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Jul 22 ’10

CHICAGO, July 22, 2010 – SHARE announced today that Karl Freund, IBM’s Vice President ofSystem z Marketing and Strategy, will address IBM’s new zEnterprise System in his System zkeynote presentation at SHARE in Boston. The conference will be held at the Hynes ConventionCenter in Boston August 1-5. Freund’s keynote address will begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday,August 2nd.

“SHARE, the community of enterprise IT professionals who are experts in the mainframe andmore, is delighted that IBM chose SHARE in Boston to showcase for the first time the newgeneration of Smarter…

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Jul 22 ’10

via Forbes

 

The days when IBM's mainframe computers held a monopoly on enterprise computing may have ended with the influx of cheaper x86 and Unix servers. But Big Blue is still reinventing its big iron. And now it's teaching it how to play nicely with those more modern platforms.

On Thursday the tech giant announced a new line of mainframes it calls the zEnterprise. Unlike past models, the new system functions as a hybrid, with a mainframe housed on…

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Jul 22 ’10

via Computer World

Computerworld - Every new IBM mainframe says something about the times we live in, and today's latest mainframe release is no different. The zEnterprise system, as it is now called, has become a cross-platform management system, a sovereign of other systems.

IBM has given its new mainframe, announced today, the ability to manage Power and x86 IBM blade…

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Jul 22 ’10

via TechEye

The zEnterprise 196, IBM’s latest mainframe, was unveiled today. At the London launch, Tom Rosamilia, worldwide general manager for IBM’s System z, was eager to point out that this iteration puts IBM back at the head of the game. “Our mainframe has capabilities that the others don’t have. Western civilisation runs on this system,” he said.It may sound boastful but, certainly, many banks and financial…

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Jul 22 ’10

via IBM

 

Technology Breakthroughs Rewrite Rules for Data Centers by Extending Mainframe Quality of Service to IBM Power, System x Architectures

New York, - 22 Jul 2010: -Industry first: IBM mainframe governance and management benefits extended to select POWER7, System x environments(1)

-New technology boosts complex analytics performance up to 10X,(2) delivering insight from business data in minutes versus hours

-zEnterprise is the most powerful, scalable mainframe server ever – up to 60% faster than System…

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IT Management

Jul 22 ’10

Typically, when IBM introduces a new mainframe (System z), the announcement is all about more capacity, faster processing, better energy utilization, and other speeds and feeds. Reporters publish the new specifications. And customers buy the new System z to add more MIPS computing capacity to meet their needs for more processing power as their businesses continue to grow. But not this year …This year’s System z announcement is markedly different than in previous years because:- IBM’s mainframe has several new personalities. It now performs competitively in floating point and single-thread processing—and…

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IT Management

Jul 22 ’10

The new System z, called zEnterprise, will thrill the mainframe techies with substantially more power and speed. It also will delight mainframe data center managers as it propels the mainframe to the center of the enterprise computing universe by enabling them to manage not only the mainframe environment but also other IBM platforms: AIX Power blades, x86 Linux blades, and even, potentially, Windows running on x86 blades. But what is in it for the business?Three advantages come to mind: 1) cost savings, 2) better service delivery performance/risk management, and 3) greater flexibility. The CFO, COO, and other C-level execs may…

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IT Management

Jul 21 ’10

The largest improvement in aligning IT and the business that users should derive from the new IBM zEnterprise System is the ability to do cloud-like governance of scale-out blade systems in concert with management of scale-up mainframe systems. The key IT/business alignment value-adds from the new governance and administration abilities—assuming the IT department uses smart implementation—will be:- More rapid, cost-effective adaptation to new business needs because administration is at a higher “service” level and has more choices of workload and capacity change tools- Better communication of the information technology contribution to…

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Jul 20 ’10

via The Register

The System z11 mainframe announcement date has been set for July 22, as expected, and Rod Adkins, general manager of IBM's Systems and Technology Group, and Steve Mills, general manager of Software Group, will host a shindig in New York debuting Big Blue's so-called "system of systems."

As El Reg already reported, the System z11 machine will sport 96 cores and give about 80 of them over to running…

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Jul 20 ’10

via V3.co.uk

IBM has announced its second-quarter financials, including the news that European revenues are falling.

