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IT Management

Aug 5 ’11

Think back, w-a-a-a-y before PDAs, cell phones, general availability of the Internet, and browsers; before Linux, Windows, PC DOS, and even Apple and IBM PCs—when some of today’s leading tech billionaires hadn’t even been born and I was still in elementary school. Think back to 1972, when the world of computing changed forever in many ways. I suggest that the big-three areas of innovation were integrity, security, and virtualization. In some ways, you might even call it the arrival of modern business computing.

Now, I’ve known for a while that…

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IT Management

Aug 4 ’11

The System z has long made an excellent business case based on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). The cross-platform capabilities of the zEnterprise only boosted the TCO case by streamlining cross-platform management. But when it comes to Total Cost of Acquisition (TCA), the System z has remained at a disadvantage.

However, wWith the introduction of the z114, the zEnterprise equivalent of a z10 Business Class machine, IBM can deliver a more compelling TCA case. The z114 entry price is $75,000—25 percent less than the z10 BC entry price of $100,000—and it delivers 18 percent more performance per…

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CICS / WebSphere

Aug 4 ’11

This article introduces some basic performance concepts so readers interested in tuning, specifically new analysts, have a starting point. We’ll examine the three main areas to look for performance issues—I/O, virtual storage and real storage—and address some additional considerations.

Before looking at performance issues in detail, let’s review some background that provides a foundation for understanding CICS.

CICS Overview

More than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies use CICS, which, since its debut in 1969, has grown substantially in the amount of work it can process reliably.…

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IT Management

Aug 4 ’11

Throughout history, mainframe systems have maintained a unique niche, supporting highly throughput-intensive, strategic applications. Mainframes process more than a billion financial transactions daily. In healthcare, government, telecommunications, manufacturing, transportation and other industries, the mainframe’s speed, reliability, security, and integrity make it essential.  

Mainframe applications have changed substantially in the past 20 years with the ascent of the Internet and high-speed global communications. Today’s mainframe application paths often extend beyond the firewall and out to the Web, where they become customer-facing. Banking at home, paying your credit card provider online, and making travel…

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Blog

Aug 2 ’11

Guest Author: Marcel Hartog

Sounds like a movie title doesn’t it: “Us” against “Them”. The Enlightened Ones versus The Dark Side. People often say that nothing unites better than having a common enemy. Well, it did. The mainframers I know sometimes still “misunderstand” each other, but on a general level, we are now one team. But old habits seem to die hard, and it is still pretty popular to talk about “them”, “the other side”, “the Nintendo folks” and other, less flattering terms…

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Spotlights

Aug 1 ’11

Reputation-damaging corporate scandals, such as the Enron case in 2001, have highlighted the need for stronger compliance and regulations for publicly listed companies. Compliance regulations—such as Sarbanes-Oxley, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act—were created to ensure that financial, customer, and patient information is safeguarded and available for long periods of time.

With the continuing exponential increase of information, regulatory compliance is a big challenge for companies already seeking to reduce costs. These companies need reliable and affordable methods.

IT staff are challenged to manage the expanding…

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News

Jul 26 ’11

CMG Offers New Education Track Featuring Michelson Award Winners for CMG’11 Conference Taking Place December 5-9 at Gaylord National Hotel in DC AreaSpeakers Delve Into Conference Theme of Optimizing IT Infrastructure: Management, Virtualization, and Cloud Computing

The Computer Measurement Group (CMG), a not-for-profit, worldwide organization of IT professionals, today announced that it has launched an exclusive ‘full day” speaking track featuring selected Michelson Award winners for the 37th International Computer Measurement Group annual conference (CMG'11) taking place from December 5-9 at the Gaylord National Hotel in the Washington DC area. CMG created the…

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News

Jul 22 ’11

Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the experts on information security for System z, today announced a new version of Vanguard Configuration Manager, the first and only fully automated software scanner for System z. Vanguard Configuration Manager enables compliance with Federal Information Security Management Act requirements by automatically testing for compliance with the System z security technical implementation guidelines (STIGs) in the NIST Security Configuration Checklists Program for Information Technology Products published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Homeland Security.Vanguard Configuration Manager significantly reduces the cost and time required for government agencies and contractors to…

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IT Management

Jul 21 ’11

IBM introduced the IBM zEnterprise System to the marketplace in July 2010. Based on a radical new design for hybrid computing, the zEnterprise integrated System z and Power Blade technology and workload-specific optimizers in a single system, making it ideal for running mission-critical workloads and multi-tier applications and integrating data serving and analytics.

