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Nov 1 ’10

Today MATTER OF FACT SOFTWARE announce the launch of PlexSpyApplication Status Monitor Version 1 Release 1.

The enhancements to PlexSpy delivered with Version 1.1 will makeit even easier for people involved in supporting CICSapplications to quickly identify the source of issues affectingthe business systems for which they are responsible.

Worldwide, large businesses and organisations depend upon IBMmainframe technology running CICS to support their businesscritical systems and services. Maintaining and operating thesesystems optimally is essential as any downtime can becatastrophic for service.

Matter of Fact Software have, from long experience of supportingand managing such systems, noticed that…

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Oct 28 ’10

Premiere Venue of Performance, Capacity Planning and IT Service Management Information CIOs, CTOs, and IT Professionals Can Use to Contribute to Organization’s Bottom Line

  TURNERSVILLE, NJ, October 19, 2010 - The Computer Measurement Group (CMG), a not-for-profit, worldwide organization of IT professionals, announced today that it has completed assembling the agenda for this year's 36th International CMG conference (CMG'10) taking place December 6-10 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida. CMG'10 is the only vendor-neutral, OS-agnostic conference aimed at providing CIOs, CTOs, and IT professionals with the solutions and insights they need to…

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Blog

Oct 28 ’10

The first delivery of a magnetic tape subsystem on an IBM mainframe (System/360) was in April 1965 to a Shell Oil Company in Midland, Texas. What was that first tape subsystem called:

  • Type 726

  • Type 729

  • Type 2401

  • Type 3420

  • Type 3480

(I will randomly select three winners of this Mainframe Trivia Contest #18 who will receive our newest mainframe T-shirt as pictured below. To participate, email your answer and T-shirt size to bob@mainframezone.com with Mainframe Trivia Contest #18 in the…

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IT Management

Oct 27 ’10

Known as a single source for quality-driven, reliable technology, the Washington State Department of Information Services (DIS) provides assistance and resources to schools, state agencies, counties, cities, and tribal governments throughout the state of Washington. DIS was originally created in 1987 from the consolidation of four independent data processing and communications systems. Part of today’s DIS charter is to deliver technology services to its government customers on an economical, cost recovery basis. Seldom has this mission been felt more keenly than now, in the midst of a tough state budget climate, where the themes for government information technology…

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News

Oct 26 ’10

  • 84 percent of respondents expect to see growing or steady MIPS on the platform in fifth annual survey
  • Mainframe continues to be viewed as a core component of the data center
  • IT looks to optimize costs through automation

HOUSTON, October 25, 2010 – In a challenging business environment, the mainframe continues to be the trusted platform for critical business transaction processing according to BMC Software’s (NASDAQ: BMC) Fifth Annual Worldwide Survey of Mainframe Users.

According to the survey, 84 percent of respondents expected to see growing or steady MIPS…

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Oct 25 ’10

DETROIT and LAS VEGAS (IBM Information on Demand)--October 25, 2010--Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR), the technology performance company, today announced that its industry-leading mainframe application development and testing solutions will support DB2 Version 10. The DB2 10-enabled Compuware products will continue to support customers’ efforts to increase productivity and reduce costs as they implement applications in the new DB2 environment. “Organizations using applications that call DB2 information must rely on their support vendors to be DB2 10 ready the day it is released,” said Bonnie Baker of Bonnie Baker Corporation Consulting, a consulting firm renowned for its expertise with…

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Spotlights

Oct 24 ’10

Cloud computing represents a disruptive paradigm shift that will eventually shake most IT organizations to their roots. New platforms, new applications, and a new generation of tech-savvy business users will put enormous pressure on IT, requiring them to weave together the best of traditional IT with the best of what’s available in the cloud to deliver business value to their organizations.

There’s a striking parallel between IT’s transition to cloud computing and manufacturing organizations migrating from a factory model to a supply chain model. In the past, manufacturers typically ran closed,…

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Oct 21 ’10

via networkworld.com

 

The move towards virtualisation gathers apace, now it's mainframe vendor Unisys with its take on the technology.

The company has introduced sPar - secure partitioning - a form of virtualisation that splits the hardware into different partitions. Each of these partitions is the equivalent of a separate server, with its own processors, memory and I/O channels, and is under the direct control of the ClearPath operating system. Communications among all components occur at memory…

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Oct 21 ’10

via pcworld.com

Unisys has introduced a homegrown virtualization technology to boost performance for certain workloads on its ClearPath mainframe systems, including "modern" applications such as Java servers and PHP programs.

