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Sep 27 ’10

Here are some common enterprise trends I routinely hear from IT professionals:

  • There’s a continued awareness around the importance of data protection and preservation
  • The realization that Data Footprint Reduction (DFR) extends across the enterprise and it isn’t just about dedupe
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is in your future; the question is when, where, and how
  • Efficiency means flexibility, performance, availability, and capacity utilization
  • Mainframes, Hard Disk Drives (HDDs), and tape are still very much alive.
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IT Management

Sep 27 ’10

In this age of budget-challenged IT resources, many sites are finding it necessary to use facilities readily available and shipped with the product rather than turning to outside sources that usually come with a monthly or yearly license fee. While those products are certainly admirable and usually provide function not available with the supplied facilities, they may be beyond the reach of some shops’ budgets.

With that in mind, it may be worth reviewing facilities that you may not have known were available or may have forgotten were updated and shipped with every new release. The…

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IT Management

Sep 24 ’10

This is a sidebar for the article "IMS and Cloud Computing".  To read the complete article, click here.

Where did the term “cloud” come from? Mature mainframers remember the diagrams that people used to show on their overhead projectors where links from computers went into a cloud that represented the telephone system and more links came out to terminals. The “cloud part” came to represent the Internet on numerous PowerPoint slides. Now, that cloud has taken on a life of its own. In fact, if…

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News

Sep 23 ’10

MORGAN HILL, CALIF. – NewEra Software announced today that Image Control Environment 9.0 (ICE 9.0) is now generally available. ICE 9.0 includes same day support for IBM Corporation’s z/OS V1R12. With this release, NewEra Software takes its customers further down the road to enhanced z/OS integrity and sustained compliance.

In addition to numerous enhancements that provide increased reliability, availability and security, ICE 9.0 includes enhancements to its family of Inspectors. An OMPROUTE Inspector has been added. It will monitor, detect and validate changes in the OMPROUTE definition statements.ICE 9.0 includes enhancements to The Control Editor (TCE).…

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Sep 23 ’10

Austin, TX – IBM’s® z/OS® Version 1 R. 10 System SSL Cryptographic Module recently received FIPS 140-2 Level 1 certification. The successful certification is shown on the NIST website (certification number 1389). For many companies, the single most important asset they have is information, and so it needs to be protected accordingly. Software companies understand this need, and help their customers secure valuable data using a variety of measures. IBM® z/OS® - one of the world’s most advanced operating systems - is no exception: having undergone numerous Common Criteria evaluations at high assurance…

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IT Management

Sep 22 ’10

Chatting last week with John McKenny, vice president of Worldwide Marketing for Mainframe Service Management at BMC, he talked about the company’s ongoing initiative to extend the centralized management practices of the mainframe into the distributed world, which he characterized as the next evolution of corporate computing. McKenny cited a small survey sample of BMC’s mainframe-using customers to suggest that IT’s role is shifting to one of managing overall corporate requirements for compute services; this is a reflection of ongoing consolidation in the distributed world via virtualization and, ultimately, cloud adoption. He was…

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IT Management

Sep 22 ’10

Bill Reeder has been with IBM 14 years and is responsible for Linux and information technology optimization for System z worldwide. A frequent lecturer at IBM Top Gun classes, as well as many other IBM and customer events, he has been working with mainframe Linux customers for 10 years. He’s co-author of the IBM Redbook Server Consolidation with Linux for zSeries, which has helped many customers understand their options when running Linux on the mainframe. Bill is also the author of the whitepaper “Determining Which Solutions are the Best Fit for Linux on

System z Workloads,…

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IT Management

Sep 21 ’10

When I first started working on the mainframe as a CICS systems programmer in 1987, the mainframe had already been around for 23 years and had a well-established culture surrounding it. In fact, the culture was actually older than the mainframe itself, having begun to self-assemble around the time of the emergence of business computers in the ‘50s. One of the first significant manifestations of its existence was the arrival of SHARE in 1955 in response to the IBM 701. Consequently, much of the pre-existing culture of the folks who first joined SHARE became foundational to the mainframe culture.

A…

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IT Management

Sep 21 ’10

System z customers run some of the most secure workloads in the world. To architect these secure workloads, they must have the building blocks necessary to integrate their business requirements into an end-to-end secure solution. This requires hardware and software to interact flawlessly to make use of the latest technologies available to System z.

Such solutions may cross from an application server in one Logical Partition (LPAR) to a data server in a separate LPAR. They may run locally, crossing multiple security zones—as seen in a classic Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)—or span the globe,…

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Operating Systems

Sep 21 ’10

Looking back, 1965 was a milestone year for computing. It marked the formal first release of System 360 DOS (Disk Operating System). Fast forward 45 years, and today we celebrate the anniversary of DOS, currently known as System z z/VSE.

