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Dec 17 ’10

Bob Thomas, publisher of Mainframe Executive and z/Journal, talks with CA Technologies' Dayton Semerjian, general manager of CA Technologies' mainframe business, about the significant mainframe changes taking place, the affect on mainframers everywhere, and how CA is helping solve the issues.

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Dec 14 ’10

InfoSec, Inc. and DG Technology Consulting are pleased to announce their partnership in the development and sales of a new mainframe-based technology solution designed to help customers leverage their mainframe investment. This solution, called the Mainframe Event Acquisition System (MEAS) is targeted for release in the first quarter of 2011 and is designed to help clients collect, in real-time, information pertaining to security events, database related events, transaction processing events and more.

The technology enables mainframe clients the ability to collect, store, report and take action against the data through integration with …

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DB2 & IMS

Dec 13 ’10

For only the second time in DB2’s short, 27-year history, skip-level migration will once again be a DB2 upgrade option. DB2 10 will allow either the traditional upgrade path from DB2 9 NFM or skip-level migration from DB2 V8 NFM. Most customers have a good handle on what it takes to successfully upgrade one release, but many may not understand the differences and trade-offs involved with a skip-level migration. For example, there could be new DB2 10 functionality that will satisfy or enhance an important business process or possibly you’re just arriving on DB2 V8 and see DB2 10…

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IT Management

Dec 13 ’10

With the zEnterprise, IBM has created an integrated hardware platform that brings mainframe and distributed systems together. This new system consists of the zEnterprise 196, the IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager, and the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX). The z196 introduced a new pricing metric, Advanced Workload License Charges (AWLC), which offer reduced price points compared to Variable Workload License Charges (VWLC) for all Million Service Unit (MSU) levels with more than three MSUs. This article examines the new pricing metric and its impact.

Where Is the Technology Dividend?

Before August 2003, IBM mainframes were delivered with…

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IT Management

Dec 13 ’10

Ever wonder why people started using non-mainframe platforms when the mainframe was clearly the most functional option for production computing? We’ve heard people espouse convenience and petty cash-affordability. But I’d like to offer another perspective: The other platforms were more fun.

Let’s admit it; the mainframe is a serious, production-oriented computing platform that’s tightly bound by rules and practices that keep the most important organizations on Earth running. And, while early mainframe users may have played with a few primitive programs that could be called “games,” it…

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News

Dec 13 ’10

HOUSTON, December 9, 2010 – Further expanding the Business Service Management (BSM) platform of simplifying IT, reducing customer costs and enabling IT to respond adeptly to the needs and priorities of the business, BMC Software (NASDAQ: BMC) today announced that its popular BMC Control-M workload automation solution has new capabilities for Informatica and SAP BusinessObjects, ensuring that users can leverage business intelligence solutions to access the information they need, when they need it.

With these new capabilities for Informatica and SAP BusinessObjects, BMC Control-M simplifies the delivery of end-to-end solutions for automating business information across multiple platforms and applications,…

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News

Dec 13 ’10

uJES connects applications, services, databases and legacy systems to the mainframe and across servers. uJES is a "Job Entry Subsystem" for Unix, Windows and Mac/OS platforms. It provides these platforms most of the job management facilities you get from an IBM's z/OS System running Jes2 or Jes3.

Ultimately, uJES is compared to a Universal Integration Agent that runs on any platform and communicates with the mainframe and other servers using JES commands. This technology has the advantage to offer the mainframe staff a unique operation and investigation methodology to control all the processes taking place…

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Spotlights

Dec 8 ’10

Mainframe Executive recently visited with CA Distinguished Engineer and mainframe Chief Architect, Scott Fagen.We asked Scott about the evolution of mainframe tools and the changes he’s seeing in the way they address the needs of users.Mainframe Executive: Historically, IBM defined distinct roles in a mainframe shop. Have you seen changes in that structure?Scott Fagen: Over the years, role changes have occurred as a result of the evolution in computing technology, software, and data centers. In the early years, each platform’s workforce largely specialized in performing their duties around a specific computing system.…

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IT Management

Dec 7 ’10

This is the sidebar to the article “IBM Software Pricing for the New zEnterprise”.  To read the complete article, click here.

Software Pricing Terminology

AWLC: Advanced Workload License Charges. This new pricing metric is allowed only on zEnterprise (z196) machines.

Hardware MSU: These represent the hardware’s ability to perform work. This is the measurement that must be used for capacity planning.

IPLA: International Program License Agreement. These products are most often tools and utilities and are licensed with one-time charges for…

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IT Management

Dec 7 ’10

This is a sidebar for the article "The DB2 Catalog Gets a Makeover".  To read the complete article, click here.

