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May 3 ’11

BOISE, Idaho – May 3, 2011 – Today H&W Computer Systems, Inc. announced the release of the 6.4 version of its industry leading SYSB-II® software, which allows customers to keep mainframe CICS applications online while batch updates VSAM files. This ability allows organizations to increase business capacity, extend the life of crucial business systems, and obtain updated information more often to make better decisions and ensure customer satisfaction.“With this new release, H&W has made improvements that offer optimized performance and historical reporting for trend analysis, capacity planning, and aid in performance tuning,” said senior…

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May 3 ’11

Compuware Customers Around the Globe Benefit From Cost Savings Assessments, Identifying Mainframe Operational Savings OpportunitiesCompuware Corporation announces that American Express won the One Million Dollar Grand Prize in Compuware’s Mainframe Cost Savings Program. Participants in the program were offered a free cost-savings assessment, which identified current opportunities and provided a roadmap for future operational cost-savings for the mainframe.American Express took the top spot in the program based on a description of the impressive savings the organization is achieving through the use of Compuware Mainframe Solutions. These savings are also a testament to the dedication of the…

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Spotlights

Apr 29 ’11

In these days of highly accountable environments, it’s important for CICS customers to know where and when CICS transactions have been executed. CICS Transaction Server (TS) exploits the z/OS System Management Facility (SMF) to a considerable degree, but part of the data interrogation process must occur offline. Occasionally, it’s useful for a user to know what happened to transaction “WXYZ,” which ran in the past minute or so, without waiting for the transactional SMF data to be cut and extracted. With that reporting time latency in mind, the CICS Transaction History record…

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Apr 28 ’11

Collaboration Ensures Continued Services Level for TRILOGexpert Customers and Supports Delivery of Market-Leading Problem Determination Tool SuiteTo support the integration and servicing of the TRILOGexpert and ASG solutions portfolio, Allen Systems Group (ASG) announced today that the company expanded its partnership with UFD , a well-established IT consultancy that provides specialized services and solutions for more than 100 mainframe customers in Central Europe.  UFD will provide support for the integration and servicing of the combined TRILOGexpert and ASG problem determination tool suite that encompasses tuning, testing and debugging products and technology.On April 1, 2011 Allen Systems Group (ASG) announced the acquisition…

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Apr 27 ’11

Guest Author: Steve Guendert

“Programming” (and programming support) was an old data processing concept that originally was broadly defined as the adaptation of general-purpose devices to specific tasks.  Programming therefore goes back to Herman Hollerith wiring and rewiring (programming) his equipment to handle specific jobs.  By the early 1930s IBM was distributing information about novel (for the time) plugboard wiring diagrams to customers via a publication called Pointers.  Some of these diagrams were created by IBMers, but more importantly, many were created by customers who were willing…

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Apr 27 ’11

TURNERSVILLE, NJ, April 4, 2011, 2011 - The Computer Measurement Group (CMG), a not-for-profit, worldwide organization of IT professionals, today announced the theme and location for its 37th International conference (CMG'11). The conference theme is Optimizing IT Infrastructure: Management, Virtualization, and Cloud Computing and is scheduled for December 5 – 9 at the Gaylord National in the Washington DC area.  The conference takes place over a 4 1/2 day period with detailed tutorials and workshops on the first half day. The remainder of the conference will be organized around five tracks featuring keynotes, distinguished speakers on selected theme subjects, and many helpful user experience sessions. …

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Apr 26 ’11

Milwaukee, WI (April 20, 2011) - PKWARE, Inc., announced the introduction of three new security solutions that eliminate the type of security breaches dominating the news. The PKWARE Virtualization, Cloud, and Data Center Solutions are based on data-centric encryption, rendering data useless if it is compromised in any way. 

Security experts note that the best way to keep sensitive information secure over the Internet and into the cloud is to protect the data using data-centric, file-level encryption.  With PKWARE solutions, the data remains completely protected, regardless of whether it is in motion or at rest.…

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IT Management

Apr 26 ’11

The platform you already own may actually be open, expandable, and inexpensive enough to be the centerpiece of your broader cloud strategy. Technology and SI vendors from across the entire  ecosystem—both the established and the early movers and shakers—have been implementing cloud architectures for infrastructure, platform, and software. Cloud prefixes such as “public,” “private,” “hybrid,” and “community” no longer represent the entity that owns the cloud as much as the security and management profiles of the data and applications of the workloads they’re supposed…

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Apr 20 ’11

Month-Long Event Delivered via Cloud Offers Mainframe Community a Free, Virtual Tradeshow Experience

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1. Award winning, virtual tradeshow is delivered via cloud technology throughout month of May, featuring more than 150 interactive sessions and demos2. Special guest keynote, Apollo 12 & Skylab Astronaut, Captain Alan Bean3. May Mainframe Madness 2010 attracted tens of thousands of online visitors and won a “Virtual Event Excellence Award” ISLANDIA, N.Y., April 20, 2011 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced May Mainframe Madness (MMM) 2011, a month-long virtual…

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Apr 19 ’11

Critical Path Software, Inc., and ConicIT work together to bring Cost Reduction Software Products and Services to both companies' Clients. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - PRLog (Press Release) – Apr 16, 2011 – ConiclT Mainframe software solution proactively keeps service level agreements (SLAs) on target. Using existing Mainframe monitors, ConicIT automates the gathering and monitoring of performance data, constantly analyzing the obtained information using sophisticated Behavioral Analysis Technology to predict and profile mainframe performance in real-time. ConicIT is the only tool that enables IT staff to find and repair mainframe problems the first time they happen, drastically lowering Mean…

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Spotlights

Apr 19 ’11

For years, organizations were told that mainframe systems were a thing of the past and distributed computing was the wave of the future.  Fast forward to 2011 and not only are mainframe systems still around – they’re making a comeback.