One year later, IBM is delivering new capabilities and a new model of the IBM zEnterprise System. Highlights of this announcement include:

  • A new member of the family—the IBM zEnterprise 114 (z114)—brings the strengths of zEnterprise technology and the…
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News

Jul 21 ’11

QBase Accelerates Application Development through Early-stage SQL Statement Quality AssessmentSoftBase Systems, a leading provider of DB2 z/OS coding, testing and deployment tools that accelerate development, today announced the release of QBase, a new DB2 z/OS coding solution designed to enable faster, more accurate application development. QBase allows developers to test individual SQL statements without running the entire program.In using QBase, application developers can code and dynamically test individual SQL statements and identify problems earlier in the development process, when they are easier to resolve.QBase is the latest in SoftBase's line of DB2 z/OS application…

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IT Management

Jul 18 ’11

Having feelings of insecurity about the lack of cloud security? Many organizations are hesitant to migrate applications and data to the cloud due to security concerns fueled by the all-too-common reports of security breaches and performance outages. For example, consider the recent major data breach when Sony’s PlayStation Network was hacked. The incident is currently the second largest online data breach in U.S. history, as some 77 million network subscribers were affected, and possibly 24.6 million users had their personal data compromised. A few weeks after partially restoring some services but keeping the video game network offline so…

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IT Management

Jul 17 ’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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News

Jul 15 ’11

Tributary Systems, Inc., an IBM® Solution Integrator and a global leader in storage solutions, is now offering its Storage Director™/ViTAL™ Backup Virtualization solution for IBM System x® Servers with IBM DS, DCS, XIV & V7000 Disk Arrays. Tributary Systems is demonstrating its Storage Director with Data Deduplication, Data Replication and Data Migration capability in Booth 408 at the SHARE IBM Mainframe User Group’s Technology Exchange Expo in Orlando through August 10. “This brings our patented Infinicache technology, the heart of Storage Director/ViTAL, to yet another IBM system platform. We been supporting  …

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IT Management

Jul 15 ’11

Management Insights:  The Consolidation Concept

By Steven A. Menges

Consolidation is a hot term these days. For me, the term doesn’t immediately make me think of data centers or even mergers; rather, it makes me reflect back on the important points in my adult life. In each case, there was an initial aversion to “change” and later, a realization of “benefits.” 

Looking back, I recall that when my average work week became longer and a once-empty evening and weekend calendar began to fill up with…

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Blog

Jul 14 ’11

Guest Author: Rob Enderle, Enderle Group

This week was IBM’s introduction of their newest Mainframe computer. This model, the zEnterprise 114 is targeted at the midmarket. In listening to the briefing it became increasingly clear that IBM was taking advantage of the opportunity that Oracle had created in the market by buying Sun. This had me conclude that Oracle was actually helping IBM revitalize the mainframe market, and given IBM is the only vendor still in that market, that makes for an interesting present from Oracle. 

Let’s explore this.

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News

Jul 12 ’11

CA Technologies announces its support for IBM’s new zEnterprise Technology, including the new zEnterprise 114. By integrating its IT management solutions with zEnterprise, CA Technologies helps customers lower TCO in mainframe, distributed and cloud environments.“CA Technologies and IBM continue to work together to deliver innovations that strengthen the value proposition for customers by helping to improve operational efficiencies,” said Dayton Semerjian, general manager, mainframe, CA Technologies.  “Our cross-enterprise management capabilities, combined with the performance of the newly announced IBM zEnterprise 114 and the associated hybrid and cloud computing benefits of The IBM zEnterprise System…

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Blog

Jul 12 ’11

IBM introduced its newest mainframe in the zEnterprise family, the z114, the zEnterprise equivalent of a z10 BC. With the z114 IBM can now deliver a more compelling total cost of acquisition (TCA) case. The z114 comes with a $75,000 entry price, 25% less than the z10 BC entry price while delivering 18% more performance per core. At this price, it can begin to compete with commodity high end servers on a TCA basis, especially if it is bundled with discount programs like IBM’s System z Solution Editions…

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IT Management

Jul 11 ’11

My 12-year-old autistic son, Guy, is running around the house chanting the words, “You know, like mainframes …” He has been looking over our shoulders at a short video we’ve been making in preparation for a conference where I will be keynoting on the subject of “What Is Killing Server Virtualization and What You Can Do About It.”

The four-minute video is an introduction of sorts to my talk—part journalistic reporting of the x86 server virtualization craze that began a couple of years ago (and which seems to be…

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Storage

Jul 11 ’11

Reputation-damaging corporate scandals, such as the Enron case in 2001, have highlighted the need for stronger compliance and regulations for publicly listed companies. Compliance regulations—such as Sarbanes-Oxley, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act—were created to ensure that financial, customer, and patient information is safeguarded and available for long periods of time.

With the continuing exponential increase of information, regulatory compliance is a big challenge for companies already seeking to reduce costs. These companies need reliable and affordable methods.

IT staff are challenged to manage the expanding…

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IT Management

Jul 11 ’11

Is your company looking for mainframe skills now, or will you be hiring in the future? If so, check out SystemzJobs.com, a new, no-fee service that connects IBM System z clients, partners, and businesses with students and experienced professionals seeking System z job opportunities. This new site enables employers to post job descriptions to attract the most qualified candidates from universities and industry. Job seekers can browse the hottest new jobs and create alerts so jobs matching their criteria will be emailed directly to them. Locating jobs and mainframe talent just became much easier!

SystemzJobs.com…

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