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May 23

Software Diversified Services (SDS), a global leader in mainframe software, announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the SMA_RT software product from Type80 Security Software, Inc. SMA_RT is a real-time mainframe intrusion detection, SIEM agent, and log event processing product for z/OS. The acquisition was completed on May 15, 2017. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

SMA_RT (Security Monitor Alerts – Real Time) is a renowned, patented z/OS security offering that was the first SIEM agent for IBM z/OS. SMA_RT is a revolutionary product that provides the ability…

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May 19

This is not an article on multidimensional databases, 3D rendering, or spatial databases; but rather how CIOs in IT think, based on their education, experience and professional motivations.

A good friend of mine, Pete, recently asked me how many servers does it take to equal a mainframe? He’s actually quite a smart guy, a salesman and former software engineer, but he has never worked in the mainframe business, and knows nothing about it. But it was a fair question, and I had to answer “x”—a variable. This did not satisfy him…

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May 17

Using the mainframe environment will mean businesses won't lose out on the money invested in legacy apps LzLabs' Software Defined Mainframe is now being offered as part of Fujitsu's application modernisation suite, meaning Fujitsu customers will be able to run legacy mainframe apps in the cloud.

As more businesses seek the infrastructure to run their legacy applications without having to stick to legacy hardware, Fujitsu is ensuring businesses can embrace the future and keep their business ticking over without the burden of managing legacy application architectures.

"When speaking to international organisations, we often…

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May 10

Brocade has announced that its GEN 6 FIBRE CHANNEL technologies provide the network foundation that enables customers of Dell EMC® all-flash array solutions to optimize the performance, availability and reliability of their storage deployments.

At Dell EMC World, Dell EMC announced significant updates to its all-flash storage portfolio. Dell EMC introduced the VMAX 950F, representing significant updates to its flagship VMAX enterprise storage platform. It also announced XtremIO X2, the second generation of its market-leading, purpose-built all-flash array. Finally, the company unveiled new midrange products, including four new all-flash array models to the Dell…

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May 10

According to a new study by BMC Software, 73 percent of IT decision makers believe businesses that do not embrace IT automation to achieve the larger digital business strategy within the next five years will cease to exist in 10 years. Ninety-two percent of respondents agree that the demands for new sources of revenue, unique competitive advantage, and operational excellence have created enormous pressure to compete digitally in order to earn the trust of customers, trading partners, and employees.

BMC believes these results are a catalyst for the new adaptive approach to IT automation – Digital Business…

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May 10

Dell Technologies announces new Internet of Things (IoT) products and partnerships to help customers take the complexity out of their IoT deployments and more quickly realize Digital Transformation.

According to a recent Gartner report, there will be 20.4 billion connected things in use globally by 2020. Companies are looking for faster, real-time analysis of the massive amount of data produced by all of these "things" on their networks. For some, it's too expensive to move all the data from the edge of the network near the devices to the data center. Computing at the…

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May 8

VMAX 950F is the newest member of Dell EMC’s VMAX All Flash family, the flagship high-end storage offering that has set the industry benchmark for enterprise storage arrays for decades. With performance that is 68% faster and offering 30% better response times (6.7M IOPS for RRH, 350 microseconds response times for OLTP) than the previous generation, VMAX 950F resets the bar for All-Flash storage performance. In fact, the VMAX 950F is up to 4x faster than its nearest competitor in testing of real-world workloads.

The VMAX 950F array leverages the latest Intel CPUs with software enhancements designed to…

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May 8

One of the challenges of working in the modern world is adjusting to a faster and faster speed of computing. Globalization and mobile technology mean instant communications and near-instantaneous reactions are the minimum benchmark a firm must meet to keep up. Luckily, the business world has the mainframe, the fastest and arguably one of the most powerful computer platforms available. Mainframes are more than capable of processing all the instantaneous interactions our digital-age business world requires, from communication across systems, to logging transactions, to performing analytics in real time.

Unfortunately, the extract, transform, load (ETL) software used…

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May 3

H&W Computer Systems, Inc. (H&W) announced that it has released its leading SYSB-II software in the 6.7 version, which is focused on making recovery faster and easier. Among the new features is a way to automate the setup and execution of journaling and recovery. “Automation shortens the time customers need to set up journaling and then makes subsequent recovery faster by backing out changes to designated VSAM files after an abend,” said Matt Link, president and CEO of H&W.

“Automating these tasks really simplifies key functionality and saves customers…

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May 2

Syncsort, a global leader in data liberation, integrity and integration solutions for next-generation analytics, today announced new integration between its Big Iron to Big Data powerhouse Ironstream®, and Compuware Corporation’s Application Audit software that delivers real-time machine data to Splunk® Enterprise Security (ES) for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM). The new integration dramatically improves an organization’s ability to detect threats against critical mainframe data, correlate them with related information and events and satisfy compliance requirements.

