Latest Entries

Solution Showcase

As M&T Bank of Buffalo, NY, completes its acquisition of Allfirst Bank of Baltimore, MD, the newly combined institution is growing into one of the top-20 largest banks in the U.S. M&T Bank’s asset base is jumping from $33 billion to $49 billion, and the financial institution is adding 262 branches to its current network of 470. The acquisition also adds some 5,000 employees, increasing the bank’s workforce to about 14,000 tellers, customer service representatives, managers, and technical support personnel.

Read Full Article →

Playing Well With Others: Linux on z/VM

In the past, when looking at Linux on the mainframe, we considered Linux on S/390 or zSeries as simply another architecture. The S/390 platform is a 32- bit big-endian processor, and therefore, Linux on zSeries is conceptually no different from Linux on Alpha, SPARC, or PowerPC. The only areas in which there are significant differences are within the kernel and device drivers, and very few users (or even system administrators) need to be concerned with architectural features…

Read Full Article →

The realities of managing an IT center today are far more difficult than ever before.  From 1998 to 2000, the driving force behind the dot.coms, Year/2000, and enterprise system growth fueled the economy and budgets to soaring record highs. In fact, according to the management consulting firm, McKinsey & Co., the total IT expenditures during that time rose from $374 billion to $455 billion, a handsome 10 percent Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR). The money was rolling and people were buying. In fact, they were buying large amounts of hardware to mask the more complex issues of managing the storage they already had, a far more onerous task…

Read Full Article →

zSeries Speaks SCSI

The alluring promise of Linux on the mainframe is the ability to consolidate the tens, hundreds, or even thousands of discrete servers that have populated many machine rooms onto a single managed platform. While it is one thing to move the server function, the network, and the system management, a key piece is missing from this puzzle. What about all of the data on which these servers operated?…

Read Full Article →