Linux/Open Source


Case Study: z9 Rescues University from Processing Flood While Reducing Costs

The University of Toronto implements IBM’s new z9 Business Class system to increase and improve service levels while reducing costs

Sun’s Virtualization Push

Project Blackbox might be a gimmick, but Sun’s virtualization moves are for real

In Offshore Markets, Security Lags, AJaX Leads

Nearly four-fifths of Chinese developers have experienced a security breach of some kind in the last 12 months, while non-U.S. developers are taking the lead with AJaX.

Customers Get Hip to System z Value Proposition

Are a pair of recent Intel-to-System z defections a harbinger of what’s to come?

The Mainframe Capacity Conundrum Revisited

zLinux or Big Iron J2EE workloads perform better and are cheaper than their RISC- or Intel-based alternatives

Distributed Computing, Specialty Engines Bring Companies Back to the Mainframe

The cost of distributed complexity—which is also measured in air conditioned BTUs and kilowatts per hour—is about to get even more expensive

IBM’s Embarks on SOA Blitz

A future of reusable services got a step closer to reality last week when IBM announced its new SOA Business Catalog



SHARE-ing: The Secret of Big Iron Success

With the revitalization of the mainframe and the rise of zNextGen, SHARE itself has been revitalized. (First in a series)

New Budget Mainframe Targets SMEs

For a starting price of $100,000, customers get Big Iron hardware and software along with specialty processor engines

2006: The Year of Serving Virtually

Industry watchers say we’ll soon see explosive interest in server virtualization

Careers: IT Pros Now Outsourcing Service Providers

Some mainframe and minicomputer programming vets have embarked on a very different career path—as outsourcing services providers

Q&A: Straight Talk on Mainframe Futures

Seagull Software’s Andre Den Haan isn’t a knee-jerk contrarian—but he also isn’t afraid to call it as he sees it

The Mainframe Capacity Conundrum: Getting Better All the Time

What’s not to like about z/Linux and other cheap mainframe workloads?

Courtroom Showdown: SCO Denied

Tardy SCO denied in bid to depose industry heavyweights Intel and Oracle

Training: Commitment to IT Pros Still Low

Even companies that have embraced next-generation mainframe workloads often give short shrift to the question of training. What gives?

IBM BladeCenter Changes Chip and Chassis

What do the PlayStation 3 and IBM’s next-generation blade system have in common? A single Cell, you might say.

State of the Mainframe, Part II: The Capacity Conundrum

Some mainframe pros say that next-generation workloads (such as zLinux and J2EE) point the way to false destinies

State of the Mainframe (First in a Three-Part Series)

In spite of their differences, mainframers seem to agree on a few important points, although even these may surprise you.

zSeries: Big Plans Ahead?

What can we expect from IBM’s zSeries team in 2006? If history is any indication, it could be an eventful year.

Big Iron Pessimism Persists

With so many major events last year in the mainframe arena, why are so many Big Iron pros still pessimistic about the future?