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Database Performance

The 5 Key Factors for Database Performance

IT organizations are always chasing better performance. This involves monitoring, tuning, and improving all aspects of the IT infrastructure, encompassing servers, networks, applications, desktops, and databases. But let’s focus on the database, shall we? Five factors influence database performance: workload, throughput,[...]
Linux Containers

Mainframes, containers, and Linux

We all know why mainframes are good – all that reliability, availability, and security stuff that we’ve been hearing about for many years. The question then becomes: how can we make mainframes better? IBM’s new Z15 mainframe announcement shows how security can be enhanced[...]
Dev Ops

DevOps in the multi-platform Data Center

Positioned by some as the panacea of new-age IT management, promising shorter development times, improved business processes, reduced time to market, more engaged teams, greater business agility, and more, DevOps is all the rage. If you're not doing it, you're[...]

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mainframe frontier

The next frontier: when the mainframe becomes the default for new world-class workloads

Innovation in Our Genes “Thank you, Gene!” My fellow-nerd and I were just passing through an automatically-opening door, and he was pointing out the role of Star Trek, and therefore of its creator Gene Roddenberry, in having inspired many innovations we now[...]
Cloud Workloads

License z/OS Software-as-a-Service and Move Individual IBM Z Workloads to Private, Public or Hybrid Clouds

The acronym “SaaS” first appeared in 2001 as a revolutionary concept. Now, Gartner predicts the SaaS market will reach $116B in 2020. As SaaS concepts are brought to the mainframe, what will the market look like in another 20 years?[...]
Learning COBOL

Tell me about COBOL

Let me start by telling you a story… Once there was a big town and everyone went to school and learned to read and write and they bought and shared books. They liked reading. Then, some of the townspeople decided that[...]
COBOL

Still COBOL After All These Years?

Have you seen the recent headlines? Wanted urgently: People who know a half century-old computer language so states can process unemployment claims (CNN 04/08/2020) and An Ancient Computer Language Is Slowing America’s Giant Stimulus (Bloomberg 04/13/2020). These articles include statements[...]
Mainframe Modernization

Mainframe modernization remains a top priority

The mainframe community is rightly proud of our platform’s ability to accelerate digital transformation and protect enterprises against growing cyber threats. The IBM mainframe’s security, resiliency, and scalability are exactly what is required to deliver growth without compromising performance. Looking[...]

About Planet Mainframe

Within the Planet Mainframe collaborative environment, members work to provide the mainframe community with access to articles, workshops, online events and the Planet Mainframe blog to share best practices and innovative approaches to the continually evolving world of mainframe technology.

The founding members of Planet Mainframe represent the world’s leading and highly specialized independent software vendors (ISVs) within the highly complex Mainframe and z Systems ecosystems.

As Planet Mainframe continues to flourish, new members are reminded of the few simple ideals upon which the mainframe alliance has been founded:

  • Mediocrity and Status Quo are not acceptable
  • Innovation does NOT equal risk
  • Users don’t have to be limited by any one vendor.
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  • Creativity is encouraged


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