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The Value of IBM Education, the Opportunity to Interact

Rob McNelly

April 4, 2024

Rob McNelly looks ahead to this fall's IBM TechXchange event

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The Importance of Documentation

Rob McNelly

March 6, 2024

Rob McNelly on the need to check docs and the simplicity of conducting upgrades using the HMC GUI, as well as with other tips and tidbits

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How to Use the Rules Command With VIO Servers

Jaqui Lynch

January 11, 2024

I do a lot of customizations on my VIO servers, and I was asked recently how the rules command could be used to deploy some of those changes so they can be consistently applied to all VIO servers. The rules command is primarily used to tune and modify device settings on the VIO server and […]

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Power10 Lessons Learned in 2023

Jaqui Lynch

October 30, 2023

2023 has been a busy year with lots of Power10 implementations. And I have learned a great deal during that time from a combination of experience, IBM documents and tips from friends. It is important that you follow the instructions on how to set up your Power10 server. The addition of the VMI (Virtualization Management […]

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The Subtle but Significant Differences Posed by Power10 Hardware and the New HMC

Rob McNelly

August 24, 2023

In March, Jaqui Lynch wrote about connecting HMCs to Power10 servers. If you’re in the process of moving to Power10/updating your HMCs, this is a must-read. If you’d like me to summarize it, I can do so in a pithy phrase: The only constant is change. The modern HMC has different connectivity methods compared to […]

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IBM z16 and Power10 Deliver Highest Reliability Among Mainstream Servers for 15th Consecutive Year

Laura DiDio

July 5, 2023

The IBM z16 mainframe lives up to its reputation for delivering “zero downtime.” The latest z16 server, introduced in April 2022, delivers nine nines—99.9999999%—of uptime and reliability. This is just over 30 milliseconds of per server annual downtime, according to the results of the ITIC 2023 Global Server Hardware, Server OS Reliability Survey. ITIC’s 2023 […]

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Ansible Webinar, HMC Tips and Changes to IBM’s Call Home

Rob McNelly

April 27, 2023

One advantage of being an IBM Champion is the communication we get from IBM. I’m subscribed to various newsletters that provide useful information. For instance, I was recently notified about a webinar about Ansible. This is from the email: “Join us to learn how Ansible offers significant benefits by providing fast and repeatable installations and […]

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Jaqui Lynch on PowerVM V3 and HMC Tips

Jaqui Lynch

April 13, 2023

In the past few months many people have been asking me for tips on managing their HMCs, VIO servers and how to prepare to integrate Power10 into their environment. In this article I am sharing some of the tips I have picked up in the last year that I hope will be helpful for you. […]

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HMC, BMC, VMI, eBMC, FSP, Oh My!

Jaqui Lynch

March 16, 2023

In the beginning of the HMC era life was simple. We had an x86 HMC connected to the FSP (Flexible Service Processor) of the server. You could have redundant HMCs if you wanted, as well. With the migration to the Power HMCs until Power10 we have a BMC (baseboard management controller) in the HMC, and […]

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IBM Announces 2023 IBM Power Strategy

TechChannel

February 14, 2023

Today, IBM announced several updates to IBM Power, as well as its 2023 strategy for IBM Power clients and partners. Ken King, general manager of IBM Power, says, “It is well known but worth reiterating that IBM Power is designed for mission-critical workloads that require superior availability, reliability, security and performance. In other words, it’s […]