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IBM i Performance Optimization: Improving Application Response Times

Keeping your IBM i optimized for optimal response times requires regular monitoring of system resources and identifying various elements that affect application performance. Poor response times of only two or three seconds delay can quickly get compounded over time when poorly written applications are involved or database maintenance has been neglected. Like most performance degradation issues on the IBM i , response time issues only get worse as the number of transactions multiply. Ignoring sys...
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IBM Power System's Fastest RAID Controller

IBM EJ14 PCIe3 12 GB Cache RAID Plus SAS Adapter is the highest performing raid controller (SAS adapter) for IBM Power9 and Power8 systems that will significantly improve raid performance. The IBM EJ14 PCIe3 12 GB Cache RAID PLUS SAS Adapter has four 6 Gb connectors enabling the highest performance HDD or SSD  SAS controller capabilities for IBM Power systems using PCIe Gen3 technology and IBM’s latest SAS RAID adapter technology. The EJ14 PCIe3 SAS adapter builds on the success of the EJ0L...
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POWER9: Main changes and updates Vs POWER8

POWER9: Main changes and updates Vs POWER8
POWER9 is here , and with it comes loads of new hardware. With the second batch of released hardware there are several new systems that are focused on small and mid-range applications. These include Power9 models  S922 , S914 , and S924 as well as Linux and SAP Hana specialized variants, the L922, L924, H922, and H924. The new systems are util...
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IBM i Backup Performance and Optimization

IBM i Backup Performance and Optimization
IBM i backup performance is affected by many variables, and many data transfer rate bottlenecks can be very easy to resolve. Some simple changes you can try to improve backup performance may only require using the correct media generation for your tape library/drive, minimize resource sharing, shortening the distance between the IBM i PCIe I/O adapter and tape library/drive, using backup optimization settings or restructuring your backup processes. These minor changes are virtually free to try a...
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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 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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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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The Big Difference Between Power9's Industry Standard Memory vs Buffered Memory

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POWER9 Memory changes and what it means. Our last article was about the primary changes made to the POWER Systems, scale out line up with the release of the first set of POWER9  (You can view some of the POWER9 benchmarks here ) servers back in February. We briefly covered several of the changes including the change made to the type ...
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10 Facts you need to know about the POWER9 S924 CPUs:

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Nigel Griffiths presents 10 useful facts about performance, history and architecture of IBM's Power9  S924 System CPUs. Nigel works for IBM Advanced Technology Support, Europe. His job is to promote IBM Power Systems, PowerVM and AIX Technology. He not an IBM spokesperson. All opinions are his own. 1) 1 or 2 sockets for 1 or 2 POWER9...
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