The major characteristics of IBM i on Power Systems are the main selling points of IBM PureSystems.
I won't go too deeply into it here because it's all too familiar. You save money on manpower, save computer room space, you have intelligent computing and integrated everything. Those key words of Expert Integrated Systems kept ringing about like an IBM i announcement: integration by design, simplified experience, built-in experience. We've been touting similar concepts for years since the days of the AS/400. I'm not saying I'm unimpressed with PureSystems...far from it actually. It's all those familiar features on human growth hormone plus more. PureSystems takes these concepts and builds a better mouse trap, truly looking like a very promising future. I felt somewhat vindicated during the announcement actually. It felt like suddenly the rest of the world was being introduced to the concepts IBM i enthusiasts have been raving about forever and a day.
On April 11th, the day of the announcement, I read many news articles on the web regarding IBM PureSystems and there was a serious issue: hardly a mention of IBM i as a supported operating system.
The New York Times, Information Week, ZDNet and many more listed AIX, Linux (in both Power and x86 flavors) and Windows. No IBM i. And nobody bothered to fix those articles even after I called them on it.
Forbes was one of the only major online magazines that mentioned IBM i. Kudos to you, Roger Kay.
Timothy Prickett Morgan at IT Jungle (a competitor of MC Press, who I write for) went really deep on the features as well. So deep, in fact, that I sent him a personal note thanking him for it.
But how did this glaring omission happen?
In a major announcement from IBM, I would imagine their people would dot the i's (no pun intended) and cross the t's without mercy. It's not hard to imagine that no stone would go unturned. I'd assume they'd want to hit as many people as possible and say "we have the future technology path for you." Well, us IBM i folks had to go and find the correct information ourselves. I bet you a nickel that Steve Will's You and i blog had more hits that day than any other IBM i focused website, because Steve, who is IBM's Chief Architect for IBM i, had posted the answer we were all hoping to find there.
Did multiple news sources make the mistake? I could see one or two potentially miss an operating system flavor, but not this many.
With all due respect, I have to ask this question: IBM, did you forget to mention IBM i to the press?
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