We delayed upgrading our hardware for years because we didn't *REALLY* need the power and it was hard to justify the $100,000. Last fall, we finally did the upgrade for around $50K - new boxes are faster and less expensive than the old ones! Best decision ever regarding the IBMi.
We added two SSD drives (mirroring one to the other) and 8GB main memory to the new IBMi and this box flies. Moved up several levels in CPU power.
Interactive and batch are amazing. We've had long running batch programs run in 20% of the time. Interactive most days is measured in hundredths of second response time (under .10). Month-end finished in 1/6 the overall time (including backup - which flies with the new LTO5 drive).
The cool thing is...Our new box is 1/8 the max memory and only 1/4 the processor! Upgrades the next couple years will be inexpensive and easy to implement.
Oh and yes, we did go down another tier. No, we didn't get any rebates from our vendors. :(
From: "tim.dclinc@xxxxxxxxx" <tim.dclinc@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2012 9:04 AM
Subject: GoFaster alternative
We are currently using GoFaster to improve interactive performance.
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