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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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27 
May

IBM i Social Media Kit

Watch the video below showing the IBM i Social Media Kit we offer our customers.

Power Systems IBM i 7.3 Announcement Social Media Kit for Partners

What’s in the social kit?

  • Top 5 Actions to Take on Social
  • Social Media Assets to Share
    • Social tiles for Blog Posts
    • Social tiles for Webinar
    • Social tile for Strategy Paper
  • More New IBM i Assets to Share
  • Top Social Media Channels & Hashtags
  • Meet IBM i Power Champions
  • Appendix:
    • IBM i 7.3 Announcement Messaging
    • IBM Systems Social Channels

 

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Published Date: 27th May 2016
Category: General, IBM
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26 
Jan

Cloud based Disaster Recovery for IBM i

As one of the UK’s leading experts in the provision of Disaster Recovery (DR) solutions for IBM i series, Life IT likes to ensure that we remain at the forefront of technological developments and industry trends.

Looking ahead to the trends for 2016 with our DR partner Maxava, Allan Campbell (CEO at Maxava) says: “We see a large shift in DR strategy occurring in the SMB areas as IBM i customers look to upgrade from tape to save time and to avoid having to re-key lost data in a disaster scenario. The challenges of avoiding further CapEx investment plus the growing maturity of cloud services probably explains why we see a major increase in DRaaS, which we predict will easily eclipse traditional license sales for new DR customers this year.”

“Cloud is going mainstream for the IBM i with customers mixing and matching in-house and cloud based services as their needs dictate. ‘No-down-time-migrations’ are becoming the norm as customers use their real time replication solutions to run parallel production environments for upgrades.”

Developed using Maxava software, Life’s DraaS solutions for System i, offers secure, reliable & cost effective protection for critical business information on System i. For more information or to discuss your specific Cloud based DR requirements please contact us on 01625 548111.

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Published Date: 26th January 2016
Category: IBM
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16 
Oct

Are you looking for an IBM I OS Upgrade Service?

Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/system-i/system-i-os-upgrade-service) provide technical support for IBM’s i system as well as other IBM and Microsoft systems. We are a well-established organisation providing high quality support from a team of experts with offices in the North and the South. So what can Life IT provide?

IBM i OS Upgrade Service

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 solution 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.

End of support for IBM i 6.1 and 6.1.1

V6R1 was launched in March 2008 and IBM announced that IBM i 6.1 and 6.1.1 normal support ended on the 30th September 2015. For those customers still on 6.1 or 6.1.1 then it’s time to upgrade to version 7 and take advantage of some of the significant new security features.

V7R1 became available in April 2010, and V7R2 has been out since April 2014. To upgrade to V7R1 or V7R2 from V6 does not require the lengthy program conversion that was a requirement when upgrading from V5R4.

If you decide to stay on 6.1 then support is still available with Service Extension which is an extra fee in addition to your IBM Software Maintenance support (SWMA). Even with Service Extension, there are no more PTFs for V6R1 and support is on a best effort basis.

Upgrade Offering

We can offer to test the upgrade process on one of our servers running V7R1 or V7R2, and make the server available to your users for application testing. Once testing is complete we fully document an implementation plan of what we’ll do & how long it will take.

Service Extension for IBM i 6.1

Product and Version Type of Service Extension Extenstion Dates
IBM i 6.1 / 6.1.1 Combined Usage, Known Defect and New Defect 8×5 with Sev 1s 24 x 7 Start 1/10/2015End 30/09/2015

 

The Service Extension for 6.1, when added to the customer’s IBM i Software Maintenance coverage, provides:

  • Basic usage and problem rediscovery support for specified out of service product releases.
  • New and known defect report
  • Voice and electronic remote technical support –8×5 with 24×7 for Severity 1 only.

An upgrade to the most recent cumulative fix or PTF level may be required for problem resolution.

For more information please call us and speak to one of our experts on 01625 547979 or alternatively you can email us describing your requirements at info@lifeit.co.uk.

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Published Date: 16th October 2015
Category: General, IBM
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16 
Feb

Life IT Provides System i Support and more…

System i is a well-known and widely used IBM system found in businesses worldwide. Whilst it is renowned for reliability there are always those times when things could be working more efficiently for your business or upgrading to keep up-to-date with IBM or integrating with your other in-house systems. Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk) are on hand for all these services and more besides.

One IT engineer fits all!

With many years’ experience and a team of technicians who just love the challenges of integrating and improving the efficiency of systems within a variety of environments, Life IT are well equipped to support your IT requirements. Whilst we are specialists in the support of System i, at Life IT our services go beyond IBM technology. Our range of skills and depth of knowledge and experience allows us to support all your IT platforms, applications and hardware, so you only have to contact one IT engineer to help you with all your IT questions.

Choosing your level of System i support

At Life IT we recognise that different operations require a variable amount of IT support, depending on the demand on IT within the company, the level of your in-house IT and the complexity of your set up. That is why we have devised a selection of support packages for you to choose from. You can select ‘Technical Support’ for basic support during office hours, or we also offer ‘enhanced contracts’ and ‘systems down’ support which give you peace of mind by providing round the clock availability. Our engineers will provide advice over the phone, by email or remote dial in or obviously visit your site if required.