The company said that its second-quarter income was $3.4bn (£2.23bn), a rise against the $3.1bn (£2.03bn) reported in the same period last year. Total revenues grew by just two per cent, rising over the year to $23.7bn (£15.5bn).

Revenues in the Americas were $10.2bn (£6.7bn), a rise of three per cent, but falls were seen in the European market. Revenues in EMEA dropped…

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Jul 20 ’10

DETROIT--July 20, 2010--Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) today announced a new modernized open development environment for managing mainframe application development. Compuware’s innovative new approach gives customers the ability to increase productivity, reduce costs and address challenges brought about by the retiring mainframe workforce. The new intuitive Compuware Workbench provides an Eclipse-based graphical user interface (GUI), a common framework and single-launch point to initiate Compuware’s mainframe products with the capability to launch other mainframe and distributed products. Mainframe Development Productivity The difficult economy has caused many IT organizations to reduce their staff and put new projects on hold…

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Jul 14 ’10

Luminet Captures User Activity Across the Enterprise, Helping Organizations to Protect Sensitive Data, Reduce Internal Fraud and Enable Regulatory Compliance

Attachmate Corporation today announced the availability of Attachmate® Luminet, an enterprise fraud management solution that takes the guesswork out of application monitoring. Luminet reveals user activity within enterprise applications and transforms the data into actionable intelligence, allowing organizations toprotect the privacy of mission-critical data, reduce internal fraud and enable regulatory compliance.

 

Insider fraud and failed audits caused by employees abusing privileges and access to confidential information continues to be a growing…

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IT Management

Jul 13 ’10

The days when batch work was simple and finished early are long gone. More complex workloads, frequent changes, and a shrinking batch window due to the 24-hour business cycle of the Web make today’s challenges much greater than in the past. If nightly batch cycles aren’t completed on time—or are derailed by errors—business-critical online applications can’t be restarted, customers can’t access their accounts, merchants can’t process credit card transactions, and suppliers and partners aren’t able to access inventory systems. Some parts of the…

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IT Management

Jul 12 ’10

You can choose from many different ways to code an SQL statement to answer a given question. While the result set will be the same, performance can vary dramatically, depending on the statement construct and data structure. This article examines the major ways of coding SQL and when you should use the various techniques. We’ll address how to code joins, table expressions, and subqueries effectively for specific situations so you can better understand when to use these coding methods.

Basic Tools Required

Before attempting any SQL tuning endeavor, or when constructing SQL statements…

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Operating Systems

Jul 12 ’10

Your company is now global; you’re interested in pursuing the many goals of cost management, virtualization, cloud computing, and going “green.” But what is “the cloud”? According to www.Financenewmexico.org/definitions, it might be defined as “a new generation of computing that utilizes distant servers for data storage and management.” But the real idea behind it is to draw on computing resources located anywhere in the world, as needed, to serve your business. One resource too often overlooked in this exercise is your people; they manage the services, the hardware,…

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IT Management

Jul 12 ’10

In team sports, each player has a distinct way of making decisions and accomplishing his or her individual objectives as well as the team’s objectives. A baseball player may have personal goals, such as maintaining a certain batting average and zero errors in the field, as well as team goals, such as winning the game, the series, or the championship. For a team to be successful, the players must understand their differences, respect each other, and recognize the way each player’s skills complement those of the others. Successful teams take a holistic view and focus…

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IT Management

Jul 12 ’10

More organizations have reviewed their priorities as a consequence of the recent recession and have discovered along the way how impactful System z solutions are when it comes to application modernization, performance tuning, resource optimization, and keeping costs down. Central to this discovery are critical automation of business and computing processes and the ability to fine-tune applications for performance and resource optimization. In this interview, Bill Miller, Senior Vice President of BMC, President of Mainframe Service Management, talks about BMC’s strategic direction and the present challenges corporate IT faces.

Mainframe Executive: Tell us about yourself.<…

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IT Management

Jul 12 ’10

The fastest, simplest way to boost your Return on Investment (ROI) on the System z is to run more workloads on the machine, especially Linux on System z workloads. Given the way IBM calculates CPU usage and software licensing practices, running new workloads on Linux on System z is cheap—often cheaper than running them on an x86-based server.

By running more workloads—any workloads, but especially low-cost Linux on System z workloads—the cost per workload is correspondingly reduced. If each workload delivers an ROI, you are, in effect, aggregating the ROI…

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