Mainframes - Infoworld en BMC brings workload automation to the mainframe change ticket <p>Mainframe operators using BMC software may now be able to enjoy the speedy, devops-style development pace that is quickly becoming the norm for customer-facing mobile applications and Internet services.</p> <p>BMC has released a plug-in for its Control-M batch control software that it claims can cut the time required to make a change in a business workflow by up to 80 percent.</p> Application Development Application Development Development Tools Mainframes Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:42:18 +0000 admin 240947 at Fifty years on, mainframer remembers 'a fantastic time to be an engineer' <p>The make-or-break project kept engineers just out of college working around the clock hunting down bugs. The product had so much buzz that speculators bought up units to resell later for a profit. The company invested so much in development that its future was riding on success.</p> <p>This wasn't a phone or an app or even a new crypto-payments platform. It was 1964, and IBM was about to launch the System/360 mainframe.</p> IBM Mainframes Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:56:49 +0000 admin 239899 at The mainframe turns 50: Why the IBM System/360 launch was the dawn of enterprise IT <p>In many ways, the modern computer era began in the New Englander Motor Hotel in Greenwich, Conn. It was there in 1961 that a task force of top IBM engineers met in secret to figure out how to build the next-generation IBM computer.</p><p>A new design was sorely needed. IBM already sold a number of successful though entirely separate computer lines, but they were becoming increasingly difficult to maintain and update.</p> Computer Hardware IBM Mainframes Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:59:49 +0000 admin 239894 at IBM starts restricting hardware patches to paying customers <p>Following through on a policy change announced in 2012, IBM has started restricting availability of hardware patches to paying customers, spurring at least one advocacy group to accuse the company of anticompetitive practices.</p> <p>IBM "is getting to the spot where the customer has no choice but to buy an IBM maintenance agreement, or lose access to patches and changes," said Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of the <a href="" target="_blank">DRTR</a> (Digital Right to Repair), a coalition for championing the rights of digital equipment owners.</p> Computer Hardware IBM Mainframes Servers Computer Hardware Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:11:37 +0000 admin 225813 at Oracle, IBM to unwrap new Unix server processors at conference <p>Demand for mainframe and high-performance Unix servers is falling, but a new wave of Sparc and IBM Power chips for the servers will be unwrapped at the Hot Chips conference in late August.</p> <p>IBM, Oracle, and Fujitsu -- the main suppliers of Unix server chips -- will talk about their next-generation RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) chips at the conference, which will be held Stanford University from Aug. 25 to 28. The chips typically go into high-availability servers, which are falling out of favor to the inexpensive and flexible x86 servers.</p> Computer Hardware IBM Oracle Unix Mainframes Processors Servers Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:44:39 +0000 admin 221057 at Ops to dev: It's your fault, and here's proof <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 190px;"><img src="" alt="Ops to dev: It's your fault, and here's proof" width="243" height="182" align="right" /> <br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Jutta Kuss</p></em></div> Application Development Computer Hardware Data Center Data Management your IT tales Database Administration IT Jobs IT Management Development Environments Event Processing IT Training Mainframes Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 213915 at IBM eyes mobile, social workloads for mainframe platform <p>The head of IBM's mainframe group is looking to bring mobile and social workloads into the platform in another move that would help the mainframe stay relevant and fend off competition from lower-cost systems.</p> <p>The mainframe has confounded predictions that it would go the way of the dodo, partly because IBM keeps adding capabilities to modernize it and widen its appeal. But it's still a costly system for which IBM needs to justify customers' continued investment.</p> Computer Hardware IBM Mainframes Mobile Apps Social Networking Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:14:59 +0000 admin 212506 at A $1 part brings down the data center <div id="otr-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="A $1 part brings down the data center" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /> <em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> your IT tales IT Jobs Disaster Recovery IT Management IT Training Mainframes Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 211298 at CA: Mainframes still driving innovation in the enterprise <p>The death of the mainframe has been predicted many times over the years, but new research suggests that it is still a cornerstone of growth and innovation within enterprise infrastructure.</p> <p>In a global study of 623 IT professionals by CA Technologies, over 72 percent of U.K. respondents said the mainframe is a strategic or highly strategic part of their current and future IT plans, and 37 percent plan to increase spending for mainframe software in the next 12-18 months.</p> Big Data Big Data Mainframes Cloud Computing Fri, 05 Oct 2012 15:56:33 +0000 admin 204151 at The CEO carousel runs rings around IT <p><a href="">Bureaucratic nonsense</a> is a surefire way to drive any employee crazy, and IT pros are no exception. This story of changing demands under a variety of CEOs took place at a company where I worked in a previous -- and seemingly unproductive -- life.