Syncsort’s recent “State of the Mainframe Survey,” ranked security and…

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Apr 26

Software AG has announced a partnership with leading application software company OSIsoft. This partnership enables businesses to combine enterprise-wide IT and operations data and tools together with the Software AG Digital Business Platform for enhanced analytics, machine learning, integration and rapid IoT solution development. It also helps organizations access and analyze massive volumes of time-series data within enterprise information architectures supporting data warehouse, Big Data, and advanced analytics projects.

Martin Otterson, Senior Vice President of customer success, OSIsoft, said: “By integrating operational data from the OSIsoft PI System with business intelligence data from ERP systems such…

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Apr 26

Brocade announced a new GLOBAL DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION SKILLS STUDY, which aims to uncover how well-placed global IT leaders consider themselves and their teams to be in terms of meeting current and future business demands. Of the six markets surveyed, Germany was found to be the best prepared to meet its digital transformation goals, closely followed by the U.S., while the UK lagged well behind its counterparts.

The research, which surveyed 630 IT leaders in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Australia, and Singapore, indicates that many organizations are at a tipping point, as new technology demands…

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Apr 24

Syncsort announced new executive management team appointments targeted to drive innovation and greater value for customers across its growing product portfolio. The expanded management team will help leverage Syncsort’s unmatched enterprise-wide data management technology and expertise following the acquisition of Data Quality leader, Trillium Software.

The new leadership team positions include the hiring of industry sales veteran Jay Johnson as Senior Vice President, Americas Sales, and the promotions of Tendü Yoğurtçu, PhD to Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and David Hodgson to Chief Product Officer (CPO). Additionally, Keith Kohl who headed product…

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Apr 17

The mainframe has proven to be remarkably secure over the years, racking up the highest security certifications available. But there is still room for improvement. Earlier this month, Compuware announced Application Audit, a software tool that aims to transform mainframe cybersecurity and compliance through real-time capture of user behavior.

Capturing user behavior, especially in real-time, is seemingly impossible if you have to rely on the data your collect from the various logs and SMF data. Compuware’s solution, Application Audit, in conjunction with Syncsort and Splunk,…

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Apr 17

New IBM mainframe increases capacity by 35 percent for Met Office, which claims faster analysis could save lives. The Met Office is upgrading its mainframe, with the help of IBM and Computacenter, allowing the national weather service to process greater volumes of weather data more rapidly.

The organization has operated since 1854 and accounts for as much as a fifth of all government web traffic on a peak day.

It is also undergoing a significant IT transformation that has seen it adopt some cloud services and an API-led development strategy.

New mainframes

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Apr 6

Rocket Software has introduced a new way for businesses to unleash the value of mainframe data in the API economy, giving them an efficient, scalable way to get new digital services to market faster and compete more effectively. Working in combination with IBM® z/OS® Connect Enterprise Edition (EE), Rocket Data Virtualization (RDV) gives mobile and cloud application developers the ability to integrate z/OS data into their applications without the need for any mainframe expertise or changes to mainframe code.

“Since we introduced z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition in 2016,…

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Apr 3

Do you think the mainframe is dead? A dinosaur, an ancient piece of technology that has outlived its usefulness like cathode ray tubes, rotary dial telephones and dial-up modems?

I have some news for you. The mainframe has adapted: it is alive and well with major banks and financial institutions continually growing their use of mainframes. In fact, mainframes are at the core of their technology strategies. The reason why? Mainframes deliver functionality and reliability unmatched by any other platform.

Why Major Banks and Financial Institutions Grow Mainframe Use

Here are five reasons…

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Apr 3

Compuware Corporation has announced the availability of Application Audit™, an innovative cybersecurity and compliance solution that dramatically enhances the ability of enterprises to stop insider threats by fully capturing and analyzing start-to-finish mainframe application user behavior.

This enriched mainframe user behavior intelligence is especially important to large enterprises given the fact that their most sensitive data and most business-critical systems of record typically reside on the mainframe.

Most enterprises still rely on disparate logs and SMF data from security products such as RACF, CA-ACF2 and CA-Top Secret to piece together user behavior.…

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Mar 29

Help influence the pathway for the next generation of mainframers by taking the LEAD-IT job competency survey to share your knowledge and insights. LEAD-IT is a collaboration between a Community of Leaders in the enterprise IT industry working to develop a registered mainframe apprenticeship program to increase participation in the field by underrepresented minorities and women.   Click here to take the short survey.   Thank you for your help,

Bob

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Mar 27

Software AG has announced the acquisition of Cumulocity GmbH (“Cumulocity”), based in Dusseldorf, Germany. Cumulocity develops innovative solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) offering connectivity for networked digital devices and sensors through a cloud-hosted IoT device management and application enablement platform. Embedding Cumulocity’s IoT solutions into Software AG’s portfolio allows enterprises to integrate their IT applications with operational IoT devices – providing maximum ease of use, flexibility and ultimately business value. For Software AG, the acquisition of Cumulocity is a further step in the expansion of its technology leadership in the IoT…

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