There are several reasons why the IBM Power IBM i server is still one of the most popular range of servers in the world. It’s powerful, reliable, flexible, and has a distinguished lineage tracing back to the renowned AS400 range.
Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk) are expert providers of a wide range of IT services, including IBM Power Systems support. Here’s their quick overview of IBM Power Systems and their professional support services...
What are IBM Power Systems?
Power Systems is the name of IBM’s line of Power Architecture servers. These days, the types available are based on the previous IBM i and IBM p models, but they’re still commonly referred to using their previous names: AS400, iSeries, RS/6000 & pSeries.
How do I choose the right IBM Power Systems server?
If you’re not sure which IBM Power Systems server is right for you, speak to an expert such as Life IT. Based on your requirements they’ll size and configure an environment that’s tailored to suit your business.
If I choose IBM Power Systems servers, how do I ensure they run smoothly?
First of all, ensure your server is installed by knowledgeable experts such as Life IT. And once you’re up and running, ensure you have a robust support plan in place.
Do I only need support when things go wrong?
Not necessarily. Of course, you’ll want to have access to knowledgeable technicians should something go awry, but it’s also recommended to run regular health checks on your server and to apply the latest PTF’s regularly. This way, you may be able to spot potential issues before they develop into real problems and take full advantage of new functionality.
I have a heavily complex, customised set-up. Who can I trust to provide AS400 support for it?
As IBM Premier Business Partners, Life IT are genuine experts when it comes to AS400 support. They know the hardware and software inside out, so no matter how complex your installation is they’ll be able to find, diagnose and repair any issues.
I am running an older AS400 and OS that’s no longer officially supported by IBM. Can I still get support for it?
You can with Life IT. They’re happy to provide their AS400 support services on legacy hardware and un supported versions of the operating system for as long as you need it. And once you decide it’s finally time to upgrade to the latest IBM Power Systems hardware and software, they can help with that too...
Find out more about Life IT’s wide range of AS400 support services – and their bespoke application development solutions for AS400 – at Managed Support Services.
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Head of IT Development—DLR
“Life IT are doing a great job providing a very professional and efficient service. They are almost silently efficient and just get things done – only escalating issues when necessary. Their expertise in the AS400 is a key strength ensuring a real depth to their service and they keep us up to date with advances in technology too. So from an AS400 perspective I have very little to worry about.”
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Senior IS Manager—Bentley Motors
From full 24 by 7 operations to month end support and holiday cover, we can tailor a fixed price solution to fit seamlessly with your IT department.
So we offer a wide range of technical support services including IBM i, System P, Domino and SQL Server, to proactively monitor the availability and performance of your systems within a fixed price contract.
The key to our Application Support is that it’s ‘tailored’ to your exact requirements, with the flexibility to increase the resources and hours of cover as required.
We provide any combination of application, operational and technical support, no matter how current your environment is and no matter how long support is projected for.
Life IT offer bespoke managed Microsoft SQL Server support services which are tailored to our customer’s requirements to ensure their systems are optimized, stable and secure, as well as prepared for future upgrades and updates.