IBM system z and mainframe systems

  • May 05, 2009 05 May'09

    The mainframe is 45 years old

    In the early 1960s, IBM took a risk to develop the System/360, the precursor to the modern mainframe. Over 45 years later, IBM can point to unbroken mainframe compatibility.

  • April 28, 2009 28 Apr'09

    Oracle acquires Sun: What does it mean for mainframes?

    How will Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems affect mainframes? According to a mainframe expert, the merger will have an indirect and positive impact on the mainframe market.

  • April 06, 2009 06 Apr'09

    An intro to CICS Transaction Server 4.1: Upgrades and features

    IBM recently announced CICS Transaction Server 4.1, which includes new Web applications, a useful business event processing feature, new Java and CICS MQ interface support, and more.

  • March 25, 2009 25 Mar'09

    Windows on a mainframe: Hypervisor on top of hypervisor

    Mantissa's bid to run Windows on IBM System z looks like a hypervisor running on top of a hypervisor. But end users are skeptical.

  • March 09, 2009 09 Mar'09

    OpenSolaris on IBM System z mainframe will be a niche

    OpenSolaris on the IBM System z mainframe is not expected to be as widely adopted as Linux on big iron, but it could carve out its own place on the platform.

  • March 05, 2009 05 Mar'09

    Mainframe users share z/OS 1.10 stories

    Attendees at the Share mainframe user group conference in Austin discuss early experiences with z/OS 1.10, which was released six months ago.

  • March 04, 2009 04 Mar'09

    Securing top-down support key to Blue Cross mainframe consolidation

    For Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina, securing top executive support for a consolidation project of x86 servers to mainframe Linux was central to project success. And having executives lead the project was even better.

  • February 23, 2009 23 Feb'09

    Making the case for the mainframe: Book author touts z/OS

    David Stephens wrote a book to introduce beginners to mainframe computers. Stephens, a mainframe evangelist, argues that mainframe systems aren't dead and companies that have jettisoned the z/OS miss their high performance and reliability. A ...

  • January 21, 2009 21 Jan'09

    Tuning mainframe applications cuts software costs

    Workload management and application performance tuning are two ways mainframe shops can save serious money on third-party software costs, experts say.

  • December 26, 2008 26 Dec'08

    IBM mainframe migration boosts OLTP, batch processing

    Insurer Meritz saved money and improved OLTP and batch processing performance with a migration from an IBM mainframe to Itanium-based HP Superdomes.

  • December 17, 2008 17 Dec'08

    IBM mainframes still have room for improvement

    IBM Mainframe columnist suggests areas for IBM and ISVs to improve the mainframe: Better automation, improved maintainability and more innovation on virtualization.

  • December 08, 2008 08 Dec'08

    Mainframe 2008 year in review

    With the release of IBM's z10 and with Linux on the mainframe gaining traction, 2008 was a big year for big iron. But forces such as independent software vendors and the Web itself threaten mainframe vitality.

  • November 17, 2008 17 Nov'08

    CA announces Mainframe 2.0

    At CA World 2008, CA announced Mainframe 2.0, an initiative designed to simplify mainframe management. But how did these tools become so complex in the first place?

  • November 17, 2008 17 Nov'08

    Should you deploy a Linux-only mainframe?

    While there are benefits to a Linux-only mainframe, there are important pluses when you run z/OS and Linux on the same box.

  • October 23, 2008 23 Oct'08

    Sun OpenSolaris available on the IBM System z mainframe

    Thanks to work by Sine Nomine Associates, Sun Microsystems' OpenSolaris can now be ported to the IBM System z mainframe and is now available as a free download.