• November 19, 2018
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The Hidden Costs of Application Unavailability

When a technology application or system goes down, it can be fairly easy to calculate the cost in terms of lost productivity, IT support, and the effects on the bottom line (missed service level agreements). But what about the hidden costs that don’t show up on the balance sheet? Most of us don’t even think […]

IT jungle: iCluster monitoring and management goes mobile

“IBM i shops that use Rocket Software‘s iCluster can now monitor and manage their high availability setup remotely from the comfort of a smartphone. The new HTML5 interface delivered last week with iCluster version 7.1 TR2 is the first dedicated smartphone interface from Rocket, which plans to add new functions in the months and years […]

Checking group switch readiness using RTVSWCHRDY

The old joke used New Yorkers on tourists who ask “How do I get to Radio City Music Hall?” – to which the response is always “practice, practice, practice”, also applies to high availability. To ensure you have a valid backup system that you can switch to in case of a disaster or for planned […]

High Availability: do you have peace of mind?

I understand the pressure to never be down. Never lose data. Never miss an order. Never miss your company’s revenue goals. It’s brutal and I will never ever forget it. When I was running a data center, I remember sitting at a football game with my son on a weekend and getting THE CALL. I […]

Subscribing to iCluster Newsletters

On a monthly basis, Rocket sends a customer newsletter to all iCluster customers. This newsletter covers some of the technical tips provided in this blog, but also some additional information, such as the release of new How to Videos on the iCluster website, news of new events, team member profiles, new releases etc. To subscribe […]

Verifying iCluster Communications

When communications go down between systems in your network or a system goes down, the first test when everything is back up again is a simple PING <node name> command. This will tell you that at least TCP/IP is up and running on the node that went down and your current node can find the […]

iCluster 7.1 TR1 Interim Fix 5 Released

Rocket Software has released a new Interim Fix package for the current release of Rocket iCluster 7.1 TR1 called Interim Fix 5 (or IF5). Interim Fix packages are less intrusive then Technical Refreshes and can usually be applied in a few minutes by extracting the IBM i save file, transferring the file in Binary mode […]

Choosing the Right iCluster Release

Did you know that since Rocket Software acquired the iCluster business from IBM in January of 2012, that the iCluster product has gone through 2 major releases (Rocket iCluster 7.1 and Rocket iCluster 7.1 TR1) with a third major release scheduled for Q4 of this year?

Feel the burn! What to expect during iCluster burn-in

Once iCluster is up and running and the product is “burnt in” there is usually very little administration required. But what can you expect during the burn in period? In fitness terms instructors talk about “no pain, no gain” and “feel the burn.”