Skip-Level Migration

For only the second time in DB2’s short, 27-year history, skip-level migration will once again be a DB2 upgrade option. DB2 10 will allow either the traditional upgrade path from DB2 9 NFM or skip-level migration from DB2 V8 NFM. Most customers have a good handle on what it takes to successfully upgrade one release, but many may not understand the differences and trade-offs involved with…

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Spotlights

Dec 7 ’10

Data center modernization depends, first and foremost, on addressing existing legacy applications and systems. Asset management has become a financial problem, and many initiatives aimed at gaining control of growing information technology costs are ineffective because application and system assets haven’t been properly tracked. This is readily addressed through better management approaches.

Modernization includes the process of achieving efficient use of all platforms, matching workload to the computer most suited to managing it. Implementing the new System z in combination with use of specialized, dedicated or hybrid systems as workloads dictate provides for an optimized…

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Spotlights

Dec 7 ’10

Here’s some very good, very timely news for organizations resolved to do more with the mainframe, e.g., by putting CICS applications and mainframe data to work in an SOA or other integration architecture.

Web services developers and development teams report significantly higher productivity when they use a JavaScript-based web services development tool.  

I know, I know.... I too have heard all the “ifs,” “ands,” and “buts” – JavaScript isn’t a server-side technology, JavaScript isn’t a full-fledged programming language.... Fact is, these…

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Spotlights

Dec 7 ’10

This is the second of three articles on JavaScript tools and their value for mainframe integration.

In the series’ first article, we heard testimonials from web services developers and team leaders responsible for mainframe integration at large enterprises. They reported productivity gains ranging from 4 to 25 times when using a JavaScript tool compared to more common tools.

In this article, I’d like to explain how and why these kinds of improvement are possible. If you are resolved to do more with CICS and mainframe data, and spend less, here are 10 quick reasons –…

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Spotlights

Dec 7 ’10

In my two previous articles, I shared testimonials from web services developers reporting productivity gains of 4 to 25 times when using a JavaScript tool for mainframe integration; in March, we counted down 10 top reasons why more integration developers/architects are turning to fast, easy, flexible JavaScript.

I want to round-out the series with three brief cases of companies using a JavaScript-based engine to develop and deploy web services to integrate CICS applications and mainframe data with numerous distributed systems.

The three companies – an auto maker integrating applications, a credit union doing SOA enablement, and a…

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News

Dec 6 ’10

ATLANTA – December 7, 2010 – GT Software, a global provider of mainframe integration solutions, today announced that the company’s flagship product, Ivory Service Architect, has released version 4.3 that adds the REST architecture as a new interface option. RESTful interfaces, those that conform to the Representational State Transfer client-server architecture, are gaining momentum as an alternative to SOAP-based web services because they require less development and runtime overhead delivering ease-of-use and better performance versus SOAP-based implementations.Ivory Service Architect consists of Ivory Studio, a graphical modeling environment; Ivory Server, a high-performance service processor with runtime service orchestration; and Ivory…

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IT Management

Dec 6 ’10

When you think of business continuity, do you immediately think about disaster recovery? Given the number of recent natural disasters, this is only to be expected. Earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and power failures can cause major damage to a data center. IT organizations that are prepared and have a strong disaster recovery plan will survive the disaster; unprepared IT organizations won’t.

Business continuity encompasses more than just a good disaster recovery plan. Many events can cause an interruption of business processes. How can your IT organization ensure business continuity? Of course, not all IT organizations support…

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IT Management

Dec 6 ’10

A common perception of the mainframe is that it’s unhackable. RACF, ACF2, or Top Secret will keep the bad guys out, Authorized Program Facility (APF) authorization is gained only by trustworthy programs, and viruses are strictly a Windows issue. So, is the mainframe safe?

Stan H. King, president of Information Technology Co., LLC, for his December 2009/January 2010 z/Journal article “Mainframe Hacking: Fact or Fiction?” (www.mainframezone.com/it-management/mainframe-hacking-fact-or-fiction), scoured the news archives for stories of data loss and theft, and found no mention of a mainframe…

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News

Dec 6 ’10

Health Care Services Corporation, SCANA and Tieto Among Customers Validating Benefits of Next Generation Management ISLANDIA, N.Y., December 6, 2010 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced that CA Mainframe Chorus and CA Mainframe Chorus for DB2 Database Management are available now.

CA Mainframe Chorus is the most important innovation yet in CA Technologies Mainframe 2.0 strategy, to simplify mainframe management, that help this critical platform to continue to be an effective…

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News

Dec 2 ’10

TURNERSVILLE, N.J., Nov. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Computer Measurement Group (CMG), a not-for-profit, worldwide organization of IT professionals, has finalized its Late Breaking Track for this year's 36th International CMG conference (CMG'10) taking place December 6-10 in Orlando, Florida.

The unprecedented response to the Late Breaking Call for Papers solicitation has exceeded expectations in both quality and diversity across a wide range of key IT subject areas including: cloud computing, measurement tools and techniques, load and stress testing, performance optimization, software performance engineering, resource management, capacity analysis, applied statistics and forecasting, simulation and analytic modeling, and cost…

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