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Sep 19

The results of a global study commissioned by CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) show that “Leaders” who are investing in new innovation and development capabilities are growing revenue at more than twice the rate of “Laggards,” creating an Application Divide in the marketplace.

The study – How to Survive and Thrive in the Application Economy – analyzes results from a survey of 1,450 senior business leaders across 13 countries.

These “Leaders” overwhelmingly realize that software and application development is core to their future success. In fact, the study found that over 50 percent…

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Sep 19

AT&T and IBM are continuing to speed up business adoption of cloud services by extending AT&T NetBondSM services to the SoftLayer platform for stronger security and performance.

This extension of the IBM and AT&T alliance will allow businesses to easily create hybrid-computing solutions. AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN) customers can use AT&T NetBond to connect their IT infrastructure to SoftLayer’s cloud services. The service allows customers to benefit from highly secure connections with high reliability and performance as an alternative to relying on public Internet…

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Blog

Sep 19

When I talk to millennials coming into management and programming it appears that their knowledge of the mainframe is very limited or non-existent. Since many universities have stopped teaching mainframe classes, the recent college graduates don’t even have a basic understanding of the mainframe computing model, much less its advantages and why it endures through all the attempts to replace it. Since there is no need to reinvent the wheel, we all need to help the millennials understand why the mainframe will always be around with the following four important points.

1. Mainframes are the most…

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CICS / WebSphere

Sep 17

Most of us are faced with the same challenge on a daily basis: the need to succeed in today’s dynamic and increasingly competitive marketplace. If you’re a WebSphere Application Server (WAS) administrator, developer, architect or a manager and are looking to enhance the resiliency of WAS and add mobile and cloud access to your back-end systems without buying additional software tools, then this article is for you. Learn how you can improve the availability and scalability of your WAS applications on distributed and z/OS platforms by taking advantage of new distributed dynamic clustering, intelligent…

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Sep 16

Brocade announced that Yahoo Japan Corporation, the country's largest Internet company and a global digital market leader, has completed deployment of a Brocade Ethernet fabric solution as the network foundation for an enterprise-wide big data project. The new Brocade Ethernet fabric is now delivering high-performance data throughput for Apache Hadoop, while cutting operational costs in half compared to the prior infrastructure.

Big data is a key strategic initiative at Yahoo Japan. The project was implemented to help the company maintain its innovation leadership in providing Internet services to users. Hadoop is used to analyze vast amounts…

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Sep 16

IBM and Yonyou Software Co. Ltd, the largest enterprise ISV in the Asia Pacific region, today announced a strategic collaboration to accelerate the adoption of IBM Big Data & Analytics technologies to help customers gain business insight and run their applications more efficiently and at much lower cost.

Under terms of the agreement, Yonyou and IBM will optimize DB2 with BLU Acceleration for NC, Yonyou’s ERP, supply chain, customer relationship, and human resources software. Yonyou will offer DB2 with BLU acceleration with NC to its customers and together IBM and Yonyou plan to develop an…

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Sep 16

IBM announced that International Data Corp. (IDC) has ranked IBM as the top ranking supplier of Software Defined Storage Platforms (SDS-P) in its latest Worldwide Storage Software QView for the second quarter 2014, based on software revenue. The ranking reflects widespread adoption of IBM’s SDS-P technologies by clients looking to gain faster, more reliable access to their growing data volumes.

IDC describes SDS-P as, “platforms that deliver the full suite of storage services via a software stack that uses (but is not dependent on) commodity hardware built with off-the-shelf components.” *

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CICS / WebSphere

Sep 16

Since it was introduced in 1993 under the MQSeries name, IBM’s WebSphere MQ messaging integration middleware product has allowed systems and applications to be connected, regardless of the platform or environment. WebSphere MQ can, for example, allow a desktop application to communicate seamlessly with an IBM CICS transaction that’s running on the IBM z/OS operating system.

Here we explore the way in which the relationship between WebSphere MQ and CICS has developed and been enhanced over recent versions of CICS.

The Open Transaction Environment History Within CICS The CICS Open Transaction…

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CICS / WebSphere

Sep 15

CICS TS for z/OS V5.2, and a set of tools that complement the capabilities of the run-time, address IBM customers’ greatest concerns, which include the ability to control costs, deliver new business value faster and adapt to new technologies—particularly mobile and cloud.

In CICS TS V5.1, more than 100 customer requirements were implemented and delivered under the messages of operational efficiency and service agility with cloud enablement; in this latest release, an additional 100-plus requirements have been satisfied.

In 2013, IBM introduced several feature packs and solution packs to bring new capabilities and…

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News

Sep 11

Citizens can now access critical services in just minutes. The beginning of a transition from e-Government to m-Government

IBM and APIS IT Ltd., the company that provides strategic, professional and implementation services to the public and Government sector organizations of the Republic of Croatia,  today announced the deployment of a new IT infrastructure that will modernize the delivery of government services to the citizens of Croatia.

