3 Important I/O Features Coming with the IBM z14

17 July 2017 marked the IBM announcement of the latest IBM mainframe: the IBM z14.  Congratulations to the IBM Z team on a successful launch of what looks to be yet another in a long and distinguished history of superb enterprise computing platforms.  Similar to the z13 launch in 2015, the z14 features several new, impressive I/O features and functionality that will provide tremendous business and technical value to IBM Z clients.  In the remainder of this blog post, I’ll discuss the highlights of what I view to be the three most important:  RoCE Express2, FICON Express 16S+, and zHyperlink Express.

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Special engines that save cost on the Mainframe!

Do you know that mainframe systems have several kinds of engines (i.e., processors) not just a Central Processor (CP)?  Early mainframes had only one processor – the Central Processing Unit (CPU).  As the mainframe industry evolved over the decades, today’s systems have a Central Processor Complex (CPC) consisting of several different processor types.  Each processor type is used for a specific purpose.  Technically, all processors are the same out of the box, but are configured as specific engine types during installation, or at any time later by IBM.  Unlike CPs, which can be configured to run at lower speeds for software cost reasons, specialty processors usually run at full speed.

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Immutable Table Function

Should DB2 have an Immutable Table Function?

I love hearing about Blockchain; if you are involved in Fintech, then surely by now you have heard a lot about it, and that it holds a tremendous amount of promise for Internet business. Fundamentally, it guarantees the validity of a transaction.  Blockchain is a ledger of all transactions; a ledger cannot be changed, making the requirement for a third party to process transaction payments unnecessary.

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Don’t Believe the Myth-information about the Mainframe: Part 1

When I heard about the HuffPost article highlighting a video debunking the myths that Hollywood has been repeating about the mainframe, I was cautiously optimistic.  Unfortunately, the writer chose to use only one reference book, and focused on the negative points.

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IT Evolution

The Next Stage in IT Evolution

How to Justify IT Financial Models for Greatest Impact and Return

The IT industry has permeated our work and personal lives for the good part of four decades, even so it is actually an incredibly young industry by comparative standards. After all, when you consider the automotive industry for instance, now entering its second century, IT is very much in its infancy.

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digital transformation

A Digital Transformation – It’s not just about platforms!

The term “Digital Transformation” has been and continues to be mentioned practically everywhere within the industry at the moment. Depending on whom you talk to and why, you will get many different educated answers back on the definition of the term.

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Mainframe News Out There

Mainframe News Out There

APIs in mainframe environments

Interesting article by Joseph Gulla as part of his series on new technology in the IBM Systems Magazine online publication – APIs: The Chicken or the Egg. He talks about how APIs are the intersection between the need for modernization and the need for generating new business in mainframe environments.  Old APIs, access methods like QSAM and VSAM, are vital and still in use, but the new APIs have found their use in the data-sharing setting to save costs and improve efficiency.

See more here: IBM Sysmag article

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A guide to machine learning

Machine learning (the subfield of computer science that, according to Arthur Samuel, “gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed”) is one of the most innovative and interesting fields of modern science around today. Something that you probably associate with things such as Watson, Deep Blue, and even the infamous Netflix algorithm. However, as sparkly as it is, machine learning isn’t exactly something totally new. In fact, the concept and science of machine learning has been around for much longer than you think.

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A Clear Picture

A Clear Picture

IT and business management are increasingly concerned with the rising costs associated with their highly complex and ever-growing mainframe and distributed systems data centers. They are also concerned about controlling outages and mitigating the lack of transparency that they have into cost drivers—including in their outsourced environments.

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Making a Modern Mainframer

It’s no secret that the dreaded “skills gap” is affecting the mainframe market. It’s getting harder and harder to find people who know COBOL or Assembler, and organizations that rely on these systems often have open job postings because there’s no perfect match for the positions they’re trying to fill. So what can companies and government agencies that rely on Big Iron do to foster the next generation of mainframers?

They should do absolutely nothing.

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