Mainframes


DataDirect Accelerates DB2 for z/OS Performance

New feature lets coders use static SQL for scenarios in which they might otherwise depend on dynamic SQL

IBM Greenlights Eco-Friendly Data Center Initiative

Big Blue’s Project Big Green is one of the most ambitious energy-focused IT offerings yet

PSI: The Newest Plug-Compatible Mainframe on the Block

PSI officials pledge to indemnify customers against liability and expect a return to normalcy -- post-litigation -- with Big Blue.

Behind CA’s Storage Reshuffle

The move will likely have mixed impact on most CA customers, although mainframe shops should expect some benefits

IBM’s Fundamental Impasse: At Least Both Sides Are Still Talking

Fundamental Software has run smack up against Big Blue’s refusal to sanction 64-bit mainframe emulation

Emulation Licensing Problems Put FLEX-ES Shops in Limbo

Even as IBM and Fundamental continue to wrangle, FLEX-ES shops are dwelling in a kind of limbo. First in a series.

SAS Brings BI Back Home to Big Iron

BI giant SAS announced expanded System z support for its Enterprise Intelligence Platform and touted a new sub-capacity pricing option, to boot



The Path to Large-Scale Virtualization Success

A closer look at the challenges of virtualization technologies in a large-scale initiative.

Debunking the Mainframe Brain Drain

Why don’t proponents of the "mainframe brain drain" hypothesis make similar claims about other costly technology niches?

Moving Security to the Mainframe

Vanguard wants the mainframe to be the center of security

CICS Gets Another SOA-Friendly Infusion

IBM officials position CICS 3.2 as the no-brainer hub for an organization’s -- any organization’s -- service-oriented architecture.

zIIP Poised to Go Supernova?

IBM officials are confident zIIP will take off -- once it’s had time to germinate in the minds of customers

Subcontinental Power Play: IBM Pushes System z in India

Is what's good for IBM's System z sales efforts always good for independent mainframe technologists?

The SOA Frontier: CA Troubleshoots Application Performance Problems

CA pushes Wily SOA Manager as a good prescription for treating application performance issues in SOA environments.

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.

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

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

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