Porting an Enterprise App to System Z – My Experience Pt.4

Part 4 of 4: The Value and Future

In Part 1 The Basics, Part 2 The Good and Part 3 The Bad, I’ve explained I did a proof of concept port of an Enterprise Application from Amazon Web Services on x86 to Linux on System z in 2017. The good news was I got to the point I needed to, the bad news was it was more than difficult to get there. But why did I go there in the first place?

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solo

Solo: A Mainframe Story (Special Edition)

In today’s world, it’s almost impossible for any mainframe operations to work solo: going it alone in terms of the expertise, skills and resources required to succeed, writes Mark Wilson, RSM Partners.

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Death of the Traditional IT Department

I’m very lucky in my job. I love it actually. It literally gets me all over the world talking to CIOs and, more frequently now than ever, I find I’m meeting CFOs and CDOs who are asking questions about IT.

What is it that I’m seeing? There is definitely a shift happening not only in corporate America, but also worldwide. Traditional IT departments are disappearing. That, I believe, is a good thing.

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Digital Denial: Why You Can’t Trust the Application Economy

The NYSE and a major airline shut down and, in the case of the airline, shuts down twice is just over a month. Major retailers and a Federal employee databases get hacked. This seems like IT service levels from 1965 not 2015.

Does anyone still believe the application economy can actually work the way it should?

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IBM z14 ZR1

IBM z14 Model ZR1: A Smaller Mainframe for a Larger World

On April 10, 2018, IBM announced their latest mainframe offering, the IBM z14 Model ZR1. This announcement came hot on the heels of the original z14, which was delivered less than a year earlier in July 2017. So why the new model? And what does it mean to mainframe users out there?

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Enterprise Applications

Porting an Enterprise App to System Z – My Experience Pt.3

Part 3 of 4: The Bad

As I’ve explained in Part 1 Basics and Part 2 Good, I did a proof of concept port of an Enterprise Application from Amazon Web Services on x86 to Linux on System z in 2017. The good news was I got to the point I needed to, the bad news was it was more than difficult to get there.

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GDPR

Is your business affected by GDPR?

What GDPR Means for Mainframe Storage, Archive and Backup

On April 27, 2016, the European Union passed regulation 2016/679, more popularly known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). On May 25, 2018, GDPR implementation began, and enforcement activities started. So which organizations are affected by GDPR regulation, and what are the most difficult IT hurdles to overcome?

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Mainframe News Out There

Mainframe news out there – June

Once a month we like to pick articles from other blogs that we feel are interesting enough to talk about on the Planet Mainframe blog. Here are this month’s picks:

The Future of the Mainframe Workforce

Reg Harbeck of Mainframe Analytics ltd. speaks to Susan Dineen, the CEO of Legacy Next Strategies in Toronto. Susan has been working with the mainframe for some time and became aware that there was a real demographic opportunity to help build a new generation and has done a lot of really interesting learning. Read or listen to the interview here:

See more here: IBM Systems Magazine article.

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Porting an Enterprise App to System Z – My Experience Pt.2

Part 2 of 4: The Good

I provided a simplistic overview of what I intended to port to Linux for System z in Part 1. The original application was built for x86 systems. As such, all binaries are built to run on x86 systems. The Docker containers that these applications run in are x86 binaries as well. So my job was to create the Linux for System z (aka S390X) binaries, with as little change as possible.

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Mainframe apps

While a large chunk of the world seems to think that mainframes are out of date and barely hanging on by the skin of their teeth in organizations that haven’t woken up to modern computing techniques, the rest of us know that mainframes, particularly the z14, are the most secure platforms for computing on the planet, and provide the backbone for 70 percent of the top 500 companies.

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