In observance of the 45th anniversary of z/VSE, we asked eight individuals who have a long history with z/VSE to relate an interesting event, happening, coincidence, or factoid that involves z/VSE. This request produced some interesting historical references, thought-provoking observations, and insightful views into the z/VSE community.

From the Early Years

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News

Sep 21 ’10

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 20 -- Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the leading provider of enterprise security software and training for mainframes, today announced its RACF® Training Schedule for fall 2010. Some of the classes the company is offering include Basic RACF Administration and Advanced RACF Facilities training. Attendees of all Vanguard training classes will earn Continuing Professional Education credits. Those who attend 5-day classes, which include eight hours of lab work, will earn 36 CPE credits.

As Gartner discussed in…

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News

Sep 21 ’10

via infosecurity-magazine.com

IBM has unveiled a new suite of software that monitors data and applications software usage across the enterprise, alerting senior management in the event of an incident-taking place. The mainframe software is the direct result of its acquisition of IT security software specialist Guardium in January of this year.

Known as Infosphere Guardium 8, the software supports expanded mainframe transaction monitoring and vulnerability assessment for DB2 on the mainframe itself,…

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IT Management

Sep 20 ’10

This is a sidebar to the article titled, "Achieving a Hybrid Systems Data Center." To read the entire article, please click here.

10. Identify applications to be upgraded or replaced.

9. Identify applications to be consolidated and decommissioned.

8. Build Data Center ROI on an application workload basis to weigh the costs/benefits by platform.

7. Evaluate application portfolios regularly to determine whether the investment is delivering maximum business value; do a server-to-MIPS platform analysis for each application.

6. Discard…

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IT Management

Sep 20 ’10

This is a sidebar to the article titled, "The Case for Application Modernization an Interview with TSGs Bill Ulrich." To read the entire article, please click here.1. Any project that relies on or contemplates modifying any existing software systems should have knowledge of those systems appropriate to that project.2. Assessment of existing application and data architectures incorporates all systems directly impacted by the planned initiative and includes all interfaces to external systems or entities.3. Depth and breadth of an assessment is directly proportionate to the…

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News

Sep 20 ’10

Best Practices and Industry Insights on Cloud Computing, Capacity Planning, VMware, Measurement, Performance Engineering & Tuning

TURNERSVILLE, NJ, September 8, 2010 - The Computer Measurement Group (CMG), a not-for-profit, worldwide organization of IT professionals, announced today its preliminary conference program for this year's 36th International CMG conference (CMG'10) taking place December 6-10 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida. The CMG'10 program is as diversified as it is deep and features a well-respected slate of industry experts covering "in-demand" IT issues such as: Cloud Computing, Virtualization, VMware, Linux, System z, Management & Reporting, Measurement, Modeling & Statistics, Performance…

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Spotlights

Sep 14 ’10

Whatever your usage scenario is for Linux on System z, networking is an integral part of that environment, and the most important requirements are availability and bandwidth. The System z network adapter Open System Adapter (OSA) provides a high standard in both areas, but customers are requesting solutions that transcend the capabilities of a single interface. A technique called link aggregation, or channel bonding in Linux terminology, lets you bundle multiple physical interfaces into one logical interface, thereby increasing availability or bandwidth beyond the capabilities of the current network adapter technology.

This article describes the Linux network…

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CICS / WebSphere

Sep 13 ’10

When IBM released CICS TS 2.2 in December 2002, which introduced Task-Related User Exits (TRUE) in the Open Transaction Environment (OTE) architecture, a primary selling point was potentially significant CPU savings for CICS/DB2 applications defined as threadsafe. To be threadsafe, a program must be Language Environment- (LE-) conforming and knowledgeable CICS programmers must ensure the application logic adheres to threadsafe coding standards. (For more information, see “DB2 and CICS Are Moving On: Avoiding Potholes on the Yellow Brick Road to an LE Migration,” z/Journal, April/May 2007.) This may require knowledge of Assembler code to follow the many…

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News

Sep 13 ’10

ARMONK, NY, September 13, 2010 --  IBM today announced new software that helps businesses protect customer data and other sensitive information from security breaches.  The new software automatically monitors application and database usage across the enterprise and immediately alerts management to unusual activity. Today, organizations are struggling to manage a variety of complex data security threats, from misuse by insiders or cyber criminals outside the company. Combined with an increase in corporate security compliance policies, clients of all sizes are under pressure to build data security into the fabric of their IT systems.

According to industry estimates,…

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News

Sep 13 ’10

HOUSTON, Sep 13, 2010--New Solution Enables and Manages Workloads Running in the Cloud Through the Use of Virtualization Technologies

Given today's on-demand business cycle, the need for an IT environment that is as dynamic as the business it supports has never been greater. IT organizations need solutions that allow them to dynamically manage workloads to match their ever-changing business priorities.

To address this demand, BMC Software (BMC 39.28, +0.36, +0.93%) today announced BMC Control-M 7, a new version of the industry-leading solution that automates the management…

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