IBM i Marketplace Statistics: 2017 Versus 2016

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September 22, 2017 Disaster Recovery News Blog, High Availability Blog Articles, Legacy System Blog Articles

The popularity of IBM i  (AS400) in the business world might remain constant, but the state of the IBM i marketplace sure doesn’t. Take a look at the stats from this year’s Marketplace Survey by HelpSystems, and see the highlights of what’s changed between this year and last. 


The Biggest Changes

The biggest changes between 2017 and 2016 were: 

  1. Security concerns 
  1. High availability (HA) 

While the 2016 results showed that 33% of companies were focusing on security concerns, that number has more than doubled at 71% in 2017. With the increased threat of cyber attacks, it’s no wonder that we’re more concerned with our data’s security these days. Aside from data breaches, we also have the recent example of ransomware hitting many high-profile companies. Ransomware works by blocking access to your data until a ransom is paid. This means that if you don’t have a secure backup, and you don’t pay the ransom, you could lose all of your critical data. This also means that until the ransom is paid, your data is unavailable, causing a form of downtime (since even though your systems are online, they’re essentially useless). Security issues like this highlight why disaster recovery (DR) and high availability (HA) solutions are essential for every company. 

Compared to the 2016 Marketplace Survey, an additional 20% of companies are concerned with high availability (HA). Uptime from HA solutions  is also integral to meeting compliance, and considering the many regulations that IBM i users are abiding by, this focus on HA is not surprising. Customers and employees are now more accustomed to and dependent on 24/7 uptime than ever, meaning that this trend will likely continue to increase in the coming years. 


The Current State of The IBM i Marketplace

The IBM i marketplace is as stable as ever. An additional 16of companies are running fully automated (about 66% this year compared to 50% in the 2016 survey). This trend towards lights-out automation demonstrates that IBM i users can consider automation as a feasible strategy for error reduction, productivity enhancement, and monetary savings. 

Even more revealing of the IBM i marketplace is the user satisfaction, year after year. With a meager 1.2% annual attrition, and a whopping 94.6% believing IBM i provides a better return on investment (ROI) compared to other servers, it looks like the IBM i platform isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Even more impressive is the fact hat this is the third year in a row boasting this level of user confidence.  



For more information on keeping your IBM i/AS400 systems up to date with today’s marketplace, contact us today at 317-707-3941.

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