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CICS / WebSphere

Jun 10

How to access CICS transactions from a web browser has been the topic of numerous articles and training sessions. However, if you just want to get your feet wet in the CICS web swamp, where do you start? This is the bare bones story—the absolute minimum—to web-enable a web-unaware (i.e., an application that doesn’t understand HTTP or HTML) legacy CICS application using the CICS 3270 bridge. We won’t delve into explaining HTML, SOAP or any other protocol, as there are numerous resources available on those topics. Also, we won’t…

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Blog

Jun 9

Mantissa is delivering the third beta of its new z86VM offering targeting the cloud deployment of x86 servers and desktops on IBM System z mainframes. This free version of the z86VM beta includes performance enhancements in the x86 instruction set and file system as well as bug fixes developed since Beta 2 shipped in September 2013.

The z86VM offering is a rather simple deployment of a complex operating system. The product itself consists of two modules, one for Input/Output processing and one for processing the instructions. Combined with a simple profile to create “virtual…

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Applications & Databases

Jun 9

DevOps isn’t a single technology or a specific methodology. Nor is it a field of computer science or business management. Think of it as a movement toward the seamless integration of enterprise application development and the IT production environment.

The goal of DevOps is to tear down the silos that have separated the worlds of application development and system operations within corporate IT departments. It also represents an effort to more closely align IT and business goals.

The payoff will be to bring about high-quality business solutions that make companies more innovative and…

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News

Jun 8

Micro Focus, a leading provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, has announced that one of Australia’s largest higher education institutions, Deakin University, has successfully deployed its Silk suite of testing tools.

Deakin University is one of Australia’s top ten universities, with 44,000 students, including 8,000 international students, and over 3,600 staff members. Deakin is renowned for excellent teaching, innovative course delivery and a student-focused culture, earning it a first place in student satisfaction in the state of Victoria and third in Australia. The University’s CIO, William Confalonieri, won CIO of the…

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News

Jun 8

Aspera On Demand Enables the Fast and Secure Transfer of Proprietary Integrated Circuit Designs to and from the Nefelus Cloud Platform

IBM has today announced that Nefelus, a provider of integrated circuit (IC) design tools, has selected Aspera, an IBM company and creators of software that moves the world’s data at maximum speed, to speed the transfer of extremely large design files to, from and through the cloud. This enables IC designers to quickly and securely move proprietary files – which can…

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Operating Systems

Jun 6

Have you ever wondered if your Linux on System z-specific settings are still correct after a security update or an operating system upgrade? Are you puzzled about what buffer count value should be used with QETH devices for optimal performance? If the answer to these and similar questions is yes, don’t worry, the Linux Health Checker (LNXHC) tool is here to help.   The LNXHC tool is available for Linux on System z distributions and helps identify potential problems that could arise due to deviations from certain Linux on System z best practices.

The LNXHC…

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Blog

Jun 5

IBM is dead serious about flash storage and they are enabling just about everything for flash: the DS8000 family, San Volume Controller, EasyTier, Real-time Compression (RtC), and more.  Of particular interest to the Entrerprise Systems Media audience should be the recently announced DS8870 all flash enclosure.

Storage in general is changing fast. Riding Moore’s Law for the past two decades, storage users could assume annual drops in the cost-per-gigabyte. It was as predictable as passing GO in Monopoly and collecting $200. But with that ride coming to an end, companies like IBM are looking elsewhere…

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IT Management

Jun 4

Recently, I was asked to create a seminar on risk avoidance and business continuity planning for software-defined data centers (SDDCs). I found the request vaguely amusing, since I’d been saying for some time that SDDCs were nothing new; that since I entered “data processing” back in the early ’80s, we had always architected data center infrastructure, services and processes to meet the needs of business applications and databases. In other words, we had always had software defining our data center. 

That wasn’t what the SDDC evangelists wanted to hear,…

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Blog

Jun 2

It’s a tough time to be an US-based technology multinational in China. Sure, there has always been the risk of intellectual property theft and concerns about local copycat companies popping up overnight, but for the most part, those concerns were mostly for companies that make cheap consumer goods, not tech giants like IBM. Sure, the Communist Party of China built a “Great Firewall” to censor the flow of information and monitor domestic traffic for dissent, but this has mostly impacted Internet firms such as Google, which…

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Security

Jun 2

As computer threats evolve, so, too, do security controls and the standards around them. In 2011, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a document titled “Transitions: Recommendation for Transitioning the Use of Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Lengths,” which outlines a path of migration and upgrade for existing network security infrastructure. It specifically recommends changes in algorithm usage and an increase in the key lengths required for cryptographic operations within a particular timeline.

