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Share's Austin 2009 conference coverage

SearchDataCenter.com covers the Share mainframe user group's spring conference in Austin, Texas, straight from the show floor.

Data Center World 2008 conference coverage

Enterprise IT user group Share holds its spring 2009 conference March 1-6 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. SearchDataCenter.com staff is on hand to cover the event, including the keynote, sessions and other news from the show floor.


Windows on the mainframe?
At the Share conference in Austin, there's talk about z/VOS, a technology to enable Windows to run on top of z/VM on a mainframe.

Major theme at Share: zLinux
At the Share conference in Austin, zLinux and executive buy-in are strong themse .

My agenda for Share Austin 2009
Here's a list of sessions SearchDataCenter.com hopes to check out at the Share Austin 2009 mainframe user group conference. It includes sessions on z/OS, z/VM, and running OpenSolaris on System z.

Best Share conference session title
Reporter Mark Fontecchio scours the conference for the best session title.

Can a bad economy be good for mainframes?
Reporter Mark Fontecchio plans to ask a bunch of people at the Share conference whether a bad economy can be good for mainframes. Kristin Neely, who heads the zNextGen subgroup, seems to think so.

The zNextGen group offers "dual perspective" sessions
With its focus on young and new mainframers, this Share subgroup will have an experienced user -- such as a database administrator or system programmer -- sit alongside a less experienced one and educate newer admins on what the job is like out of school as well as 10 years down the road.

Blue Cross Blue Shield wins Share's 2009 excellence award
Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina has won the mainframe user group's 2009 Award for Excellence in Technology for its consolidation of 250 distributed servers onto two IBM System z mainframe servers.


OpenSolaris to aid mainframe adoption?
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.

Run your blade server like a mainframe
Karl Freund, IBM senior VP of System z strategy, talks about a future technology of Big Blue's to have an attached BladeCenter act like a mainframe LPAR.

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.

Blue Cross mainframe consolidation hinges on executive-support
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 success.

Mainframe shops stall on cloud, make gains on server virtualization
A survey of mostly IBM System z mainframe users found that seven out of 10 respondents have deployed server virtualization, according to the user group Share. But IT managers have yet to warm up to another hot topic in IT: cloud computing.

The future of the Share conference
With zero attendance at some sessions, the Share conference is already planning some reduction for its next show in Denver.


High-school attendees weigh in on Share
Austin high-schoolers who attended the Share conference were taken aback by the scale of the mainframe.

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