Thousands of organizations around the world depend on IBM i as a resilient platform for their business-critical applications and workloads. IBM continually invests in the IBM i operating system and has released IBM i 7.4, the latest new release. Few, if any, operating systems have a published support roadmap stretching for 11 years into the future. The current publicly available IBM i support roadmap shows release support for IBM i until 2031. Significantly, this is a huge commitment from IBM and a major boost to the IBM i OS.
We recently visited David Spurway, IBM POWER Chief Technology Officer who discussed the latest features available in IBM i 7.4. David also mentioned that DB2 mirror for IBM i is a great feature within IBM i 7.4. IBM Db2 Mirror for i is a continuous availability solution which offers the ability to keep database files synchronized between two nodes and can provide a recovery time objective close to zero.
The adaptability of IBM i is guaranteed by an architecture that chiefly provides dependability, security, flexibility and integration, all of which lead to a significant total cost of ownership advantage. The pillars of this architecture make IBM i unique in the industry. They include:
1. Db2 for i and single level storage
2. Security and integrity
3. Open source runtime and integration of technology
4. Multi-workload virtualization
5. Investment protection
It is important to realize that each of the pillars in the image above provides a clear differentiator from other operating systems and together create the unique foundation for continuing innovation that exists today in IBM i 7.4.
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