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Sep 4

Although friends and family appreciate my enthusiasm for technology, there's nothing like trading ideas with others who share your passion. I recently attended the SHARE conference in Orlando and was, as always, happy to reconnect with the mainframe and enterprise community. I also came away excited by how the event reflects the present moment in mainframes. Here are a few of my major takeaways.

The Big Iron Cloud?

In a lot of ways throughout the conference, it was clear that the integration of mainframes into cloud architecture (and vice versa) has reached a…

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Sep 3

Software AG has announced that Forrester Research Inc., a leading industry analyst firm, has named Software AG a ‘Leader’ in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Architecture Management Suites, Q3 2015 (published on September 01, 2015) for its Alfabet solution. Part of Software AG’s Digital Business Platform, Alfabet Enterprise Architecture (EA) Management combines core capabilities of Software AG’ Alfabet and ARIS product lines providing a collaborative platform used by business and IT leaders to ensure the IT landscape supports business strategy. It couples business priorities and IT strategy with current and future initiatives and maps those to an…

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Sep 3

IBM has announced an expansion of its Internet of Things (IoT) platform – called IBM IoT Foundation - through an integration with ARM, providing out of the box connectivity with ARM® mbedTM-enabled devices to analytics services. This fusion will allow huge quantities of data from devices such as industrial appliances, weather sensors and wearable monitoring devices to be gathered, analyzed and acted upon.

IBM also announced the first in a series of IBM Cloud-based, industry-specific IoT services with IoT for Electronics. The service will enable electronics manufacturers to gather data…

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Sep 1

Syncsort, a global leader in Big Data software, today announced a milestone open source contribution of an IBM z Systems mainframe connector for Apache Spark. The contribution will enable organizations to easily access and get new insights from their critical mainframe data with Apache Spark’s advanced analytics capabilities and Spark SQL.

The connector is now available on Spark Packages: https://github.com/Syncsort/spark-mainframe-connector.

Spark Packages, launched by Apache Spark pioneer Databricks – the organization founded by the…

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Sep 1

I am excited by several aspects of this announcement: IBM is establishing, in conjunction with the Linux Foundation, an Open Mainframe Project; the company is breaking with its traditional mainframe pricing model; it also is putting KVM and Ubuntu on the machine; and it is offering a smorgasbord of app-dev options, including some of the sexiest in the industry today. I never believed I would refer to a mainframe as sexy (must be time to retire).

Along with LinuxONE Emperor IBM announced an entry dedicated Linux machine, the LinuxONE Rockhopper. (BTW; notice the new playfulness in IBM…

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Aug 31

Rocket Software is pleased to announce the launch of Rocket Discover, a self-service, intuitive data preparation and discovery solution to give business managers and executives the speed and confidence to make key decisions. Rocket Discover allows users to easily access, manipulate, prepare and visualize data to expose insights and help them make critical business decisions that will drive growth and outpace the competition.

"Companies facing critical business issues know that they need to act fast and act smart, but they often don’t have the right information at their fingertips to investigate and quickly resolve…

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Aug 31

The EMC2 Federation, today previewed updates to the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution at VMworld® and announced a new Federation End-User Computing solution. With integrated hardware, software and services from EMC Information Infrastructure (EMC II), VMware and VCE, the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution unites the strengths of private and public cloud and drives business agility by self-service provisioning of applications and resources to policy-driven service levels. Customers of the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud are gaining efficiencies in traditional IT functions and workflows, with some projecting more than $50 million in IT savings over five years.<…

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Aug 26

Software AG has announced that Americold, the global leader in temperature-controlled warehousing and supply chain solutions to the food industry, has significantly enhanced its already robust supply chain capabilities. It has given its customers unprecedented visibility and access to their orders at every stage of the order lifecycle, from time of customer creation to final delivery, through its proprietary i-3PL supply chain control system in conjunction with Software AG’s webMethods portfolio.webMethods is used to capture and integrate data from Americold’s B2B, warehouse, transportation and ERP systems to produce…

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Aug 26

Micro Focus, the leading provider of enterprise application modernization solutions, today announced its Micro Focus Visual COBOL solution now supports Microsoft Visual Studio 2015. Organizations around the globe remain committed to COBOL applications as they continue to drive competitive advantage in light of continuously changing business requirements and market conditions, and Visual COBOL for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 enables organizations to more quickly realize those business benefits.

Micro Focus Visual COBOL enables software developers to maintain and modernize COBOL systems alongside Microsoft .NET languages, including C# and VB.NET, while taking advantage of Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 to connect COBOL…

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Aug 26

Brocade has announced continued innovation in its Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions with the introduction of the Brocade® Analytics Monitoring Platform. Representing a new product line for the company, the Brocade Analytics Monitoring Platform allows organizations to achieve greater ROI and reduced OpEx for their mission-critical applications by providing IT staff with the highest levels of monitoring and analytics between servers and storage. As a result, organizations can better ensure predictable performance and operational stability for their IT infrastructures.

