Products

To learn about the full capabilities of each of the products contained in the IBM i Access Family, Product Number 5761-XW1, navigate through the links below:

Selecting the product

Your biggest decision is going to be 'which product should I use?' There are pros and cons for any product you select. Let us identify some of the strengths and key considerations for the various products to help you decide what is most important in your environment.

  • Click for description IBM i Access Client Solutions

    Key strengths:
    IBM i Access Client Solutions provides a Java based platform-independent interface which runs on most operating systems that support Java including Linux, Mac and Windows. Features of IBM i Access Client Solutions include:

    • A full featured 5250 display emulator based on IBM Rational Host-on-Demand. In addition to all the 5250 display features you are accustomed to when using IBM i Access for Windows, you may now switch your 5250 display emulator between languages without rebooting your workstation.  In addition, you may have multiple concurrent sessions with different host code pages.  This allows separate languages to be displayed within different emulator sessions. Printer emulation is also supported.
    • A 5250 Session Manager modeled after IBM Personal Communications Session Manager which can be used for managing all of your 5250 emulator sessions
    • Data Transfer which provides the ability to transfer data from/to your IBM i database to/from various file types on your workstation such as OpenDocument spreadsheet (*.ods), Excel Workbook (*.xlsx) and other file formats
    • A Virtual Control Panel with a graphical interface to the IBM i operation panel'
    • 5250 emulation for LAN Console
    • Consolidation for hardware management interface configurations including ASMI, IVM and HMC
    • Launch capability to IBM Navigator for i using your default browser

    Considerations for deploying:

    • Installing IBM i Access Client Solutions is as simple as unpacking the zip archive.
    • Determine the location where you want to install the product. This can be any location where the workstation (PC, Mac, etc) has read authority to access the files. This includes the local hard disk drive, a remote network (shared) drive or portable media such as a USB flash drive.
    • Copy the zip archive to the desired location. Then, unpack the zip archive using any zip utility of your choice.
  • Click for description IBM i Access for Windows

    Key strengths:

    • Mature, high-function 5250 emulator that includes many productivity aids such as keyboard mapping, special support for Field Exit key, support of EHLLAPI interface.
    • Printer emulation allows a network printer to be designated as an IBM i output queue so that printer output can be automatically sent and printed.
    • Contains middleware that is necessary if you wish to run PC applications to access the IBM i. For example, any Windows application that requires an ODBC driver, an OLE DB provider, or .NET provider.
    • The Data Transfer (upload/download) function provides the ability to run complex queries to DB2 for i and also enables an administrator to set up batch transfer requests that can be scheduled to run without user intervention.
    • The System i Navigator, packaged in this Client, provide IBM i administrators with many system management capabilities that are not available anywhere else.
    • Program runs on the PC, thus reducing the IBM i resource overhead.

    Considerations for deploying:

    • The program has to be installed and configured on a PC with Microsoft Windows operating system installed.
    • The Microsoft operating systems supported in each IBM i Access release change to stay in step with Microsoft as they add new and drop old operating systems.
    • Since the code is running on the network PC, remote Help Desk support can be more difficult; and may require a trip to the user desktop.
    • Multiple ports need to be open in your IBM i firewall if remote users were attempting to connect over the Internet. Native desktop solutions are better targeted for an intranet environment where having many ports open is not such a security risk.
  • Click for description IBM i Access for Web

    Key strengths:

    • Nothing to deploy, install, or configure at the user desktop.
    • Can be used with most any browser and any desktop operating system.
    • Help Desk support is simplified as IBM i Access for Web runs entirely on IBM i.
    • Provides tight control, based on IBM i user profiles, for what functions of the product users can access.
    • Provides many GUIs and wizards to work with IBM i resources, end users with little knowledge of IBM i can quickly be productive with these interfaces.
    • Enables you to maximize the usage of IBM i resources as it provides easy access to the file system, printer output, database, and host applications (RPG, etc).
    • The upload/download database function enables you to quickly build requests and make available to end users. Can also import previously built requests from DB2 Query Manager (57xx-ST1) and IBM Query for System IBM i (57xx-QU1) products, and make them available to run from a browser.
    • Ideal for Internet connectivity as communication with the browser user is through the HTTP Server which requires only a single port to be open to the network.

    Considerations for deploying:

    • The program has to be installed, configured, and run on a web application server on IBM i. Thus, an IBM i needs to have IBM HTTP Server for i and either ASF Tomcat or WebSphere Application Server (or Portlet) products installed on the system.
    • The 5250 emulation program does not provide many of the functions available in a native 5250 emulation program (such as keyboard remapping, special handling of certain keys like Field Exit, no EHLLAPI, etc).
    • No "push" of printer output to a PC network printer (like Printer Emulation). Users must "pull" printer output to PC network printers through GUIs.
    • No middleware for running desktop applications (like ODBC, .NET, etc)
  • Click for description System i Access for Wireless
    • System i Navigator for Wireless
    • IBM Toolbox for Java 2 Micro Edition

    Note: 6.1 is the final release that includes IBM System i Access for Wireless (5722-XP1). The IBM Systems Director family of products provides equivalent system management functionality.

    Key strengths of System i Navigator for Wireless:

    • Nothing to deploy, install, or configure at the user desktop.
    • Supports a variety of handheld wireless devices that have a browser
    • Has been designed to reduce footprint to some IBM i system management functions so they can be accessed from a wireless device
    • Help Desk support is simplified as it runs entirely on IBM i.
    • Ideal for Internet connectivity as communication with the browser user is through the HTTP Server which requires only a single port to be open to the network.

    Considerations for deploying System i Navigator for Wireless:

    • The program has to be installed, configured, and run on a web application server on IBM i. Thus, an IBM i needs to have IBM HTTP Server for i and either ASF Tomcat or WebSphere Application Server products installed on the system.
    • Not a full-function connectivity product, for example, no 5250, provides a subset of System i Navigator functions
    • Supports a limited set of handheld devices

    Key strengths of IBM Toolbox for Java 2 Micro Edition:

    • Enables an application developer building an application for a handheld device to easily access IBM i resources through the Java Toolbox interfaces
    • Supports a variety of handheld wireless devices that have a browser
    • Nothing to install on IBM i as product is installed in the JVM on the handheld device.

    Considerations for deploying IBM Toolbox for Java 2 Micro Edition:

    • The program has to be installed, configured, and run in the JVM on the handheld device.
    • JVM on handheld device must be at certain release levels.
    • Not a full-function connectivity product, for example, no 5250.
    • Supports a limited set of handheld devices
    • Certain ports would need to be open in the IBM i firewall to access the database, etc.

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