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All-In-One Guide: Mainframe management final exam

Your company's Big Iron potentially has some big issues of its own. As technology advances, will that old mainframe be able to keep up to date? Do the security measures stack up to savvy attacks of today? Changes in issues of compliance and encryption make the mainframe beg for updates, advances and new platforms. But because it is such a crucial aspect of any business, data center pros are challenged with the task of staying current on the latest developments affecting the ol' Big Iron. You've read our All-In-One Guide; now see how much you've learned. Take our quiz and find out.

Choose the best answer to each question then click the "Check Score" button at the bottom of the page to view your score. Incorrect responses will be displayed red. View explanations and references to each question by following the "Check answer" link. Good luck!

1. According to Wayne Kernochan, Infostructure Associates recommends implementing web services in what order in a typical n-tier application?

a)The client/presentation side is Web-servicized first, then the server/business-logic side of the application, then the interface to the database.
b)The server/business-logic side of the application is Web-servicized first, then the interface to the database, then the client/presentation side.
c)The interface to the database is Web-servicized first, then the server/business-logic side of the application, then the client/presentation side.
d)The server/business-logic side of the application is Web-servicized first, then the client/presentation side, then the interface to the database.

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2. Wayne Kernochan describes the IBM Federated Records Management as "the most outstanding business-compliance offering for System z9." What does this tool do?

a)It allows users to manage records throughout their lifecycle without moving them from their existing content stores.
b)It provides System z9 intrusion management, enforcing and monitoring standards, policies, rules, and settings defined by an organization's compliance experts.
c)It protects data stored on external disk/tape for privacy or security purposes.
d)It allows users to log on to different systems across different domains, like those of various companies, enterprises or suppliers.

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3. SOLA, or service-oriented legacy architecture, is a product that does what?

a)It enables developers to assemble multi-step, multi-operation composite business services from existing mainframe assets and publish them as Web services.
b)It provides a modeling environment that allows mainframe developers to orchestrate multiple pieces of functionality and assemble them into higher-level business services.
c)It enables mainframes to expose and consume Web services from CICS applications.
d)None of the above.

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4. With the IBM's smaller z9 business class mainframe, customers have the option to install specialized processors that are designed for specific workloads. Which of the following accurately is an accurate pairing of processor and task?

a)IFL for database applications
b)zIIP for database applicatons
c)ZAAP for Linux applications
d)ZAAP for Java applicaions

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5. According to Gartner conference attendees, what is the major inhibitor to mainframe growth?

a)Third-party software costs
b)Training costs associated with the alleged mainframe skills drain
c)Price-point costs
d)High power costs from inefficient processing

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6. Chiphopper is IBM's service that helps independent software vendors test, port and support their existing x86-based Linux applications across IBM systems. What is the base price for this service?

a)$10,000 per application per system.
b)It is dependent on the enterprise commercial cost of the application and the price of the system it's been "hopped" to.
c)It's free – IBM will benefit from this service in other ways.
d)Pricing details haven't been released.

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7. True/False: According to Ken Milberg, Linux has been running on IBM mainframes for years, but IBM's push on the POWER5 series targets the midrange and makes available on Linux nearly all of the Advanced Power Virtualization (APV) tools from its proprietary Unix.


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8. Analyst Joe Clabby sites what doesn't agree with the predictions informing Gartner's recommendation to migrate off of the mainframe to "more modern applications." What findings are Mr. Clabby's findings?

a) There are no mainframe skills in short supply
b) There is a mainframe skills shortage, particularly Java and Linux skills.
c) The projected need for mainframe-skilled IT professionals to replace the existing generation of soon-to-retire mainframers will certainly materialize.
d) None of the above.

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9. What security model allows a user to log on to different systems across different domains?

a) Federated identity management
b) Local identity management
c) Single sign-on management
d) Secret identity management

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10. True/false: According to CA's senior marketing manager for identity and access management products Matthew Gardiner, security silos are at risk of being reestablished and reinvigorated with the steady uptake of XML-based Web services and SOA architectures.

a) True
b) False

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