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Last February, Compuware and BMC announced a joint initiative to coordinate the use of their respective tools, BMC Cost Analyzer, BMC MainView, and Compuware Strobe, to reduce mainframe software licensing cost. The announcement made last week confirms that the necessary integration between the various tools has been completed and is working as promised. Compuware this month also introduced the latest rev of its Topaz graphical management toolset for z Systems…

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The Mainframe Witch-Hunt

The Salem witch trials were an ugly moment in US history. A combination of groupthink, bad religion and confirmation bias led an entire community to act irrationally. And the results were not pretty. Twenty people—most of them women—were executed for being something we know they could not have been…

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Why does IBM just not go "all in" with the mainframe? IBM essentially has a monopoly on mainframes (except for in Japan). The worlds' largest corporations rely on the mainframe to run their businesses. The world's financial systems run on IBM mainframes. Why does IBM not focus on what they do really well, and grow their business efforts around the mainframe? It, and it's software are immensely profitable…

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I recently took a quiz online that asked, "How Millennial Are You?" * From the 15 questions I answered, I received a score of 94/100. So, I would say that makes me "very millennial" (the mark of a millennial was a score of 73 or higher). But what does being a millennial actually mean? Well, according to this quiz, it meant I’ve watched some TV, haven’t read a physical newspaper in some time, have a social networking presence, and, most importantly, spend a hideous amount of time on my mobile phone. In fact, I only have a mobile phone—I haven’t had a landline since I left my parent’s home eight years ago. On my mobile phone I receive, on average, more than 50 text messages a day, I check my bank balance regularly (surely some money will have magically appeared?!), update my social media and do my shopping—everything from a weekly food shop to Christmas gifts. Recently, I even sold my laptop because I didn’t use it as I could do everything I needed from the little white oblong in my hand, with the Disney Castle wallpaper (no judgment please)…

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On Feb. 17 IBM unveiled IBM Spectrum Storage, a new storage software portfolio designed to address data storage inefficiencies by changing the economics of storage with a layer of intelligent software; in short, a software defined storage (SDS) initiative.  IBM’s new software creates an efficient data footprint that dynamically stores every bit of data at the optimal cost, helping maximize performance and ensuring security, according to the IBM announcement here

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On January 13th IBM unveiled its new mainframe, the z13. IBM's z Systems mainframe and its world-leading reliability, availability and scalability—coupled with its security and virtualization capabilities—are needed more than ever as mobile applications take over as the most prominent and important corporate workload. Today’s corporations are embracing mobile workloads that grow at a much greater year-over-year rate and have more dynamic processing peak requirements when compared to traditional applications. IBM's new z13 mainframe meets these challenging requirements by improving capacity for a single mainframe by 40 percent, increasing support to 8,000 virtual machines, increasing memory capacity up to 10 TB and providing doubly fast encryption for end-to-end protected mobile, cloud, and analytic workloads. …

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