Monitoring and analyzing IT infrastructure performance has been a complex, time-consuming task that requires complete…

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Aug 24

CA Technologies has announced it is a founding Platinum member of The Linux Foundation’s new Open Mainframe Project. The project is designed to create a collaborative environment among top industry leaders and academic institutions to drive both improvements and enterprise innovation on the mainframe. The project will initially focus on reinforcing four key areas: scalability, availability, performance and security.

The Linux Foundation is a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and collaborative software development. As a founding Platinum-level member of the Open Mainframe Project, CA Technologies participation will help fuel innovation…

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Aug 24

The exciting news last week was the announcement from IBM of Emperor and Rockhopper—two Linux-based z Systems mainframe variants (and two species of penguin). That leaves 15 species of penguin left for IBM to choose names from (think king, Humboldt, little, or macaroni, for example). But let’s not get carried away!

For the very first time, it’s possible to own a Linux-only mainframe that comes with a range of open source tools including those for big data and analytics. With IBM’s recent figures not looking quite as rosey as they…

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Aug 19

Brocade announced it has expanded the company's OEM relationship with Lenovo, one of the world's largest technology companies that significantly increased its enterprise IT infrastructure offerings following the acquisition of IBM's x86 server business in October 2014.

Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel storage area networking (SAN) switches are now being sold globally by Lenovo and its network of channel partners, in addition to embedded Fibre Channel and VCS Ethernet fabric switches that are available in solutions for all Lenovo x86-based servers. Brocade fixed-port SAN switches integrate flawlessly into Lenovo's server and storage solutions, including…

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Aug 19

BMC has announced Digital Enterprise Management, a blueprint for companies seeking to transform into fast-moving, innovative enterprises able to seize the opportunities, and overcome the challenges, presented by the digital economy.

Highlighting the critical need for Digital Enterprise Management among large enterprises, BMC released results from a comprehensive August 2015 survey of 100 Fortune 1000 IT managers regarding how they are managing the transition to digital services and the consumerization of IT. The survey results confirm digital transformation is a top priority for increasing productivity, improving customer satisfaction and lowering costs. The results also indicate these same…

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Aug 19

CA Technologies has announced it is a founding Platinum member of The Linux Foundation’s new Open Mainframe Project. The project is designed to create a collaborative environment among top industry leaders and academic institutions to drive both improvements and enterprise innovation on the mainframe. The project will initially focus on reinforcing four key areas: scalability, availability, performance and security.

The Linux Foundation is a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and collaborative software development. As a founding Platinum-level member of the Open Mainframe Project, CA Technologies participation will help fuel innovation…

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Aug 17

Anyone who manages the technology demands of a large business faces plenty of exciting moments on the job, but I think it's safe to say that calculating the energy costs of your company's IT systems isn't among those moments.

I was reminded of just how hard it is to factor energy efficiency into purchase and configuration decisions while reading some recent claims in the media around the cloud, and I remembered some simple but often overlooked ways mainframes solve tough energy efficiency dilemmas.

The Power of One

A device that…

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Aug 17

IBM has announced a significant expansion of the mainframe’s strategy of embracing open source-based technologies and open-source communities to provide clients with the most secure, highest performance capabilities for an era where mainframes increasingly anchor corporate analytics andhybrid clouds.

The company is betting big on open source in the enterprise: 

Unveiling the most secure Linux servers in the industry – The company is introducing two Linux mainframe servers – called LinuxONE – that are the industry’s most powerful and secure enterprise servers designed for…

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Aug 13

IBM has announced that its cloud-basedMaaS360 platform is the first Enterprise Mobility Management solution to receive a Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB). MaaS360 is used by more than 50 federal organizations, including the General Services Administration, the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior to securely enable their mobile technology, and can now be used across all agencies with this new certification.

FedRAMP is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud…

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Aug 11

CorreLog, the leader in multiplatform IT security event management, today announced a major new release for its CorreLog SIEM Agent for IBM z/OS. Version 5.5.3 has significant new features incorporated into this latest product release.

CorreLog SIEM Agent for z/OS (SIEM Agent) Version 5.5.3 Release Details

This new version expands the interoperability of SIEM Agent to include an EMC-certified connector for RSA Security and an integration to Splunk SIEM. With these two additional integrations, SIEM Agent is now able to send real-time event messages from z/OS to the following SIEM platforms:

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Aug 11

Software AG has unveiled a Smart Logistics blueprint for its Digital Business Platform. The Digital Business Platform combines capabilities to digitize, analyze and monetize assets by enabling cutting edge digital applications. The Smart Logistics blueprint overlays the Digital Business Platform with smart processes for real-time synchronization of global logistics networks. Smart Logistics can analyze streaming Internet of Things (IoT), vehicle telematics, and contextual data to provide logisticians with enhanced visibility and increased efficiency across complex logistics operations.

Software AG has a strong background with customers use cases in Smart Logistics, including maritime, road,…

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