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IBM i Power System Upgrade: Is it needed?

IBM i Power System Upgrade: Is it needed?
Is it time to upgrade your IBM i Power System? Or do you need to upgrade your IBM i Power System? Most companies upgrade their IBM Power systems on a scheduled interval, but there are instances when response times and throughput bottlenecks cause unacceptable performance levels, and a quick fix is needed. IBM i response times and throughput rely on common system resources and can have a similar effect on performance from an end user experience, but the variables that cause them are very differen...
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IBM i Security: Compliance Requires Access Controls

IBM i Security: Compliance Requires Access Controls
Security breaches making headlines are almost always due to inadequate access controls at one or more levels of the company’s infrastructure. Known and unknown vulnerabilities may have assisted in some of these breaches, but with the proper access controls in place, they could have been prevented or significantly minimized. The IBM i is not immune, and is not the most secure platform in your environment if necessary access controls have not been implemented. All compliance regulations have gener...
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IBM i Performance Issues and Degradation

IBM i Performance Issues and Degradation
Sporadic IBM i  performance issues and prolonged degradation that slowly creeps up over time can sometimes be abated by fine tuning memory pools, disk, database, applicatons, jobs and threads, but it’s not a task an untrained administrator should be attempting. IBM i response times and throughput performance issues can be due to numerous factors, and often requires a lot of man hours to pin point by a trained expert. If your IBM Power iSeries already has the Performance Adjuster enabled (vi...
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Enterprise IBM SSD with eMLC Prices

Enterprise IBM SSD with eMLC Prices
IBM SSD Price Drop IBM Solid State Drive SSD prices for iSeries, VIOS and Power AIX systems have dropped so much over the years, making the decision to replace those much slower HDDs very simple. Using Enterprise  IBM SSD  with eMLC will give queries, applications and other frequently accessed data a significant performance boost. The cost of replacing existing Power system hard disk drives with solid state drives is likely a fraction of what you originally paid for your current hard d...
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Database Clustering - Replication Solves Real-Time Data Access Requirements

Database Clustering - Replication Solves Real-Time Data Access Requirements
Database clustering involves database replication to achieve high availability (mirroring, redundancy and disaster recovery), workload balancing for performance or scaling (queries, reporting, business intelligence, analytics and data warehousing), maintenance (upgrades, migration, testing and development), database consolidation and other objectives for data access, efficiency and better decision making. It is use database clustering and replication services where the source and target database...
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Database Migration and Converter with Real-Time Replication

Database Migration and Converter with Real-Time Replication
Database migration and  conversion  projects can be a time consuming and costly endeavor without the right software, and converting large complex production databases with real-time replication and transformation requirements significantly compound the risks. Using a database migration and conversion tool to map fields of disparate databases correctly and keeping them in sync is key to a successful and non-disruptive conversion. Critical business applications utilizing the database to ...
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How QRadar Pricing Works

How QRadar Pricing Works
IBM QRadar pricing is determined by the number of event logs per second and network flow logs per minute the SIEM must ingest. On average, QRadar will replace 6 customer installed security products. Furthermore, QRadar is considered by industry experts to be one of the most advanced and mature SIEM tools on the market, that can also integrate with a customer’s existing security defenses. Volume pricing discounts are provided for all QRadar SIEM product lines , including on premise appliances, so...
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How To Proactively Prevent Cybersecurity Breaches With QRadar AI SIEM

How To Proactively Prevent Cybersecurity Breaches With QRadar AI SIEM
Most companies discover cybersecurity breaches long after the damage is done. Consequently, in the following weeks and months security personnel and executives will exhaust all resources investigating and responding to the all the events that led up to the attack, and tackle a host of other costly post-incident damage control and prevention initiatives. If the attack was not the result of a zero-day exploit, post analysis will involve a painful discovery process identifying the vulnerabilities t...
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IBM i MFA and Password Self-Service: A winning combination

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Implementing IBM i Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) and Password Self-Service (PSS) as an integrated solution allows companies to enjoy the cost savings of automation, while enhancing security and addressing compliance requirements at the same time. On the surface, IBM i MFA , Password Self-Service and 2FA software solutions already have a lot in common. If you are thinking of implementing IBM i MFA, 2FA or Password Self Service, you may want to consider implementing them together to gain both ...
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QRadar Prices for All-in-On Appliances

