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Preparing for IBM Going EOSL in 2020

You have critical instances running on your IBM servers and crucial data in your IBM storage—but have you been keeping up to date with the deadlines for your IBM hardware going EOSL in 2020? When juggling a multitude of vendors on top of driving strategic initiatives, IT managers have little time left to track contracts, contacts, and support deadlines. Unfortunately, the OEMs often announce end-of-life (EOL) and end-of-service-life (EOSL) before companies are ready to update the hardware they’d already heavily invested in and currently rely on. Don’t let the EOSL deadlines sneak up on you. See your options for IBM going EOSL in 2020. Option One: Buy Brand New Hardware from the OEM to Replace Your IBM Going EOSL in 2020 Of course, you could always let the OEM continue [...]

FixIT: v3700 v2 Direct Attach Compatibility Issue with IBM Power7

Here at CentricsIT, we are your IT experts. When any IT maintenance issue arises in your data center, we are here to help. If there is an error code you can't fix, let us assist you in our monthly FixIT column. This month, we're focusing on the v3700 v2 Direct Attach Compatibility Issue with IBM Power7 running AIX. This issue occurs when the end user would like to directly attach 8Gb Fiber Channel FC 5735 on Power7 machine to 16Gb internal Fiber Channel adapters on v3700 v2 controller. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to direct attach to the controller as-is. The Problem with the Configuration? The 8Gb Fiber Channel card FC 5735 does not support direct attach whatsoever, even though it seems that, logically, it should work. So, How Do You [...]

Lenovo, IBM Deal Sparks U.S. Navy Cyber Fears Over China

Back in October of 2014, China-based computer technology firm Lenovo competed the initial closing of its acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business for $2.1 billion. As part of the Lenovo, IBM deal, Lenovo acquired System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. Following the sale, the U.S. Navy is considering new servers for its upgraded Aegis Combat System, citing security issues, according to USNI News, the news and analysis portal of the U.S. Naval Institute. A Navy spokesman told USNI News that the “Department of Homeland Defense identified security concerns with the IBM Blade Center sale and placed restrictions on federal government procurement of Lenovo Blade Center server products.” The U.S. Navy [...]

How We See IT: IBM Power7+

How We See IT For this month's How We See IT feature, we are focusing on IBM's POWER7+ technology. This is the most enhanced version of the power processor. The IBM Power 770 and the power 780 are among the first IBM Systems that are equipped with these processors. If you are in the market for fantastic processing performance and flexibility, IBM Systems fueled by POWER7+ technology is a great option for you and your data center. These processors keep customers ahead of the game, which is crucial in today's demanding environments. Features and Capabilities The POWER7+ processors have the ability to boost performance to new levels due to the 64 - 128 cores that come equipped in a single system. This enables support for even the most demanding applications. [...]

FixIT: IBM Error Code CA00E1F5/EA01B015

Here at CentricsIT, we are your IT experts. When any IT maintenance issue arises in your data center, we are here to help. If there is an error code you can't fix, let us assist you in our monthly FixIT column. This month, we're focusing on the IBM error code: CA00E1F5/EA01B015 Type of Unit: IBM 8204-E4A Situation: Trying to install AIX Operating System Error Code: CA00E1F5/EA01B015 (Shown on Operations Panel)/(Shown through Putty) Explanation Build boot device list Problem Determination If the system or partition hangs on this checkpoint, look for a location code in the operator panel. If a location code is being displayed when the hang occurs, suspect the device at that location code. If the device at that location code is good, suspect the other bootable devices that [...]