upfront, whereas on other platforms, operating system, database and middleware integration is done in the data center. The factory integration and testing of IBM i is a key factor in enabling companies to deploy applications faster and maintain them with fewer staff. The built-in virtualization, including workload management, enables clients to run multiple applications together in a single instance of IBM i, driving up system utilization, simplifying the IT environment and delivering a better return on IT investments.

IBM i integrates a trusted combination of a DB2 relational database, industry leading security, standards based internet technology, networking and storage management capabilities. These provide an excellent foundation for efficiently deploying business applications, supporting 3,000 solutions from more than 2,500 ISVs. IBM i solutions are offered through an extensive, highly skilled worldwide network of IBM Business Partners, backed by IBM’s trusted service and support infrastructure.

IBM i also incorporates a runtime for UNIX applications—The Portable Application Solutions Environment (PASE)—enabling selected AIX and UNIX applications to be ported to the system. Not to be confused with an emulation environment, applications ported with PASE execute directly on the hardware, using the processor without additional layers or overhead. PASE applications run in IBM i jobs using standard IBM i work management, consequently, clients do not need to learn UNIX system administration. IBM and ISVs have leveraged PASE to provide support for high performance Java, PHP and other solutions.

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Next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing are providing unprecedented insights into opportunities, threats and efficiencies. IBM Power Systems is at the forefront of delivering solutions to gain faster insights from analyzing both structured information and unstructured big data. With the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems plus solutions and software, organizations can outpace their competitors by delivering faster services, providing differentiated offerings and turning operational cost into investment opportunity.

To draw insights and make better decisions, businesses rely on the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems. Built with the first processor designed for big data workloads, the design of Power Systems combines the computing power, memory bandwidth and I/O in ways that are easier to consume and manage, building on strong resiliency, availability and security.

IBM Power Systems deliver flexibility and choice of operating systems to enable your business to support the next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing that are transforming how organizations work today. Whether running 1, 2, or all 3 - coupled with PowerVM, they maximize the benefit of Power Systems in your business.

Transform your business with Systems Software that enables virtualization, high availability, flexibility, security and compliance on Power Systems™. IBM’s integrated approach to developing Systems and Systems Software together delivers optimized results with Power Systems.

As an open innovation platform, Power Systems is optimized for big data and analytics performance and to deliver scale-out economics and security for the cloud. IBM and IBM Business Partner solutions exploit key capabilities in IBM Power Systems.

Over the last five years thousands of clients have migrated to IBM Power Systems. Learn how Power Systems has helped them support next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing on an open platform for choice while improving business performance, reducing risk, and establishing a platform for growth.


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