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Jan 31 ’11

Enhanced Data Modernization and Maintenance Toolset Provides Greater Flexibility and Faster Development for Enterprises Maintaining and Transforming COBOL Data

BEND, Ore.--Alchemy Solutions, provider of legacy modernization solutions, today began shipping NeoData Version 2, with three significant upgrades to its modernize-as-you-migrate suite. The new solution – comprising NeoData SQL, NeoData Utilities, and NeoData zLink-- provides remarkable flexibility and agility for organizations, lowering the effort, time, and risk of migrating legacy COBOL applications and VSAM data.

“These new product upgrades for the NeoData family address the most common concerns when organizations are considering migration:…

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Jan 31 ’11

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - January 31, 2011) -  Serena Software

  • Company Rolls Out ChangeMan ZMF Client Pack, Including ChangeMan ZDD and ChangeMan ZMF for Eclipse
  • Support Java, HFS and Eclipse
  • New Technology Underscores Serena's Dedication and Continued Support of Mainframes

Serena Software, the leader in orchestrated application development, IT and business processes, today announced that ChangeMan ZMF, Serena's premier mainframe application development technology, now supports Java, HFS, and Eclipse. The…

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Spotlights

Jan 28 ’11

Much of the constant change seen in the information technology world is driven by evolving privacy mandates, compliance regulations, and perpetual audit cycles. The mainframe endures; even now, it houses a large percentage of the world’s mission-critical financial and medical information. Maintaining security and proving compliance on the mainframe is difficult because a continuously changing IT environment complicates compliance needs. Meeting this challenge requires going back to basics and drawing insights from a time when things were much simpler.

When IBM introduced the System/360 in 1964, the security architecture was simple; only those who needed to…

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Jan 25 ’11

A Leading Provider of High-speed Internet, Phone and Cable TV Leverages Verastream to Enhance Customer Experience and Reduce Development Costs

 

SEATTLE – Jan. 24, 2011 – Attachmate Corporation today announced that WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone, one of the U.S.’s leading providers of competitive bundled services has successfully leveraged its Verastream® Legacy Modernization solution to efficiently integrate existing systems into a single distributed application to help enhance customer experience and reduce development costs.

 

WOW! offers a variety of high speed Internet, phone and…

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Jan 20 ’11

via Network Computing

CA Technologies has long had a strong presence in security, its CA ACF2 and CA Top Secret solutions for the mainframe world (z/OS) immediately come to mind. However, the company is making a notably strong push in security with a vision of Content-Aware Identity and Access Management (IAM), as well as a focus on securing virtualized environments. Of course, CA Technologies is not unique among its competitors in evolving the security market, but what CA Technologies is really doing is illustrative…

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IT Management

Jan 17 ’11

Measuring the value of any SOA investment depends on the ability to monitor real transaction flow across composite applications—without creating application or technology dependencies that undermine the purpose of the SOA itself.

With SOA, you define business logic, data, and integration processes as independent services that can be easily modified and reused. To measure the value of SOA implementation, you must be able to:

  • Track, measure, and demonstrate the technical and business performance of services
  • Manage the new levels of service independence and reuse
  • Apply specific metrics to…
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IT Management

Jan 13 ’11

In our ongoing quest for information you need to do your job well, here we examine what you need to know about how your applications are perceived. Better than a report card on the IT department in general (“Oh, I’d give our IT guys a B+”), application-specific ratings are more likely to lead you to actionable improvements.

By concentrating on perceptions, we avoid focusing so closely on verifiable numbers (i.e., response time is within SLA limits) that we miss what our users think about us (“marketing missed our sales goals this…

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IT Management

Jan 12 ’11

It’s easy to get lost in the details when assessing the latest announcements of next-generation System z software. Significant enhancements have emerged in the areas of:  

  • Business analytics
  • Dynamic application infrastructure
  • CICS and problem determination tools
  • Batch modernization
  • Unified multi-development platform
  • Compilers
  • Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
  • Collaborative tools
  • Linux on System z
  • Integrated service management.

