IBM i 7.1 Technical Overview with Technology Refresh Updates

An IBM Redbooks publication

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IBM i 7.1 Technical Overview with Technology Refresh Updates


This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces a technical overview of the new features, functions, and enhancements available in IBM i 7.1. It provides a summary and brief explanation of new capabilities and what changed in the operating system. This publication also describes many of the licensed programs and application development tools that are associated with IBM i. This publication includes all the enhancements that were delivered with the Technology Refresh 4 and 5 that were made available in 2012.
Many new and enhanced functions are described:

  • IBM DB2® for i support for XML and column level encryption
  • IBM PowerHA® for i asynchronous Geographic Mirroring and LUN-level switching
  • Virtualization enhancements for IBM i hosted partitions and IBM PowerVM®
  • Storage management enhancements for solid-state drives
  • Systems management enhancements for Systems Director Navigator for i
  • IBM Rational® software development product enhancements
  • Zend PHP Enhancements
  • Web Application Serving enhancements

The information that is provided in this book is useful for clients, IBM Business Partners, and IBM service professionals that are involved with planning, supporting, upgrading, and implementing IBM i 7.1 solutions.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. IBM i 7.1 introduction and summary
Chapter 2. Technology Refresh
Chapter 3. Security enhancements
Chapter 4. Backup and recovery
Chapter 5. High availability
Chapter 6. IBM DB2 for i
Chapter 7. Performance tools
Chapter 8. Virtualization
Chapter 9. Storage and solid-state drives
Chapter 10. Networking enhancements
Chapter 11. Printing enhancements
Chapter 12. Integration with IBM BladeCenter and IBM System x
Chapter 13. IBM Advanced Job Scheduler for i enhancements
Chapter 14. Web serving
Chapter 15. Web enablers
Chapter 16. Application development
Chapter 17. IBM Rational products
Chapter 18. IBM Navigator for i V7.1
Chapter 19. IBM i Access
Chapter 20. Miscellaneous enhancements
Chapter 21. Upgrading IBM i


Publish Date
20 March 2013

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