</p> Computer Hardware your IT tales IT Jobs IT Management IT Training Desktop PCs Mainframes Servers Wed, 03 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 203829 at Mainframe to Windows in just 84,500 person-hours <p>The Ohio Dept. of Public Safety has successfully moved its mainframe applications to a Windows-based system, and all the work was done in-house.</p> <p>The decision to keep the work in-house prompted much debate and skepticism, but there was no ducking the question that the agency had to retire the mainframe technology that had long supported its most important operations.</p> Computer Hardware Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows Mainframes Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:16:04 +0000 admin 202329 at IBM goes big on new mainframe with fastest chip, flash memory <p>IBM's latest mainframe, the zEnterprise EC12, is big on data analytics and <a href="" target="_blank">hybrid clouds</a>.</p> <p>This system, announced Tuesday, includes a new 5.5GHz, six-core processor, versus the 5.2GHz, quad-core processor that shipped with the <a href="" target="_blank">zEnterprise 196</a>, announced two years ago last month.</p> Business Intelligence Cloud Computing Computer Hardware IBM Hybrid Cloud Mainframes Predictive Analytics Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:24:00 +0000 admin 201124 at Oracle Tuxedo offers cloud muscle to the mainframe set <p>With the latest release of its Tuxedo TPC (transaction processing server), Oracle is hoping to lure mainframe users onto the cloud.</p> <p>Moving a mainframe application to an Oracle Exalogic system, where it would run on the newly updated Tuxedo, could cut operational costs of that application by 80 percent, the company asserted. "We can take a traditional mainframe down to a handful of Intel servers," boasted Ajay Patel, vice president of product management for Oracle Fusion Middleware.</p> Cloud Computing Oracle Mainframes Cloud Computing Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:33:32 +0000 admin 199061 at Class project: Crash the federal data center <p>Every generation thinks it's invented the wheel -- or the computer or the killer app. But technology in one form or another has been around for a long time, along with tech problems, surprises, and suspicion of foul play. In fact, years ago I inadvertently played a role in a system crash that at first put me under suspicion, then led to a bigger discovery that benefited the manufacturer as well as customers.</p> Computer Hardware Data Center Security your IT tales IT Jobs IT Management IT Training Mainframes Data Security Data Center Government Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 194871 at IBM battles dire mainframe myths <p>The perception of <a href="" target="_blank">mainframe technology</a> as outmoded or inefficient is <a href="" target="_blank">wildly inaccurate</a> in a number of important ways, according to IBM's chief architect for <a href="" target="_blank">cloud computing</a>, Frank DeGilio.</p> Computer Hardware Data Center IBM Mainframes Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:52:29 +0000 admin 188838 at 5 hot specialties for software developers <p>American businesses say <a href="">they can't find enough programmers</a> to fill their software development positions. Yet coders say they live in constant fear of their jobs being shipped overseas to outsourcing contractors. Can both be right?</p> Application Development Adobe Flash IT Jobs Application Development IT Training HTML5 Mainframes Mobile Development Web Development Cloud Computing Thu, 02 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Neil McAllister 185548 at IT's most wanted: Mainframe programmers <p>Before tablets, smartphones, and PCs became prominent, "big iron" mainframes led down the path to computing, becoming a staple of enterprise business worldwide several decades ago. Rather than going the way of the dinosaur as PCs and the client/server model emerged, mainframes remain stalwarts in heavy-duty transactional applications. "The mainframe is alive and well and still powers the global economy," says Dayton Semerjian, general manager for mainframes at CA Technologies, which focuses on mainframe technologies. He notes that 80 percent of the Fortune 500 still use them.</p> Application Development Data Center IT Training Mainframes Thu, 01 Dec 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 180453 at Mainframes can find new life hosting private clouds <p>Mention cloud computing to a <a href="" target="_blank">mainframe</a> professional, and he'll likely roll his eyes. Cloud is just a much-hyped new name for what mainframes have done for years, he'll say.</p> <p>"A mainframe is a cloud," contends Jon Toigo, CEO of Toigo Partners International, a data management consultancy in Dunedin, Fla.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center Mainframes Private Cloud Mon, 18 Jul 2011 18:51:47 +0000 admin 167329 at Meet IBM's new $75,000 mainframe <p>IBM never talks about the cost of its high-end mainframes, but when it comes to its low-end mainframe, price is a major focal point.</p> <p>IBM is today announcing the latest successor to what it has called its "business-class" system, the zEnterprise 114, with a starting price of $75,000 -- 25 percent lower than the previous system in this category.</p> Computer Hardware Data Center IBM Mainframes Tue, 12 Jul 2011 13:22:33 +0000 admin 166737 at CA modernizes the mainframe with updated stack <p>Addressing some of the chief problems faced by mainframe operators today, CA Technologies has updated its stack of mainframe management software to help cut costs and simplify management.</p> <p>"I talk to hundreds of customers a year. I ask them what are the challenges they face," said Dayton Semerjian, general manager for mainframes for CA Technologies.</p> Applications Data Center Mainframes Systems Management Mon, 27 Jun 2011 12:15:42 +0000 admin 165335 at