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The legendary IBM mainframe celebrated its 50th birthday just this past Monday, April 7, 2014; having outlived many predictions of its imminent demise. I started working with the mainframe in the mid-80s, soon after graduating from college. Like most others, I started programming mostly in COBOL and PL/1 and sometimes in Assembler…

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On April 7, 1964, Tom Watson Jr. stood at the front of a conference room in IBM’s Poughkeepsie, NY research lab. Looking beyond the podium and out into the audience, Watson saw two hundred influential writers and editors belonging to the 1960s tech cognoscenti. Looking a little closer, he saw a series of television cameras, broadcasting and recording the announcement across time and space. Standing in front of this audience, Watson palpably sensed that many of the reporters were skeptical of IBM. Then again, Watson had learned to win over skeptics when flying Lend Lease missions to the Soviet Union during World War II. If he could win over skeptical Soviets, surely he must be able to reach these men…

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At the time of writing, it is approaching the 50th anniversary of the announcement of the IBM System/360 aka "The Mainframe". By now, anyone who's been even tangentially involved with this beast is familiar with the number of times it's been written off: most notably in 1991 when the prediction was made that the last mainframe would be switched off in 1996.

 Of course, that never happened…

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Jul 24 ’13

To compete vigorously in the market today, organizations need to be capable of delivering extraordinary service levels. Their infrastructure must be able to react swiftly to shifting conditions, to deliver extreme scale to support surges in demand, and to offer unrivaled availability for a 24 by 7 workplace. Most of all it must be able to handle unprecedented amounts of data originating from mobile and other sources like social media, instrumented devices, and more. Given new increasingly sophisticated security threats, this infrastructure must be security hardened by design, and be able to process workloads and data with reduced risk.  This infrastructure must also be able to support new service delivery models, such as cloud, that depend heavily on the integrity and isolation of data and workloads. It must be able to efficiently process content at high speed and safeguard corporate assets in the new computing environment…

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Jun 5 ’13

IBM Edge 2013 kicks off this coming Sunday, June 10 and runs through June 14. Still time to register!  I will be there through June 13. You can follow me on Twitter for conference updates @Writer1225.  I’ll be using hashtag #IBMEdge to post live Twitter comments from the conference. The previous post looked at the Executive track (see below). Now let’s take a glimpse at the technical track, which ranges considerably wider, beyond the System z to IBM’s other platforms, flash, big data, cloud, virtualization, and more…

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