Unfortunately, during those years of trying to decide “to go mainframe or not to go mainframe?” many organizations stopped investing in mainframe skills. And now, with the mainframe resurgence, combined with anticipation of many expert mainframers retiring in the near future, those organizations are scrambling to develop and/or acquire the in-house skills…

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Spotlights

Apr 19 ’11

In a mainframe environment, many different types of Database Administrators (DBAs) are needed to support building and managing applications critical to a business. In smaller organizations, a DBA typically must wear many hats:

  • As a database designer, he must learn design techniques and transform a logical data model that represents the business needs into a physical database that supports application processing needs.
  • As an application DBA, he works with application developers to build efficient SQL for optimal performance.
  • The DBA needs to know how to design and test database backup and recovery…
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Apr 13 ’11

TORRANCE, California, March 31, 2011 – Data 21, announces ZIP/390 6.0, the latest release of its zSeries ZIP Utility.  The product facilitates efficient secure delivery and storage of zSeries information in industry standard compression, encryption and presentation formats (e.g., ZIP, PGP, PDF, CSV); ensuring cross-platform compatibility and exploitation of widely used platform-independent technologies. Data 21 is the first zSeries ZIP Utility vendor to announce the support of zSeries Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) specialty engines. The new zIIP feature allows zIIP enabled users to offload a majority of ZIP/390’s data compression/encryption related cycles onto zIIP engines. Utilizing zIIP engines can…

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Apr 13 ’11

Zephyr is pleased to announce the support of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with its PASSPORT Host Integration Objects (HIO) software. PASSPORT HIO offers a programmatic method of integrating 3270 and 5250 legacy applications with .NET and other web or server-based applications.

For many large organizations, mission-critical applications continue to be hosted on IBM System z (mainframes) and IBM System i (AS/400) servers. Secure, reliable access to these applications is essential and the Zephyr PASSPORT HIO software offers best-of-breed communication between Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and these important legacy platforms.

The Zephyr PASSPORT HIO legacy integration software has…

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Apr 12 ’11

Mainframer dreams come true!In an announcement dated April 12, 2011, IBM has announcing zEnterprise support for Microsoft Windows. Below is the actual announcement from IBM.OverviewIn Hardware Announcement 110-177, dated July 22, 2010, “IBM® zEnterprise BladeCenter® Extension (zBX),” IBM introduced a new dimension in computing with the announcement of the IBM zEnterprise Server (zEnterprise). This first in the industry offering makes it possible to deploy an integrated hardware platform that brings mainframe and distributed technologies together—a system that can start to replace individual islands of computing and can work to reduce complexity, lower costs, improve security,…

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Apr 12 ’11

Overview

In Hardware Announcement 110-177, dated July 22, 2010, "IBM® zEnterprise BladeCenter® Extension (zBX)," IBM introduced a new dimension in computing with the announcement of the IBM zEnterprise Server (zEnterprise). This first in the industry offering makes it possible to deploy an integrated hardware platform that brings mainframe and distributed technologies together -- a system that can start to replace individual islands of computing and can work to reduce complexity, lower costs,…

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Apr 12 ’11

ZEN, the cost saving z/OS network management suite from William Data Systems (WDS) continues to evolve with the launch of ZEN TRACE & SOLVE’s latest 4.7 version. It delivers more customer suggested z/OS network tracing and solution solving capabilities to help busy z/OS network support people do more in less time.

Known to many of its users worldwide by it’s previous name EXIGENCE, ZEN TRACE & SOLVE (ZTS) is leading edge z/OS network management technology, backed by a dynamic research and development operation to keep it one step ahead.

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Spotlights

Apr 11 ’11

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a widely used method for transferring files between computers, even dissimilar ones. It’s commonly used with the TCP/IP communications protocol on almost every platform, including Unix, Windows, AS/400, and z/OS. As implemented on z/OS, FTP has unique capabilities and security mechanisms.

This article describes how mainframe FTP is different, how its security tools work, and how to apply them. The Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) version of FTP isn’t secure, so this article addresses only standard FTP.

We’ll cover the most…

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Apr 8 ’11

HOUSTON, April 6, 2011 – Organizations today are tasked with delivering additional application availability while facing exploding data growth that places increased stress on already demanding service levels. With most large companies relying on the mainframe and the IBM® DB2 for z/OS® system as the back-end data and application server for these applications, they must improve IT infrastructure efficiencies at a price that the business can support.

To help IT organizations keep costs low and optimize the performance of DB2 database management systems, BMC Software (NASDAQ: BMC) today announced its broadest DB2 release in the company…

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DB2 & IMS

Apr 6 ’11

Globalization has presented many challenges to the IT community, not least of which is providing continuous system availability. Where once an East Coast-based information center only needed to adjust for a West Coast transactional processing window, it now must deal with transactional windows half way around the world. Still, viable legacy systems were rarely designed for this, yet accommodations must be made, since many of those systems aren’t easy to replace.

IBM’s Information Management System (IMS) started out as Information Control System (ICS) in 1966 to manage data generated by the Apollo space project.…

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