> January 2018 | Life IT BlogLife IT Blog
  • A world of support

    A world of support

    Life IT specialises in support and consultancy for our customers' entire IT environments, no matter what the platform, applications and business objectives - providing a unified solution to tackle complex system requirements.

    Our flexible support contracts offer far more than the standard insurance provided through legacy maintenance agreements. Life IT customers are assured of the highest levels of availability for any eventuality, with our proactive approach to maximising system uptime.

    This unified solution saves our customers a significant amount of time and budget, with just one contract providing them with a whole world of support.

  • Support

    Support

    Life IT specialises in support for IBM POWER, IBM Lotus Domino and Microsoft environments. We provide any combination of application, operational and technical support, no matter how current your environment is and no matter how long support is projected for. We tackle complex systems where a combination of requirements would normally mean that more than one party is required.

  • Domino

    Domino

    Life IT provides a full range of Lotus Notes and Domino services, from administration and implementation through to application development and support.

    IBM Domino products provide a multi-platform foundation for collaboration and e-business, driving solutions from mail and instant messaging through to CRM and web based transactions.

  • System i

    System i

    IBM System i (formerly iSeries & AS/400) is one of the most flexible servers on the market today.

    As an IBM Premier Business Partner, Life IT have a powerful range of solutions and services, which enhance this flexibility to ensure your systems security and ensure high availability.

  • Development

    Development

    If, like many of our clients, you operate in a dynamic environment then you need a business partner who can update and modify your applications to meet your changing needs. We recognise that few organisations have a single development toolset. We offer our clients the widest range of skills and support including IBM, Microsoft and Java technologies.

    Whatever technologies you use we can get disparate systems talking to each other, better connect you with your customers and suppliers, reduce administration overheads and streamline processes.

Monthly Archives: January 2018

19 
Jan

Withdrawal Of Standard IBM Hardware Maintenance Services For Power 6 & Power 7 Servers

After the dates stated below and in the attached announcement  IBM will no longer offer standard hardware maintenance service for the following listed machine types. 

Power 6 – End of support Date is 31st March 2019 

7998 61X ECLIPZ Blade

  • 9119 FHA Power 595
  • 9125 F2A Power 575
  • 8203 E4A Power 520
  • 9407 M15 Power 520 Express
  • 8204 E8A Power 550
  • 8234 EMA Power 560
  • 9117 MMA Power 570
  • 9406 MMA i570
  • 9409 M50 Power 550 Express

Power 7 – End of support Date is 30th September 2019

  • 7893 92X Power Chassis
  • 8406 70Y PS700 Blade
  • 8406 71Y PS701/702 Blade
  • 9125 F2C Power 775
  • 9179 MHB Power 780
  • 8202 E4B Power 720
  • 8205 E6B Power 740
  • 8231 E1C Power 710
  • 8231 E2B Power 710/730
  • 8233 E8B Power 750
  • 9117 MMB Power 770
  • 8246 L1C PowerLinux 7R1
  • 8246 L1S PowerLinux 7R1
  • 8246 L2C PowerLinux 7R2
  • 8246 L2S PowerLinux 7R2

If you are still running an old AS/400 or iSeries server your perception of the cost to replace it may be high. However, to give you an example, a new Power8 server configured as below would be approximately £25,000  with IBM Global Finance currently able to offer 2 years interest free credit, subject to credit approval, you would only be paying £3,125 per quarter.

Power 8 4-Core

32Gb Memory
4 x 283GB 15K  SAS Disks
RAID5 protection
Ethernet Adapter
LTO6 Tape Drive
IBM i V7.2 or V7.3
30 x  IBM i User Licences
3yrs Hardware Warranty
3yrs Software Maintenance

If you would like to speak to a certified IBM consultant about your current IBM Infrastructure, licensing, support or maintenance, please contact Kelly or Mark on 01625 548111.

Readmore..

Published Date: 19th January 2018
Category: IBM


 

19 
Jan

IBM Announce End of Support Date for IBM i 7.1

From 30th April 2018 IBM i 7.1 will be withdrawn. If you intend to run IBM i 7.1 on your server then IBM are offering Extended Support but this will be chargeable.

Some servers are not able to go past IBM i 7.1, if you would like to check the future of your server click here: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=ssm1platformibmi

IBM has recently released IBM i 7.3 VR2, adding ground breaking features designed to improve DB2 and additional security measures cementing its reputation as one of the most robust and virus resistant architectures in the industry.

To take advantage of the latest features & functions and keep your system fully supported Life’s IBM i OS upgrade service offers a fully inclusive, co-ordinated, fixed price solution from £1,350 which is geared to ensuring the success of the upgrade without disrupting your business. It’s a service that draws on the wealth of experience and expertise that comes from undertaking such projects on a daily basis.

Readmore..

Published Date: 19th January 2018
Category: IBM


 

19 
Jan

IBM Power Systems – Spectre and Meltdown

On January 9, IBM confirmed that Spectre and Meltdown does affect IBM POWER Systems servers. 

These new vulnerabilities are further reason for ensuring your system is running a supported OS release with the latest PTFs installed. 

The latest official word on this from IBM can be found at:

https://www.ibm.com/blogs/psirt/potential-impact-processors-power-family/ 

Details regarding the PTFs can be found on IBM’s Security Bulletin

To ensure you are notified of future security alerts such as this we suggest you subscribe to the IBM’s Security Bulletins. You can do this from within the above security bulletin.

To take advantage of the latest features & functions and keep your system fully supported Life’s IBM i OS upgrade service offers a fully inclusive, co-ordinated, fixed price solution from £1,350 which is geared to ensuring the success of the upgrade without disrupting your business. It’s a service that draws on the wealth of experience and expertise that comes from undertaking such projects on a daily basis.

Readmore..

Published Date: 19th January 2018
Category: IBM