IBM i Virtualization and Open Storage Options

Date:Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time:5:30 (Deli snack) - 6:00 (Meeting)
Location: Bloomfield Township Public Library
1099 Lone Pine Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-2410
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S.E. corner of Lone Pine and Telegraph Road (map)
Speaker:Mike Schambureck
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Meeting Notes: IBMi Virtualization & Open Storage

Recent releases of IBM i have been adding more virtualization options for the end users. IBM i can host Windows servers, VMware, x86 and Power Linux, AIX and other IBM i partitions. Join us as we learn how to utilize these features. (More...)

From the President

Dear Members:

Hope you had a wonderful summer. It always seems to go by too quickly. Let’s make sure to keep thoughts of warm sunny days to help us through the Michigan winter.

We're excited to kick off the 2014/2015 SEMIUG year and have great plans in place for upcoming meetings and group activities. We'd like to welcome and thank the new board members for stepping forward. Welcome to Doug Rezanka and Andy Davis. We also welcome a new Vice President "Jim Thompson". Jim previously held the position of Director. Thanks to everyone on the board that has stepped forward and volunteered and are making a difference in our local community. The SEMIUG board strives to bring a great experience and learning opportunity to local IBM i colleagues.

COMMON Fall Conference

COMMON is offering a 50% discount for the fall conference for local user group members that are willing to Volunteer (little time is required). If you are interested in attending the fall conference and would like the discount contact Laura at

We're kicking off the student game activity this month. We have several students signed up are in process of collecting contributions for student prizes. First place is guaranteed at least $300, second place $100 and third place $100. Contributions are still being collected so likely it will be an even larger prize purse. Not many rules. Students will have 2 months to code a game on the iDevcloud box. All code for the games must run on IBM i. If you would like to make a contribution (monetary or gift prizes), sign up as a student mentor or if you are a student and would like to sign up for the game contest you can find the details and sign up forms on the groups home page under the hot spot section on the top right corner.

We're excited to be kicking off the activity to engage and welcome young resource into our community. It will be exciting to see what the students come up with. Introducing new young resource to the platform is an important effort that will greatly impact the future on the IBM i platform. Whether you're interested in connecting with students or not it will be exciting to see the students' projects.

So what is all the buzz about virtualization? We're hearing the term pop up more frequently in technical conversations. Join us in September either on site or join in remotely in webinar format. You're sure to walk away with a better understanding of what virtualization is and how it can be used on the IBM i platform. Mike Schambureck from IBM lab services will be presenting. Mike is the author of most of the IBM i virtualization white papers in developer works. He has implemented virtualization for many customers and brings a wealth of experience.

IT Virtualization Best Practices

IT Virtualization Best Practices

Authors: Mickey Iqbal, Mithkal Smadi, Chris Molloy, Jim Rymarczyk

We will be giving away IT Virtualization Best Practices books for a minimum of $10 contribution that will be used for student game prizes. The book lists for $49.95. If you're not able to join in onsite and would like a book you'll need to provide your mailing address and will need to cover shipping cost (contact ).

Come learn more about Virtualization, contribute to the student effort and take home a better understanding on the topic and a IT Virtualization Best Practices Book. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Regards, Laura
President Southeast Michigan iSeries User Group
Phone: 248-701-7410

Letter from
Power Systems Initiative

Dear Power User Group:

Recently, I was given the opportunity to move from the field and join the Power Systems Academic Initiative (PSAI) team. I thought I would take this opportunity to share with your User Group the latest happenings of the PSAI. As the Power Brand continues to it efforts to expand our ecosystem through OpenPower, ISV and MSP growth, and PowerLinux initiatives, we are similarly increasing our ongoing investment in the PSAI. Throughout PSAI's 17 year history, we have continued to focus on the following objectives:

We currently have 67 schools teaching AIX, IBM i and Power Linux skills in North America (192 worldwide) and our goal is to double this number by 2015. These schools are very interested in partnering with our business community. We offer both entry level and professional level job boards for our clients and business partners to utilize - FREE of charge. These openings are publicized to our current member schools.

We need students to fill the pipeline of the next generation of Unix Administrators and RPG programmers. We get more students by partnering with the academic community and offering internships and jobs, serving on advisory committees helping guide curriculum and sometimes even teaching as adjunct professors.

Please share this message with your User Group. Ask them to share it with Clients, Business Partners and any Academic Institutions. Our clients and business partners need skilled individuals, our schools need students in their classes, and students need opportunities for internships and jobs. This is WIN, WIN, WIN for all involved.

You can find out more about the Power Systems Academic Initiative, including the list of participating schools and the job boards, at the link below. If anyone has any questions about the program, is interested in finding skilled talent or knows of any potential academic partners, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

(See attached file: Building Power Skills 2014)

Peter T. Glass
Program Manager, Power Systems Academic Initiative
IBM Corporation, North America
Cell: 845-332-5478
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May 2014 LATEST IBM i ANNOUNCEMENTS Steve Will, Mark Olson, and Alison Butterill
April 2014 What's New in DB2 for IBM i Scott Forstie
March 2014 Application Modernization Redbook Preview Tim Rowe
February 2014 Topic: RPG Free-form Enhancements Barbara Morris
January 2014 Why Ruby and Rails? Aaron Bartell
October 2013 System i Navigator “The Basics” Hands-On Larry Bolhuis
September 2013 CL Hands On Laura Ubelhor, Ted Holt
June 2013 Modern RPG - Unrealized Capabilities George Slater, Michelle Gavalya
May 2013 Skills for the Modern IBM i Technical Resource Panel:Char Parker, Paul Ubelhor, Michael Cain, Tim Rowe, and Mike Pavlak
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