QRadar Prices for All-in-On Appliances
QRadar Prices for All-in-One SIEM Appliances are calculated based on the volume of events and network flows ingested by the SIEM. All QRadar Security Intelligence offerings, can flexibly grow and scale by simply adding an additional appliance for workload specific requirements, or use a hybrid of software licenses running on customer provided virtual machines and the cloud. QRadar pricing for the different product lines is significantly different. For instance, IBM’s SIEM SaaS QRadar on Cloud of...
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How to Accelerate the Use of AI in Organizations with Power9 Systems

How to Accelerate the Use of AI in Organizations with Power9 Systems
Written by: Bob Picciano Open any business publication or digital journal today, and you will read about the promise of AI, known as artificial or augmented intelligence, and how it will transform your business. The fact is, AI will not only transform your entire business, whether you are in health care, finance, retail or manufacturing, but it will also transform technology itself. The essential task of information technology (IT), and how we measure its value, has reached an inflection point. ...
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IBM i Multi-Factor Authentication for MFA Compliance

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IBM i Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a critical cybersecurity defense required by PCI, FFIEC and 23 NYCRR 500 in Section 500.12b, stating any company providing financial services within the state of New York must implement MFA to protect system data and applications for all users that have external network access, or use an approved access control equivalent. IBM i Multi Factor Authentication prices are very affordable, simple to implement and provide the quickest means to protect against ...
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SFTP FTPS - IBM i iSeries Secure FTP Methods

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SFTP and FTPS are Secure FTP methods the IBM i supports natively for both client and server roles, and can safely transfer sensitive files to and from other systems or cloud services. Secure FTP requirements may dictate using SFTP versus FTPS for the MFT project, but is usually a personal preference. Both SFTP and FTPS use encrypted connections for file transfer, SFTP uses SSH cryptographic protocol and FTPS can use TLS or SSL implicit security (always on) cryptographic protocol. FTPS explicit c...
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IBM QRadar Price List by License

IBM QRadar Price List by License
*Also see QRadar Pricing on all IBM SIEM Security Intelligence Product Prices (including QRadar Hardware Appliances)   QRadar Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price Chart by License * MSRP   QRadar SIEM by IBM Security - Event Processor Virtual 1690 - Failover Install License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months (D0WSSLL) $6,420.00 Get Pricing QRadar SIEM by IBM Security - Flow Processor Virtual 1790 - Failover Install License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months (D0WSYLL) $6,42...
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iSeries FIM File Integrity Monitoring on IBM i

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File integrity monitoring FIM  for iSeries IBM i requires monitoring the system security audit journal and DB2 database journals to detect unauthorized changes to files and their contents. FIM projects are usually due to compliance regulations such as PCI, 23 NYCRR 500 and like regulatory requirements, which will significantly reduce the file integrity monitoring scope to specific database files and object changes in QAUDJRN. In addition to implementing file integrity monitoring, you will n...
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IBM i Profile Swapping for Temporary Elevated Authority

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Implementing iSeries Profile Swapping and Adopted Authority policies is a great idea for reducing the number of IBM i powerful profiles, especially if most users only need elevated authority for specific tasks or occasional access to sensitive data. In many cases, auditors are requiring iSeries shops to address their large list of users profiles with special authorities. On some iSeries systems, most of the users will have *ALLOBJ, yet none of them have duties that would require such authorities...
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GDPR Compliance for iSeries AS400

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General Data Protection Regulation GDPR compliance applies to any company that transmits, stores or processes personal data of individuals living in countries in the European Union, such as insurance, healthcare, financial, retail and like B2C industries. This GDPR article addresses protection recommendations for personal data residing on the IBM i...
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Switching from Splunk to QRadar SIEM?

Switching from Splunk to QRadar SIEM?
If you are switching from Splunk to QRadar SIEM or just curious to see the additional functionality QRadar has in comparison to Splunk, you should check out the new free Splunk to QRadar SIEM App that enables forwarding of raw data from Splunk Enterprise or the Splunk Universal Forwarder to QRadar for analysis. Once the QRadar app connects to Splun...
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SIEM Machine Learning AI and Behavior Analytics

SIEM Machine Learning AI and Behavior Analytics
Cybersecurity breaches caused by employees account for roughly 75% of all data breaches. Internal security threats are usually among the costliest attacks and remain the hardest to detect and solve. Even with the numerous security defenses and controls, user account compromises are still one of the most commonly used methods of attack. Employee awa...
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​iSeries MFA Multi-Factor Authentication

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iSeries MFA provides Multi-Factor Authentication to prevent unauthorized user access to systems by adding two or more authentication requirements before allowing access to the IBM i system through 5250 OS400 Sign-on or other applications running on the AS400 system. IBM i MFA is being driven primarily by increased cybersecurity threats, a...
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