Life IT also offer a fixed price annual support contract enabling your company to outsource all System i Support or alternatively we can work in tandem with your own IT team.

Call off contracts offer maximum flexibility, but whatever your requirements we can provide you with a support service and contract to suit your specific IT systems and demands.

Of course Life IT can also assist with any system upgrades, but if you are running a legacy system we will support that too until the time is right for your business to move onto the next version.

To discuss your particular IT system support requirements please contact us on 01625 547979 or you can email us info@lifeit.co.uk and we will be able to advise you on the best package to suit your business operation.

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Published Date: 16th February 2015
Category: General, IBM
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29 
Aug

Why IBM System i training could benefit your business

Do you believe training on system i would be beneficial for your business? Here at Life IT we think it would and here’s the run down on why.

First you may ask what are the benefits of having this type of training?
Not only does it improve the productivity of your business but it also cuts out the need for external support as your employees will be more confident about their skills and know what the System i operating system can really do. This should mean that processes are speeded up and external costs reduced, so training will give your business long term benefits too.

Benefits Summarised:

  • Improved productivity
  • Turn around time improvements
  • Independence
  • Staff motivation and confidence
  • Support cost reductions over the long term

What are some of the courses that are available?
Some of the courses available for your business include Systems Operations, Work Management, CL Programming and many more, meaning you can choose the right course for you individual needs.

We can adapt a range of courses to suit you and your company’s needs in order for you to get the best type of training for your work environment. You can even combine different training courses together thereby saving the company more time and money with a bespoke package.

Who is best suited to these courses?
Any employee who is new to System i or wants to learn how to use the full power of the System i functionality.

If you are interested in investing in System i training for your business then visit our website for more information about the courses that would be suitable for you and your company’s needs at www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/system-i/training, or call us to discuss on +44 (0)1625 548111.

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Published Date: 29th August 2014
Category: IBM
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03 
Dec

0% Financing on IBM Hardware and Software!

Throughout December 2013 Life IT can provide access to 0% finance on a wide selection of IBM hardware and software including:

    • Power servers
    • System X
    • Storwize
    • Software (New licences, excludes Lotus Live)

Financing can be provided on transactions between £5,000 and £320,000 subject to a satisfactory credit check.

To get access to 0% Financing please contact Mark Doorbar on 01625 547964.

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Published Date: 3rd December 2013
Category: General, IBM
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19 
Jun

IBM i 25th Anniversary Celebration

 

Welcome to this special IBM i 25th Anniversary blog post dedicated to what
IBM i has given us over the past 25 years and to how its continued
innovation and agility can help define the future.****


It started as a simple idea…
It started as a simple idea: create an application system for midsized
businesses
.” Frank Soltis, AS/400 Chief Architect, and Steve Will, IBM i
Chief Architect, discuss how integration and investment protection were the
foundation for the industry’s most successful midrange system. This is the
first of a series of videos produced to celebrate the 25th anniversary of
IBM i. Watch the videohttp://power-programsmail.com/53B-1IVD6-9K6XBM-M8B0V-1/c.aspx and join in the conversation by going to the IBM i facebook page http://power-programsmail.com/53B-1IVD6-9K6XBM-M89HG-1/c.aspx
This is “Why i”
We know that many of you have had a long “love affair” with IBM i, but for
those who have not been so fortunate, we think it’s worth highlighting how
the innovation and agility of IBM i has made it such a well loved system.
One of the key strengths of IBM i has always been integration*and Tim
Rowe has written a great article *here 
http://power-programsmail.com/53B-1IVD6-9K6XBM-MCYNN-1/c.aspx highlighting how IBM i is integrated by design.

How did “i” do it?*
With its focus on small and midsized businesses, IBM i was the pioneer for
channel marketing within IBM. IBM cooperated with business partners on
marketing, sales, support and education. IBM business partners are the
experts in their local markets and have the skills and expertise to help
clients with industry solutions. They help clients set strategies, deploy
solutions and achieve successful business outcomes. So here’s a big thanks
to you for your part in this success story!

Would it pay for your install base to upgrade?
For a limited time you can now get significant savings on licence fees if
you help your customers upgrade by replacing an older installed AS/400,
iSeries, or System i with a new Power model. You can find out the key
details about what those savings will be by referring to the PLET numbers
ZA13-1160* http://power-programsmail.com/53B-1IVD6-9K6XBM-MC2D9-1/c.aspx and ZA13-1161 http://power-programsmail.com/53B-1IVD6-9K6XBM-MC2D9-1/c.aspx.
Remember to use the Economic Replacement Tool http://power-programsmail.com/53B-1IVD6-9K6XBM-MCYNO-1/c.aspx which is designed to help sellers show customers the potential savings they can realize. This offer ends on *31st December 2013, so be quick!

