Evangelizing Mainframe

Masters of the (Mainframe) Universe

The top five winners of the 2011 Masters of the Mainframe Contest were honored recently during an awards ceremony in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The top finishers, who were among 3,936 competitors from the U.S. and Canada, were Yeming Hu of Dalhousie University; Nathan Voth of Georgian College; Vance Morris, West Texas A&M University; Reno Alvarado, Marist College; and Tri Nguyen, University of Texas at Austin.

Posted: 3/27/2012 4:00:46 AM by Mike Westholder | with 0 comments

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Saving Money With Mainframes

Many mainframe sites are being asked to do more with less. And some are being asked to justify the cost of their very existence. But at all mainframe sites, people are looking for ways to save money.

Posted: 3/20/2012 4:00:07 AM by Trevor Eddolls | with 0 comments

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Technology is King, Long Live the Mainframe

Keynote speaker at SHARE Atlanta, IBM VP Ray Jones offers his vision of the mainframe's future, including the top 10 things you didn't know about System z.

Posted: 3/13/2012 12:30:34 PM by Mike Westholder | with 0 comments

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Recognizing the Telltale Signs of Poor Application Performance

Having the ability to see inside of these complex applications and being able to verify when a problem is occurring and where is absolutely crucial for support teams. When the support teams have this level of visibility and insight into the environment and how it really behaves, the business runs smoother.

Posted: 3/6/2012 9:57:24 AM by Richard Nikula | with 0 comments

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Talking Mainframe: From MVS Commands to Zero-MIPS Upgrades

I’ve been working on mainframes—more specifically the development of mainframe software and hardware—for more than four decades, so even without being a genius, I know a lot of stuff. What I need to figure out is what part of that stuff you-all would be interested in reading about. I’d really appreciate some help on this. 

Posted: 2/27/2012 5:22:42 AM by Bob Rogers | with 3 comments

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Staying in Touch With the Mainframe Community

Individuals have a multiple of options to keep in touch with the wider mainframe community and the latest developments. You just need to know where to look.

Posted: 2/20/2012 6:50:06 AM by Trevor Eddolls | with 0 comments

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Today’s Technology Challenges Are Actually Old History

While organizations with distributed systems are currently turning to virtualization to address costs and other challenges, the mainframe answered such questions years ago. History truly repeats itself.

Posted: 2/13/2012 6:41:58 AM by Richard Nikula | with 0 comments

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A Quantum Leap in Data Storage

What's the absolute smallest unit required to store data? It's 12 magnetic atoms, according to findings from IBM Research published last week in Science magazine.

Posted: 1/24/2012 12:00:47 PM by Mike Westholder | with 0 comments

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Gazing into the IT Crystal Ball …

The start of every year is always full of reviews of the previous 12 months and predictions for the next 12—so here are a few predictions from my personal crystal ball. 

Posted: 1/17/2012 7:40:22 AM by Trevor Eddolls | with 1 comments

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Thinking of Removing an Application to Cut Mainframe Costs? Think Again!

It seems intuitive. If an application is moved from the z/OS platform to another system, the z/OS costs should go down, right? Think again!

Posted: 1/9/2012 7:32:03 AM by Chris Gombola | with 0 comments

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