IBM have announced IBM i version 7.5, which is the first new release of the operating system in three years. New features include enhancements to Db2 Mirror, better security configurations and new database features. Hardware updates include that IBM i 7.5 will run on Power10 and Power9 processors and it will fully support up to 48 processors per LPAR on Power10. Additionally, a new modernisation framework called Merlin has been revealed along with an IBM i subscription option.
SHA2/3 encryption for Password hashing
Default *PUBLIC Authority on System Supplied Objects
Check Password Meets Password Rules (QSYCHKPR) API
Password authentication message and return code changes
Security by Default
User centric interface
Additional metrics for some common functions
Allows for End to End TLS connection
The Db2 for i database is the beating heart of the IBM i machine. New database features include Boolean Data, larger indexes and full SQL support.
IBM i 7.5, IBM has bolstered the continuous availability service with several new features which includes a read-only mode and mixed release support.
IBM i Merlin is a set of tools which run in OpenShift containers, which will guide and assist software developers in the modernisation of IBM i applications. The framework guides and simplifies the use of the tools which help implement DevOps & CI/CD.
The technologies used to expose IBM i native functions and data promote services-based software – Restful interface connections and enterprise message technologies.
Future versions will contain additional applications based on customer and partner feedback which will be acquired through IBM Certified Container Catalog.
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