25 years of IBM i (or AS/400)

Twenty-five years ago, at Rochester, Minnesota, the last details for the presentation of IBM Application System 400, also known as AS/400, were being finalized at IBM’s offices. This launch would allow small and medium enterprises to have hundreds of exclusive applications available for each industry on one single platform.

Later, this successful system expanded across the globe, and changed its name into what we now know as the IBM i platform.

In those days, Tango/04 decided to join IBM through the best monitoring technology on the market for AS/400, and has followed the growth of its community since then. That’s why for this anniversary, we’d like to share with you an exclusive piece of material: the audio from the conference that Frank Soltis, IBM i Technology head, gave in 2008, where he reviews the past and reveals the future of this successful platform.

Soltis Webinar

It’s calculated that more than 100 thousand companies worldwide use these systems, and it is in South America, Europe and Asia where the biggest concentration of IBM i servers is found. The usage of this technology is extensive in the banking and financial services industry, where Tango/04 has consolidated its leadership with specific peak-performing management and security solutions.

Today, 25 years after its release, we continue accompanying the successful evolution of this platform with our new iSeries Knowledge Module, a full monitoring surrounding that provides modern and agile availability and performance management, aligned with business and IBM I systems and applications.

We bring you this unique document, which was one of the last public appearances that the father of AS/400 made before retiring.

Listen to Frank Soltis Conference

Congratulations IBM i!

SmartConsole 8.0: new features for Dashboards, Reports and other modules

The latest version of our SmartConsole was released, and besides the features mentioned in it’s launching post, this brand new version includes an improved Real-Time Service Model (RTSM), devoted to rapidly modeling service dependencies and relationships for accurate root cause detection and business impact analysis.

SmartConsole V8 - EnterpriseViews with Tree

But that’s not all! It also adds new features for its modules in version 8.

Version 8 of SmartConsole includes:

  • Completely redesigned Web 2.0 Client
  • Native 64-bit compatibility
  • Built upon the new ThunderCloud© architecture
  • Tablet-enabled (iOS and Android)
  • Much faster event processing
  • Automatic Enterprise Views
  • New Player to automatically loop selected Views
  • Improved support for Automated Service Model generation
  • And much more

Version 8 of Dashboards includes:

  • Ability to access any ODBC-based database, besides the internal PMDB
  • Ability to add custom selectors for multidimensional navigation
  • Ability to automatically send dashboard screenshots in PDF format by email
  • Dynamic links and a new Link Generator to enhance integration with other products
  • New reusable component: customizable Navigation Bars
  • Scripting on Query Tables
  • And much more

Version 8 of Reports includes:

  • Improved Report Launcher
  • Much improved BSM Reports
  • Extended File Export support, report compression and several other enhancements in macros
  • Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) support
  • Improved Reports’ Control Panel
  • Improved performance
  • And much more

New features of AccessServer Version 8 (inherited by Dashboards, SmartConsole and Reports) include:

  • Single Sign-On
  • New VIP users
  • New Windows Integrated Authentication (WIA) allows automated signing using current Windows credentials
  • Simplified User Management through Concurrent Users licensing model
  • Active Directory and multiple domain support
  • New, Faster Permission Cache system
  • And much more

SmartConsole V8 - EnterpriseViews Full panel