First Option Newsletter

October 2018
High Availability and Disaster Recovery Services
There is lots of talk in the industry regarding High Availability and Disaster Recovery services, especially after some of the terrible  declared disasters recently.

While everyone is in agreement of the need for these services, not all businesses can afford it. First Option has come up with a service that is both affordable and secure. This service allows you to achieve your RTO at a minimal cost.
High Availability and Disaster Recovery
  • Leveraging our partnership with MindSHIFT, First Option offers cloud based IBMi disaster recovery. 
  • We use our shared environment for a fixed monthly fee.
  • This service provides access to a recovery site in case of a declared disaster.
Contact for more information.
IBM Systems Magazine
Check out First Option's Article in IBM Systems Magazine!

IBM Power 9's Are Now Available
"POWER9 is the only processor with state-of-the-art I/O subsystem technology, including next generation NVIDIA NVLink, PCIe Gen4, and OpenCAPI."

Hosting Fall Special
A4As many of you already know, IBM plans to discontinue Hardware Support for Power 5 Systems as well as any older systems. The date is scheduled for January 31 2019* 

Now is a great time to think about going to a cloud based solution and take the hassle out of owning and maintaining i Series equipment. 

If you are interested in cloud hosting, we can give you a great price on our iSeries Application Hosting, which includes three free months of our monitoring software.

*Offer expires January 1st 2019


Here is link to more information regarding Hosting with First Option!

IRS Releases Draft of New Form W-4 for 2019
A5 Article from Paychex
  • Following feedback from the payroll and tax communities, the Treasury Department and the IRS are postponing a release of substantial changes to the W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, which were originally anticipated in 2019. Instead, the 2019 W-4 will remain largely consistent with the 2018 W-4, absent adjustments for inflation and should be available in the coming weeks. 

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