IBM Mainframe brings government to Croat Citizens Fingertips

On Thursday, IBM announced that Thursday that the government of Croatia will deploy a new mobile government …

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News

Sep 10

Exclusive Commitment to Customers’ Next-Generation Mainframe Challenges Will Substantially Benefit World’s Largest Companies

Compuware Corporation today announced that it plans to operationally separate its mainframe and APM businesses and that the resulting mainframe-dedicated company will carry the Compuware name.

Compuware will thus become the world’s leading mainframe-dedicated software company—exclusively committed to customers’ next-generation mainframe challenges and opportunities. This commitment will substantially benefit the world’s largest companies, which run their large-scale business-critical applications on mainframes and are likely to do so for many decades to come.<…

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Storage

Sep 10

Today, it’s generally accepted that System z environments span multiple, geographically dispersed data centers. these data centers are increasingly interconnected for the purposes of disaster recovery (dr) and continuous availability (Ca). there are many reasons for this, including the ever-increasing dependency of businesses, governments and society on It services. there’s also the requirement to meet government regulations related to the availability of these It services. Finally, advances in connectivity technology mean it’s now possible to do what previously was impossible, not feasible or even unthinkable.

It’s also still common…

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News

Sep 9

RSA, The Security Division of EMC introduces the RSA ® Advanced Security Operations Center (SOC) Solution, an integrated set of technologies and services designed to help organizations identify threats before a breach can occur.

As IT innovations including cloud, social, Big Data and mobile computing are helping move organizations forward; they are also creating greater opportunities for cyber attackers to bypass both legacy and contemporary security tools. Combining security information and event management, (SIEM), full packet capture network forensics and endpoint threat detection capabilities, the RSA Advanced SOC Solution is designed to help security teams quickly spot…

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Sep 9

Name change acknowledges the industry leadership the Application Performance Management business has achieved and the independent business direction ahead

Compuware Corporation today announced that its market leading application performance management (APM) business will now operate under the name Dynatrace. This change is another element of the strategic plan to capitalize on the $2.4B application performance market.

"We started our journey to become the leaders in APM in 2005 with the acquisition of Adlex," said Compuware CEO, Bob Paul. "Internet applications were disrupting the market and companies…

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Sep 9

Trusted Platform Assurance for security, innovations for energy efficiency, proactive diagnostic tools

IBM has today introduced its M5 portfolio of x86 servers, delivering new innovations in security, efficiency and reliability that clients need for mission-critical applications.

The new M5 servers combine high performance with built-in security, efficiency, and reliability, supporting a wide range of enterprise workloads and computing environments, from infrastructure basics to cloud computing to big data and Read Full Article →

News

Sep 9

BMC Software today announced a new software solution that reduces the need for multiple mainframe subsystems -- lowering mainframe monthly license costs (MLC) by as much as 20 percent or more on typical configurations.

The new software -- BMC Subsystem Optimizer for zEnterprise(R) -- removes the traditional requirement that DB2(R), IMS(TM) and CICS(R) subsystems must reside on the same logical partition (LPAR) to communicate and process workloads. Overcoming this requirement translates to significant MLC savings.

Many mainframe shops are charged for subsystems based on the usage of all subsystems and work located…

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News

Sep 9

Next milestone in organic innovation extends freedom of choice, accelerates time to value and supports leading-edge technology standards

Today CA Technologies is continuing to transform enterprises into being “Mobile First” with the release of its SaaS-based Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution suite and providing zero-day support for iOS 8 across mobile device, application, content and email management.

Further expanding on the industry’s first CA Management Cloud for Mobility portfolio and…

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Security

Sep 8

The article “Using OpenSSL to Strengthen the Security of Your z/VSE Environment and Communications” provided an overview of OpenSSL, how it was ported to z/VSE and how it’s exploited by the IPv6/VSe product from Barnard Software Inc. Here we discuss a special security flaw in the SHA-1 hash algorithm and show how Transport Layer Security (TLS) Version 1.2 overcomes this problem. It also examines how TLSv1.2 can be used in a z/VSE environment using OpenSSL.

Secure Hash Functions First, let&rsquo…

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Blog

Sep 4

There is a disappointingly negative trend emerging as we celebrate 50 years of the mainframe and its continuing role as the cornerstone of data processing in many large companies. Whenever there is a high profile IT glitch, company execs and the press are quick to point the finger at the platform and the legacy systems running on it as the root cause of all their problems: their “fall guy.”

Maybe it’s the sheer age of these applications that makes them such an easy target. After all, much of the application software at the core…

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Operations

Sep 4

In the coming days, I’ll be heading to the SHARE conference that’s taking place in Pittsburgh to give a talk on disaster recovery (DR) and agile data centers. Basically, I intend the talk to be a gentle nudge to the newbies, encouraging them to stop believing the nonsense they’re reading about cloud, software-defined data center, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), etc. and their supposed high-availability architectures that “negate” the need for traditional continuity planning. I’ve been seeing this meme about “the death of DR” pop up in…

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