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  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    New mainframe testing software pinpoints Web app defects

    Big Blue launched Rational Performance Tester for z/OS Thursday, noting that it can pinpoint defects in Web applications.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    NESI launches database performance booster

    NEON Enterprise Software released an IMS Fast Path DEDB database performance enhancing tool last week designed to lower mainframe maintenance costs.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    IBM steps up mainframe encryption

    Users and analysts say IBM's recent encryption software for zSeries mainframes is useful -- but what they really want is encryption in tape library hardware, expected in 2006.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    Revenues for the zSeries down 16%

    After 18 months of unfettered growth, the zSeries saw its first significant drop-off in revenue in Q1 2005. But analysts are quick to point out that the slip is hardly a trend -- at least not yet.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    Big Blue releases WebSphere with common code base

    Version 6.0 of WebSphere features code base used for non-mainframe environments for the first time.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    CA plans mainframe development center in Prague

    Computer Associates (CA) hopes to expand mainframe penetration across the globe through its Mainframe Center of Excellence in central Europe.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    Baldor upgrades its Big Iron

    When Arkansas-based Baldor Electric's mainframe lease came up for renewal, the company evaluated Big Iron's total cost of ownership and decided the cheapest route was still the mainframe.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    Web services vs. business services

    Avoid pitfalls of turning all your mainframe apps into Web services. Getting business services right is something best done at the start of a project rather than at the end.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    Zend Core for IBM adds database, Web services support

    The open source, server-side scripting language is moving from the lab to the mainstream.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    Mainframe revenues slip again

    On the heels of two down quarters, mainframe revenues slipped again. Analysts say customers are playing a waiting game with IBM, which is expected to announce a new mainframe next week.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    CA extends usage-based pricing to SMBs

    Computer Associates International Inc. is rolling out its usage-based pricing to low-end mainframe users on z/VSE and VSE/ESA operating systems. What remains to be seen is whether it will save anyone money.

  • November 29, 2005 29 Nov'05

    Mr. Know-IT-All's Mainframe Mini-quiz

    Mr. Know-IT-All is back with a new quiz, but he promises its shorter size does not mean it's easier. In fact, he intends this for mainframers who know IBM wasn't the only Big Iron maker in town. Did you know GE made mainframes long before it owned ...

  • November 23, 2005 23 Nov'05

    Big Blue pushes SOA education

    According to analyst reports, IBM is leading the vendor charge toward service-oriented architecture. The best way to increase adoption is to increase education, which is something Big Blue is addressing in its user groups.

  • November 18, 2005 18 Nov'05

    Big Blue's buy-in strategy

    IBM is buying management toolmakers left and right. Mainframe pros hope the investment will lower the cost of running big iron and raise its value proposition. Will it pay off for the platform?

  • November 17, 2005 17 Nov'05

    FTP reporting tool eases mainframe compliance

    With FTP causing compliance headaches in many organizations, mainframe software firm Software Assist has released a tool designed to corral FTP and get a handle on users.