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Feb 20

Software AG ha unveiled the latest version of its open, cloud-based Cumulocity IoT platform (Release 9), which builds on its powerful distributed architecture with additional edge processing capabilities. Cumulocity IoT now includes enhanced high availability, multi-cluster deployment options, which strengthen its carrier-grade offering for Service Providers. Additional features include code-free integration of devices supporting Low Power WAN (LPWAN) technologies used for long-term low bandwidth remote monitoring, including Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), Lightweight M2M (LWM2M), and Long Range (LoRa).

Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT, an IoT platform that operates across cloud, on premises and edge, provides enterprises…

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Feb 20

Dell EMC announces the expansion of its market-leading converged infrastructure (CI) system with the addition of the next generation Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000. The new system breaks the physical boundaries of traditional CI and offers enterprises even greater simplicity and flexibility to help accelerate their IT and digital transformation efforts.

The VxBlock 1000 is designed to support workloads of all types and includes a substantially broader choice of world class storage arrays, data protection and compute than previous-generation VxBlock Systems. This new system’s all-in-one, multiple-technology design expands upon CI’s promise by further simplifying…

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Feb 13

Syncsort, the global leader in Big Iron to Big Data software, today announced the findings from its annual “State of the Mainframe” report. Results revealed an increased focus on traditional data infrastructure optimization to control costs and help fund strategic organizational projects like AI, machine learning and predictive analytics in addition to widespread concern about meeting security and compliance requirements.

The study, which polled over 220 respondents from a wide range of IT disciplines including executives, architects, system programmers, application analysts, database administrators, operations managers and security professionals, identified five trends that reflect the vital…

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Feb 6

Rocket® Aldon® Lifecycle Manager (Enterprise Edition), an application lifecycle management (ALM) and DevOps software solution from Rocket Software designed for IBM i and other host-based systems, now offers integration with popular open source version control system Git. The feature is just one of many upgrades included with the new release of Aldon LM(e), which also sees the introduction of a new administrative console as well as enhanced security and overall performance enhancements that help support very large deployments involving hundreds of developers and thousands of servers.

“Aldon LM(e) is…

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Jan 31

I’ve talked with many banking executives about how their business is changing and what they need to do to compete in this dynamic and turbulent marketplace. Maintaining trust with clients is core. The financial services sector had 65 percent more cybercrime attacks than average, based on an analysis of security incidents from 2016. In this digital age, customer expectations are incredibly high with respect to security and personalized services. These attacks can put trust at risk. Once that trust is gone and customer confidence is lost, the company’s future is in jeopardy.

Maintaining deep trust…

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Jan 30

HostBridge Technology, a provider of mainframe integration solutions for the enterprise, announces the availability of the HostBridge Transaction Analytics Connector (HTAC), software for enterprises whose mobile, web or cloud applications are supported by CICS transactions on the back end. HTAC allows analytics platforms or SIEM solutions to capture end-to-end analytic data for transactions from their point of origin up to and including the CICS transactions that participate in fulfilling requests.

HTAC addresses a SIEM visibility gap that has long existed when end user activity involves CICS transactions on the back end.  “Once these end-user requests…

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Jan 29

After growing its quarterly revenue for the first time in more than five years, IBM officials believe the company can continue its upward trajectory in 2018.

The key to that will be continuing success within what the company calls its "strategic imperatives," IBM’s Senior Vice President for global markets Martin Schroeter said, including cloud computing, and innovation in its longtime mainframe business.

IBM's Z series of mainframes, including its newest version, the IBM Z, are manufactured in Poughkeepsie.

"Our mainframe is an enduring franchise. In fact, it is an…

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Jan 22

Since the mid 90’s, industry watchers have predicted a slow, gradual death for the mainframe, as x86-based server farms and the cloud gained a stronger foothold in the high-performance computing (HPC) market. This hasn’t happened—primarily because the mainframe remains the most scalable, reliable and secure computing platform on the planet. In fact, we view the mainframe as the original HPC platform, filling an irreplaceable role as the mission-critical heartbeat of many HPC environments.

The first mainframe, the IBM 360, was launched in April 1964 and could perform 229,000 calculations per second. This innovation actually…

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Jan 16

What a question! How dare I suggest that our favorite platform is capable of being breached? Along with reliability, scalability, availability and performance, security has always been a hallmark of mainframe excellence.

z/OS presents a lot of challenges to even the most talented hacker. First, there are fewer and fewer mainframe experts around, despite attempts to grow the numbers. Most mainframers are fiercely loyal to the platform and would consider hacking it to be treason. And it’s a complex environment, where few consider themselves experts on all aspects of what it can do. Even…

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Jan 16

What would a predictions list be without looking at IoT security trends in 2018? Last year, the prognosis for IoT security was ripe following the Mirai distributed denial-of-service attack in October 2016. While 2017 may not have ended up as forecasted, it had its share of IoT security issues. Geoff Webb, vice president of strategy at Micro Focus, discusses two IoT security trends he expects will prevail in the coming year.

