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Since the mid 90’s, industry watchers have predicted a slow, gradual death for the mainframe, as x86-based server farms and the cloud gained a stronger foothold in the high-performance computing (HPC) market. This hasn’t happened—primarily because the mainframe remains the most scalable, reliable and secure computing platform on the planet. In fact, we view the mainframe as the original HPC platform, filling an irreplaceable role as the mission-critical heartbeat of many HPC environments…

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Put Security on Your Resume

It’s a keyword world out there. Whether you are looking for your next job or building a case for a promotion or transfer, the keywords you define on your resume, LinkedIn profile and application really matter. To demonstrate your ability to keep up in the field, terms like Cloud, Big Data, mobile, SaaS, data science, etc., help you stand out. And given the recent hacking issues with Experian and Uber (and more), security is one of the most valuable abilities you can claim. …

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Mainframe Branding Insanity

Prompted by IBM’s rename of “System z” to “z Systems,” last year’s “zWhat (or z/What??)” by Phil Smith III discussed IBM branding. Remarkably, that story is already out of date: With its July 2017 z14 announcement, IBM renamed the mainframe line yet again, this time to “IBM Z”—and yes, that’s a capital “Z,” for the first time…

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At a time when IBM promised that automatic pervasive encryption on the new IBM Z would spell an end to worries about security, an Israeli company recently stepped forward to insist that the z14, or just Z, can’t do the entire job. Pervasive encryption can be undermined by Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), which co-op legit users as they access protected data. Illusive Networks introduced its security tool, Mainframe Guard, at Sibos in Toronto…

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