Mainframes


DB2 9 for z/OS Goes GA

IBM hopes that DB2 9’s performance, manageability, and security enhancements will make it a must-upgrade release

Cutting IT Costs with IBM’s MSU Software Licensing

In practice, for some mainframe customers, Big Blue’s MSU technology dividend really does translate into significant cost savings.

For Job Security, Go with Z

zNextGen professionals say they’re drawn to Big Iron for the same reason as many older mainframes: staying power

Big Blue Still Sitting Pretty Atop Server Market Heap

IBM Corp. is server market king—thanks to the strong performance of Big Blue’s System x, System p, and System z platforms

IBM Executes on Mainframe Simplification Agenda

Big Blue touts simplified mainframe admin features along with new versions of Tivoli, WebSphere, and DB2 software for z/OS

CA’s zIIPy Masterstroke

CA says organizations can offload some management tasks from their expensive mainframe general processors onto cheaper zIIPs

IBM Preps z/VM Overhaul

z/VM 5.3 might still be five months away, but many VM programmers are already licking their lips in anticipation



PSI Strikes Back Against IBM

PSI strikes back, charging IBM with antitrust violations, unfair competition, and business torts

Mainframe’s TCO Still Very Attractive, Analysts Report

Mainframe adoption should continue to take off in both existing and emerging markets.

System z: What IBM Still Needs to Do

IBM has done a lot to help revitalize the mainframe, Big Iron technologists say, but there’s still much work to be done

Mainframe Pros Optimistic about the Future

Mainframe pros sound off about the year ahead

Compuware, IBM Loosen Their Purse Strings

Both Compuware and IBM notched a pair of mainframe-related acquisitions

NAC, Vista, and Your Security Strategy

We sort out the options with the most buzz for 2007—NAC, Vista, and NAP—for enforcing security with devices requesting network resources.

Consultancy Puts IBM’s TCO Claims to the Test

Do Big Blue’s mainframe TCO assertions add up?

Big Blue’s Big-Iron Security Trump Card

IBM is pushing a retro database security model: bring it all back home to the mainframe, and trust the security and privacy of Big Iron

Enterprise IT: Five Predictions for 2007

The year was something of a mixed bag, milestone-wise. We offer five trends to watch in 2007.

WDS FERRETs Out SNA-to-IP Bottlenecks

Mainframe operators need unobstructed visibility into the performance of their IP networks, too.

Mainframe Emulation Specialist Target of IBM Lawsuit

IBM charges PSI with breach of contract and patent infringement

Mainframe Sales Drive Surging Server Market

Server revenues were way up in Q3, and IBM lucrative System z mainframes helped lead the charge

SHARE to Spearhead Mainframe’s Future

New SHARE president Martin Timmerman says he has ambitious plans for the world’s oldest mainframe user group