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Everyone knows that mainframes are the best computers you can have. You can run them locally, you can hide them in the cloud, and you can link them together into a massive processing network. But we also know that there are smaller platforms out there that work differently. Wouldn’t it be brilliant if you could run them all from one place?…

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The System z offers an increasing number of cloud options. At a SHARE conference this past spring Erich Amrehn, IBM Distinguished Engineer elaborated on Cloud Computing with IBM System z. In his presentation, Amrehn focused on five cloud options: Solution Edition for Computing and Data Cloud, SAP Cloud, CICS Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, and Mobile solution for z. And that’s not even mentioning the z-based IBM Enterprise Cloud System

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Some vendors are perpetuating the myth that SMI-S is not designed for performance management. Recently some of our customers asked a vendor to surface additional performance metrics through SMI-S. They received a response along the lines of: “SMI-S is not supposed to handle performance metrics; it is mainly for management. If you want performance metrics, you should buy our proprietary tool.”…

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Now that the Target CEO and CIO have resigned, and the Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) is calling for 7 of the 10 members of the Target Board of Directors to be removed, it is time to look at where the security of our organizations can be improved to reduce the probability of such an attack on our systems.  It is unclear whether the executive resignations and the call for action against the Board members was the direct result of the security breach, or whether it was because of the disappointing financial results (which of course was somewhat linked to the breach) , but certainly the data breach played a big part…

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Mantissa is delivering the third beta of its new z86VM offering targeting the cloud deployment of x86 servers and desktops on IBM System z mainframes. This free version of the z86VM beta includes performance enhancements in the x86 instruction set and file system as well as bug fixes developed since Beta 2 shipped in September 2013…

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