For example, the use of public-key cryptography for connecting two systems securely has used a default key length of 1024…

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Operations

May 30

The article “Architecting for a Private Cloud: From Caching Framework to Elastic Caching Cloud Platform Service” (available at http://entsys.me/f2ivm) discussed an elastic caching service for private clouds. Interestingly enough, the majority of questions and feedback we received were actually related to the subject of private clouds rather than elastic caching. The spectrum of views and opinions was remarkably wide, including suggestions that private clouds don’t really exist; i.e., clouds can only be public. This article explores the subject of private cloud as well as the drivers and technologies behind it,…

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Applications & Databases

May 28

Concurrency is a critical performance aspect of any database application. While there are many options available to improve it, one of the more recent features that has quietly made its way into DB2 for LUW and z/OS is concurrent access resolution. This feature can dramatically improve the concurrency and performance of some applications, but it does come with a price. A careful understanding of how concurrent access resolution affects query result sets, how it may impact database size and performance, and when it works and doesn’t work are critical when using this feature. This is especially…

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Blog

May 27

Numbers matter — they really do. But when the numbers may mean people’s jobs, they matter even more. That’s why, when it comes to IT costs, it pains me to see so many people basing business decisions on theoretical numbers that don’t map well to reality.

IT departments get all wrapped up in the cost of hardware and software. That’s natural. But we’ve got to be careful because neither of those is the biggest cost for most IT departments. What is? People. The commonly accepted ratio for…

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CICS / WebSphere

May 27

The article “New Technologies Help Bridge Gap Between Mobile and the Mainframe” (available at http://entsys.me/ekjfo) discussed how CICS helps bridge the gap between the mainframe and mobile devices. It also examined the IBM CICS Transaction Server (TS) Feature Pack, which introduces native support for JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) data in CICS. In this article, we go a step further and discuss just how easy it is to create mobile-enabled services from your existing CICS assets, and how these can be rapidly incorporated into an IBM Worklight project for deployment to a multitude of mobile…

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News

May 20

New Integration Empowers Operations and Network Teams to Resolve Issues Using Both Real-time and Retrospective Performance Analysis, With Packet-level Detail

Compuware Corporation, the technology performance company delivering a new generation of application performance management (APM) and Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network visibility today announced the availability of the Endace FusionTM Connector for Compuware APM’s Data Center Real-User Monitoring (DC RUM) solution. The Endace Fusion Connector represents a commitment by both companies to…

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Blog

May 20

Yesterday, IBM gave an excellent presentation on IBM Storage Trends to a standing-room-only audience of what I estimated to be 1,000 interested attendees.

One of the key takeaways from the presentation that I think our readers will find helpful is basically insight on what the fuss is all about concerning storage these days. IBM quoted four insightful pieces of information from a recent IDC survey that showed:

  • Everyone is struggling with storage capacity
  • IT is stressed serving the needs of the business
  • Data can be a liability making proper management a…
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News

May 19

Important tape storage milestone storing, protecting and accessing increasing volumes of Big Data

Today, researchers announced they have demonstrated a new record of 85.9 billion bits of data per square inch in areal data density on low-cost linear magnetic particulate tape — a significant update to one of the computer industry's most resilient, reliable and affordable data storage technologies for Big Data.

At this areal density, a standard LTO size cartridge could store up to 154 trillion bytes (154 terabytes) of uncompressed data* — a 62 fold improvement over an LTO6 cartridge, the latest industry-standard magnetic tape product**.…

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IT Management

May 19

There’s no question that information in the age before the Internet was limited. Every aspect of our lives was more private. We had to know people personally to truly “know” who they were. Even our professional lives—traditionally summed up in the form of the one-page resume—tended to remain unknown until we had the opportunity to actually show what we could do in the workplace. The resume may have been good at outlining job history, but it certainly couldn’t prove to employers that the person they hired would ultimately be…

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IT Management

May 18

Wouldn’t it be great if you could improve collaboration, responsiveness and decision-making between business teams and IT so you could accelerate business growth? Predictive analytics can improve the management and availability of critical business processes. It has the ability to gather and process vast amounts of data from application and operational systems so critical applications run more effectively with fewer outages. This results in better business decisions based on real-time and historic insight, contributing significant ROI to your business.

When a unified workload automation system driven by predictive analytics is deployed and utilized across an…

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News

May 16

Provides open-standards based cloud management with support for full IBM server portfolio, increases integration with OpenStack

IBM has announced that it is expanding its support of open technologies by providing advanced OpenStack® integration and cloud virtualization and management capabilities across IBM's entire server portfolio with IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack

As companies increasingly migrate to software defined environments<…

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