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Listen to the latest news and hot topics about IBM i and Power Systems.

IBM i and IBM Power Systems Hot Topics,
News, Events, and more.

Join us for monthly episodes hosted by IBM Power Systems Champion Pete Massiello, and Laurie LeBlanc. 

Available Episodes

Episode 1
A recap of COMMON Conference,
POWERUp 2019

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Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk to iTech's Richie Palma and Rick Marcotte about COMMON User Group Spring conference, POWERUp 2019.


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Episode 2
Shorthanded system admins?
Here's what you can do.

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Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk to iTech Solution's Rick Marcotte and Paul Rogers about how managed service providers can help your business.

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Episode 3
Cloud –  Why Cloud or When Cloud Makes Sense


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Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk cloud with Frankeni Technology Consulting founder and iInTheCloud partner, Larry Bolhuis. When does the cloud make sense? Why cloud, or something else?

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Episode 4
[Minisode] An introduction to POWER9 Playground

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In this mini-episode, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solution’s Steve Pitcher about the new POWER9 Playground.  

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Episode 5
What's new with Open Source on IBM i?

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What's new with Open Source on IBM i? Steve Pitcher details what you need to know to stay up to date.

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Episode 6
Next Generation Backup for IBM Power Servers ft. Cybernetics

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We talk with Steve Jones and Derek Henderson of Cybernetics about backup methods for IBM Power servers, with a focus on VTL.

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Episode 7
Installing POWER9

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We talk with our own Nathan Williams about installing POWER9 Machines, and the things they generally come across.


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Episode 8
Modernizing May Trucking

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Pete & Laurie talk with Becki Wagoner from May Trucking about her recently released case study in IBM Systems Magazine, detailing her move to a POWER8 machine.

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Episode 9
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Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with Steve Pitcher from the iTech team on how on how to recover quickly and minimize downtime, but also an in-depth discussion on how to recover and the importance of recovery

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Episode 10
Keeping Your IBM i, FSP, and HMC up to date with the latest PTFs

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Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with Nathan Williams from the iTech team on Keeping Your IBM i, FSP, and HMC up to date with the latest PTF.

 

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Episode 11
Technology Refreshes - What's Changed in the Last 6 Months

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Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with Steve Pitcher from  iTech Solutions on the latest technology refreshes and what has changed in the last 6 months.

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Episode 12
7.2 End of Support ( POWER7, POWER7+, 7.2) and What It Means

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In this episode, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with Richie Palma from the iTech team on 7.2 End of Support ( POWER7, POWER7+, 7.2) and what it means.

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Episode 13
Women in Tech

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In this episode, guest host Heather Dinho talks to some of the women on the team at iTech Solutions (Amy Upton, Laurie LeBlanc, Peg Tuttle and Yvonne Enselman) on what it means to be a woman in tech.

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Episode 14
The Next Generation of IBM i Professionals

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In this episode, Laurie LeBlanc talks with some of the next generation IBM i professionals; Richie Palma from iTech Solutions, Steven McIver from O’Reilly Auto Parts, Marina Schwenk from Everbrite, and Ajay Gomez from Profound Logic. Listen as they discuss their experiences on the IBM i platform.

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Episode 15
FRS Reduces RTO from 48 hours to 4 hours

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In this episode, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with Carl Novit, Vice President and owner of Foodservice & Restaurant Supply (FRS), about his experience with iTech Solutions and how iTech was able to reduce his recovery time objectives when doing his DR and HA.

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Episode 16
The Staying Power of Power Systems 

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Maybe you’ve seen the Power Roadmaps, or have even asked: “What’s the future of IBM i and Power Systems”? In Episode 16, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc answer this question and talk about the Staying Power of Power Systems and the future of IBM i. 

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Episode 17
My Company is Moving Off IBM i, Now What?

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In Episode 17 Laurie LeBlanc talks to Ron Dolan and Richie Palma from iTech Solutions about if your company starts talking about going off platform, what you can do and what you need to think about.

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Episode 18
IBM i Technologies to Know About When Working Remotely

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In Episode 18 Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk about the IBM i technologies you need to know about while you are working remotely. 

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Episode 19
How to Promote IBM i to Your Business

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In Episode 19 Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions' Richie Palma about how to promote IBM i within your business. 

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Episode 20
The New Virtual Space and the Impact on Events & Engagement

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In Episode 20 Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions' Richie Palma about navigating the new virtual space and the impact that it has had on events, customer engagement, and industry education.

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Episode 21
Disaster Recovery - What's The Difference Between the Various Components?

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In Episode 21, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions' Rick Marcotte about Disaster Recovery and the difference between the various components that make up each DR solution. 

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Episode 22
The Risks of Not Upgrading Your Hardware

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In Episode 22, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions' Paul Rogers about the risks and repercussions of not keeping your hardware current.

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Episode 23
IBM i Security - Trends & Challenges

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In Episode 23, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions' Amal MacDonald about the industry trends and challenges we are seeing with IBM i security.

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Episode 24 -The Benefits, Features and Functions of External Storage

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In Episode 24, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions' Patrick Nip about the benefits, features, and functions of external storage.

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Episode 25
Understanding NVMe

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In Episode 25, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc take a deep dive into NVMe; how it works, the advantages of NVMe, and what OS NVMe works with.

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Episode 26
Everything Your Business Partner SHOULD Be Doing For You

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In Episode 26, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Steve Pitcher about everything your IBM i business partner should be doing for you.
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Episode 27
IBM i 7.2 End of Support - What Are Your Options?

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In Episode 27, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Steve Pitcher about IBM i 7.2 going end of support on April 30, 2021 and the options you have for your system.

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Episode 28
The New FlashSystem5200: Features and Functions to Know

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In Episode 28, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with IBM's Eric Herzog about the recent announcement on the FlashSystem 5200. Listen as they talk through the features, functions and benefits of this newest edition to the storage product family.

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Podcast Hosts

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Pete Massiello
President, iTech Solutions

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Laurie LeBlanc
Senior Account Executive, iTech Solutions