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Apr 23

Just recently IBM unveiled two miniaturized mainframe models, dubbed skinny mainframes,that are easier to deploy in a public or private cloud facility than their more traditional, much bulkier predecessors. Relying on all their design tricks, IBM engineers managed to pack each machine into a standard 19-inch rack with space to spare, which can be used for additional components.

The first new mainframe introduced last week, also in a 19-inch rack, is the Z14 model ZR1. You can expect subsequent models to increment the model numbering. The second new machine is the LinuxONE Rockhopper II, also in…

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Apr 23

Software AG has announced how STW (Sensor-Technik Wiedemann) is implementing a solution, powered by Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT platform, for remote condition monitoring of exhaust gas treatment systems retrofitted to London buses as part of the Greater London Authority’s plans to create an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). HJS Emission Technology is the company that will provide the high-efficiency emissions systems to the Transport for London (TfL) buses, coupled with its UK partner, Emission Engineering Ltd (EEL).

By 2021, more than 5,000 buses in London’s public transport network are to be…

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Apr 23

Micro Focus has announced the introduction and availability of SecureData Sentry, an expansion of its Voltage SecureData portfolio. SecureData Sentry accelerates time to value for Hybrid IT data security and provides transparent deployment to protect data in applications across the enterprise. Privacy compliance can now be seamlessly enabled end-to-end for commercial or proprietary applications that are mission-critical to the business, including the migration to cloud workloads.

As organizations embrace the need for a digital transformation and deploy more capabilities, the demand for efficiently handling data across traditional IT, hybrid IT and cloud solutions becomes…

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Apr 18

IBM has announced its new cloud-ready mainframes, the IBM z14 Model ZR1 and IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II, as the latest additions to its family of servers announced in 2017. The new systems feature a 19-inch industry standard, single-frame design allowing for easy placement into cloud data centres and for private cloud environments.

In the era of digital business, the mainframe remains for many the most stable, secure and mature environment to support IT initiatives including the proliferation of blockchains.

For instance, 87% of all credit card transactions and nearly $8-trillion in payments a year are processed on…

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Apr 16

Not a year after IBM announced the z14 mainframe—a new computing model packing several performance optimizations and unprecedented encryption capabilities—the company is releasing a “mini-me” of its most impressive mainframe to date: the z14 ZR1.

But don’t mistake this z14 “follow-up” as something less momentous or serious. This is once again a step up from IBM’s previous flagship mainframe computer, the z13.

Importantly, z14 ZR1 is an iteration exemplifying how quickly mainframe modernization is occurring at the hardware level—and more importantly,…

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Apr 16

In the manufacturing sector, the combination of the physical and digital worlds generates enormous volumes of data. IoT platforms enable data from different sources to be analyzed in real time allowing necessary actions to be triggered in a purposeful manner. It is essential, however, that the data is linked and placed into context. With Cumulocity IoT, Software AG provides a market-leading IoT platform with comprehensive development options, allowing for the development of customer-specific IoT applications. As a strategic technology partner, GFT Technologies SE (GFT) has already successfully implemented various digital platform solutions for leading international banks and has initial…

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Apr 16

Compuware Corporation announces Day One support for the new IBM z14 ZR1. A compact version of the IBM z14 released in July 2017, the z14 ZR1 is packaged in a highly scalable 19” industry standard rack. It includes many of the z14’s leading capabilities including pervasive encryption and up to 8TB of available memory, making it a particularly powerful solution for small to medium-sized enterprises to enable business growth, protect current application investments and reduce business costs.

The z14 ZR1 together with Compuware Topaz, ISPW and Compuware’s other developer productivity…

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Apr 16

Rabobank, the Dutch multi-national bank and financial services company, is working with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to use cryptographic pseudonyms on its client's personal data to innovate and comply with new financial regulations in the EU.

Starting on 25 May, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) seeks to create a harmonized data protection law framework across the EU and it aims to give citizens and residents back control of their personal data, whilst imposing strict rules on those hosting, moving and processing this data, anywhere in the world.

Rabobank is addressing GDPR…

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Apr 16

IntelliMagic, innovator in intelligent IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) software, today expanded its world-class performance and availability solution, IntelliMagic Vision for z/OS, to support near real-time processing and loading of SMF and RMF data. With IntelliMagic Vision for z/OS, companies have end-to-end z/OS infrastructure visibility to prevent service disruptions, accelerate root cause identification, and identify hidden cost-drivers.

Availability-dependent business requires proactive visibility into infrastructure systems and workloads

As z/OS performance and capacity teams navigate through mountains of data from ever-increasing data sources and new technology, the risks for application downtime and the…

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Apr 9

GT Software ha announced the release of NeoSuite 5.0. NeoSuite is an enterprise solution designed to easily convert mainframe applications to a modernized .NET environment, all while preserving existing code. The release introduces updates that will provide increased functionality and enhance user experience.

“Simplifying and streamlining the user experience is of tremendous value to our customers,” said Don Spoerke, Director of Product Management. “Our goal is making the arduous task of moving off the mainframe stress-free and uncomplicated.”

