|John Brandt, vice president of technical services, iStudio400.com|
Of the slew of enhancements and new features to OS/400 V5R1, Operations Navigator (OpsNav) is considered by many users to be one of the most useful because it allows them to manage several systems with multiple partitions from one system location.
In fact, according to a recent search400 survey, Operations Navigator finished second only to WebSphere as the feature most likely to facilitate their business by more than 23% of the respondents.
IBM recently released the newest version of its OS/400 operating system, V5R1. The new version, which includes significant updates and enhancements, is said to be the most powerful operating system to date. While early users of V5R1 say the system still has a lot of bugs, the general concensus is that IBM has finally gotten it right.
With V5R1, OpsNav includes a suite of graphical work management capabilities that let users work with active jobs, job queues, subsystems, and storage pools without having to switch back and forth between the GUI (Graphical User Interface) and the green screen.
"It means you can take a single machine and run 10 OS servers and 10 Linux servers," said John Brandt, vice president of technical services, iStudio400.com, a site devoted exclusively to the issues of AS/400 users. "You can calculate the users independently. You need only one connection, to all three machines, which makes independent operation all lot easier."
According to Joe DiCecco, senior software engineer, IBM OpsNav provides an OS/400 interface that?s not just pretty and intuitive but that actually provides more function than possible with the green screen.
Operations Navigator and its coverage of tasks within OS/400 is a major focus for V5R1, DeCecco said. "Much more of OS/400 is now covered by this GUI, including the use of numerous configuration wizards that have been written to help customers with complex or infrequently done tasks."
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