And here’s another deal to help celebrate!
Make your IBM solution acquisition more affordable and stay ahead of your
competition with the 25 months 0% financing http://power-programsmail.com/53B-1IVD6-9K6XBM-M8B8O-1/c.aspx.
The offering is valid for orders shipped with IBM i software between 1st May
2013
 and* 30th September 2013, so make the most of it now!

“i” can see the future now
Find out how the key capabilities of IBM i (integration, reliability,
availability, security) make it ideally placed to respond to the technology
developments of the future. Watch and listen http://power-programsmail.com/53B-1IVD6-9K6XBM-MCYNP-1/c.aspx to key speakers from the world of IBM i about what the future holds.***

 

For all 25th anniversary articles and latest news, join in the conversation
by going to the IBM i facebook
page
http://power-programsmail.com/53B-1IVD6-9K6XBM-MCYNQ-1/c.aspxor
follow us on Twitter at
#powersystems*http://power-programsmail.com/53B-1IVD6-9K6XBM-M85Q5-1/c.aspx
.
**


Are you 25 – like IBM i?****

If you are working with IBM i and are celebrating your 25th birthday this
year, then we would love to hear from you – how*you became involved in the
IBM i platform and *what *you think are its key selling points – a
commemorative gift will be awarded for the *best 10 responses
*received by *28th
June 2013
! Send us your story here info@power-programs.com. ****


Anniversary Quiz****

What was the original development codename for the AS/400?

Was it…

a. **SILVERCAKEhttp://power-programsmail.com/53B-1IVD6-9K6XBM-M894C-1/c.aspx
*
b. SILVERLAKEhttp://power-programsmail.com/53B-1IVD6-9K6XBM-M894D-1/c.aspx
*
c. **SILVERCASE
http://power-programsmail.com/53B-1IVD6-9K6XBM-M894C-1/c.aspx
*
10 correct answers drawn will receive a branded reward. Please submit your
answer to us by *28th June 2013!
 **


Have your say on LinkedIn!

Let us know what you and your customers think*about IBM i and leave your
comments on our new LinkedIn group! Join the IBM Power Systems Business
Partner Academy here 
http://power-programsmail.com/53B-1IVD6-9K6XBM-M886D-1/c.aspx


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Published Date: 19th June 2013
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22 
May

Celebrate IBMs 25th Anniversary with 25 month 0% interest rate financing from IBM Global Financing

Make your IBM solution acquisition more affordable and stay ahead of your competition with the latest in IBM products in 2013 and 25 month 0% financing. The IBMi 25 year Anniversary offering from IBM Global Financing: no payment during month 1 followed by 8 quarterly payments at 0% interest rate. Payments are easily calculated by dividing the purchase price by 8. Eligible products are IBM Power Express models and select Systems Software. Offering is valid for orders shipped with IBM i software between May 1st, 2013 and September 30th, 2013.

Terms and Conditions apply. Please contact Life IT for full details.

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Published Date: 22nd May 2013
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01 
May

What Would Happen If Lotus Notes Just Stopped Working: The Importance of Support

If your business is running an IBM Lotus Domino server, chances are it also runs IBM Lotus Notes clients. It’s powerful, flexible and boasts fantastic collaborative features – as long as it’s working.

Sure, Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino may be reliable and secure, but it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. Should your server or client develop issues, the downtime could have serious ramifications for your business.

But it doesn’t have to be like that – not if you have robust Lotus Notes support in place.

Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk) are experts in providing IT solutions for a wide range of infrastructures and environments, including IBM Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes. Here’s their reminder for you of just what you’d lose if your Lotus Notes client went down – and how it can be avoided.

Lose email and you’re cut off from the world.

Over the last decade, email has replaced the telephone as the dominant method of B2B communication. At day without email may sound like bliss – until you think of the money your business could potentially lose. For this reason, you’ll want to do as much as possible to keep Lotus Notes up and running.

Productivity without productivity software? Not gonna happen.

How long could your office survive without access to its niche applications before everything grinds to a standstill? If Lotus Notes isn’t functioning properly, it could prevent your internal systems such as timesheets, expenses & CRM from running – blocking access to much-needed information.

Do you know how to contact your contacts?

You probably use Lotus Notes to manage your contacts, so unless you’ve got a dusty old Rolodex as a back-up, if Lotus Notes goes down you could be without vital contact details. Remember, disruptions to communications steal time from your day – which might as well by stealing money from your bank.

Avoid disruption with expert support

Whatever you’re using Lotus Notes for, you won’t want to be without it for a second of your working day. For this reason, it’s essential to have comprehensive Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes support in place.

Having a professional IT supplier monitor your server and applications means potential issues will be identified and resolved immediately, keeping you up and running and reducing the risk of loss of data – and loss of money.

Lotus Notes support and monitoring when you need it with Life IT

Whether you need office hours monitoring or round-the-clock support for your Lotus Notes set-up, Life IT can help. They’ve worked with businesses across the UK to provide support for Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino servers and a wide range of other infrastructures and environments. And if you need bespoke applications, they’ll develop them to your precise requirements.

Find out more about IBM Lotus Notes support at www.lifeit.co.uk.

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Published Date: 1st May 2013
Category: IBM
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