NeoSuite is comprised of NeoKicks, NeoBatch and NeoData. These three tools have very…

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Apr 4

Compuware today announced zAdviser, an innovative product that uses machine learning to continuously measure and improve an organization’s mainframe DevOps processes and development outcomes. Based on key performance indicators (KPIs), zAdviser measures application quality, as well as development velocity and the efficiency of a development team—empowering enterprise IT leaders to make evidence-based decisions in support of their continuous improvement efforts. zAdviser is free for Compuware customers on current maintenance. 

The KPIs were developed based on extensive research with customers and align with those published in the 2018 Forrester report, &ldquo…

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Apr 2

I was recently in Sacramento attending the SHARE mainframe conference. It’s always a pleasure to see customers, colleagues and other people interested in all things mainframe. It was especially nice to see all the first-time attendees from hundreds of different companies.

And that’s usually what I come away with—new connections with other mainframe folks, new platform knowledge and new excitement for the mainframe industry. But this time, my biggest take away was this: The next time you hear someone say people entering the workforce don’t want to work with…

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Mar 28

You might think of the mainframe computer as long-gone relic of the Cold War. But banks, especially, still rely on modern versions of the old classic: They're huge and old-fashioned, sure, but they're also proven to be mega-reliable. Fast forward to today, and meet Anna McKee, a 22-year-old college senior at the University of North Texas, who was named the winner of the IBM Master of the Mainframe programming contest last week — making her the first woman from North America to take the title.

"I started saying 'oh my gosh' repeatedly and my poor…

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Mar 28

Tone Software Corporation, a global provider of comprehensive management and productivity solutions for IBM z/OS mainframeenvironments, today announced immediate availability of the new DYNA-STEP™ Dynamic STEPLIB and ISPF Library Management Solution Release 3.2. The enhanced release includes capabilities that boost ISPF performance, enable TSO and ISPF users to easily run multiple versions of applications simultaneously, and increases flexibility by allowing authorized users to test on-the-fly without the need to modify the APF. 

Today's mainframe workloads are growing steadily, requiring z/OS shops to focus on managing resource consumption and improving both user and system…

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Mar 27

The mainframe is becoming more important to large enterprises, with the percentage of organizations running at least half their business-critical applications on that platform expected to increase next year. However, the loss of skilled mainframe staff, and the failure to subsequently fill these positions, pose significant threats to application quality, velocity and efficiency.

These are among the findings of research and analysis conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Compuware.  According to the study, “As mainframe workload increases—driven by modern analytics, blockchain and more mobile activity hitting the platform—customer-obsessed companies…

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Mar 21

Syncsort, the global leader in Big Iron to Big Data software, today announced new innovations in its fast-growing Ironstream® data integration software, including the ability to deliver mainframe log and application data in real-time directly to Elastic Logstash. The expanded support extends Syncsort’s unmatched mainframe data integration facilities that enable IT staff with minimal mainframe knowledge to get deep operational insights in next-generation analytics environments like Splunk, Hadoop and the Elastic Stack.

“Many organizations are using Elastic’s Kibana to visualize Elasticsearch data and navigate the Elastic Stack, …

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Mar 20

Mainframe customers needing quick and efficient access to the most powerful z/OS infrastructure performance and optimization analysis on the market will benefit from the new strategic relationship between IntelliMagic, Inc. (IntelliMagic) and Edge Solutions and Consulting (ESC).

These elite, special-forces capabilities result from a close working relationship and unique combination of world-class z/OS consulting competency from the Edge team, and AI-augmented operations analytics for the z/OS performance and configuration metrics from IntelliMagic.

Many mainframe organizations, whether the z/OS infrastructure is outsourced or operated directly by the organization, are experiencing difficulties and…

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Mar 12

LUMINEX SOFTWARE, INC., best known for its innovations in mainframe data solutions, today announced its new MDI BigData Transfer solution at theSHARE User’s Conference, which is being held at the Convention Center in Sacramento, CA.

Luminex brings this latest advancement to the industry following its release of MDI SecureTransfer, for mitigating file transfer security risks, and the MDI SAS Language Processor, for off-host processing of SAS Language applications and MXG.

Until now, mainframe data exchange for Hadoop environments was constrained to products that relied on slow and inefficient mainframe-based TCP/IP, often requiring…

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Mar 8

At the start of every year it's common for subject matter experts to make predictions for the coming year. Ashok Reddy, General Manager, CA Software Mainframe Business Unit, did just that a year ago, in 2017. So how did he do? I took the liberty of posting his results here. To read the original article you can check it out at http://bit.ly/2I6uYSq.

The web has dozens of prediction blogs and articles covering every aspect of technology, but although they’re interesting, how often do…

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Mar 1

When asked where our corporate data resides, the answer seems simple … On disks if the data is current and on tape if it is archived. While this is true, it isn’t a complete picture, and might lead some to believe that their data is secure as long as their data center is secure. This first view is called “data at rest,” and the word “rest” means that at this point in time, no one is accessing it. It is secure because no one is touching it.

“Data in use…

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