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Jul 29

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to go to a number of enterprise computing conferences every year, which means that I get to talk to a lot of people who live and breathe big iron every day. This obviously includes hardware and software engineers (my people!), but also a lot of professionals who use mainframe computers every day. And one thing that I've noticed is that the healthcare industry is well represented in the mainframe community, which got me thinking about why the medical field relies on these machines so much. Here…

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Jul 29

BMC announced that GoPro, CITIC Securities and Produban, a Grupo Santander company, are utilizing BMC’s Control-M Workload Automation to connect Big Data applications to enterprise systems, helping them quickly secure new business insights that provide a competitive advantage. Control-M Workload Automation enables these customers to speed the deployment and operation of their Big Data solutions. Control-M currently features:

An out-of-the-box native Hadoop integration certified by the three leading Hadoop distribution providers, Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR. Support for Apache Spark technology, the open source, in-memory computing solution for data analytics on distributed…

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Jul 28

Zementis, Inc. and IBM Corporation have announced a joint strategic initiative and corresponding technology solution, “Zementis for IBM z Systems”, designed for companies seeking to optimize business decisions and formulate those decisions faster. The solution seeks to unlock the full potential of an organization’s data assets by integrating predictive analytics capabilities directly into transactional data flows that drive business processes.

The joint offering combines Zementis’ solution for high-speed development, deployment and operation of predictive analytics models with Read Full Article →

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Jul 27

Brocade has announced a partnership with CERN OPENLAB to help the world's largest and most respected center for scientific research develop a long-term software-defined networking (SDN) strategy for the New IP. Brocade has been named an official networking contributor member to CERN openlab, building on its previous relationship as a technology supplier to CERN.

Created in 2001, CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership between CERN and leading ICT companies from across the world. Its mission is to accelerate the development of cutting-edge solutions to be used by the worldwide Large Hadron Collider (LHC) community.<…

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Jul 24

IntelliMagic, the worldwide leader in Availability Intelligence for z/OS environments, today announced IntelliMagic Vision for z/OS version 8.2. Availability Intelligence offers a new way to protect continuous availability at the primary site with new visibility into the risk in the z/OS infrastructure to handle the peak workloads. This visibility is created through automatic interpretation of the SMF, RMF, and configuration data using specialized, built-in domain expertise.

This major release introduces support for CPU Measurement Facility (CPU MF) data in the SMF 113 record that provides insight into how…

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Jul 24

IBM has announced the acquisition of San Mateo, CA-based Compose, Inc., a privately held company that provides MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL and other database as a service (DBaaS) offerings targeted at web and mobile app developers. The acquisition furthers IBM’s commitment to accelerating developer productivity and innovation around open source and cloud data services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The cloud database arena is projected to be worth $14 billion by 2019, and open source databases like MongoDB are a significant…

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Jul 22

Bob Thomas, the publisher of Enterprise Executive magazine (which also hosts the MainframeZone page on Facebook), presented the following statistics on the use of the mainframe:

  • 71% of all Fortune 500 companies have their core business on the mainframe
  • 23 of the world’s top 25 retailers use a mainframe
  • 92% of the top 100 banks use a mainframe
  • 10 out of 10 of the top insurers use a mainframe
  • More than 225 state and local governments worldwide rely on a mainframe
  • 9 of the top 10 global life and health insurance providers process their high-volume…
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Jul 22

GT Software, the leader in helping enterprise organizations leverage their legacy data and applications by connecting and transitioning to technologies that will help them excel in today’s digital business world, today announced the appointment of John Pratt as president and CEO.

Pratt brings extensive leadership and management expertise to his new role at GT Software, having held numerous executive positions at both large global technology companies and mid-market/emerging technology firms, including MMI, Pioneer-Standard Electronics, GBE Interactive, Blackstone and Cullen, and notably, IBM.

In his nearly 25-year career with IBM, Pratt scaled the…

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Jul 22

RSA, The Security Division of EMC, has announced the newest version of RSA Via ® Lifecycle and Governance, and the completion of the RSA Via family of Smart Identity solutions. Improved lifecycle management and governance are critical capabilities for managing identities in today's environments where cloud and mobility have dramatically transformed business processes and requirements and advanced threat actors increasingly target and exploit identities as a primary attack vector. RSA Via Lifecycle and Governance ( formerly known as Identity Management and Governance, and Aveksa), helps organizations efficiently and reliably deliver users the right access to the right…

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Jul 20

Last February, Compuware and BMC announced a joint initiative to coordinate the use of their respective tools, BMC Cost Analyzer, BMC MainView, and Compuware Strobe, to reduce mainframe software licensing cost. The announcement made last week confirms that the necessary integration between the various tools has been completed and is working as promised. Compuware this month also introduced the latest rev of its Topaz graphical management toolset for z Systems.