Unisys also updated its mainframe lineup with the Libra 4100 series and the Dorado 4100 series, both midrange systems that will ship in October, it said Tuesday. The Libra 4100 will include the virtualization technology at launch, while the Dorado systems will get it in about 18 months, said Bill…

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Oct 21 ’10

via recordonline.com

 

IBM's net income rose 12 percent and the technology company raised its 2010 profit forecast slightly as it continues to wring more out of its services and software divisions and gets a lift from a new mainframe computer that's manufactured in the mid-Hudson, the System z.

IBM Corp. earned $3.59 billion, or $2.82 per share, in the third quarter, up from $3.21 billion, or $2.40 per share, a year ago. That's a rise from…

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IT Management

Oct 20 ’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…
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IT Management

Oct 20 ’10

There’s a tendency to think of disasters in seasonal terms. In Florida, where I’m based, June 1 is the date assigned as the beginning of hurricane season, despite the fact the really disastrous weather events seem to be coming later and later in the year—from September all the way through December. Elsewhere in the country, we hear worries of another active winter storm season, though this is also an imprecise bracketing of ice storms and blizzard events, which last year clung like ice to the roof gutters in much of the country until well…

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IT Management

Oct 20 ’10

IBM has often taken an ambiguous stance toward small mainframes. The 4300 machines of the early ’80s were the first physically small mainframes, but still required traditional raised floor and separate peripherals.

Introduced in 1986, the 9370 systems were intended to be “VAX-killers,” serving as departmental machines—a niche now filled by Windows and Linux Intel-based servers. What distinguished the 9370s was their (relatively) low price and power as well as their integrated disks and tape drives. These machines fit in a single, standard rack without raised floor or heavy-duty cooling.

Alas, the 9370 wasn…

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IT Management

Oct 20 ’10

Cost containment is important for today’s IT departments. Every decision regarding your computer resources is weighed based on the value they can deliver to your organization as well as their cost to procure, implement, and maintain. And, in most cases, if a positive ROI can’t be calculated, the software won’t be adopted or the hardware won’t be upgraded.

An often overlooked opportunity for cost containment comes from within the realm of your capacity planning group. Capacity planning is the process of determining the production capacity needed by an organization…

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IT Management

Oct 20 ’10

Modern, highly scaled CICS applications can make use of resources across many individual CICS regions running on multiple Logical Partitions (LPARs) even in different time zones. Real-time monitoring of such infrastructures has become suboptimal, given the way they’re now used. Service outages can have a devastating impact on business and must be minimized.

CICS systems programmers and other support personnel at large CICS sites become concerned when asked to investigate operational issues if they’re only given the name of the CICS application that needs attention. The problem is this doesn’t pinpoint…

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IT Management

Oct 20 ’10

Since the July 22 announcement of the zEnterprise 196, the new mainframe has already been discussed, analyzed, dissected, and reflected upon from every angle—well, most angles. There was plenty of indisputable detail in the announcement letters. The system offers 96 cores (80 available to the user), running at an impressive 5.2 GHz and delivering up to a 60 percent improvement in performance per core; it provides double the z10’s memory up to 3TB, and contains 100 new machine code instructions. There was also some fascinating “watch this space” technology announced, such as the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) and the zEnterprise…

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IT Management

Oct 20 ’10

For your business to be competitive, you must do more than align IT with your business objectives; you must integrate IT with the business and allow the business investments to fuel innovation through IT.   

A business generates value by developing and selling goods or services. The ability to create these goods or services is dependent on supporting physical, intellectual, and IT processes.  Underlying applications, automated processes, and end-user interactions must all work together to make the business successful. For example, banks depend on a number of related tasks and business applications to process…

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IT Management

Oct 19 ’10

If you’ve shopped for a mobile handset recently, you’ve surely noticed that many choices exist.  Not only do you see diversity in hardware platforms, but there are also several different operating systems. And which operating system you use makes all the difference in the world in terms of access to your business applications.

Sometimes the phone and operating system are made by the same manufacturer. For example, RIM’s BlackBerry runs BlackBerry OS, or Apple’s iPhone runs iOS. In other cases, the two are made by separate vendors.…

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IT Management

Oct 18 ’10

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…

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