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    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.

Category Archives: IBM

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 

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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Published Date: 19th January 2018
Category: IBM


 

27 
Mar

IBM Hardware Maintenance – Notice of Price Increase

IBM are implementing a price increase from 1st April 2017 for IBM Hardware Maintenance and Software Services, excluding Software Maintenance which IBM reserves the right to change at a later date.

For the majority of IBM products, the increase will be 3%, including usage charges where appropriate, but will not apply to support of IBM System X, Multi Vendor Services, or Hardware Maintenance prices for new products that were announced, or became effective on or after 1st October 2015.

• New contracts will be subject to the 3% price increase, where applicable, from 1st April 2017.

• Existing contracts will be subject to the 3% price increase, where applicable, from 1st July 2017.

• Where an existing contract has a charge increase restriction this will take precedence.

• This increase will not affect contracts that are within a price protection period, other than for any new
machine and feature additions from 1st April 2017.

To discuss the details of this announcement, or how this may affect you in particular, please contact Mark or Kelly on 01625 548111 or email info@lifeit.co.uk

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Published Date: 27th March 2017
Category: General, IBM
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08 
Mar

End of Service Dates

Please find details below regarding End of Service Dates:

Hardware

From 31st December 2016 IBM no longer directly supports the following IBM Servers:

–          9406-170

–          9406-800

–          9407-515

–          9408-M25

–          3580-H23

IBM will support these servers under their End of Life Multi-Vendor Scheme. Please contact Mark or Kelly on 01625 548111 for more information about your support options for these servers.

Operating System

Every release of IBM i software has a finite support period and when a software release reaches the end of support date, direct upgrades to subsequent releases are only available for a limited time. These are the recent end of service dates:

–          IBM Extended Support for V5R4 ended 30th September 2017.

–          IBM Extended Support is available for V6R1 until 30th September 2018.

Further information regarding System i releases can be found here:

http://www-947.ibm.com/systems/support/i/planning/upgrade/index.html

Additional information to track the life of your IBM Servers is available here:

http://www01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=ssm1platformibmi

A Technology Refresh is a collection of operating system software that is developed together, packaged together, tested together, and delivered together as a PTF Group for a base release. This spring you will be able to upgrade to new technology refresh versions TR6 and TR7 which will add significant functionality for DB2 for i and enhances IBM i Access Client Solutions.

Fixed Price Upgrade

Life IT have a fixed price upgrade service 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 regular basis, where our consultants:

–          Co-ordinate delivery of the relevant software from IBM

–          Fully document an implementation plan which details what we’ll do and when

–          Provide end-to-end planning and installation

At £1,800 per upgrade (during working hours – out of hours options are available) this service is both ‘Fixed Price and Hassle Free’.  For more information about our upgrade services please contact Mark or Kelly on 01625 548111.

 

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Published Date: 8th March 2017
Category: General, IBM
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08 
Mar

New Power Server Announcement

Great news, IBM have announced a new inexpensively priced Power System server which will be available from the 17th March 2017.

The new Power System S812 is specifically for dedicated smaller workloads and is priced at approximately 20% less than the current entry model making it a great replacement if you are currently using older Power (AS/400, iSeries) models or considering a server for HA/DR purposes.

This 1-socket P5 software group system can be ordered with one core for IBM i (up to 25 users) and up to four cores for AIX. The S812 provides the benefits of great performance per core and per socket, utilizing the POWER8 processor. It also provides resilient I/O capabilities, internal storage, and hot-plug PCI capabilities, along with greater reliability, availability, and serviceability.

For IBM i workloads the Power System S812 supports one core licensed for IBM i in a 19-inch rack-mount, 2U (EIA units) drawer configuration, maximum of 64GB DDR4 memory and eight 2.5″ SAS SFF-3 bays for HDD or SSD disks (all hot pluggable)

As an example, for a S812 server configured with:

– 64GB memory

– 8 x 283GB disks

– LTO5 or LTO6 tape drive (sits in a separate multi-media enclosure)

– 25 IBM i user licence

– 3-year software maintenance and 3-year hardware warranty

the price will be under £27,500 + vat.

With 2-year interest, free finance from IBM Global Finance this equates to 8 quarterly payments of £3,437.50 (subject to credit approval).

