IBM system z and mainframe systems

  • February 06, 2007 06 Feb'07

    IBM revs mainframe virtualization, z/VM 5.3

    IBM's z/VM platform will soon support more memory and extra processing capacity, translating in to greater numbers of (largely Linux) workloads that can run on the mainframe virtualization platform.

  • January 29, 2007 29 Jan'07

    IBM countersued by PSI over plug-compatible mainframe

    Platform Solutions Inc., also known as PSI, has answered IBM's lawsuit with a counterclaim arguing that IBM combines its mainframe hardware and z/OS to prevent competition.

  • January 17, 2007 17 Jan'07

    HP makes the case for mainframe migration

    John Pickett, Hewlett-Packard's worldwide mainframe alternative program manager, outlines HP's strategy for mainframe replacement.

  • January 10, 2007 10 Jan'07

    Third-party software costs killing mainframe growth

    A new Gartner survey reflects mainframe trends in third-party software costs, Linux adoption and IBM's struggle to bring new blood to the platform.

  • January 02, 2007 02 Jan'07

    Mainframe year in review 2006

    Big Iron had a big year in 2006. These are the fifteen most relevant mainframe developments, events and trends in the past year.

  • December 20, 2006 20 Dec'06

    Mainframe TCO getting more bang for the buck, analyst report says

    The cost of owning a mainframe has dropped in the last five years due to lower hardware and software licensing costs, plus benefits such as consuming less real estate and power.

  • December 11, 2006 11 Dec'06

    Tuning software staves off mainframe upgrades

    AQM Solutions has updated its mainframe application tuning software. Also: customer wins from Sun and Active Power; product news from Cassatt, EMC, Terracotta and Transistor Devices.

  • December 06, 2006 06 Dec'06

    IBM sues plug-compatible mainframe startup

    IBM has sued Platform Solutions, Inc. for taking z/OS and OS/390, its mainframe operating systems, and adapting it for its Intel-based systems.

  • November 15, 2006 15 Nov'06

    University uses smaller mainframe to ease bogged down enrollment system

    Several times a year, the University of Toronto's mainframe would strain under the pressure of 70,000 students enrolling in or dropping out of courses at the same time. So it bought a z9 Business Class, IBM's smaller mainframe, with the ability to ...

  • November 08, 2006 08 Nov'06

    Mainframe group to focus on project management skills for '07

    Robert Rosen, immediate past president of the mainframe user group Share, addresses the mainframe job market, the IT energy crisis and hot skills for next year.

  • November 01, 2006 01 Nov'06

    COBOL, Wintel generations must bury the hatchet

    Some pundits and bloggers think that mature, COBOL generation IT workers should retire and get out of the way in order to make room for Wintel IT staff. Forrester analyst Phil Murphy explains why that idea is counterproductive.

  • October 31, 2006 31 Oct'06

    VSAM basics

    Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM) still holds mountains of the world's data sets. This column explains how VSAM works.

  • October 18, 2006 18 Oct'06

    Defining the mainframe's role in next-gen application workloads

    New processor technologies and application conventions are emerging that are beginning to affect the role of the mainframe. Wayne Kernochan discusses the newest mainframe application workloads and the business support that should be following.

  • October 11, 2006 11 Oct'06

    Mainframer stereotype bucked by 23-year-old woman


    In a sea of middle-aged men roaming around the Share mainframe conference this summer, there walked an anomaly: Kristine Harper. The 23-year-old has been an associate developer since last year with mainframe software vendor Neon ...

  • October 10, 2006 10 Oct'06

    Wachovia insources mainframe code maintenance

    Bucking the outsourcing trend, financial giant Wachovia Bank brought mainframe code maintenance back in-house, mitigating risk and reducing nearly 4 million lines of obsolete code.