IBM i Basics
Mainframes and Midrange servers are both types of computers that are driving all the large business in the world today. Mainframes typically run z/OS or Linux; Midrange servers run IBM i, Linux or AIX. From a hardware perspective, a mainframe is made of a distributed network with multiple computing components, meshing together to form a massive computing platform. A midrange server is typically a single, standalone system. Both can run multiple operating systems, called Virtual Machines or Logical Partitions.
We are looking at the IBM POWER SYSTEM, this midrange machine primarily runs IBM i Operating System which specializes in business applications, reporting, data warehousing, and more. The beauty of IBM i is that it can run all the old AS/400 and iSeries application with little or no changes.
The Power System hardware has decades of runtime, proving its incredible stability, minimal downtime and strong security defenses; IBM i is commonly viewed as the perfect platform for companies housing financial information.
This course will give you an overview of the IBM I operating system, and then walk you through signing up for a free IBM i Virtual System, getting you signed on and actually exploring your very own IBM i Power System.