For more information about IBM Global Finance offers please see the IBM 0% Finance Offer.

To get a better understanding of the cost of a new S812 for your environment, please contact Mark or Kelly on 01625 548111, or email info@lifeit.co.uk

 

 

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Published Date: 8th March 2017
Category: General, IBM
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08 
Mar

IBM 0% Finance Offers

IBM Finance have a wide range of payment plans, with simple contracts, rapid approvals and flexible payment structures. Currently there are 0% interest options available for both IBM Software & IBM Systems:

– The deal must be between £5,000 and £640,000

– Quarterly & monthly payments are available

– For IBM software, 50% must be new licenses

– For IBM hardware, this offer excludes platform computing and system z

– For IBM hardware, this offer includes maintenance from IBM (option to exclude)

– Selected ICS software has 0% over 2yrs & 3yrs

– 0% over 24 months on new POWER 8

– Also available on associated V3000/ V5000/V7000 storage

Budgets are always under pressure, so these finance options are a great strategy to balance necessary expenses with the cost of innovation. For further information or an indicative quote please contact Mark at Life IT on 01625 548111.

Note: all options are subject to credit approval.

Please see the IBM video on 0% finance here:

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Published Date: 8th March 2017
Category: General, IBM
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12 
Oct

Stay Competitive in the Cloud with IBM i

IBM Hybrid Cloud

The industry is accelerating to the Cloud but what does it mean for Power Systems and for IBM i?

Cloud has fundamentally changed the way IT builds apps, delivers services, consumes compute power and software, and provides near-instant access to pay-for-use resources and cloud-based platforms for application innovation and delivery. At the same time, cloud is disrupting the traditional models of IT operations and management, leaving most IT leaders searching for a solution that provides optimal:

  • Security, control and compliance
  • Centralized management for heterogeneous data centre
  • Balance between on and off-prem resources for rapid app dev and delivery

How does this affect IBM i users? Many IBM i users are considering cloud options for private cloud environments, public clouds or even a hybrid cloud environment for their businesses. Using IBM Power based solutions, Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/system-i) designs end-to-end cloud options unique to the industry, confirming our commitment to helping clients implement cloud environments with security, control and compliance.

The new cloud models of Power Servers (E870C and E880C) which run IBM i, deliver significant advantages with superior economics allowing clients to reduce operating costs while taking advantage of cloud technical services that only IBM and IBM POWER8 can bring to the table.

Clients can swiftly, and safely connect core business data to cloud applications and services. Features such as access to Bluemix for building, deploying and testing applications (including Watson), and access to SoftLayer for 12 months are both included in this new offering and come with the new POWER8 models.

Many exciting new capabilities are coming to IBM Power and with POWER8 technology’s benefits, Life IT’s clients can be competitive in the cloud. To learn more about these new capabilities, our team can provide a customised blueprint to implement the most suitable Power cloud solution and provide insight on how all of these new features could fit and enhance your system within your existing environment. This is all included as a part of the Power Enterprise Systems for Cloud.

For more information, contact the Life IT team on 01625 547979 or email: info@lifeit.co.uk.

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Published Date: 12th October 2016
Category: General, IBM
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02 
Aug

Security Authority Collection

IBM i 7.3 has added a feature called “Security Authority Collection”

Jeff Uehling, the leader of the security development team in Rochester, Minnesota, writes about this new feature:

“This new IBM i 7.3 feature tracks how applications and application users utilise an object.  Enquiries against that collection will provide advice on securing critical business data and applications from intrusion by identifying who needs to have access to data and in what context.  This is a major enhancement to security management that is unique to IBM i.”

Source: http://ibmsystemsmag.com/blogs/i-Can/April-2016/Authority-Collection/

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Published Date: 2nd August 2016
Category: IBM, New Releases
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15 
Jul

Open Source and IBM i

The latest IBM i 7.3 announcement

With the latest IBM i 7.3 announcement, the IBM i platform has continued down the path of transforming the ‘Art of the Possible’ when it comes to developing applications on IBM i for both today and on into the future. A significant part of this transformation is based around open source. Not just the opportunity to run open source on IBM i but also how open source has been affecting all aspects of application development on IBM i.

Source: https://systemideveloper.com/blogs/open-source-and-ibm-i/

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Published Date: 15th July 2016
Category: IBM, New Releases
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