Free IBM i system for Developers?


Jan 29

If the phrase “Free IBM i system” sounds too good to be true, then you just might have come to the right place.

Try the machine that replaced the AS400 and iSeries for free!

Do you want to try the latest IBM i operating system version for free?

Do you want to try out the latest IBM i V7.2 programming styles?

Do you want to test an old program to see if it runs on IBM i 7.2 before upgrading?

Do you want to upgrade old AS400 RPG programs to IBM i RPGLE?

Do you fancy just being a nerd and poking around in the latest IBM i release?

If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes” then check out IBM’s Virtual Owner program called IBM POWER DEVELOPMENT CLOUD. You simply signup for the program and get immediate no-charge remote access to IBM Power Systems for Development, Porting and Functional testing.

I just discovered this and it sounds awesome: My little IBM iSeries machines at home are stuck at V5.4 and I think it’s time to retire it in favour of a cloud based Power System running the latest, sexiest version of IBM i. My trusty fifteen year old iSeries machines have been solid programming tools for years but I might have to power them down for good and just use them as a stand for my beer fridge.

So, I”ve just applied for one and I’m going to blog about the process and show just how easy or hard the process goes.

Step 1 – Request your own cloud based IBM i system

Where can I get my PDP VPN and Reservation information like User ID, Password and IP Addresses?

It’s easier than you think – The VPN appliance’s IP address, User ID and Initial password is available against the “VPN Network Access” section of “My Program Access” link, under the Programs tab of PDP web site.

So, lets go through the process, one step at a time:

Launch the PDP web site:

Click on the ‘Programs’ tab

Free IBM i system

Log in with your PartnerWorld user ID (IBM ID) and password

If you dont already have one then sign up! If you are an employee, I recommend that you use your personal email address so you can use your IBM subscription for years to come, regardless of where you work.

Look for VPN network access section and note the details related to VPN connection

The VPN and the password will be displayed as follows:

VPN connection to sign into your free IBM i system

Order your IBM i system

my own saucy new ibm i is not an as400 nor an iseries

Then you sit back and wait for an email confirming the machine is being built. I submitted my Server access request and got an email within 2 minutes. Yippee!

I’m going to record my first connection attempt and blog about it further, but I need to go and get a nice cup of tea and calm down before I do that 🙂

So, watch this space – a follow up blog detailing the connection experience is on it’s way.


About the Author

IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Alpha Nerd and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and in the words of the most interesting man in the world: Stay thirsty my friend.

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