TUG Buzz! for December 22, 2015


  1. January 20 MoM
  2. Merry Christmas!
  3. iDev Cloud
  4. Press Release from a Gold Sponsor

The January Meeting of Members will take place at the Monte Carlo Inn, Markham on Wednesday January 20, 2016.

ADMISSION: Free to all TUG members
($60 non-members)

Agenda: 4:00 - 5:00 pm - Registration
5:00 - 6:15 pm - Session 1
6:30 - 7:00 pm - Buffet Dinner
7:00 - 8:45-pm - Session 2

Register for the next TUG MoM at: www.tug.ca/reg.html

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5:00 Session 1: My Emulator is Better than Yours

  • Speaker: Tim Rowe (IBM Rochester)

  • Abstract: The IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) 5250 Emulator has shown itself to be very capable, providing several unique features not available with the IBM i Access for Windows PC5250 it was modeled after.

    Version 1.1.4 of the product, which is has been available since December 2015, takes this emulator to the next level, making it the best 5250 Emulator available. These differentiations will be described and discussed in this session.

7:00 Session 2:

Let's Get Mobile (A Hands On Introduction to IBM i Mobile Access)

  • Speaker: Tim Rowe

  • Abstract: Mobile is becoming more and more the norm. People want to be able to access and manage their systems from their Mobile devices basically anywhere.

    Having a robust easy to use solution is key.

    The new iAccess Mobile Solutions support is just that. Bring your own Device along and follow along as we all access an IBM i with our Mobile device. Look at Spool Files, respond to messages on the QSYSOPR Message Queue, work with Jobs, Run SQL Scripts and play with the 5250 Green Screen interface.

    Everything you need to Access and Manage your system is just a 'swipe' away.

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Merry Christmas from TUG!


iDev Cloud

Sign up now for iDevCloud! You will be able to:

  • Share between multiple developers
  • Get private library and storage
  • Have access to most of the IBM i development tools
  • Have all compilers for IBM i tools available

The Performance is monitored by system managers with adjustments as needed. The system is accessible at anytime from anywhere in the world. Just a computer and an internet connection are needed. Any work done on the system stays on the system until removed by its owner.

Contact Leo Lefebvre at leo@tug.ca to get started.

(*Free startup for TUG members.)

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TUG Gold Sponsor Member - Press Release

Media contact:
James A. Kandrac, President 216.520.1333 jak@ucgrp.com
For Immediate Release

Industry Reaction to Carbonite purchase of Seagate’s Evault
By James A. Kandrac, President & Founder – United Computer Group, Inc.
December 17, 2015

During a 7:00 pm to midnight “binge watch” of Netflix’s “Son of Anarchy” Series, I received the text alert, “Carbonite buys Seagate’s Evault for 14M.” My initial reaction was, “$14M…that MUST be a typo! 

A brief seven years ago, Seagate purchased Evault for some $185M. Now it is being sold for $14M. Does anyone else find this astounding? Seagate just said goodbye to a net of $171,000,000 at a time when managed service companies are selling for multiples of revenue and Evault recently inked a coveted marketing agreement with IBM. Did this really just happen? Did Seagate just say goodbye to $186M or in addition to the 14M, will Carbonite also pay Seagate a significant percentage of recurring revenue for several years?

While the industry waits for the dust to settle, here is my initial reaction. It comes down to focus and execution or lack thereof. Seagate’s Evault had an outstanding product line with very few holes. They support virtually all platforms and databases and are said to control up to 40% of the cloud backup market, either directly or through over 500 partners.

What it appeared to lack is committed management, focus and execution.

The hope for the industry and marketplace is that Carbonite takes a very legitimate suite of products, integrates it with a much better go-to-market strategy and continues to solve client backup and DR business issues and pains.

What does all of this mean to our VAULT400 clients?

UCG is being proactive on behalf of our clients to ensure a smooth transition. Rest assured that UCG will continue to serve our clients in the manner of excellence they have deserved and enjoyed for nearly 30 years. Thank you for your business!

About United Computer Group, Inc. and VAULT400 BaaS

UCG provides cost-effective technology solutions including IBM P8 Servers (PROD, TEST, DEV, BaaS , DR and H/A), storage, and managed services in addition to a wide range of related products and services, all customized to fit the needs of their clients’ current needs and future growth. Founded in 1987, UCG is an IBM Advanced Business Partner specializing in mid-market and enterprise clients. UCG has been rated in the top 1% of IBM Business Partners nationwide.

UCG’s VAULT400 BaaS is a premier managed risk mitigation and business continuity planning service for secure online backup and disaster recovery. VAULT400 backs up an entire organization’s business-critical data to UCG’s secure data centers. Safe and off-site, the encrypted data is available online at all times for immediate, user-initiated recovery. VAULT400 works seamlessly within an organization’s existing infrastructure with no additional hardware required.


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