And that’s just for starters. What’s especially significant in these announcements is how…

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IT Management

Jan 12 ’11

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As), as well as consolidations, are an industry constant. If you or your data center haven’t yet been acquired or consolidated at least once (or been an “acquirer”), you likely will at some point. For those of us in IT, the mere mention typically brings to mind terms such as “pain,” “inconvenience,” “complexity,” and “annoyance.” The term “opportunity” isn’t something we typically associate with M&As, but perhaps it should be. As your organization re-evaluates its post-merger…

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IT Management

Jan 12 ’11

One of my final online events in 2010 consisted of being a panelist on a Webcast called “From Here to Eternity: The Mainframe as a Mainstay of the Enterprise.” The moderator was Michael Krieger of Ziff-Davis, and fellow panelists included Keith Winnard of JD Williams and Trevor Eddolls of iTech Ed. Dayton Semerjian, general manager for the Mainframe Business Unit at CA Technologies, rounded out the group. Between us, we had roughly 250 years of experience to condense into a 45-minute structured Q&A session, followed by 15 minutes of open questions. The mission was essentially to add insight…

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IT Management

Jan 12 ’11

Yes, composite applications are increasingly popping up in data centers. But why should a mainframe systems administrator care? Historically, workload management usually meant application management. When bits of applications began to spread across tiers, geographies and platforms, there was still a distinctive pattern of use associated with the application, and workload management was often about balancing the application workloads’ resource usage for maximum, cost-effective scalability. Even when applications and infrastructure software turned into services, it was still possible to translate workloads from applications into parts of the workload of the infrastructure software supporting them. But composite applications really…

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IT Management

Jan 12 ’11

Recently, we attended IBM’s Integrated Service Management (ISM) for a Smarter Data Center event that was held in Raleigh, NC. At this event, IBM discussed in depth its ISM products and strategies and its thoughts on workload optimization, and showed a large group of research analysts how it architected and operates its newest, most modern “smarter data center.” IBM’s insights and its new, smarter data center implementation showed us that tremendous improvements in data center efficiency can be achieved if we all get a little “smarter.” The Key Message The purpose…

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IT Management

Jan 12 ’11

Recently, Mainframe Executive visited with Paulo Carvao, vice president of System z Global Sales for IBM. Carvao, a native of Brazil, began his career with IBM in Brazil 22 years ago, working with most of the IBM hardware brands. Before moving to his current position a year ago, he spent six years in global leadership positions in the Software Group; first in Mainframe Software Sales and, most recently, in the WebSphere brand, where he led global sales for Application Infrastructure—including application servers, virtualization, and SOA appliances—across distributed and mainframe environments. ME: What distinguishes zEnterprise from previous…

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Jan 11 ’11

RIVERSIDE, CA—January 5, 2011—LUMINEX SOFTWARE, INC., the worldwide market leader in mainframe virtual tape for data deduplication storage systems, announced today the general availability of its LUMINEX Tape Monitor software (LTMONä) for mainframe virtual tape systems, the latest in a continuing line of enhancements to LUMINEX’s Channel Gateway mainframe virtual tape products designed to further improve its capabilities for enterprise data centers.  LUMINEX also is announcing its High Availability Grid (HA-Gridä) functionality which provides highly available and redundant mainframe virtual tape storage.LTMON software is a z/OS started task which enables…

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Jan 11 ’11

RIVERSIDE, Calif.— January 10, 2011 —LUMINEX Software, Inc., the worldwide leader in mainframe virtual tape for data deduplication storage systems, announced today that mainframe datacenters are continuing their migration to tapeless storage systems and turning to LUMINEX’s Channel Gateways as the preferred solution to reduce or eliminate physical tape in their datacenter operations.  LUMINEX is also announcing that 2010 was the best year in its history, more than doubling its Channel Gateway revenues from 2009.  More and more mainframe customers are replacing existing legacy tape libraries and virtual tape systems with LUMINEX’s Channel Gateway mainframe…

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IT Management

Jan 10 ’11

Arguably the most significant set of mainframe computing enhancements in nearly two decades, the announcement of the zEnterprise has again demonstrated IBM’s long-term commitment to the needs of the large enterprise. This is the latest chapter in IBM’s decades long evolution of a robust enterprise hub to be used by customers to minimize information technology costs and complexity while more easily aligning computing resources with the needs of business.  

The zEnterprise is comprised of three main components: a new mainframe, an extension to host blades, and management firmware to streamline, automate, and…

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IT Management

Jan 10 ’11

As I was getting acquainted with a senior IT industry analyst I met recently, I mentioned that for the last 20 years I’ve been defending the mainframe from falsehoods. He confessed he had personally written numerous articles about the death of the mainframe, though he knew all along in his heart it wasn’t true. He went on to explain that he wrote what vendors paid him to write (in this case, the vendors are mainframe competitors), and it was easy finding plenty of analysts to quote who supported the claim. This reminded me of the quote…

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IT Management

Jan 10 ’11

Phuong Tram is global CIO of DuPont, which sits about mid-point on the list of the 500 largest companies in the world. Somehow, he manages to keep his colossal organization at the forefront of the information age while maintaining a family life and practicing several hobbies. Tram describes how he does it all.

“When it comes to time management, everybody’s different,” he says. “No two people have the same mission and priorities … so you can’t really make the comparison between individuals.”

Indeed, you can’t really…

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