The tight integration between the BMC and Compuware tools enables mainframe staff to quickly and easily identify tuning opportunities that will have the greatest impact on their…

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Jul 20

Serena Software has announced the introduction of new application definition and development solutions that speed application delivery while reducing risk. In the second wave of “Summer of Speed” releases, Serena announces essential new versions of most advanced Requirements Management and Software Change and Configuration Management solutions in use today: Dimensions RM version 12.3 and Dimensions CM 14.2. 

“With these releases Serena once again sets the standard for software development in the most highly regulated large enterprises,” said Ashley Owen, Product Marketing Manager at Serena Software, “Today we are challenging all development teams…

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Jul 20

One of China's oldest, most prestigious, and selective universities, SHANGHAI JIAO TONG UNIVERSITY (SJTU), has deployed a new 10 Gbps network backbone spanning its five campuses to accommodate the continued growth of data traffic from academic and administrative systems. The new backbone, which runs on powerful switching routers from Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD), has enabled the university to reduce costs and streamline management by migrating applications that previously ran over separate networks onto a single infrastructure. The Brocade solution also paves the way for SJTU to pursue its interests in Software-Defined Networking (SDN), both at an academic level…

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Jul 15

Brocade will introduce its mobile strategy and new product capabilities at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2015, which is scheduled for July 15 to 17 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC). The Brocade meeting room number is W5.EMRX7, which is located in Hall W5 of the SNIEC.

In particular, Brocade will showcase new innovations in end-to-end mobile networking and network visibility based on its acquisitions of Connectem, Vistapointe, and SteelApp. The new innovations will enable service providers and enterprises to offer ubiquitous connectivity between mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, data centers, as well as public…

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Jul 15

RTI International - a leading nonprofit research institute - and IBM’s Africa research lab have announced a partnership to deploy big data analytics and cognitive technologies to help transform development approaches in Africa and around the world. In one of the first projects, IBM and RTI are developing and testing intelligent systems to capture data about schools in Mombasa County, Kenya.

Through the partnership, RTI and IBM Research – Africa will explore ways of using advanced technologies to capture accurate data about challenges in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, water and education. Drawing on the…

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Jul 14

The announcement, made on behalf of an international consortium led by IBM, the giant computer company, is part of an effort to manufacture the most advanced computer chips in New York’s Hudson Valley, where IBM is investing $3 billion in a private-public partnership with New York State, GlobalFoundries, Samsung and equipment vendors.

The development lifts a bit of the cloud that has fallen over the semiconductor industry, which has struggled to maintain its legendary pace of doubling transistor density every two years.

Intel, which for decades has been the industry leader, has faced technical…

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Jul 10

EMC Corporation announced it has completed the acquisition of Virtustream. Virtustream represents a transformational element of EMC’s strategy to help customers move all applications to cloud-based IT environments. The all-cash transaction is expected to have no material impact to EMC financial results in 2015 and is expected to be additive to revenues and accretive to EPS in 2016. Operational details of the new EMC Federation business formed by Virtustream will be announced later this quarter.

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Jul 8

BMC Software and Compuware Corporation have integrated their respective best-in-class IBM z Systems management solutions so shared customers can reduce their mainframe software licensing costs by 10% or more—even as the demands of the digital economy drive ever-larger mainframe workloads and transaction volume.

BMC and Compuware have integrated three complementary solutions:

  • BMC Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise visually maps the relationships between mainframe workloads and costs over time.
  • BMC MainView discovers high-level application performance issues that are indicative of inefficient resource utilization.
  • Compuware Strobe delivers granular insight into the behavior…
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Jul 2

Software AG’s University Relations department has announced its fifth annual international CeBIT idea contest. The competition is open to students and faculty at colleges and universities around the world and invites them to submit creative proposals for a project to be showcased at CeBIT 2016, the largest IT fair worldwide. Software AG’s Digital Business Platform must be used for the project. Furthermore, entries should depict a market-oriented, real-life model scenario, which highlights the platform’s capabilities for big data, Industry 4.0, integration and business process management. The winning project will receive up to €10,000 for implementation.<…

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Jul 1

LUMINEX SOFTWARE, INC., a proven mainframe solutions innovator and technology leader, with its partner PSR Inc., announced the immediate availability of new disaster recovery (DR) and colocation services for mainframe data centers. Following the 2014 release of MVT Vault, Luminex’s virtual tape vault solution, Luminex partnered with PSR to establish the first Authorized Disaster Recovery Center (ADRC) to provide vaults-as-a-service and…

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Jul 1

Compuware Corporation, the world’s leading mainframe-dedicated software company, today released a substantial upgrade to Topaz, an innovative development-and-operations suite that empowers customers to get maximum value from their IBM z Systems environments.

Of primary importance to customers is the debut of Topaz for Java Performance, which delivers comprehensive visibility into the performance and behavior of Java Batch programs and WebSphere transactions running on the mainframe—including peak CPU utilization of specific Java methods and classes; “garbage collection” issues such as memory leaks and excessively long collection intervals; and threads that are blocked…

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