"In 2018, we'll see two IoT security trends really coming to the fore. The first is that we'll start to move past some of the…

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Jan 11

If you’re an enterprise CIO, you have lots on your to-do list—including AI, cybersecurity and continuous delivery.

But there’s one New Year’s resolution you should put at the top of that list: mainframe KPIs.

Here’s why.

You Can’t Improve What You Don’t Measure

Continuous improvement is a foundational tenet of DevOps. Successful DevOps teams rigorously identify constraints, diligently work to remove them, and then quickly move on to the next one.

But to do DevOps,…

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Jan 11

Syncsort, the global leader in Big Iron to Big Data solutions, today announced the results of the “2018 State of Resilience” report. This year’s responses underscore the increased pressure IT leaders are feeling to ensure security, high availability and disaster recovery.

The report, which compiles results from several surveys of 5,632 IT professionals globally, looked at the data protection strategies and key IT initiatives companies are deploying in the face of ongoing, high-profile hacking attacks, data breaches, disruptive natural disasters and escalating storage and data accessibility needs. Key takeaways include:

Security and…

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Jan 9

Syncsort announced that it has completed the acquisition of Trader’s, a France-based global provider of high availability software solutions for multiple platforms, specializing in IBM i (AS/400, iSeries, System i). The acquisition extends Syncsort’s leadership in Data Availability and market-leading IBM i High Availability product portfolio.

 “Enterprises need to set the bar high to ensure availability of mission-critical data, systems and applications to minimize disruptions that impact business operations, increase costs and reduce customer satisfaction,” said Josh Rogers, CEO, Syncsort. “The addition of Trader’s extends our…

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Jan 4

Compuware and SonarSource today released new integrations that empower enterprise DevOps teams to accurately track and validate code coverage of COBOL application testing—with the same ease and employing the same processes—as they do with Java and other more mainstream code. 

This ability to automate code coverage tracking across platforms is yet another example of how Compuware is empowering enterprise IT to apply the same proven and essential Agile, DevOps and Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) disciplines to both core systems of record and systems of engagement. 

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Jan 2

What comes to mind when you hear the word mainframe? If it’s a computer from the 1950s, you probably don’t know as much about mainframes as you could. Keep reading for five little-known mainframe facts.

Whether or not you work with the mainframe, we’ve got 5 mainframe facts that everyone should know!

If you work in the mainframe industry or have a strong background in technology, these mainframe facts may not be little known to you. But to the public at large, they are.

1. Mainframes Are the…

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Dec 18 ’17

BMC, a global leader in IT solutions for the digital enterprise, today announced new capabilities for the BMC Data Management and MainView solutions for IBM® IMS™, offering customers enhanced continuous availability, scalability, security, lower CPU consumption, and improved management of unpredictable workloads.

The new solutions build upon BMC’s continued commitment to provide organizations that depend on mainframes with innovative software solutions by providing improved MTTR, reducing resource consumption and costs, and delivering improved reporting capabilities. Today’s announcement complements BMC’s recent announcement to provide solutions that support the…

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Dec 18 ’17

The mainframe has long been the workhorse for many medium-to-large organizations. It toils behind the scenes performing the majority of the heavy (compute) lifting.

But even out of sight, like most technology, mainframes have been continuously updated, enhanced and improved. The most recent mainframe from IBM, the z14, is arguably the most advanced business computing system in the world. In fact, not only is the z14 extremely advanced, it only occupies floor space of roughly five feet wide by six feet deep.

The problem is, no one sees mainframes, so many don’t understand…

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Dec 13 ’17

Syncsort, the global leader in Big Iron to Big Data solutions, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Cilasoft, a global provider of IT solutions, specializing in compliance and security audit software for the IBM i platform (AS/400, iSeries, System i). The acquisition is part of Syncsort’s strategy to build on its leadership in data availability by offering a more comprehensive portfolio of security solutions for the IBM i platform.

Businesses are continually faced with numerous security threats such as hackers, ransomware and internal theft. With major security breaches continually making headlines, many…

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Dec 5 ’17

With more than half of its revenue tied to the declining mainframe market, CA Technologies may seem beholden to an ageing technology that is still being used by the world’s largest enterprises for processing huge volumes of transactions – at least from the outside.

But Martin Mackay, CA’s president and general manager in the Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) region, begs to differ. The Briton, who has been in his job for just over a year, believes the mainframe still offers unparalleled reliability even as more enterprises look to modern computing platforms…

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Dec 4 ’17

It’s a keyword world out there. Whether you are looking for your next job or building a case for a promotion or transfer, the keywords you define on your resume, LinkedIn profile and application really matter. To demonstrate your ability to keep up in the field, terms like Cloud, Big Data, mobile, SaaS, data science, etc., help you stand out. And given the recent hacking issues with Experian and Uber (and more), security is one of the most valuable abilities you can claim. 

Over the years, as IT silos have broken…

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