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IBM i Saves Money for Companies in Multiple Ways

IBM i Saves Money for Companies in Multiple Ways
From its inception in the 1980s, the IBM AS400 and OS400 operating system has had many iterations and transformations over the years, but it has consistently maintained the distinguished honor of delivering businesses the lowest TCO midrange computing system in the industry. To this day, tens of thousands of businesses, including the largest companies in the world rely on the IBM i to run their most critical applications. There is no single reason, but collectively, the entire IBM i package of hardware, operating system, integrated database and all the features they encompass and provide businesses, is what contributes to the extremely low total cost of ownership that no other midrange computing system can provide. The IBM i POWER system platform itself, is a turnkey business system that requires almost zero IT staff to maintain on a daily basis. Case in point, a number of companies over the years have contacted Midland for assistance for a system no one at the company knew existed, until the day something stopped working. This triggered a man hunt, a door to a small closet being opened for the first time in recent history, and the discovery of a very dusty black box. These systems ran for a decade or more without a single failure, and in some instances, did not require any human interaction. Some of these older systems included System/36’s from the 1980s and first generation AS/400s from the 1990s. Hearing stories like these are amazing testaments to the rock solid architecture that is today known as the IBM i. Not to mention, these types of stories are completely unheard of for other midrange platforms. The key elements why businesses should consider an IBM i, and why executives might want to think twice before migrating off the IBM i:  - Lower License Costs - Lower Personnel Costs - Less Downtime - Faster Application Response Times From the outset, OS/400 was designed for ease of use, a key factor that has continued to save businesses money on system and database administration tasks. Most IBM i administration functions are automated today, with self-healing, self-configuring, self-tuning, self-protecting and like management...
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QRadar IBM i iSeries AS400 Log Forwarding

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Configuring the IBM i to forward security and system event logs to QRadar SIEM can be done a few different ways, but in order to do it correctly; in LEEF format, in real-time, with GID and enriched event log information, you need an IBM i event log forwarding tool designed for the QRadar SIEM. There are IBM i security event log forwarding tools that can be used for QRadar that will send event logs in real-time and in CEF SYSLOG format, and even a couple that support LEEF, but only one includes QRadar QID for mapping, log enrichment and is on DSM support list. These features are important for QRadar's automatic log source discovery, parsing IBM i event logs properly for offenses, alerts and reports, and so that SOC operators can make sense of the logs. Similarly, all the IBM z Mainframe event log sources also require a forwarding tool that is able to format all the unique event log types and designed specifically for IBM QRadar. The IBM i has many different event log sources, of which most SYSLOG and SIEM forwarding tools can only format and send System Audit (QAUDJRN) and Message Queues like QHST. However, most companies will also need to forward other event log types for compliance and audit requirements, like sensitive database access logs for File Integrity Monitoring (FIM), Network, SQL Statements, Open Source protocols, Privileged Access Management (PAM) events, Port usage, and Commands issued from a workstation. Other logs sources that companies also sometimes forward are web application logs, third party application and performance data, but these log sources are not typically required. Before choosing your method or tool to forward your IBM i event logs to QRadar, first identity which event types need to be sent based on your compliance or audit requirements. Then, identify the solutions capable of formatting and forwarding those IBM i log sources correctly. Another important specification for IBM i QRadar integration, is the solutions ability to send all event details, not just certain fields and data the vendor or freeware deemed important. Sending security events to a SOC or...
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IBM i Power9 System Pricing by Model Specification

IBM i Power9 System Pricing by Model Specification
IBM i customers upgrading to a new IBM Power9 scale-out system from an older Power system have three models to compare specifications; the 9009-41A S914, 9009-42A S924 or 9009-22A S922. Before jumping to any conclusions about which Power9 system is right for you, consider the specifications and resources of your current IBM i and performance during peak times. The new Power9 systems are so powerful, many companies are finding they can drop a software tier without any question. Dropping an IBM P-Group in itself is a significant cost savings, and the total cost of ownership price tag adds up after factoring in third-party, IBM software licenses, maintenance and support fees.First step to a Power9 upgrade and comparison, is knowing your current Power system’s capabilities and identifying the amount of system resources (CPW, Memory, HDD/SSD and I/O 'RAID Controller' requirements) needed for peak workloads. Contact us if you need any assistance getting the performance information off your IBM i. Once you have a baseline for current performance requirements and a grasp on your growth rates, we can then determine your Power9 System Upgrade options.All Power9 systems include a 3 year 9X5 warranty, with an option to upgrade to 24X7. The base Power9 warranty will contribute to the cost savings by comparing the estimated life expectancy of the Power9 to your current maintenance and support costs. Companies will vary in the number of years for this life cycle calculation, but most companies anticipate 3-5 years for a new Power system.All Power9 system models support PCIe Gen 4 and earlier PCIe generation feature cards. If I/O performance, response times and throughput are contributing factors for upgrading your IBM i, you should purchase new RAID Controllers and other SAS adapters, as the newer generation PCIe adapters provide significant performance gains. The Power9 systems all support 220V power, and the 9009-41A S914 can run on 110V. The Power9 models have three backplane options, a 12 SFF-3 Bays, a 18 SFF-3 bays with write cache or a 12 SFF-3 bays with dual IOA and write cache. IBM i workloads require 4k byte block hard disk drives or...
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