IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - June 2018 - 22
So yes, it's
accurate to say that
the AS/400 lives
on in today's
it's important to
recognize that the
between then and
now isn't a few lines
of code or any particular
feature or function. It's a
set of ideas. Like the idea that a
quality product, one that meets
people's needs and makes their
lives easier, will succeed. Or the
idea that ongoing work devoted
to enhancing and adapting
an already successful product
will foster loyalty and lasting
relationships among both clients
and business partners.
It's the idea that Power Systems
hardware and IBM i and every-
"The 'i' stands for 'integration,' and
we'll integrate wherever necessary
to make tomorrow's business
applications viable on IBM i."
-Steve Will, chief architect, IBM i
thing that came before are simply business tools. Over
time, these tools have been transformed, and they will
continue to evolve. Working from this foundation, and
applying the timeless ideas of basic business, these
tools can be whatever they need to be.
A Business OS; a Database Machine
At its inception, the AS/400 was designed to support
business workloads-a crucial need at the time. Of
course, today's Power Systems servers are highly
optimized at processing transactions, and of course,
this is still needed. But modern businesses don't
just deal with transactional
data. Consider the buzzworthy
examples of cognitive computing
and artificial intelligence (AI).
Use of AI-based workloads has
grown far beyond the scientific
and medical communities.
AI is now being deployed in
everything from automobile
design to customer service and
marketing. So can IBM i clients
run AI workloads or algorithmic
IBM i and IBM Power Systems* servers taught the market early about the
value that hardware and software co-optimization can deliver, and there's so
much more to come. IBM i running on POWER* provides an incredibly strong
foundation upon which clients can rely for running their business applications. But as businesses transform in this rapidly changing IT world, it also
serves as a trusted platform for taking the next steps into future solutions for
their businesses as well. Tying business applications to cognitive computing
through the IBM Cloud* (Watson* and Bluemix*) provides incredible capabilities never dreamed about 30 years ago.
Cognitive Systems has recently introduced the POWER9* scale-out
servers. This portfolio is architected to support modern workloads that can
be connected to the existing workloads that run your businesses. With IBM
PowerVM* virtualization included with every machine, POWER9 servers are
delivered "cloud-ready" as they roll into your data center. Clients have what
they need to explore the best way to implement cloud solutions. Together
with IBM i, the combination is fierce-state of the art, cloud-ready servers and the integrated foundational OS
for running business and cognitive workloads.
As part of the IBM i 30th anniversary activities, the team has talked to many clients from all over the world
who are doing incredible things with IBM i on POWER; everything from integration of robotics to running mobile
and touch screen interfaces to interfacing applications and data with Watson. These are incredible innovations
that speak to the capabilities of the system and the art of the possible.
What does the future hold? IBM i represents "30 years of innovation and we're just getting started."
-Stefanie Chiras, vice president, Cognitive Systems Offering Management
22 // JUNE 2018 ibmsystemsmag.com
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Hey IBM i! Looking Forward to the Next 30 Years!